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Veteran BJD leader and former Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro passed away

 Bhubaneswar: 02 SEP 2023: Veteran BJD leader and former Odisha Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro passed away on Saturday. He was 75.

According to reports, Patro was admitted to the private hospital this afternoon after his health deteriorated. He breathed his last late at 7.31 pm.

A seven-time MLA, Surjya Narayan Patro was the sitting MLA of Digapahandi Assembly Constituency.

Known for his organizational skills, Patro emerged as one of the most popular leaders in Ganjam district. He had been elected to the Legislative Assembly continuously since 1990. He was elected from Mohana constituency four times. After delimitation in 2009, he was elected from Digapahandi assembly constituency of Ganjam district.

Patro also served as Cabinet Minister both in the Biju Patnaik Government as well as the Naveen Patnaik Government. He had held import portfolios like Energy, Revenue and Food distribution in the CM Naveen Patnaik’s cabinet.

A pall of gloom descended across the State following the demise of the veteran political leader.

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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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