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From Royals To Kinship In Odisha Panchayat Polls:political parties often evince keen interest in dynasties

Bhubaneswar:21/1/22:Even though India is a republic, political parties often evince keen interest in dynasties. And, apart from these dynasties, the dominance of political families in most of the major parties in the country is a hard reality. In the upcoming Odisha Panchayat polls, people are likely to see glimpses of such dynasts in the political arena. Dharakote ‘Raja Saheb’ Sulakhyana Gitanjali Devi has taken her first step into politics by filing her nominations for Dharakote Panchayat Samiti membership. The 21-year-old ‘king’ is the eldest daughter of former MLA Nandini Devi.” I think politics is the best medium to help and serve people. And, that’s the reason why I have decided to contest in the Panchayat polls,” said Gitanjali Devi. Apart from the royals, several families are also enjoying quite a dominance in Odisha politics. The family of former Odisha Chief Minister Giridhar Gamango is one such example. For the last 56 years, members of the Gamango family have been retaining the Khilapadar Sarpanch post.

his time, three daughters-in-law of Giridhar Gamango’s father-in-law have filed nominations for Sarpanch, Samiti member, and Zilla Parishad posts, respectively.

In Nabarangpur, people will witness a Battle Royale as the daughter Lipika Majhi and niece Bhanumati, former MLA of Dabugaon Bhujabal Majhi, are all set to contest for the Papadahandi zone-2 Zilla Parishad post.

“Though we belong to the same family, we will be fighting under the symbol of different political parties. I will work towards my party dedicatedly and she (Bhanumati) will work for her party,” said Lipika Majhi.

“Being part of a family and contesting in elections are two different things. We will be fighting for people’s cause, after all,” said Bhanumati.

Apart from dynasty and family politics, several members of a family will also be seen contesting in the rural polls.

Sample this. From Pandua panchayat in Jagatsinghpur, a father (Kailash Chandra), daughter (Subhashree) and daughter-in-law (Swapnita Swain) will be seen contesting for different posts.

“Our aim is to serve people and we are contesting over the same ideology. We will try our best to give our 100 percent to people’s cause,” said Subhashree.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had once said that political dynasty is the biggest enemy of democracy. Though the dynasty trend continues to dominate politics in the country, the recently concluded general elections proved doom for several family-based parties.


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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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