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Achyuta Samanta and Ama Odisha Party Soumya Ranjan Patnaik joined the Biju Janata Dal

Bhubaneswar:7/3/18; Surprising the people of Odisha, Head of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT); Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Dr Achyuta Samanta and Ama Odisha Party chief and former Bhubaneswar MP Soumya Ranjan Patnaik today joined the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) at Naveen Nivas in the presence of Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik.



As Naveen had earlier announced that BJD would name three politicians to the Upper House of the Parliament, there were rumors that Soumya would be one of the three candidates. However, with his joining the party, it is almost ascertained that the former parliamentarian will be going to the Rajya Sabha.

Notably, three seats in Rajya Sabha from Odisha will fall vacant as the tenure of BJD Members AU Singhdeo and Dilip Tirkey as well as BJD-backed Independent candidate AV Swami is scheduled to end on April 2.

Soumya Ranjan Patnaik is also Founder and Editor of leading Odia Daily ‘Sambad’ and younger brother of former PCC President Niranjan Patnaik and son-in-law of former Assam Governor and Odisha CM Janaki Ballav Patnaik.


About Editor in chief

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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