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BJD Heavyweights' Bijepur Campaign During Durga Puja Sparks Political Mudslinging

Bargarh: As Durga Puja revelry gathers pace, the entire State dips in festive mood but some heavyweight leaders of the BJD, especially from the coastal areas, have reportedly skipped their Durga puja celebration for party campaigning in bypoll-bound Bijepur of Bargarh district. The ruling party’s such strategy to win the bypoll by burning the midnight […]

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Column: Congress Must Grab This Opportunity With Both Hands

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: For all practical purposes the contest in Bijepur will be a duel between ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). But for the Congress, which no more enjoys the status of state’s main opposition party, it is extremely important not only to be in the fray but to […]

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BJD, Congress Brace Up For Bijepur Bypoll, Candidate Announcement Soon 

Bhubaneswar: A day after the issuance of gazette notification for the by-election to Bijepur Assembly segment, senior leaders of the BJD and Congress are bracing up to finalise their respective candidates for the upcoming bypoll on October 21. Among several contenders in BJD, Rita Sahu, wife of former Congress MLA Subal Sahu, is said to […]

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Column: Bijepur, A question of Credibility

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Battle lines have been drawn in Bijepur with Election Commission announcing the by-poll schedule for the western Odisha constituency made famous by chief minister, Naveen Patnaik’s victory from there in the recent election. The bye-election has been necessitated by Patnaik’s decision to quit the seat in favour of his pocket-borough of […]

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CM Naveen announces slew of sops for Bijepur

Bhubaneswar/Bargarh: Amid speculations of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik vacating the Bijepur Assembly seat and retaining Hinjili Assembly constituency, the CM today announced a slew of projects for the people of Bijepur. As per the announcement, about 34,000 eligible households having ‘kutcha’ houses in Bijepur Assembly constituency will be provided with ‘pucca’ houses and two […]

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Turnout to be key clincher as swing constituencies voted today

Bhubaneswar: With voting for the second phase polls in Odisha having ended at 5 PM and around 64 per cent polling was recorded, the turnout in the constituencies went to polls in this phase indicate less polling vis-a-vis the 2014 elections. Though the figures are tentative, it is expected to touch around 71 per cent […]

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BJP's Candidate taking on BJD Chief Naveen in Bijepur 'Attacked'

Bargarh: In yet another incident of pre-poll violence in the State, BJP’s Bijepur Assembly candidate Sanath Gartia was attacked on Wednesday. Gartia, who has been fielded by the saffron party against Odisha CM and BJD president Naveen Patnaik from the constituency, had reportedly gone to visit some of his supporters when the incident occured. Stones […]

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Will Naveen's Bijepur 'master stroke' hit a 'six'?

Bhubaneswar: In its tryst with experimentation politics, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has now made Bijepur a political laboratory. The experiment started since 2018 by-election reached the zenith when Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik decided to make a poll debut from the assembly constituency in order to make a winning formula for BJD in Western […]

CM Naveen to visit Bijepur on March 12

Bhubaneswar: After BJD’s thumping victory in the by-election, party president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will visit the Bijepur Assembly constituency on March 12. Informing media about the visit, Bijepur MLA Rita Sahu said that Naveen decided to visit the constituency to thank the people for their support. “The CM will also discuss about […]

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Op-Ed: Despite Bijepur, next elections unlikely to be cakewalk for BJD

If Bijepur deflated the balloon, North East has pumped in fresh air. Just three days after the BJP was brought down to earth by the stunning defeat in the most high profile by-election in the state in recent memory, the commendable performance in four north eastern states, especially the stupendous victory in the Left bastion […]

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Newly-elected Rita Sahu meets CM Naveen

Bhubaneswar: After winning by a huge margin in the by-election to Bijepur assembly constituency, the newly-elected BJD MLA Rita Sahu today met Chief Minister & party president Naveen Patnaik at his residence in Bhubaneswar to seek blessings. She was accompanied by ministers Susanta Singh, Snehangini Chhuria and other senior party leaders along with hundreds of […]

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Op-Ed: Bijepur: BJD Juggernaut Continues To Roll On

The result of the much hyped Bijepur went along expected lines. The BJD proved once again, if any proof was needed at all, that it has no match when it comes to winning elections. It also proved that the minor setback in last year’s Zilla Parishad polls, which emboldened the BJP to start dreaming about […]

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What worked for BJD in Bijepur

