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Tag: Cm Naveen

Patkura verdict - Was it a bittersweet victory for BJD?

Bhubaneswar: Despite defeating his friend-turned-foe Bijay Mohapatra in the Patkura Assembly election yesterday, the BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a brainstorming session today with all the party leaders in-charge of the poll to eke out the reasons behind the decline in vote share of the party. BJD candidate Sabitri Agarwalla won […]

Opposition grills Naveen-govt over job crisis in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Opposition parties- BJP & Congress today grilled the State government over the latter’s failure to address the rising unemployment issue in Odisha. Leader of Opposition & senior BJP MLA Pradipta Naik presented a report in the assembly claiming that in 2007-08, Odisha had 1.14 crore migrant labourers, out of which around 10 lakh […]

With Bijepur-Like Promises, CM Naveen Hits Campaign Trail In Patkura

Bhubaneswar: With barely hours left in campaigning for Patkura Assembly poll, Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik today hit campaign trail for party candidate in the constituency and made promises similar to what he had made in Bijepur during Assembly elections. It is pertinent to mention here that during the Bijepur polls, the […]

How Much CM Relief Fund Is Used For Aahar Scheme?

Bhubaneswar: Already under attack from opposition for mining and chit fund scams, the Naveen Patnaik government is now facing a new controversy after the data submitted by two State government departments exposed massive differences in the fund released for the Odisha government’s much-advertised ‘Aahar’ scheme. The Aahar scheme was launched by the Naveen government to […]

BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy Exposes Odisha Govt Once Again!

Bhubaneswar: After lashing out at the Odisha government for its alleged failure in providing adequate relief to the cyclone Fani victims, the ruling-BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy has once again courted controversy by alleging irregularities in the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). “Even after laying foundation stone for the construction of roads, no work is […]

Op-Ed: Time For Odisha To Stand Up For Its Rights

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: As expected chief minister, Naveen Patnaik has written a letter to union tourism minister expressing his disappointment over the omission of Odisha from the list of 17 iconic tourism sites to be developed by the Centre with provision made for the same in the budget for 2019-20. In his missive to […]

Odisha govt to begin auction of mines in July: Minister Prafulla Mallick

Bhubaneswar: At least five to 10 mines out of the 36 mineral blocks in Odisha will be auctioned in July, informed the State Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick today. Speaking on the sidelines of a seminar organised by Sukinda and Bhubaneswar mining associations here in Bhubaneswar, Mallick said, “In 2020, around 24 mines will […]

Does CM Naveen’s RS googly not smack of opportunism amid equidistant claims?

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik’s announcement of party candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha by-elections and importantly, extending support to BJP’s RS candidate came as a big surprise for many. Many believe it is a calculated step to save his coterie group. It is alleged that many a leader of the […]

How will BJD rehabilitate its failed leaders to avoid dissidence?

Bhubaneswar: With the bypoll to three Rajya Sabha seats from Odisha just round the corner, the biggest challenge for the ruling-BJD is now to rehabilitate its aspiring leaders. After sending three leaders to Rajya Sabha next month, the BJD will again have a chance next year when four more RS seats will fall vacant. So, […]

Odisha CM announces Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia for jawan's kin

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh for the next of kin of Army jawan Naik Ajit Kumar Sahoo, who was martyred in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. The Chief Minister also expressed grief over the death of the Odia jawan. Patnaik said the assistance will be […]

Is Fear of CBI Forcing CM Naveen to forget his equidistant Stance?

Bhubaneswar: After extending support to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee Om Birla’s candidature for the Lok Sabha Speaker’s post, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has now given its nod to PM Modi’s ‘one nation one election’ policy. While it seems a usual process in a federal structure like India, these have made many ponder […]

There’s nothing in Odisha, healthcare too is in doldrums: BJD MP Pramila Bisoyi

Bhubaneswar/Ganjam: When Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an SHG worker Pramila Bisoyi as the BJD candidate from the Aska LS constituency, hardly did anyone think that the same 70-year-old grassroots-level worker would open up about problems plaguing the region in particular and state in general, that’s been under her party’s governance since 19 years. After […]

By-election to Rajya Sabha from Odisha: Who could be lucky ones in CM Naveen's list?

Bhubaneswar: With the release of the notification for the by-election to fill three vacant Rajya Sabha seats from Odisha, speculations are now rife as to who will be the lucky ones to get ruling-BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s nod. For the BJD, which will capture all the three seats given its strength in […]

Is Ruling-BJD Planning Vidhan Parishad Just To Rehabilitate Party Leaders?

