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India’s youngest ever MP Chandrani Murmu featuring in INDIA TO DAY cover story

Bhubaneswar:2/6/19 : She is India’s youngest ever MP, who is living a “fairy tale” life albeit with a lot of responsibilities. She aspires and inspires, having held her head high despite all controversies and cheap political blitz in the run-up to the elections. The win was no mean task, as she defeated two-time BJP MP Ananta Nayak by a margin of over 65,000 votes and claimed the Keonjhar Lok Sabha constituency.

Her grit and grace caught eyeballs and won hearts. And it comes as no surprise that India Today has picked 25-year-old engineering graduate Chandrani Murmu for its cover story “The New Brigade”.

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Besides Murmu, the cover features Assam’s newly elected MP Pallab Lochan Das from Tezpur Parliamentary constituency, Bengali actress-turned-politician Mimi Chakraborty and former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, actor-turned-politician Amol Kohle, Ravi Kishan, and Tejasvi Surya.

Politics happened to Chandrani, whom family and friends fondly call ‘Hira’ or ‘Chandu’, while she was applying for government jobs after completing BTech in 2017 from Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University in Bhubaneswar.

She is the granddaughter of former MP Harihar Soren. Her nomination came as a surprise to many, even as the BJD, playing the woman card, gave her a ticket to stand for the polls in this mineral-rich belt. The support of Independent MLA from Champua Sanatan Mahakud, who has a strong clout in north Keonjhar, is believed to have helped Murmu pocket the BJD ticket. Mahakud is not contesting the elections this time, ostensibly to support the Naveen Patnaik-led party.

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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