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BJP Legislature Party leader K V Singhdeo courted a controversy

Bhubaneswar:4/9/18: BJP Legislature Party leader K V Singhdeo courted a controversy Tuesday when he criticized the Naveen Patnaik-led state government while making obituary references in the Assembly.

The BJP leader, during his address in the House, said former prime minister A B Vajpayee would have been unhappy had he been aware about the current state of affairs in Odisha.

“Vajpayee, who provided a launch pad for Odisha’s present chief minister (Naveen Patnaik), may have regretted if he found out about the way the state is being governed today,” the BJP Legislature Party leader said.

Protesting against Singhdeo’s statement, BJD MLA Debasis Samantray said it was unfair to deliver a political speech while paying tribute to the departed leader.

Talking to media after the Assembly session, Samantray said, “He (Singhdeo) did not say a word on M Karunanidhi or Somnath Chaterjee. This is not the tradition of Assembly. A member should pay respect to all departed leaders.”

Singhdeo, on his part, justified his statement.

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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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