Bhubaneswar: Amid protests from the Opposition, the ruling-BJD is now eyeing to get Parliament’s nod for the formation of Legislative Council or Vidhan Parishad in Odisha. A resolution to set up Vidhan Parishad was passed in the Odisha Assembly in September last year in absence of opposition party members including from the BJP and Congress. […]

Give Us Spl Category Status, Rs 5000 Cr & Coal Royalty Revision, Requests Naveen To Modi

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and rerteirated the demand of Special Category Status for the State. “I requested him (PM Modi) for Special Category Status for Odisha. We have been hit by the recent cyclone which has done a great deal of damage, I asked […]

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CM Naveen Vacates Bijepur Assembly Seat, Retains Hinjili

Bhubaneswar: Putting all speculations to rest, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today vacated the Bijepur Assembly seat and retained the Hinjili constituency. CM Naveen had contested and won both the Assembly constituencies- Bijepur in Bargarh district and Hinjili in Ganjam district- in 2019 polls. Speculations had started to build regarding him vacating Bijepur since the […]

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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 […]

Bijepur or Hinjili - Which seat will CM Naveen Vacate?

Bhubaneswar: After being sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Odisha for the fifth term in a row, BJD president Naveen Patnaik, who had contested from Hinjili and Bijepur Assembly seats and won both, will have to vacate one constituency. While Naveen is yet to decide which segment to retain, a debate is already raging. Party […]

Is CM Naveen's No To 'Dynasty Rule' Simply Part Of Shrewd Politics?

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik may not have set his succession process in motion owing to which he blatantly rejected the possibility of any member of his family joining politics on Monday, but the possibility of his nephew Arun Patnaik replacing the five-time Odisha CM cannot be ruled out. For the last few months, speculations […]

Patkura Poll: BJP, BJD wrangle over postponement of poll date

Bhubaneswar: A day after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approached the Election Commission of India (ECI) seeking postponement of election to the Patkura Assembly constituency, a delegation of the BJP led by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today met the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) at New Delhi and urged not to defer the poll date. The […]

Jay Panda once again in CM Naveen’s narrative, says ‘reconciliation with Panda didn’t work’

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik continued his tirade against his former BJD colleague Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda while speaking to news agency ANI today. He also stated that though he tried a reconciliation with the former parliamentarian, “it didn’t work.” In the interview, Patnaik listed out three reasons for snapping ties with former Kendrapara MP […]

An IAS officer misled CM Naveen during Mahanadi dispute meet: Uma Bharti

Cuttack: With the dispute over Mahanadi River water sharing between Odisha and Chhattisgarh failing to reach a consensus, Union Minister Uma Bharti made a startling revelation during her visit to Odisha on Thursday. The senior BJP leader accused a bureaucrat of influencing CM Naveen Patnaik during a meeting held to resolve the ongoing Mahandi dispute. […]

Op-Ed: ‘Fitness video’ has left Naveen’s spin doctors looking rather foolish

“Who does he think he is fooling? We are watching him on TV on a daily basis. We had seen him with our own eyes when he was here last – to inaugurate the beautified Kusuma pond. He could barely walk without help. Who will believe this video?” No, this is not the reaction of […]

Naveen disrespects & backstabs associates: Amit Shah

Bhubaneswar: BJP national president Amit Shah today slammed the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha over mining and chit fund scams. He also alleged that the BJD chief never respects his associates and has the habit of backstabbing his party (BJD) leaders. During the launch of party manifesto ‘Sankalp Patra’ for Odisha elections 2019, Amit […]

Elections 2019: Three BJD MLAs, 3 former legislators join BJP

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha seems to be in hot water as its leaders who once helped the party withstand the challenge of Modi wave that had swept India’s political landscape in the 2014 polls are joining hands with the BJP thick and fast. Till now, it was believed that BJD’s electoral […]

BJD withdraws suspension of 'anti-party' leader Prafulla Ghadai

Bhubaneswar: On September 20, 2014, the BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced, “Prafulla Chandra Ghadai has been expelled from the party for anti-party activities with immediate effect.” And after almost four and a half years, Naveen withdrew the expulsion order against the former Finance Minister. Party’s General Secretary Bijay Nayak informed that […]

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Exodus from Naveen brigade continues; 'mentally tortured' Nilagiri MLA Resigns from BJD

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is often seen saying ‘apana mane khusi ta, mu bhi khusi’ (are you happy… I am happy) while addressing public gatherings in the State. However, it seems the CM failed to ask the same to his own party leaders as exodus from […]

