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Old Opponents Juel Oram & Dilip Tirkey Lock Horns Again In Sundargarh LS Seat

Rourkela: 17/5/24:Ten years after losing the Lok Sabha electoral battle to former Union Tribal Affairs Minister Juel Oram, former Rajya Sabha member and captain of the Indian hockey team Dilip Tirkey has once again locked horns as BJD candidate with the BJP’s old war horse in Odisha’s Sundargarh Lok Sabha seat.

Oram defeated Tirkey by a margin of 18,829 votes in Sundargarh Lok Sabha elections in 2014. At the time, Tirkey was a Rajya Sabha member with BJD’s support after he ceased to be the captain of the Indian hockey team. He did not contest 2019 elections though his Rajya Sabha tenure ended in 2018. Oram won 2019 elections once again.

Congress’ Janardan Dehury is in the race this year also. But all eyes are on Oram and Tirkey. While senior BJP leaders including Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party’s national president JP Nadda have been campaigning for Oram, the BJD is also not sitting idle.

If the saffron party is targeting BJD government by raising issues like Ratna Bhandar and Ayushman Bharat Yojana, chief minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik has declared free electricity for all if BJD comes to power again.

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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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