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Tag: Biju Janata Dal

BJD Grows Poorer By Rs 103 cr In Just 1 year!
Odisha's Ruling BJD Poorer By Rs 103 cr In A Year; 2019 Elections Cost It A Fortune

As per ADR report, the ruling BJD has recorded the highest erosion in its assets among the 44 regional parties. Party's miscellaneous expenditure second highest in the country

Death Threat to Naveen Patnaik
BJD Backs Farmers MSP Demand, Says Development Of Farmers Always A Key Focus Of Party

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal supported farmers demand for Minimum Support Price and resolved to fight for implementation of MS Swaminathan Committee report on the issue. The party stated that inclusive development of the farmers has always been a key focus of the BJD government in the state. “Our party is with the farmers […]

BJD Fights To Remain In Hearts Of 4.5 Crore Odias: CM Naveen After Being Re-Elected Party Chief

Bhubaneswar: BJD doesn’t fight election to win, it fights to win the love of 4.5 crore Odias, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Wednesday after being re-elected as the president of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for the eighth consecutive term. Returning officer of the ruling party Pratap Dev announced Patnaik’s name as […]

Column: BJD’s Politics of Expediency

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will in all probability support NDA government’s controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament. It’s refusal to do so, which seems highly improbable, has the potential to change the dynamics of its existing relationship with the Modi-led Centre. The Bill that aims to provide citizenship […]

Santhali Language Makes Debut In Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: Santhali language on Friday made its debut in Rajya Sabha when a lawmaker from Odisha used it to raise a matter of urgent public importance during the Zero Hour. Biju Janata Dal MP Sarojni Hembram spoke in Santhali, an Austroasiatic-Munda language spoken mostly by tribals in Odisha. She also demanded Bharat Ratna for […]

Column: Why A Council At All?

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The issue of formation of a legislative council in Odisha, which will make the state legislature bicameral, is back in focus with ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) likely to push for it during the winter session of the Parliament that commenced on Monday. Odisha Assembly had passed a resolution for the […]

Column: BJD-The Future Question

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is on a high following its landslide victory in the just concluded Bijepur assembly by-poll. On present form it seems to be miles ahead of its rivals—BJP and Congress—who have utterly failed to project themselves as an alternative to Patnaik. Congress is down in […]

BJP, BJD in verbal duel ahead of Bijepur bypolls

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party entered into a verbal duel with the campaign for the by-poll to Bijepur Assembly constituency in Odisha’s Bargarh district reaching the last lap. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who held several roadshows in the constituency seeking votes for party candidate Sanath Gartia, attacked Chief Minister […]

BJD Prepares Roadmap For Membership Drive

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to increase its number of members from the existing 47 lakh and further strengthen its base at the grassroots level, ruling BJD today prepared a roadmap for its membership drive scheduled to be launched tomorrow. The initiative will continue till October 31. Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik approved […]

Rift Surfaces In Koraput BJD During ZP Vice-President Election

Koraput: Hours after the by-election to the Zilla Parishad Vice-President post, fissures in the Koraput unit of ruling-Biju Janata Dal (BJD) have surfaced. Defying party high command’s orders, a woman member of the ZP went on to contest the election against the candidate selected by party leadership. As per reports, the party had named one […]

Op-Ed: What BJP Needs To Do In Odisha To Find A Winning Formula

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The BJP in Odisha has achieved its first objective of replacing the Congress as the main opposition party in the state. But the party cannot be satisfied with its performance in the recent elections. While its Lok Sabha tally went up to 8 from one in 2014 it could win only […]

Op-Ed: Government Must Accelerate Work in Fani-Hit Areas

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: More than three months have passed since cyclone Fani struck the Odisha coast but the state is yet to recover fully from its effects. People in several villages of Puri district, which was the worst affected by the calamity, are still struggling to rebuild their damaged houses. Power continues to play […]

Op-Ed: Why BJD’s Excessive Focus on Patkura?

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Chief minister, Naveen Patnaik seems to have made the Patkura assembly poll a prestige issue. What else can explain the ruling Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) excessive focus on a constituency where the party already enjoys a strong base. Patkura, in any case, is part of Kendrapara district which enjoys the reputation […]

Op-Ed: Will Naveen’s Tips For Good Governance Work?

