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Anganwadi workers and BJP supporters held separate protests against Odisha Minister Damodar Rout

Bhubaneswar: 28/10/17; Hundreds of anganwadi workers and BJP supporters held separate protests here on Friday against Odisha Minister Damodar Rout’s alleged remarks against anganwadi workers and a BJP woman leader.

Rout denied making any remark against state BJP spokesperson Lekhasri Samantsinghar. The anganwadi workers also burnt the Agriculture Minister’s effigy at the Master Canteen Square and demanded an unconditional apology from him.

“The Minister should resign on moral grounds,” said an agitating anganwadi worker.

State Bharatiya Janata Party’s women’s wing marched in protest towards Rout’s official residence but was stopped by police.

“He should be sacked immediately for making derogatory remarks against women in the state. The BJD government does not respect women,” said Samantsinghar.

More security personnel were deployed at Rout’s official residence to avoid any untoward incident.

Senior Biju Janata Dal leaders on Friday tried to distance themselves from Rout’s alleged statement on Samantsinghar’s marital status.

Cooperation Minister Surya Narayan Patro said “politicians should remain within limits”.


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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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