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surprise victory of BJP in areas that were traditionally dominated by the ruling party, has fuelled political debates

Bhubaneswar:(ONT Bureau)14/2/17: In the first phase of the panchayat polls on Monday, despite BJD leading the results, the surprise victory of BJP in areas that were traditionally dominated by the ruling party, has fuelled political debates in the state. But it cannot be denied that much of the loss was created by BJD leaders who looked complacent throughout the campaigning and probably left the job of wooing voters to celebrities.
BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik campaigned only during the last day before the first phase of polls while other BJD leaders have been seen flaunting audacity in public.
During the last panchayat polls, BJD won 154 of 188 seats but this time it has reduced to 120 while BJP that had won 36 zilla parishad seats in 2011 has gained 55 seats this time.
Interestingly, some major leaders of BJD have lost ground like Kalahandi district president and Housing and Urban development minister Pushpendra Narayan Singhdeo, Industries and School and Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra, MLA and former health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak and veteran leader MLA Ved Prakash Agrawal.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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