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: In his fifth coming as the chief minister of Odisha, Naveen  Patnaik has donned the role of teacher for his ministers and MLAs. He has been imparting tips to make them better people’s representatives and administrators. In his first meeting with the newly elected Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislators he advised […]

Odisha CM grievance cell
Odisha CM's grievance cell to reopen from July 1

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s grievance cell will reopen from July 1, an official release issued by the CMO said on Monday. The release also said that the grievance cells of Chief Secretary, departmental secretaries and district collectors will also resume functioning from July 1. The Chief Minister’s grievance and all other grievance cells […]

Dharmendra Pradhan
Pradhan hits back at Congress' secret pact charge; calls it an open MoU

Bhubaneswar: Junking the Congress charge of having a secret pact between BJP – BJD over Rajya Sabha bypoll, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today categorically stated that there is no such  hush-hush deal, rather he termed it as an open understanding between the two parties. “PM Modi had spoken to CM Naveen and asked support […]

BJD nominates Rajanikant Singh as deputy speaker

Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Friday nominated Angul MLA Rajanikant Singh as deputy speaker of Odisha legislative assembly. Singh, a former minister and four-time MLA, will contest as BJD candidate for the deputy speaker of 16th Odisha legislative assembly. This was informed in a press statement by BJD general secretary Bijay Kumar […]

Op-Ed: The New NDA Government and Naveen

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: So what will be the equation like between Modi-led NDA government at the Centre and the Biju Janata Dal government in Odisha? Friendly or adversarial? Or will it oscillate between the two? These questions have become relevant following government formation in Delhi and Bhubaneswar in the wake of a protracted election […]

BJD to reiterate Special Category Status for Odisha in LS

Puri: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has made it clear that the party will reiterate its demand for Special Category State Status for Odisha in the Lok Sabha. BJD’s parliamentary party leader, Pinaki Mishra has also appealed other parliamentarians from BJP as well as the Congress to support the cause. “Central government should change the […]

Politics not complicated if people kept priority: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who won the state Assembly election for the fifth consecutive time, on Sunday said politics is not complicated when people and their welfare are kept in the forefront. “People ask me often what is the secret of the BJD’s continuous success and I always tell them these two points […]

Naveen stakes claim; Ganeshi Lal invites to form govt

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal has invited Naveen Patnaik to form the next government in the state after the BJD president staked claim on Sunday. Earlier, at a meeting held at the party headquarters here, the newly elected MLAs of BJD elected Patnaik as the leader of the BJD legislature party. The party has won […]

Odisha CM thanks people for fifth Assembly poll victory

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday thanked the people of the state for the fifth consecutive victory in the Assembly polls. “I would like to express my deep gratitude to the people of our state, who have showered their blessings time and again,” he said. Patnaik, who is also the Biju Janata Dal […]

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 […]

BJP to suffer net loss of seats this polls: Report

Mumbai: A new report has claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to suffer a net loss of seats in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, but will still emerge as the single largest party. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report expects the BJP to form a coalition government after the election results are out […]

BJD MLA candidate's booth visit sparks tension in Jagatsinghpur

Jagatsinghpur: Violence erupted at booth no 187 at Birabhadra Nodal School under the Jagatsinghpur Assembly constituency after BJD’s Kakatpur MLA candidate Tusharkanti Behera visited the booth yesterday. As per reports, when Behera entered the polling station, a polling agent of another party opposed his entry which led to a clash between the MLA candidate’s supporters […]

Congress worker stabbed to death in Jagatsinghpur

Jagatsinghpur: A Congress worker, who had joined the party yesterday, was allegedly stabbed to death at Noliasahi in Gadakujanga area under Jagatsinghpur Parliamentary constituency today. The deceased has been identified as Lachman Behera. According to sources, Behera, who had quit the ruling-Biju Janta Dal (BJD) and joined Congress party a day before, was returning after […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
Op-Ed: A Cry For Change

