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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik held hostage, should be freed: BJP
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik held hostage, should be freed: BJP

BJP leader Samir Mohanty claimed that Odisha's CM Naveen Patnaik is being held hostage, citing suspicious AI-generated videos featuring Patnaik. He also expressed concerns over 'bureaucratic control over governance.'

Cash seized from BJD MLA candidate’s wife in Odisha 
Cash seized from BJD MLA candidate’s wife in Odisha 

Just before the third phase polling in Odisha, Rs 84,000 was seized from the vehicle of Sabitri Sethi, wife of BJD's MLA candidate Anandapur Assembly seat, Abhimanyu Sethi.

BJP moves CEO alleging MCC violation by BJD in Sambalpur, seeks action  
BJP moves CEO alleging MCC violation by BJD in Sambalpur, seeks action  

The BJP has lodged a complaint with the Odisha CEO against BJD's Pranab Prakash Das for alleged MCC violations in Sambalpur.

IMD allays cyclone scare in Odisha, says no direct impact 
IMD allays cyclone scare in Odisha, says no direct impact 

A severe cyclonic storm forming over the Bay of Bengal is expected to impact Bangladesh and West Bengal by May 26 but will not have a direct effect on Odisha, as per IMD Bhubaneswar.

CM Naveen could not prove his allegations: BJP’s Aparajita Sarangi 
CM Naveen could not prove his allegations: BJP’s Aparajita Sarangi 

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat, Aparajita Sarangi targeted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday again, saying, "The Chief Minister could not furnish evidence on the allegations brought against me over developmental works in Bhubaneswar.”

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Yogi Adityanath promises ‘Bulldozer’ action on land-sand mafias if BJP comes to power in Odisha

While addressing a public meeting at Banpur under the Puri Lok Sabha segment, Yogi Adityanath attacked the Naveen Patnaik-led government in Odisha. Alleging that the CM here is surrounded by officers, Yogi Adityanath said that they are hijacking central schemes of the PM Narendra Modi-led government.

Cyclone update
Cyclone update: Check IMD’s forecast for heavy rainfall, wind speed in Odisha, West Bengal, Mizoram, Tripura

The system is very likely to continue to move northeastwards, intensify further into a cyclonic storm over eastcentral Bay of Bengal by May 25 (morning).

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Odisha people have decided to give rest to Naveen Babu: JP Nadda

BJP National President JP Nadda claimed that the people of Odisha are set to elect BJP for all 21 Lok Sabha seats and expressed their desire for a change from Naveen Patnaik's leadership. He highlighted Modi's contributions to development and tribal welfare, criticized the BJD government's neglect of tribals and the poor, and questioned the governance model under current leadership, emphasizing the need for local leadership in state governance.

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Kendrapara people fortunate to have Baijayant Panda who is fighting for Odia Asmita, Naveen's misgovernance: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

While addressing a public meeting, Yogi Adityanath appealed to people to vote for MP candidate Baijayant Panda and other BJP candidates contesting from various Assembly constituencies.

Depression to intensify into severe cyclonic storm, pre-Cyclone watch for West Bengal
Depression to intensify into severe cyclonic storm, pre-Cyclone watch for West Bengal

The IMD has issued a pre-cyclone watch for West Bengal as a low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal is set to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by May 26. IMD scientist Umashankar Dash noted the system will move northeastwards, intensifying over time.

Mother of toddler Pihu who went missing on August 9, 2020
Missing minor girl Pihu’s family members to boycott Odisha elections 2024

The family members alleged that Pihu went missing on August 9, 2020. However, the State government and public representatives didn’t provide any kind of help to find the missing girl. Hence, they have decided to boycott the poll.

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Naveen Patnaik in hostage situation; there will be no BJD after poll results: Assam CM in Odisha

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma claims that Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik is held hostage by VK Pandian, leading to a loss of autonomous governance in Odisha. Sarma predicts the dissolution of BJD post-election as leaders with self-respect will likely join BJP.

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Odisha Elections 2024: Ghasipura Assembly candidate’s supporter attacked in Keonjhar in pre-poll violence

A supporter of independent candidate Soumya Ranjan Patnaik was allegedly attacked by BJD workers at Ghasipura Assembly constituency in Keonjhar.

Naveen Patnaik
Naveen and the theory of the ‘lesser evil’

In Odisha, a significant number of people oppose regime change, fearing the BJP's potential for exacerbating communal tensions and authoritarian practices. Despite Naveen Patnaik's long tenure marked by various governance issues, many prefer the known challenges over the risks of BJP rule. This resistance spans from those benefiting from Patnaik’s patronage to those fearing unknown political shifts.

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