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Surjya Narayan Patro was elected as the Speaker of 16th Odisha Legislative Assembly

Bhubaneswar:1/6/1`9: The legislator from Digapahandi Assembly Constituency Surjya Narayan Patro was elected as the Speaker of 16th Odisha Legislative Assembly here today.

The former MLA was elected uncontested as the Speaker in the House. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tabled the proposal, which was supported by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh and other members of the Assembly. Later, the Pro tem Speaker Amar Prasad Satpathy invited Patro to take the charge as the Speaker.

“I congratulate Shri Surjya Narayan Patro for being elected as the Speaker of this August House,” Patnaik told the media after Patro assumed the charge.

With the appointment, he will preside over the Assembly sessions in the House.

Yesterday, the new government led by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had recommended Patro’s name for the post. As the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has the majority in the House, the senior leader was elected uncontested.

About Ashok Palit

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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