Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and BJD President Naveen Patnaik will share the stage in Kolkata and Bhubaneswar to mark the birth centenary of BJD founder Biju Patnaik. Three BJD leaders came to meet Banerjee at her office in Nabanna, the state secretariat, to invite her at the function to be held in September in Odisha, officials said.
The West Bengal Chief Minister accepted the invitation and during the meeting it was also decided that she will be present along with the Odisha CM in another programme in Kolkata which will be held in the next two months.
Both the BJD and the Trinamool have in the past spoken on the formation of a federal front of regional parties. Odisha Food Supplies Minister Sanjay Kumar Das Burma, BJD chief whip Ananta Das and party BJD General Secretary and School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra were present in the meeting with the CM.
The BJD government has planned grand scale celebrations to mark the 100th birthday of the late party patriarch. Biju Patnaik, father of present Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, was born in 1916 and passed away in 1997. He was a two-time Chief Minister of Odisha. He also served as a Union Minister in the Morarji Desai government from 1977 to 1980.