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Biju Janata Dal MPs at the Gandhi Statue on Parliament protest on longstanding Mahanadi Issue

New Delhi2012/17;: Maximum members  of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MPs on Wednesday staged protest here over the longstanding Mahanadi issue and the interests of Odisha. The Parliamentarians held the protest at the Gandhi Statue on Parliament premises outside Central Hall.

The campaign named ‘Mahanadi Bachao Satyagraha’ aimed at pressurizing the Central Government to constitute a tribunal to adjudicate the Mahanadi river water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh was joined by the BJD MPs on Tuesday. As many as 14 political parties have extended their support.

The BJD MPs who took part in the protest included the party’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha, Tathagata Satpathy, Puri MP Pinaki Mishra, Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda, Cuttack MP Dr Bhartruhari Mahtab, Rajya Sabha MPs Pratab Keshari Deb and Prasanna Acharya and other BJD MPs.

Notably, the state government has been spearheading over formation of a tribunal to resolve the Mahanadi issue, however the Centre didn’t pay heed to the demands despite repeated requests made by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

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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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