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BJD and BJP traded barbs over firing at the house of Manoranjan Meher

Bhubaneswar:8/1/18; BJD and BJP traded barbs over firing at the house of Manoranjan Meher, a worker of the saffron party, in Odisha’s Bijepur yesterday.

War of words erupted between the two political parties with BJP accusing the BJD of trying to frighten its workers, the conch party alleged that the BJP is politicising the matter.

BJP’s Odisha-in-charge Arun Singh, who is on a 2-day visit to the state, said that the BJD is trying to create a fear in the minds of people in the constituency by such activities.

“The popularity of BJD is decreasing due to lack of any significant achievement of the party. The party might have foreseen a defeat in Bijepur by-poll and also the 2019 assembly elections, which is almost evident. Fearing defeat, the BJD has resorted to violence,” said Singh.

However, the ruling BJD refuted Singh’s allegations and said the BJP is politicising the incident to gain political mileage as there is a by-poll in future.

“The incident is being politicised by BJP. Law is equal for all and it will take its own course,” said BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb.

On the other hand, a team of BJP leaders, led by party’s state president Basanta Panda, met Home Secretary Asit Tripathy today and apprised the matter.

Similarly, several BJP activists, led by Padmapur MLA Pradip Purohit, staged a dharna before Bijepur police station today.

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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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