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Newly-elected Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Rita Sahu took oath as the MLA of Bijepur Assembly Constituency

Bhubaneswar6/3/18;: Newly-elected Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Rita Sahu, who won the Bijepur bypoll on February 28 took oath as the MLA of Bijepur Assembly Constituency here today.

Rita was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Odisha Assembly Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat in the Assembly premises.

With the newly-inducted member, the numbers of MLAs from the ruling BJD have increased to 118 out of total 147 seats in the 15th Odisha Legislative Assembly, while Congress and BJP have 15 and 10 MLAs respectively.

Rita Sahu had put up a thumping victory in the by-poll that took place on February 24 to Bijepur Legislative constituency in Bargarh district of Odisha.

Rita Sahu, widow of former three-time Congress MLA Subal Sahu who died in August last year had necessitated the bye-election there won with a record margin of 41933 votes. Securing 102871 she emerged victorious while BJP stood at distant second with 60938 and Congress got 10274.

Her tenure is only for one year as the general elections will be held in 2019.

In another development, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today appointed Bargarh MLA Devesh Acharya as the chairman of Bargarh District Planning Committee.

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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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