Former Khurda MLA Jitu Mitra returns to BJD

Bhubaneswar: Former Khurda MLA and BJP leader Jyotirindra Nath Mitra today ‘rejoined’ the BJD at Naveen Niwas in presence of party supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The two-time MLA, popularly known as Jitu Mitra, had quit the BJD in 2014 after being denied a party ticket. He then switched over to the BJP […]

BJP's top brass plays safe; UP CM Adityanath also goes soft on Odisha CM

Bhawanipatna/Khurda: While the Odisha unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going for broke to give a fillip to its electoral campaign in the State, it seems the top brass of the BJP has already chosen to play safe. Earlier, both Narendra Modi and Amit Shah and today Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, […]

CM Naveen inaugurates several projects in Boudh

Boudh: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated and laid foundation stones of several projects in Boudh district today. In Kantamal block of the district, Patnaik laid the foundation stone for several developmental projects worth Rs 543 crore and also distributed assistance to beneficiaries under several ongoing welfare schemes. The CM also laid the foundation […]

CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates several projects in Balasore

Balasore: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugrated and laid foundation stones of several projects including the Subarnarekha port during his one-day visit to Balasore today. The Chief Minister kicked off his tour after inaugurating Talsari Beach Festival in Bhograi block where he laid foundation stones for 40 different projects worth around Rs 400 crore and addressed […]

CM Naveen dedicates projects worth Rs 250 crore in Kandhamal

Phulbani: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today dedicated several projects worth Rs 250 crore for the welfare of people in Kandhamal district. Attending Biju Youth Conclave at Kandhamal stadium, CM Naveen inaugurated 19 different projects including two 300-bedded boys and girls hostel for Phulbani Autonomous College, a 600-bedded Anwesa hostel for ST students,  renovated Kandhamal spices […]

CM Naveen dedicates projects worth Rs 250 crore in Kandhamal

Phulbani: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today dedicated several projects worth Rs 250 crore for the welfare of people in Kandhamal district. Attending Biju Youth Conclave at Kandhamal stadium, CM Naveen inaugurated 19 different projects including two 300-bedded boys and girls hostel for Phulbani Autonomous College, a 600-bedded Anwesa hostel for ST students,  renovated Kandhamal spices […]

BJD, BJP indulge in war of words over unemployment issue

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of BJP, today lashed out at the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the inefficiency on part of the State government to create employment opportunities. The policies of the State government are against youth and it has led to the dismal state of employment scenario […]

Rahul slams 'remote-controlled' Naveen, guarantees minimum income if voted to power

Bhawanipatna/Rourkela: All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi today reiterated that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is remote-controlled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the time has come to oust both and bring Congress to power. The AICC chief alleged that CM Naveen is working as per PM’s instructions as the ruling-BJD leaders and […]

Rahul Gandhi fires salvo at CM Naveen, PM Modi

Bhubaneswar: Setting the tone for the 2019 elections, All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi today ripped apart the ruling-BJD over corruption, employment and farmers’ issues during his visit to the State today. Addressing a public gathering at Tamando in Bhubaneswar today, the AICC chief said that the Naveen Patnaik-led government in Odisha is […]

Politics of Publicity: Parties up in arms over Odisha govt's massive publicity spending

Bhubaneswar: Opposition parties today lashed out at the Odisha government for allegedly splurging crores of rupees on publicity. While the BJP said that the declining popularity of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is forcing the party to spend such massive amount of public money to shore up ‘Brand Naveen’, Congress alleged that the fear of anti-incumbency […]

CM Naveen writes to Piyush Goyal for realignment of Jaleswar-Digha rail line

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today wrote to Union Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal drawing the latter’s attention over the construction of Railway line from Jaleswar to Digha in South Eastern Railway. In the letter, Patnaik mentioned that the Digha-Jaleswar Broad Gauge Rail Project (41 kms) was sanctioned by the Ministry of Railways during […]

KALIA largest scheme in Odisha with Rs 10,000 cr expenditure: CM Naveen

Bhubaneswar: While addressing a gathering on the opening day of the 5-day farmers’ convention Krushi Odisha-2019 in Bhubaneswar today, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme will open new doors of development. “KALIA is an ideal scheme not only for Odisha but for the entire nation. It […]

Modi slams Odisha govt over non-utilisation of DMF funds

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lashed out at the Odisha government alleging non-utilisation of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) funds towards the development of the areas and people affected by mining related operations. Addressing a huge gathering at Bolangir, Modi said that Odisha has over Rs 4000 crore in its DMF funds but it […]