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Odisha Civic Body Polls: HC Seeks Reply From SEC, Chief Secy

Cuttack:25/8/21: The Orissa High Court today served a notice to the State Election Commission (SEC) and the Chief Secretary seeking a reply in connection with the writ petitions filed in the HC for immediate conduct of civic body polls.

The HC asked them to furnish the reply within four weeks, informed senior lawyer Pitambar Acharya.

Worth mentioning, three writ petitions were filed in the court by different leaders seeking direction from the state Government and the SEC for immediate conduct of civic body polls in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri.

While former bureaucrat Prasanna Mishra filed the writ petition from Bhubaneswar, ex-Minister and senior BJP leader Samir Dey moved the court from Cuttack and BJP MLA Jayant Sarangi from Puri town.

Elections to urban local bodies in the state are pending since 2018 due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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