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Tag: 2019 Election

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
Op-Ed: Split Voting Puzzles Pundits

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: An important aspect of this election in Odisha has been split voting, a phenomenon which has bewildered analysts. That the voters made distinctly different choices for the Lok Sabha and the assembly in many areas is evident from the victory of BJP candidates in eight Lok Sabha constituencies while the party […]

KCR congratulates Patnaik on Odisha poll victory

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday congratulated his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik on his victory in the Assembly elections. According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s office, he conveyed his greetings to Patnaik on the fifth consecutive victory of the Biju Janata Dal in the state polls.

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Naveen Patnaik set to win fifth term in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is set to retain power for an unprecedented fifth consecutive term in Odisha as the regional party on Thursday completely decimated the opposition in the state Assembly. The BJD was comfortably leading in more than 115 seats out of a total 146 in the state Assembly. Patnaik […]

Congress office wears deserted look

New Delhi: The Congress headquarters in the capital wore a deserted look on Thursday with counting trends showing only a marginal improvement in the party tally from the previous Lok Sabha elections. Senior party leaders were conspicuous by their absence as the trends showed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead on 298 seats while the […]

Over 4,600 centenarians cast votes in Punjab

Chandigarh: Over 4,600 centenarians exercised their franchise for Punjab’s 13 parliamentary seats and they also comprised one transgender, Chief Electoral Officer S. Karuna Raju said on Tuesday. A total of 4,654 voters, comprising 2,631 women, all aged above 100, cast their votes on May 19, he said. Those who were 100 years of age and exercised […]

Zomato offers discounts if you predict next PM

New Delhi: Online food delivering platform Zomato has rolled out a new offer wherein customers need to predict the country’s next prime minister ahead of the final counting on May 23 and win caskbacks on food orders. Called “Zomato Election league”, the offer promises cashbacks to customers who guess the next prime minister correctly, the company […]

Shah to meet NDA leaders, host dinner on May 21

New Delhi: Buoyed by the exit poll predictions, BJP President Amit Shah has convened a meeting of the leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on May 21, ahead of the counting of votes on May 23. Sources in the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) said that Shah is likely to host a dinner for the NDA […]

Conjoined Patna twins vote separately, EC hails

Patna: Conjoined twin sisters Farah and Saba were among the voters in the last phase of polling in Patna, capital of Bihar, on Sunday. The two sisters, who have been joined at the head since birth, voted separately. In the 2015 Assembly elections, their names were on a single voter identity card and they could […]

Over 72% turnout in Bengal amid scattered violence

Kolkata: A BJP candidate was attacked while the vehicles of another nominee and a senior party leader vandalised allegedly by Trinamool Congress workers as West Bengal recorded a 72.91 per cent turnout till 5 p.m. in the final phase of polling on Sunday amid allegations of sporadic violence, rigging and EVM breakdowns. Braving the scorching heat, […]

30 crorepatis in fray in last phase Bengal polls

Kolkata: Of 111 candidates across parties contesting from the nine West Bengal seats in the seventh and the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections, 30 have assets worth more than Rs 1 crore, while 23 have declared criminal cases against themselves, said a study on Tuesday. Among candidates who are in the fray for the […]

Priyanka's HP visit cancelled due to bad weather

Shimla: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s proposed visit to Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday was cancelled at the last minute due to bad weather. She was scheduled to address a rally in Sundernagar in support of Mandi Congress candidate Ashray Sharma, a party leader told IANS. Greenhorn Sharma, grandson of former Telecom Minister Sukh Ram, is […]

Odisha BJP Gears Up For Patkura Polls, Holds 'Janamatadhikar Jatra'

Kendrapara: The Patkura unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leaving no stones unturned for the upcoming election for the Assembly seat under Kendrapara parliamentary constituency. Alleging conspiracy at the administrative level over the postponement of Patkura election, the saffron party members along with the Bijoy Sena (supporters of BJP’s Patkura MLA candidate Bijoy Mohapatra) […]

40% turnout in Phase 6 of Lok Sabha polls till 2 PM

New Delhi: Nearly 40 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the 59 Lok Sabha seats in the sixth and penultimate phase of the elections till 2 p.m. on Sunday. Voting is taking place for 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, all 10 in Haryana, eight each in West Bengal, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, four in Jharkhand […]

Love will win in Lok Sabha battle, says Rahul

New Delhi: Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of injecting hatred and asserting that the Congress spread love in the Lok Sabha election battle, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Sunday that “love is going to win”. Gandhi told the media after voting in the New Delhi parliamentary constituency that the three or four main issues in […]

Voting begins in 59 seats in 6th phase of LS polls

New Delhi:Voting began on Sunday across 59 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over seven states, largely in the Hindi heartland, as the sixth and penultimate round of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off. A total electorate of 10.17 crore is eligible to exercise their franchise in this phase, which covers 14 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, […]

Ex-BSF man's nomination on SP ticket cancelled in Varanasi

Varanasi: The Election Commission has cancelled the nomination of former Border Security Force trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav, who was set to contest from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tej Bahadur Yadav had been served a notice on Tuesday because he had given different reasons for leaving his job in the […]

