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Tag: 2019 General Elections

BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty In Soup Again, Police Complaint Lodged Over 'Non-Payment Of 2019 Election Poster Bills'

Kendrapara: After a brief lull, BJD’s Kendrapara MP Anubhav Mohanty is in a fix again, courtesy a complaint lodged against him at Sadar police station here over alleged non-payment of Rs 11.45 lakh on account of printing of posters and other campaign-related materials during 2019 general elections. The complainant Smruti Ranjan Swain of Garapur, who […]

Congress top decision-making body meets to discuss LS rout

New Delhi: The Congress Working Committee (CWC) met on Saturday to discuss the reasons for the party’s abysmal performance across the country in the 2019 general elections. Foremost on the table is the challenge to keep the flock together in states like Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, where efforts were on to destabilise the government. The […]

Article 370 will be removed if Modi returns to power: Shah

Ranchi: BJP President Amit Shah said on Wednesday that Article 370 of the Constitution would be removed if Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to power after the Lok Sabha elections. Article 370 grants autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits the Parliament’s power to make laws concerning the state. “I assure you that Article […]

Not going back to era of ballot papers: Chief Election Commissioner

New Delhi: Rejecting the demand of major opposition parties, the Election Commission on Thursday ruled out going back to the era of ballot papers and asserted it cannot be “bullied or coerced” into discarding the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPATs. “We are going to keep on using EVMs. We are going to keep on […]

Naveen's absence from PM Modi’s official programmes is ‘intentional’: Pradhan

Bhubaneswar/Bolangir: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have gone soft on the ruling-BJD once again, but Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan made sure he did not miss such opportunity and trained his guns on the State government during ‘Jabab Maguchhi Odisha’ programme in Bolangir today. Addressing the public rally, Pradhan stated that the Centre is committed towards […]

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BJD MLA throws down gauntlet on Dharmendra Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJD leader and MLA Mahesh Sahoo on Tuesday dared Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to contest the upcoming general elections from Pallahara Assembly constituency. Though the Petroleum minister has kept all guessing on the constituency from where he will contest, he is already being projected as BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Odisha for the […]

Modi sets tone for 2019 polls, attacks Mahaghatbandhan

New Delhi: Setting the tone for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday termed the proposed Mahagathbandhan a compulsion of leaderless grouping with BJP chief Amit Shah asserting that if the party succeeds in next general election, it would remain in power for the next 50 years. In his concluding remarks on […]

Elections 2019: Parties in Odisha gearing up for ticket distribution

Bhubaneswar: Amid speculations of ‘early’ elections, political parties in the state are on their toes and have begun spadework to select candidates. While the Odisha Congress is all set to announce the names of at least 50 candidates by August 31, the ruling BJD and the BJP are also getting battle ready. Out of the […]

Fresh faces to get party tickets for 2019 Elections: OPCC Chief

Bhubaneswar: Soon after the first phase meeting of Congress Pradesh Election Committee (PEC) concluded today, Odisha PCC president Niranjan Patnaik made it clear that fresh faces will be given priority during selection of candidates for the upcoming General Elections in 2019. Stating that guidelines are being prepared for selection of candidates, Patnaik revealed that the […]

Odisha Congress' organisation yet to take shape

Bhubaneswar: Even though the All India Congress Committee (AICC) had announced names of the district presidents and working presidents for Odisha on June 9, the party’s unit here is yet to constitute the Pradesh Congress Committee and District Congress Committees. Odisha Congress had first announced that the formation of the committees would be completed by […]

2019 elections: Odisha EC asks Collectors to submit poll expenses estimate

Bhubaneswar: With the upcoming general elections barely a year away, the State Election Commission has started its preparations by asking district collectors to submit estimates regarding expenses for the polls. Confirming the development, Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha, Surendra Kumar on Monday informed that it is a routine process which needs to be undertaken at […]

Odisha Congress adopts 'One Man One Post' strategy

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to strengthen the party and set the house in order before the 2019 general elections, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has decided to adopt a ‘One Man One Post’ strategy. Congress’ Odisha in-charge, Jitendra Singh has advised party members to follow the steps of Salepur MLA Prakash Behera, who resigned from […]

Uphill road ahead for new Odisha Congress team

Bhubaneswar: Niranjan Patnaik who once criticized outgoing Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Prasad Harichandan’s jumbo team saying ‘too many cooks spoil the broth,’ is now the new OPCC chief and it remains to be seen how he takes the party forward with his team, whose size seems not quite different from his predecessor’s. Eyes […]

Federal front: Why is Naveen holding cards close to chest?

Bhubaneswar: Even though the ruling-BJD president and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has been meeting various national leaders who are trying to create a federal front to counter the saffron surge, when it comes to his own role in such an arrangement, the former seems to be holding his cards close to his chest. It is […]

Odisha Congress has begun selecting candidates for 2019!

Bhubaneswar: While Congress president Rahul Gandhi appointed former Union Minister Jitendra Singh as All India Congress Committee (AICC) in-charge of Odisha, senior party leader and former Nabarangpur MP Pradeep Majhi today held a meeting with party workers in Malkangiri to select candidate for the upcoming 2019 general elections. As per reports, Majhi and over 200 […]

Op-Ed: BJP and Congress: Birds Of The Same Feather

On the surface, the BJP and Congress are at loggerheads at the national level. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has repeatedly called for a ‘Congress mukt Bharat’. On its part, the Congress is working to forge unity among Opposition parties for a ‘Modi mukt’ and ‘BJP mukt’ India in 2019 without actually positing it as such. […]

Will BJD have say in anti-BJP alliance?

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who had been outright about maintaining equal distance from the BJP and the Congress in the past, today said that his party BJD has not thought about any alliance for the time being. Amid how things have turned out in Bijepur bypoll in Odisha and bypolls in UP and Bihar, […]

Congress to focus on agriculture, employment to challenge BJP

New Delhi: Ahead of polls in some states and the 2019 general elections, the Congress has decided to up the ante over issues related to agriculture, employment and poverty as it prepares to take on the ruling BJP, party sources said. For The Grand Old Party’s plenary session, to be held between March 16 and […]

BJP-BJD number flinging continues in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of BJP national President Amit Shah’s scheduled Odisha visit starting tomorrow, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and BJP continue to fling numbers at each other claiming to emerge victorious in the 2019 general elections with a thumping margin. Though the BJP claims to upset the ruling party in the upcoming elections and has build […]