Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday unveiled the statute of former chief minister Nilamani Routray at AG squire in Bhubaneswar city.

Paying rich tribute to the legendary leader on his death anniversary, Patnaik said that Nilamani Babu had played a great role in the development of Odisha. Under his chief ministership and union ministership, the state made  striding progress in 1970s and 1980s.

State forest and environment minister Bijyashree Routray remembered the contributions made by his father for the state. Higher education minister Ananta Das, culture minister Ashok Panda, women and child welfare minister Prafulla Samal, Bhubandswar Mayor Ananta Jena,  MLA Bijaya Mohanty, Priyadarshi Mishra, Muktikanta Mandal, Byamokesh Ray,  were present.