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Former Odisha minister and senior Congress leader Shaikh Matlub Ali passed away

Bhubaneswar:24/9/20: Former Odisha minister and senior Congress leader Shaikh Matlub Ali passed away Thursday at the age of 78.

According to his family members, Ali was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar since September 7 after he complained of illness. He breathed his last today morning. He is survived by his wife and son.

Ali was elected to the State Assembly four times (1974, 1980, 1985, and 1995) from Mahanga constituency as a Congress candidate. He was the Power and Irrigation, Rural Development and Higher Education minister in the Janaki Ballabh Patnaik and Nandini Satpathy government.

Shortly after the news of his demise surfaced today, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik, BJP national vice-president Jay Panda and other senior leaders cutting across party lines poured in their tributes to the veteran Congress leader.

“I am saddened over the demise of senior leader and former minister Matlub Ali. My thoughts and prayer are with his family. May his soul rest in peace,” the chief minister said.“Our deepest condolences are with his family and followers. May god give the bereaved family the strength to withstand this loss. Odisha Congress will always remember him as a stalwart leader. May his soul rest in peace,” tweeted Odisha Congress.

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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