**Bhubaneswar:** As Odisha turns 84 years old on the occasion of foundation day Utkala Dibasa, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik greeted the denizens of the state early today morning.
Wishing the people, President prayed for a prosperous and peaceful future to Odisha. PM Modi wrote, “Utkala Dibasa greetings to my sisters and brothers of Odisha. The contribution of brave and talented people of Odisha in nation building is unmatchable. They are known for their nobility and simplicity. I pray to Lord Jagannath for further development of the state.”
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik too greeted the Odia people residing across the country and even abroad. He paid homage to the brave freedom strugglers who had fought for formation of separate state of Odisha. He also called on the people to work for Odisha’s development and integrity.
It is notable to mention here that Utkala Dibasa is celebrated every year to mark the formation of a separate Odisha state on a linguistic basis in 1936.