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Tag: Achyuta Samanta

Was There A Silent Coup Within BJD To Topple The Naveen Government In Odisha?

Bhubaneswar: Expelled BJD MLA Pradeep Panigrahi’s statements that there was a plot to topple the Naveen Patnaik government has created a political storm over the simmering discontentment brewing within the ranks of the ruling party in Odisha. Though only time will say how much ground does Panigrahi’s statement hold, it has nevertheless become a point […]

By-election to 3 Rajya Sabha seats from Odisha on July 5: ECI

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday issued notification for by-election to fill six vacant Rajya Sabha seats in Odisha, Bihar and Gujarat. As per ECI, three of these seats are in Odisha, two in Gujarat and one in Bihar. Four of these vacancies are a result of Rajya Sabha members from […]

BJD may lose one Rajya Sabha seat

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) plan to field as many as six Rajya Sabha members in the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha appeared to have had a boomerang effect on the party. The party may lose one Rajya Sabha seat if the united opposition field a consensus candidate against the BJD […]

Athlete & EC ambassador Dutee Chand in soup for 'campaigning' for BJD candidate

Bhubaneswar: Athlete Dutee Chand, who is the ambassador for the Election Commission (EC) of India has landed in trouble over a social media post in which she purportedly campaigned for BJD’s Kandhamal LS candidate Achyuta Samanta. A Facebook post showed Dutee seeking votes for Samanta. As she is a government employee and the Election Commission […]

Will 'Mahamegha Bahan Aira' Kharbela win the battle of Kandhamal in 2019?

Bhubaneswar: For the former MP and senior BJP leader Kharbela Swain, the battle for Kandhamal in 2019 will be an uphill one, though he is known as a doughty fighter. Interestingly, the forename ‘Mahamegha Bahan Aira’ was name of the dynasty to which famous ancient Kalinga king Kharbela belongs. What seems to be a daunting […]

Power Exchange: BJD brings Rajya Sabha trade-off plan to win over dissidence

Bhubaneswar: They say politicians never wish to become ‘postmaster’ as they want ‘post’ with ‘power’. And in BJD jockeying for ‘posts’ has already begun for a different race – the race for Rajya Sabha, when other political parties are busy  giving final touches to candidate list for four-phase 2019 polls. Since the BJD list for […]

Resentment in BJD over Kandhamal LS ticket to Achyuta Samanta

Bhubaneswar: Since the announcement of its candidates for the first and second phase general elections in Odisha, resentment continues to surface within the ruling-BJD camp with workers and leaders of the party unit protesting candidature of Achyuta Samanta in Kandhamal Lok Sabha segment. Hundreds of leaders and party workers staged demonstration at Biju Patnaik chhak […]

False affidavit against BJD MP: ECI seeks report from Chief Electoral Officer

Bhubaneswar: Following a delay in receipt of a factual report from the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha pertaining to a false affidavit case against BJD’s Rajya Sabha member Achyuta Samanta, the Election Commission of India has directed the CEO to provide a detailed report at the earliest. In a letter dated December 31 to […]

Tribal man brings land grabbing charges against KIIT, KISS

Bhubaneswar: The list of allegations of land grabbing by the authorities of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) is getting longer day by day. This time, Govardhan Nayak, a tribal man has accused the authorities of the premier educational institutions of acquiring his land ‘illegally’. “I had purchased six plots in 2004 which have been […]

HC asks Election Commission to expedite case against BJD MP Achyuta Samanta

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court (HC) today directed the Election Commission of India (ECI) to conduct expeditious hearing of a petition filed against BJD’s Rajya Sabha member, Achyuta Samanta. Hearing a petition filed by Right to Information (RTI) activist, Subhash Mohapatra challenging the election of Samanta to the Upper House, the HC stated that the […]

3 newly-nominated Rajya Sabha members from Odisha take oath

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Three BJD leaders from Odisha – Prasanta Nanda, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and Achyuta Samanta took oath as Rajya Sabha members in presence of Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu, the ex-officio Chairman of the upper house today. Earlier on March 15, the ruling party candidates were elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha after returning […]

Achyuta Samanta land grabbing
Senior citizens demand cancellation of Achyuta Samanta’s RS ticket

Bhubaneswar: Days after KIIT and KISS founder Achyuta Samanta filed nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections, a few senior citizens of Bhubaneswar today moved the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) demanding an inquiry into his alleged illegal and unauthorised activities and cancellation of his nomination over allegations of land grabbing. As per the complaint, the senior […]

BJD leaders file nomination for Rajya Sabha seats

Bhubaneswar: Three Biju Janata Dal leaders- Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Achyut Samanta and party spokesperson Prasanta Nanda – filed their nomination papers for three Rajya Sabha seats here on Friday. They filed their papers before the Returning officer at the Odisha Legislative Assembly in presence of Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik. Several Ministers and […]

Resentment in BJD over Rajya Sabha nominations

Bhubaneswar: Voices of dissent surfaced within the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Wednesday over Rajya Sabha tickets to Ama Odisha chief Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, KIIT and KISS founder Achyuta Samanta and party spokesperson Prashanta Nanda. Senior BJD leader and former State Women’s Commission chairperson, Jyoti Panigrahi today expressed her displeasure over Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s […]

Op-Ed: Worshipping False Gods

Shortly after Mr. Soumya Ranjan Patnaik joined the BJD this morning, someone posted on Facebook a video of an interview the ‘Sambad’ Editor had given to a local TV channel some time back. Asked about the possibility of joining the BJD during the course of the interview, Patnaik says rhetorically, “I am running an Odia […]

BJD announces candidates for Rajya Sabha

Bhubaneswar: Clearing the air, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Wednesday announced its candidates for Rajya Sabha. As expected, Ama Odisha chief Soumya Ranjan Patnaik along with founder of KIIT and KISS Achyuta Samanta and party spokesperson Prashanta Nanada were given the tickets. The names of three candidates were announced by Odisha Chief Minister […]

Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Achyuta Samanta join BJD

Bhubaneswar: Putting an end to speculations, Ama Odisha Party president Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and founder of KIIT and KISS Achyuta Samanta today joined BJD in presence of party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at his residence Naveen Niwas. Speculations related to Soumya Ranjan, the Editor of Odia daily ‘Sambad’ were rife after he recently met CM […]

Achyuta Samanta tenders apology for 'Pusyaviseka' ritual

Bhubaneswar: Under pressure from different sections, KIIT and KISS founder Achyuta Samanta today tendered unconditional apology for conducting his own ‘Pusyaviseka’ on the lines of Puri King Gajapati Maharaja Dibya Singha Deb and promised no recurrence of such act in future. Through an official communication from KIIT, Samanta also held the trustee of KIIT Jagannath […]

Achyuta Samanta's Puri Gajapati do stokes controversy

Bhubaneswar/Puri: In what could spell major trouble for KIIT and KISS founder Achyuta Samanta, the Jagannath Sena and Srikhetra Swabhiman Manch came down heavily and staged agitation against him for conducting his own ‘Pusyaviseka’ (coronation), a ritual which is reserved for Puri King Gajapati Maharaja Dibya Singha Deb. The two outfits staged protest in front […]