Amid stray clashes, only 10% vote in Anantnag

Srinagar: Voting in the second phase of the troubled Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir ended on Monday marred by street protests but with only 10 per cent of the electorate coming out to vote. Two youths sustained pellet injuries in clashes with the security forces in Kulgam district. Both were shifted to […]

121 polling booths in Jharkhand managed by women

Ranchi: Women power was on full display in Jharkhand during the fourth phase of Lok Sabha polls with 121 polling booths being managed by women on Monday. Of the 6,072 polling booths in the fourth phase, 121 were exclusively managed by women. “There were 46 all-women polling booths in Palamau, 33 in Chatra and 42 in […]

Rajnath Singh lambasts Naveen for not implementing Ayushman Bharat Yojana

Jajpur: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh came down heavily on BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today for not implementing Ayushman Bharat Yojana in Odisha. Addressing a poll meeting in Bari of Jajpur district today, Rajnath said that while the Ayushman Bharat Yojana has been implemented by other states of the country, people […]

Foreign trips helped India's might become known: Modi

Illambazar (West Bengal): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday came down heavily on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for accusing him of only going on foreign trips in last five years, saying India’s might has been acknowledged across the globe because of these visits. “Didi (Banerjee) has said that the ‘Chaiwala’ has only made […]

PM to hold road show, 'puja' before filing nominations

Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform an elaborate ‘puja at the Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi on Thursday evening before he sets out to file his nomination papers on Friday. According to Sushant Misra , president of Ganga Seva Fund, this would be the Prime Minister’s third visit to the banks of Ganga after 2014. “After […]

LS polls: 3rd phase sees largest deployment of EVMs

New Delhi: The third phase of ongoing Lok Sabha elections saw the largest-ever deployment of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines across 2.11 lakh polling stations spread over 13 states and 2 Union Territories, the Election Commission (EC) said on Tuesday. Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain said that ever since their […]

Authorities begin eviction drive on political hoardings as MCC comes into effect

Puri: As the model code of conduct (MCC) comes into effect with the announcement of general elections in Odisha and other parts of the country on Sunday, district administrations in the State have begun eviction drive to remove all hoardings, banners and posters of political parties and their leaders. As per reports, the Enforcement team […]

'Modi's development mantra will help BJP sweep LS polls'

Jammu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development mantra will help the BJP sweep the upcoming parliamentary polls, the saffron party’s national vice-president and in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir Avinash Rai Khanna said on Tuesday. “Modi’s mantra of development will help the BJP sweep the upcoming parliamentary election as his four-and-a-half years of work has outclassed the […]

Congress to contest elections alone in Andhra Pradesh

Vijayawada: Congress party in Andhra Pradesh has decided to go alone in the ensuing simultaneous elections to the State Assembly and Lok Sabha. Party’s central leader Oommen Chandy, who is incharge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh, on Wednesday said Congress had decided to contest all 175 Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats. The […]

Op-Ed: Fire and brimstone amounting to nothing!

What next for Srikant Jena? Of the two other major parties in Odisha, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is unlikely to open its doors for the man who has just been shown the door by the Congress given what he has done in the past to the man in whose name the BJD has been […]

New Indian IT rules take social media giants to task

New Delhi: As India gears up for general elections, owners of global social media platforms are in a huddle over how to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news in a country where deep mobile penetration has made Facebook, its messaging service WhatsApp and Twitter available at the fingertips of millions. Despite efforts that […]

Eye on 2019 polls: Kendrapara BJP workers upbeat for PM Modi's visit

Bhubaneswar/Kendrapara: With elections round the corner and Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to visit Odisha on December 24, the party’s Kendrapara workers are all geared up to welcome the PM. The Kendrapara unit of BJP on Friday held a meeting under the chairmanship of State BJP president Basant Panda at the party office in the […]

Rahul Gandhi has brought Congress 'back onto board': Scindia

Mumbai: Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday credited victory in the Assembly polls in three states to party chief Rahul Gandhi, saying it was he who brought the Congress back in the reckoning. The Congress on Tuesday wrested back power from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Speaking at the […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
No early elections! Final voter list in Odisha by January 2019

Bhubaneswar: Amid speculations of early elections, the Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha said that the final voter list in the state will be published on January 4, 2019; thereby ruling out any chances of elections in 2018 for the time being. The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday kicked off poll preparations and issued […]

Maoist leader Sabyasachi to contest 2019 elections: Mili Panda

Bhubaneswar: Top Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, who was arrested in 2014 after nearly one and half a decade of hiding from police, is all set to contest the upcoming 2019 general elections. Subhashree Panda (Mili), wife of Sabyasachi informed that he (Sabyasachi) is mentally prepared to contest 2019 elections.  “He will file his nominations as  […]

BJD to form Biju Juba Bahini; opposition sees red

Bhubaneswar: Politics is now active over BJD’s proposal to form ‘Biju Juba Bahini’ (Youth Brigade) as part of its ambitious plan to connect with the youths in all panchayats and blocks of Odisha. The Sports and Youth Department through an advertisement has invited applications from youths in the age group of 15 to 35 years […]

Odisha urges Centre to increase rice quota

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday requested Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ramvilas Paswan to increase the State’s rice quota under National Food Security Act (NFSA). Official sources said, Odisha Food and Civil Supplies Minister Sanjay Dasburma raised the issue during a discussion with Paswan who arrived here on a two-day […]