Reasons why Legendary Biju Pattnaik should be honoured with Bharat Ratna :
1.The legendary Biju Patnaik played a great role during freedom struggle and nation building after Independence .
2. He had been honoured with the highest civilian award by Indonesian government and the government of Russia.Therefore National flags of three nations were draped on his body in his funeral.
3. Biju Patnaik had a vital role in making Jammu Kashmir,a part of India. The legendary CM of Odisha carried V K Krishna Menon to Kashmir in his plane and convinced Raja Hari Singh to keep Jammu and Kashmir with India.
4.Biju Patnaik contribution on the security of the country during Chinese aggression in 1962 and war with Pakistan in 1965 is unforgottable.
5.When Pakistan along with some other nations announced war against India in 1965, the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Sashtri sought Patnaik’s help to ensure that Indonesian naval warship do not come to the rescue of the enemy country and Patnaik used his personal relation with President Sukarno and stopped Indonesia’s warship moment .
6.Biju Babu suggested Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to select Wheeler Island for test launching of missiles instead of setting up a National Test Range at Baliapal in Balasore district. Then, Dr Kalam and his team visited the island and found the place most suitable place in the world for missile testing.”
News Courtesy : The Business Standard