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BJP’s ‘Mission 120’ Now Lies In Tatters

Bhubaneswar:5/4/18:BJP President Amit Shah’s speech in Bhawanipatna on Wednesday was his refusal to mention the party’s ‘Mission 120’ that was launched amid great fanfare during his last visit in September last year. The explanation today that the omission was deliberate because the party expects to win even more seats in 2019 appears to be more of an afterthought and an exercise in damage control than anything else. There is little doubt that the party has revised its target downwards to more realistic proportions. The below par performance in Gujarat, setbacks in back-to-back Lok Sabha by-elections in MP, Rajasthan and UP and the crushing defeat in the Bijepur by-elections appear to have brought the party down from Cloud Nine to terra firma.

The BJP has come a long way down since the euphoria of the panchayat elections in February last year. It was the commendable show in this three-tier election, the zila parishad election in particular, which fuelled the ambitions of the party to conceive its ‘Mission 120′. But the Bijepur by-election seems to have burst the bubble and thrown the BJP’s electoral calculations for 2019 haywire.

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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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