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Bijepur bypoll: BJD candidate Rita Sahu to file nomination paper on 5th February

Bijepur bypoll: BJD Candidate Rita Sahu

Rita Sahu wife of late Congress sitting MLA Subal Sahu will file her nomination on 5h Februry as a BJD Candidate. As she is the appropriate candidate for the most awaited Bjijepur bypoll election in Bargarh District.

The party declared this after BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik chaired a high-level meeting at Naveen Niwas to prepare party’s strategies ahead of the bypoll.

Senior party leaders including Prasanna Acharya, Debi Prasad Mishra, Prasanta Nanda, Pranab Prakash Das, party observer for Bargarh district Prafulla Mallick and canditate Rita Sahu attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, some Sarpanchs and Panchayat Samiti members along with 50 congress and BJP workers from Gaisilat Block of the district joined the BJD today.

Speaking to media persons, Naveen said “I am very happy that the Sarpanchs and Panchayat Samiti members along with 50 leaders from Congress party belonging to Bijepur Assembly Constituency have joined BJD. Their joining will strengthen our party. I welcome them”.

The Bijepur by-poll will be held on February 24. The by-poll was necessitated following the death of Congress MLA Subal Sahu on August 22, 2017.

Bargarh looks forward to World Cup for blind hero’s homecoming

On Monday, when Pankaj Bhues will reach Bhubaneswar, the son of a tractor driver will have done something that very few in Bargarh thought he could do – win a World Cup. Pankaj, who is entirely blind in his left eye and has only partial vision in his right, spearheaded the Indian blind cricket team to victory against Bangladesh at UAE, helping India clinch the Cricket World Cup 2018 for Blind last week.

“It is a dream for a player to become the part of a World Cup winning team. Though I started my international cricket career in 2011, this was my first ODI cricket world cup,” said the 23-year-old fielder and bowler.

The tribal youth is the son of Shibulal Bhue of Phulapali village in Bargarh – the second among four children. With a small income, it was difficult for Shibulal to provide an education to all four of his children.

Pankaj started playing cricket when he was studying at the Physically Handicapped School, Bargarh. The cricketer credits Abhay Pradhan, now headmaster of the school, for shaping his talent. Pradhan would be his first coach, the man who would set him on the path to being selected for the 2006 state team.

Picked for the Indian team in 2011, Pankaj played his debut International match against Pakistan in Lahore. Soon after, he was selected for the T20 World Cup in 2012. He took three wickets in the final against Pakistan and helped India win the T20 world cup. “But after the match, I was diagnosed with knee injury and could not run for a year. I thought my career had come to an end,” he said.

Pankaj said his brother, now a policeman, had then asked him to choose athletics to win over his fears. “Though I was scared of running due to injury, I started practising running, long jump and high jump during the end of 2015. It surprisingly gave me physical strength and I took part in national meets held in Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan. I got 11 medals, including five gold medals in sprint, long jump and high jump,” he said.

Pankaj, incredibly, holds a 6.2 metre record in long jump.

BJP to protest Bijepur firing in 30 dists

The BJP will launch a State-wide agitation on Tuesday to protest the firing at the house of party activist at Padagaon in Bijepur. This was decided at an emergent meeting of the party chaired by party president Basanta Panda. Accusing ruling BJD of trying to instill fear in the minds of people in the constituency ahead of the byelection, the BJP said it will not be cowed down by violent activities spons o red by the St a t e Government.

“As many as 14 BJP workers have been killed by the ruling party activists in the last three and half years and the Odisha Police have done nothing to arrest the criminals involved in those murder cases. The firing incident in Bijepur is a well thought out plan of BJD to silence BJP workers. The BJP will fight it out democratically by taking up the issue to the people,” State BJP general secretary Bhrugu Baxipatra told reporters after the meeting. National BJP general secretary Arun Singh, who is here on a twoday visit, said the Bijepur incident is the panic reaction of the ruling party which is fast losing it popularity.

