Amidst Cyclone Titli, Odisha CM cancels birthday celebration

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has cancelled birthday celebrations on Tuesday as a mark of expressing solidarity to the people affected by Cyclone Titli and subsequent floods in some parts of the state. The Chief Minister has also requested his well-wishers and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party workers and leaders not to organise any function or throng Naveen Nivas. A statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office on Monday read, "In view of the cyclone and flood in some parts of our state the chief minister Sri Naveen Patnaik will not receive birthday greetings on Tuesday so well-wishers are requested not to throng at Naveen Nivas." Three districts of Odisha - Ganjam, Gajapati, and Rayagada-were severely affected due to Cyclone Titli, heavy rains, and the subsequent floods. Patnaik, who turns 72 today, had not celebrated his birthday in 2013 and 2014 due to cyclones Phailin and Hudhud which had caused huge damage to life and property in Odisha.