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Change has been the cry in this election in Odisha. It has been the refrain of voters in a majority of constituencies. The obvious implication of this is that anti-incumbency factor has come into play in the state for the first time since chief minister, Naveen Patnaik took up the reins […]

Naveen shields mining mafias: Dharmendra Pradhan

Keonjhar:  Hitting out at Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today alleged that the former has been shielding mining mafias. If voted to power, BJP will arrest and put Sanatan Mahakud and Pravakaran behind bars, Pradhan said while addressing his party’s ‘Vijay Sankalp Samavesh’ held at Telkoi in Keonjhar district […]

Attack during Jay Panda roadshow: Odisha BJP moves to CEO

Bhubaneswar: Alleging the involvement of the ruling-Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in the attack during Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda’s roadshow in Aul of Kendrapara district last evening, a delegation of Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) led by party’s vice-president  Samir Mohanty moved to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha today. The saffron party’s vice-president alleged that the […]

Poll violence: Fear of defeat haunting BJD, says BJP

Bhubaneswar: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday targeted the ruling-BJD over rising incidents of poll violence in the State and accused that the fear of defeat in the 2019 Elections is making the regional party violent. Addressing a press meet, Lekhashree Samantsinghar, the general secretary of the BJP, said that fear of defeat in the […]

Op-Ed: Popular anger may cost BJD dear this time

Bhubaneswar: Chief minister, Naveen Patnaik seems to be fighting the toughest battle of his entire political career in these elections which would be the true test of his popularity with anti-incumbency factor visible across the state. In the past the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) used to boast about Odisha bucking the anti-incumbency trend and […]

Murmu, Mahanta my recommendations to BJD: Champua MLA Sana Mahakud

Champua: Independent MLA of Champua, Sanatan Mahakud today made startling revelations trying to convey his closeness with the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and his role in candidate selection process of the ruling party. Sanatan said that he proposed Chandrani Murmu’s name for Keonjhar Lok Sabha seat and Minakshi Mahanta for Champua Assembly seat. BJD president […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
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: Let Expediency Rule, This Is Election Time!

Bhubaneswar: This is election time, the season of defections. Political loyalties become conveniently fickle at this time and expediency invariably gets precedence over principles. What else can explain former minister, Damodar Rout, a lifelong critic of BJP, entering the poll fray on the lotus symbol. This is going to be his last hurrah or sigh […]

Op-Ed: BJD ploy of 33% of LS tickets for women could work both ways

As soon as it was announced, commentators were quick to hail it as a ‘game changer’. But nearly a week down the line, it is increasingly becoming clear that the 33% reservation of Lok Sabha seats for women by Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo in Kendrapara, the first time any party in India has done […]

Elections 2019: Dharmendra-Vs-Naveen
Elections 2019: BJP, BJD match blows with counter campaigns

Bhubaneswar: As the battle of ballots is approaching nearer, all the major parties are trying to outrun each other in the run up to the general elections heating up the political temperature in Odisha. The political atmosphere is increasingly getting turbulent amid intensified exchange of allegations and counter allegations between the BJP, BJD and the […]

Op-Ed: Jay Panda’s BJP Gambit

Bhubaneswar: Setting all speculations at rest former Kendrapara MP, Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda has finally joined the Bhartiya Janata Party. His saffron switch was expected, but yet when it came about, it was a big media event given his image as a high-profile politician who used to be the intellectual face of Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata […]

Op-Ed: Congress In Odisha Stares At An Uncertain Future

Bhubaneswar: As elections draw closer the fluctuating fortunes of Congress, the main opposition party in the state, are being closely watched. The Grand Old party, which ruled the state for the longest period and was considered virtually invincible a few decades ago, seems to be in a freefall with both BJP and the Naveen Patnjaik-led […]

Jay Panda refutes allegations of pending electricity bills, says “Biju Gunda Vahini” behind disturbances

Bhubaneswar: Refuting the allegations of pending electricity bills against him, former parliamentarian Baijayant Panda today stated that the Biju Janata Dal had already probed the allegations when he was in the party and found those untrue. Panda also said that former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik’s name is being misused for ‘Biju Gunda Vahini’ to physically […]