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Ollywood stars who were once star campaigners for the ruling BJD have deserted the party

Bhubaneswar:30/3/24:Most of the big Ollywood stars who were once star campaigners for the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) have deserted the party. On Saturday two prominent cine stars and BJD leaders — Kendrapara MP Anubhav Mohanty and former Korei MLA Akash Das Nayak- quit the party. Ollywood star Arindam Roy had earlier left the party and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Two-time Berhampur MP Sidhant Mohapatra followed suit two days ago.

In a video statement, actor-turned-politician Akash Das Nayak said, “The party failed to understand my importance and the hard work that I have been doing in the last 10 years. Today after listening to my inner voice, for self-respect and the respect of Korei residents, I have decided to quit BJD.”

He further stated that he would decide on the next course of action after holding talks with the people of Korei and his supporters. Visibly enthused over the continuous influx of BJD leaders to the party, Odisha BJP president, Manmohan Samal asserted, “The government in Odisha is going to change and the BJP government is coming. This is a transit period for the BJD govt. Your joining (those who joined) will help the BJP come to power.”

Significantly, over a dozen BJD leaders have left the party in the last 15 days. Six-time MP from Cuttack Lok Sabha seat Bhartruhari Mahtab, Chilika MLA Prashant Jagdev, Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi, Telkoi MLA Premananda Nayak, Jayadev MLA Arabinda Dhali, two-time MP Sidhant Mohapatra, former MLA of Bhubaneswar-North Priyadarshi Mishra, former Bari MLA Debasis Nayak, former Chitrakonda MLA Dambaru Sisa, and former Malkangiri MLA Mukunda Sodhi among others have quit the BJD. After quitting the ruling party, most of them have joined the BJP, except Anubhav Mohanty and Akash Das Nayak.


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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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