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Former Odisha Minister and BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy passed away

Bhubaneswar:4/108/20 Former Odisha Minister and BJD MLA from Pipili constituency, Pradeep Maharathy passed away at the age of 65 while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on  3rd, October  midnight

The senior BJD leader had reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on September 14 and was put on ventilator support following deterioration of his health condition Friday evening. After the last darshan at his Bhubaneswar residence, Maharathy’s mortal remains will be taken to Odisha State Assembly and then to BJD party headquarters. He will be taken to Pipili, his ancestral village where people will pay last respects to the veteran leader at his farmhouse. His mortal remains will be consigned to flames at Puri Swargadwar. Condolence messages started pouring in immediately after the news of his demise surfaced.

Senior Congress MLA Suresh Routray who happens to be a relative of Maharathy spoke of his close association with the leader. We had been working with each other for the last 40 years and even though we had different political affiliations, we were close brothers. Maharathy was a great leader and a man with developmental ideologies at the grassroots level, said Routray.“He was a straight-forward person with a clean heart and worked very hard to make others happy,” said Higher Education Minister & Maharathy’s colleague Arun Sahoo.

Maharathy started his political career as a student leader in SCS College, Puri, and was elected to the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Pipili Assembly constituency for the first time in 1985 on a Janata Party ticket.

He was elected as a legislator seven times from Pipili out of which five times were on Biju Janata Dal (2000-2019) ticket and once each on Janata Party (1985) and Janata Dal (1990) tickets.

As a minister, he held many important portfolios like Panchayati Raj & Drinking Water Supply, Agriculture, and Fisheries during his terms.

On January 19, 2012, Maharathy resigned from the post of Agriculture Minister on ‘moral grounds’ after being accused of shielding the accused in the infamous Pipli gangrape case. He again resigned from the post in 2019 following criticism over his controversial remarks on the acquittal of two persons arrested in connection with Pipili gang rape.

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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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