Bhubaneswar: While BJP got its calculations wrong, Congress was seen nowhere in the race as BJD clinched a landslide victory in Bijepur by-election, leaving Naveen Patnaik’s undefeated record intact. It can now be safely said that that luring former MLA Subal Sahu’s widow Rita Sahu to the party and later fielding her as the party […]

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Vedanta money used in Bijepur bypoll: Congress’ Srikant Jena

Bhubaneswar: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Srikant Jena today alleged that money of Vedanta Company has been spent in the by-election to the Bijepur Assembly constituency. “When everyone’s attention was on Bijepur, government made a policy change to favour Anil Agrawal by ensuing Bauxite supply to Vedanta. Hundreds of crores have been spent […]

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Bijepur bypoll echoes in Puri as Narasingha Mishra takes up cash for votes issue

Puri: Raising the issue of cash-for-votes,  Congress leader and Leader of OpppostionNarasingha Mishra on Sunday said crores of rupees have been spent while each voter has been offered Rs 5,000 in Bijepur byelection. “We have got Rs 5000 per vote. How much you will offer? A voter asked me during campaigning in Bijepur. If one […]

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CM condemns attack on Minister's brother, 3 arrested

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday strongly condemned the attack on Labour Minister Susanta Singh’s brother Subrat near Banabira under Sohela block of Bargarh district late on Thursday night. However, three persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. “There is no place for violence in democracy. The people of Odisha are […]

Police raid Labour minister's residence

Bijepur: The police today raided the residence of Odisha Labour Minister Susant Singh at Bausenmura village in Bargarh district on suspicion of cash being hoarded for the Bijepur bypoll, which is scheduled to be held on February 24. “A raid was conducted following allegation that cash had been kept in the house of Singh for […]

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Mudslinging between BJD, BJP continues over Bargarh cash seizure

Bhubaneswar: War of words between BJP and BJD is continuing unabated over the seizure of Rs 40.50 lakh in Bargarh with senior leaders of both the parties accusing each other of trying to lure voters with money power ahead of the bypoll to Bijepur Assembly constituency. “I dare Bargarh SP to hand over the case […]

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Bijepur to witness high-voltage campaign on Feb 20

Bargarh: Get ready to witness a high-voltage campaign for the Bijepur bypoll as star campaigners of two major rival parties—BJP and BJD will hit the campaign trail on Wednesday. BJD President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to undertake a whirlwind tour of the district to campaign for party candidate Rita Sahu. Patnaik will […]

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Rs 40.5 lakh cash seized while being transported to bypoll-bound Bijepur

Bargarh: Cash worth Rs 40.5 lakh were seized from a car near Mahulapali square in Bargarh district this evening. Sources suspect that the money was being moved for use in the upcoming Bijepur by-election. Padampur police seized the cash which were in bundles of Rs 2000 & Rs 500 denominations. The vehicle has also been […]

Bijepur bypoll: Naveen's campaigning programme rescheduled

Bhubaneswar: BJD president Naveen Patnaik’s campaigning programme for the upcoming by-election to the Bijepur Assembly constituency has seen some minor changes. As per sources, Patnaik, who is a star campaigner of the ruling party, will campaign for party candidate Rita Sahu on February 20 and 21. He would hold road show and address a public […]

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Tension prevails in Bijepur as cops detain BJP campaign vehicles

Bijepur: Tension prevailed in Bijepur area last night when police detained a few vehicles of BJP workers near Jaringi while they were going for campaigning for the upcoming bypoll. Sources said Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and several BJP workers were going from Bijepur to Jaringi for campaigning in over 15 vehicles. Police allowed three vehicles, […]

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Bijepur bypoll: BJP levels code violation charges against BJD

Bhubaneswar: Demanding stern action, the State unit of BJP today moved the State Election Commission with charges of violation of model code of conduct against ruling party legislator Arun Sahoo while he was campaigning for the bypoll to the Bijepur Assembly constituency. The BJP stated Sahoo lured voters with cheap rice and old age pension […]

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Bijepur bypoll: CM Naveen among 40 star campaigners of BJD

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today released a list of star campaigners for the upcoming by-election to the Bijepur Assembly constituency scheduled to be held on February 24. The list includes names of 40 prominent leaders including party chief Naveen Patnaik who is scheduled to campaign in February 19 & 21. According to sources, […]

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Bijepur bypoll: Congress to announce candidate by Feb 1

Bargarh: With the notification for by-election to Bijepur Assembly constituency coming out today, the Congress party has geared up to select its candidate with the team of observers visiting the constituency and holding discussions with party workers. Former chief minister Hemananda Biswal said the party candidate will be announced in a day or two. “The […]