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Op-Ed: Congress has only flattered to deceive

Till a few weeks ago, it looked like the Congress, which has been in the doghouse for the better part of two decades now, was beginning to rediscover its moorings. The victories in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh – the latter, in particular – had provided just the spark the moribund party organization needed to […]

Op-Ed: How Naveen Patnaik has fooled the two ‘national’ parties for 15 years

It has been the subject of street corner gossip for as long as one can remember. But on Sunday, BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik lent authenticity to what had so far remained only in the realm of speculation. Normally, it is extremely difficult to pin Naveen down to the numbers game, who restricts […]

Op-Ed: Another Time, Another Election

Technically speaking, I had my first taste of Indian elections in the winter of December, 1984. An aspiring journalist at the time, I was sent to Mayurbhanj as part of an extensive opinion poll on the post-Indira Gandhi general elections in December being conducted by the mint-fresh Odia daily ‘Sambad’. [Happy to tell you I […]

Op-Ed: Down the memory lane: An object lesson In election reporting

Bhubaneswar: I cut my journalistic teeth reporting for a highly respected newspaper–perhaps the best and the most powerful in the country ( it still is)—in undivided Bihar. The state was a political hotbed and you never had a dull moment. In the cauldron politics of the state in those days George Fernandes, the maverick socialist […]

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Op-Ed: High Stake Battles To Spice Up Elections

Bhubaneswar: Some interesting battles are on the cards in these elections which are a crucial test of popularity for the three major parties of the state, more so for the Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and its principal rival, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Though Congress has the potential to make the contest truly […]

Op-Ed: Family To The Fore in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Sons, daughters and wives, this election seems to be all about family. Major political parties, which do not tire of railing against dynastic politics, appear to be promoting the same. A look at their list of candidates suggests that powerful families have managed to get more than one ticket. Take for example the case […]

Op-Ed: Will Dilip Ray Also Return to BJP?

Bhubaneswar: With veteran Bijay  Mohapatra mollified and back in the BJP fold there is intense speculation about the possible return of his comrade-in-arms, former union minister, Dilip Ray to the party. Ray, who was elected to the state assembly from Rourkela on a BJP ticket in 2014, had quit the party miffed at the inordinate […]

Odisha elections 2019
Op-Ed: Major Parties in Odisha Face Rebel Threat

Bhubaneswar: Candidate selection is invariably an invidious exercise in any political party at the time of elections. But the wave of discontent currently sweeping the three major parties of the state over the issue is perhaps unprecedented. There have been wholesale resignations from the ruling BJD with most of these leaders joining the BJP which, […]

Op-Ed: BJP Needs To Work Harder, Strategise Better

Bhubaneswar: If the BJP really aspires to emerge as the alternative to the Biju  Janata  Dal  ( BJD ) in Odisha it has to perform well in all parts of the state in these elections. The focus, however, would be on how it fares in coastal and western Odisha, the regions that have been dominating […]

Op-Ed: ‘Fitness video’ has left Naveen’s spin doctors looking rather foolish

“Who does he think he is fooling? We are watching him on TV on a daily basis. We had seen him with our own eyes when he was here last – to inaugurate the beautified Kusuma pond. He could barely walk without help. Who will believe this video?” No, this is not the reaction of […]

Hathras Impact On Bihar Bypolls: Congress Won't Give Tickets To Those Tainted With Crimes Against Women
Op-Ed: Congress Refuses To Change

Bhubaneswar: The old adage ‘the more things change the more they remain the same,’ seems quite applicable in the case of Congress in Odisha. The appointment of veteran, Niranjan  Patnaik as the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC)  president before the announcement of elections was supposed to rejuvenate the party in the state. The move had enthused […]

Op-Ed: For Them Democracy Is Stymied By Their Circumstances

Bhubaneswar: Elections in a democratic country like India are about people exercising their franchise freely. This pre-supposes an atmosphere in which people, cutting across classes, do not find their freedom curbed by restrictive circumstances. This implies, among other things, freedom from hunger and guaranteed employment. Our democracy is yet to become mature enough to guarantee […]

Op-Ed: Choice of Women Candidates Should Be Based Entirely On Merit

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Chief minister, Naveen Patnaik collected a lot of brownie points by allotting 33 percent of Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) Lok Sabha tickets to women. Though he failed to accommodate women in the same ratio on the assembly seats the move is still being hailed as a game changer. The ground reality, […]

Op-Ed: Local issues pushed back by the image clash between Modi and Naveen

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Unfortunate as it may seem important local issues appear to have taken a back seat in this election which is primarily being seen as an image clash between Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and chief minister, Naveen Patnaik. If Patnaik is the champion of Odia pride and the messiah of the poor […]

Op-Ed: Modi undercurrent seems to be getting stronger

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: “ Uparmein Modi, neechemein Naveen.” Literally translated it means Modi above and Naveen below. But laterally read it is an expression of intent to vote for Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s (or BJP’s) candidates for the Lok Sabha and chief minister, Naveen Patnaik’s ( or Biju Janata Dal’s) candidates for the state […]