President Droupadi Murmu today attended the civic reception organized in his honor by Rairangpur Municipality in Rairangpur, Odisha.
In her speech on the occasion, the lady president said that she visited Mayurbhanj for the first time after assuming the office of president, but she often thinks about her village. Although he could not be there due to his official duties, his family members, neighbors and villagers are always in his heart.
Recalling his journey, the president said that he had the desire to learn a lot since his childhood. Although his father was not well off, he wanted him to pursue higher education. There were no resources at home, but there was willpower, and if there was willpower, the way was automatically paved. He paid tribute to his teachers, neighbors and seniors who have always loved and supported him throughout his journey.
The President said that after joining the Sri Aurobindo Integral School and Research Center in Rairangpur as an honorary teacher, he learned a lot about Sri Aurobindo and became a source of inspiration. He fondly remembered Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and referred to his famous poem in which he pleaded with God not to reach such heights that he could not embrace his own people.
Recalling his close association with Rairangpur, the President said that whatever happens today is because of Rairangpur. It may bring fame to the place but it may not bring bad news to Rairangpur.
The President said that as the Vice President of Rairangpur Municipality, he was entrusted with the cleanliness of Rairangpur. He said that though there was no Swachh Bharat Abhiyan then, he worked for the cleanliness of Rairangpur. He expressed happiness that people are contributing to the success of Swach Bharat Abhiyan.
Earlier in the day, the President inaugurated a 100-feet flagpole to hoist the national flag near Badabandha (Rairangpur). He also paid floral tributes to the sculptures of Sunaram Soren, Pt. Raghunath Murmu, Biju Patnaik and Utkal Gaurav Madhusudan Das at various places.
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