Naveen who turns 75 on Friday, has urged has urged his followers not to visit Naveen Nivas to wish him on his birthday. He asked not to show any laxity in COVID-19 and to be extra careful during durga puja festival.
“People have been facing lots of hardship due to COVID-19 for the past eight months. Instead of visiting Naveen Niwas (the CM’s residence), the CM has appealed his well-wishers to help the poor, donate blood and plasma,” a statement issued by the CM’s office said.
It was in 2011 when Naveen first decided against celebrating his birthday in honour of flood victims.
Two years later, the state struck hard by Cyclone Phailin in where 23 people killed and 9 million residents affected.
More than 1 million people evacuated ahead of its landfall to avoid a repeat of 1999 cyclone, which saw 10,000 deaths.
Choosing not to celebrate his birthday, Naveen held rehabilitation and relief meetings with the senior officials in order to restore electricity in worst-affected Ganjam district.
In 2014, the CM did not celebrated his birthday because of the devastation caused by cyclone Hudhud, which left three persons dead and hundreds of people homeless in the state.
As a mark of respect to the jawans, who laid down their lives fighting against terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, Naveen decided against any kind of celebrations in 2016.
In 2018, he did not celebrate his birthday because of the large-scale damage and human suffering caused due to cyclone Titli and subsequent floods in several districts.
The loss inflicted by cyclone Fani that struck Odisha coast near Puri on May 3, 2019, again saw him give his birthday celebrations a skip in 2019.
Naveen was born on October 16, 1946, in Cuttack.
He became the Chief Minister in 2000 when the state was still recovering from the devastation caused by the 1999 Super Cyclone.
He has led the BJD to five consecutive victories in 2000, 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019 Assembly elections.