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There was no secret understanding between the BJP and BJD :Dharmendra Pradhan

BHUBANESWAR:1/10/18: Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday reiterated that there was no secret understanding between the BJP and BJD and both remained prime opponents in the State.

Terming the speculation of an undisclosed pact as a figment of the imagination of the media, Pradhan said the regional party might have extended support to the NDA Government at the Centre on some issues but it was solely for its own political compulsions. The perception had gained momentum with BJD supporting the NDA candidate for President and following it up with not taking part in the no-confidence motion against Modi Government and again supporting the NDA candidate for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson.

Pradhan asserted that there was no question of any tie-up and the party is working hard to fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of installing a BJP government in the State.


In conversation with Editorial Director of The New Indian Express Prabhu Chawla at the Odisha Literary Festival organised by TNIE here, the Union Minister said, “The Prime Minister during his recent visit to the State had given the task to the party workers to expose the inefficiency and corruption of the Naveen Patnaik Government. We are working very sincerely to realise his dream.”

He stated that the Chief Minister has been opposing the Centre on major issues, be it for the state or for the nation. “We don’t know why BJD shied away from the debate on the Opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion against the Modi Government. Naveen Babu has been opposing the BJP on all major issues including Aadhaar, Ayushman Bharat and demonetisation,” he said.

The BJD has been expressing its opinion against the BJP outside but not inside the Parliament. They prefer to run away from the debate for reasons best known to them, he remarked

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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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