“Fearing defeat in the Bijepur bypoll which will be announced anytime soon, the BJD has resorted to violence. The ruling party had resorted to similar violent activities during the election to the three-tier panchayati raj election in the State last year,” Singh said on his arrival here. Baxipatra said attack on BJP leaders visiting Bargarh district has become a common feature. Union Ministers Santosh Gangwar and Niranjan Jyoti and former chief minister of Jharkhand Arjun Munda were attacked during their visit to Bargarh districts.

The party has decided to take the issue to the people by staging demonstration in all the district headquarters of the State on Tuesday to protest Bijepur firing. A delegation of the BJP led by Panda also submitted a memorandum to Additional Chief Secretary Home Asit Tripathy demanding immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the firing and protection to Manoranjan Meher whose house was attacked.

Kansa’s death wraps up 11-day festival of Dhanu Yatra

Curtains came down on the 11-day festival of Dhanu Yatra here on Tuesday. The festival ended with the death of tyrannical King Kansa at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna and coronation of Ugrasen. Around 3,000 artistes of 120 cultural troupes from across the country performed in the Dhanu Yatra this time.

During Dhanu Yatra, Bargarh transforms into Mathura. River Jeera symbolically represents river Yamuna and Ambapali, which is located on the other side of the river Jeera, turns into Gopapur.

The tyrannical rule of Kansa, his death and the ‘Balya Leela’ of Lord Krishna are enacted at 14 main places in Mathura and Gopapur.

The final act presented Lord Krishna, accompanied by brother Balaram, entering the court of Kansa in a beautifully decorated chariot. Earlier, at the invitation of Kansa, Lord Krishna was brought to Mathura along with Balaram by Akrura, Minister of Kansa, to participate in Dhanu Yatra.

A worried Kansa lost his senses after being informed that Krishna was fast approaching his Raj Durbar to participate in Dhanu Yatra. Though Kansa went berserk, he tried to put up a brave front. After a brief battle, the bulky tyrant tumbled down the stairs of his Durbar. An effigy of Kansa was burnt to mark the end of his tyrannical rule. Lakhs of visitors from across the Sate thronged the festival venue.

Meanwhile, experts in Bargarh opined that since the inception of Dhanu Yatrra, youths of a particular caste are playing the role of Lord Krishna.

“Though Krishna belonged to the milkman community (Gouda) in mythology, his character is always enacted by children of a particular caste. There is no dearth of youngsters in Gouda community here (Ambapali). But, they never get a chance to play Krishna’s role on stage,” experts alleged.

The residents of Amapali turn vegetarians during Dhanu Yatra. Since Lord Krishna and Balaram put up at Amapali during the yatra, locals refrain from having non-vegetarian food as a mark of respect.

Rehearsals going on for Dhanu Yatra

Dhanu Yatra New Kansa Bhubaneswar PradhanWith the 11-day Dhanu Yatra barely a week away, rehearsals are going on in full swing for the final show. It is considered to be the largest open-air theatre festival of the world, which will begin from December 23.

This year, 55-year-old Bhubaneswar Pradhan of village Sarla in the district will perform the role of Kansa, the main protagonist of the Yatra. Bhubaneswar, who is owner of an opera party, was selected after an audition conducted by four-member team of jury on November 28. The rehearsal for the Yatra began on December 6 at Kalyan Mandap here.

Ashok Behera, who is the director, said the rehearsal was at its peak. The rehearsals are likely to end on December 19. “All the artistes, including Bhubaneswar, are performing well and they have already completed two rounds of rehearsal,” Behera added.

Speaking about his efforts, Bhubaneswar said he was trying his best to do justice to his character. Around 40 artistes, including musicians, are participating in the rehearsals for five hours every day. The theme of the festival has been influenced by ‘Krishna Leela and Mathura Vijay’. The enactment of Day One begins with Kansa’s accession to throne and concludes with ‘Kansa Badha’ (death of Kansa) at the hands of his nephew Lord Krishna on the last day of the festival.