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Tag: Election

Debi Mishra
People Trust Regional Parties: BJD On WB Poll Results

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today said the regional parties in their respective States still enjoy a political clout which is quite clear from the just announced Bengal poll…

ECI issues guidelines for polls, makes masks & sanitisers mandatory

New Delhi: Ahead of the Bihar polls, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has approved the broad guidelines for the conduct of elections and bye-elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These include the use of masks, sanitisers, thermal scanners and adherence to social distancing norms during the election process. Only five people will be allowed including […]

Voting For 2nd Phase Of Jharkhand Assembly Polls Begins

Ranchi: Voting began on Saturday for the second phase of the Jharkhand Assembly polls. The polling which started at 7 AM will end at 3 PM. Whereas for the two Assembly seats, Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West, it will conclude at 5 PM. For 20 Assembly seats, there are a total 260 candidates whose fate […]

Column: A Far Cry From The Vibrant Indian Elections

By Ashutosh Mishra London: Being used to the boisterous and colourful election campaigns in India I find the ongoing campaign for the Christmas elections in this country strangely quiet and drab. There are no banners and posters, no loudspeaker mounted vehicles blaring out songs and slogans and no processions with dance and music. For us […]

Ballot Papers Are History; EVMs Can't Be Tampered With: CEC

Mumbai: The Election Commission on Wednesday ruled out the use of ballot papers in next month’s Maharashtra Assembly elections, terming them “history” and defended EVMs, saying these machines cannot be tampered with. Addressing reporters after reviewing poll preparedness in the state, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora also said the Assembly poll expenditure limit of candidates […]

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EC seeks report after Tej Pratap's bouncers thrash media persons

Patna: The Election Commission (EC) has sought a report from the Patna District Magistrate on the alleged thrashing of media persons by RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son and former Bihar Minister Tej Pratap Yadav at a polling booth here on Sunday. According to local TV reports, Yadav was coming out after casting his vote at […]

Cyclone Fani: 2 EVM strong rooms to be relocated

Bhubaneswar: The Election Commission has taken adequate precautionary measures to avoid possible damages to polled Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in view of the expected landfall of Cyclone Fani on Friday. Besides, the Collectors of all the districts which are expected to be affected by the cyclone have been directed to take measures to prevent entry of […]

EC notice to Sidhu for calling PM Modi a 'thief'

New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday issued a show cause notice to Congress leader and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu over his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The EC notice was based on a complaint by Neeraj, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker in Gujarat, who alleged that Sidhu described the Prime […]

Rajnath Singh lambasts Naveen for not implementing Ayushman Bharat Yojana

Jajpur: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh came down heavily on BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today for not implementing Ayushman Bharat Yojana in Odisha. Addressing a poll meeting in Bari of Jajpur district today, Rajnath said that while the Ayushman Bharat Yojana has been implemented by other states of the country, people […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
2nd phase polling to begin in 5 Lok Sabha, 35 Assembly seats today in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The stage is set for the second phase of polling for five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly seats in Odisha today. A total of 76.93 lakh voters are eligible to cast their franchise for Bargarh, Sundergarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska Lok Sabha seats and 35 Assembly seats under these parliamentary constituencies spread across western […]

Preparations begin for 2nd phase elections in Odisha

Bargarh/Bolangir/Ganjam:  With the end of high-voltage campaigning for the 2nd phase polls today, polling officers and security personnel have begun preparations to ensure smooth conduct of the elections in the upcoming phase. In the 2nd phase, polling will take place in Aska, Kandhamal, Sundergarh, Bargarh and Bolangir Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 Assembly constituencies under […]

Bar association elections across Odisha conclude

Bhubaneswar: Elections were held at all the bar associations across the State today. Along with the High Court bar, elections were also held for other bar associations today. Gopalkrushna Mohanty was elected president of Orissa High Court Bar Association while Sanjay Das will be the secretary. Similarly, for Bhubaneswar Bar Association, Birendra Patnaik was elected […]

Facebook launches tools to boost election engagement

New Delhi: Social-networking site Facebook on Tuesday launched two new India-specific tools — “Candidate Connect” and “Share You Voted” — to boost civic engagement on its platform during the general elections that commence in April. While “Candidate Connect” will help people learn more about candidates, the “Share You Voted” will provide people with polling information […]

PM Modi weakened all pro-poor schemes: Rahul Gandhi

Bundi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of opposing and weakening all schemes that helped the poor, and said his party’s newly launched Nyay income guarantee scheme is not a free gift but justice for them. Addressing the Jan Sankalp Rally here, Gandhi said the Prime Minister failed to understand […]

India's oldest voter is all set to cast ballots again!

Shimla: At the age of 102, Shyam Saran Negi, who never missed a chance to tune to hear Prime Minister Narendra Mondi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, is all set to vote again. A staunch believer in democracy, he wants other Indians too not to miss an opportunity to vote. Negi has been appointed a brand […]

Rahul should apologise for Pitroda's remarks: Shah

New Delhi: BJP chief Amit Shah on Saturday said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi should apologise for his chief advisor Sam Pitroda’s statement on the February 14 Pulwama attack. “I demand from the Congress President that he must apologise to the families of the slain troopers,” Shah told the media here. Shah’s statement came in […]

Odisha BJP moves Election Commission over poll code 'violation' in KALIA scheme

Bhubaneswar: The State unit of BJP met the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) accusing the ruling-BJD of violating the model code of conduct through its KALIA scheme. As per the allegations, following the enforcement of the model code of conduct on March 10, the State Finance Minister, Shashi Bhusan Behera had announced that disbursement of monetary […]

Former Kerala Minister V.J. Thankappan dies at 84

Thiruvananthapuram: Senior CPI-M leader and former Kerala Minister V.J. Thankappan passed away on Saturday near here, according to his family. He was 84. Thankappan died following age-related issues at his home in the city suburbs, a family member said. The four-time Communist party of India-Marxist MLA also served as the Minister for Local Administration in […]

BJP rejigs poll tagline to 'Modi hai to mumkin hai'

New Delhi: The BJP is set to rejig its slogan for the Lok Sabha elections from “Namumkin ab mumkin hai” (impossible is possible now) to “Modi hai to mumkin hai” (Everything is possible if Modi is there), sources in the Bharatiya Janata Party said on Tuesday. The BJP is planning to build its poll plank […]

The year when Modi's charisma appeared to wane

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling BJP face a tough challenge in the Lok Sabha elections in the coming summer in the wake of its defeat in the recent Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and mounting worries on the economic front. Even at the end of 2017, no one […]

Bills for election of mayors/chairpersons by direct votes in Odisha passed

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly has passed two bills for conduct of direct vote for the elections of mayors in municipal corporations and chairpersons in the municipality and notified area councils. The Odisha Municipal (amendment) Bill 2018 and the Odisha Municipal Corporation (amendment) Bill 2018 were passed on Tuesday in the House in the absence of […]

RS Deputy Chairman election: PM Modi calls Odisha CM to say thanks

Bhubaneswar: A day after Harivansh Narayan Singh won the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election; Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over telephone and thanked him for supporting the NDA-backed JD (U) candidate. Singh was elected deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha yesterday after he won the election with 125 votes against […]

NDA-backed JD(U) candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh elected RS deputy chairman

New Delhi: NDA- backed JD(U) candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha today after he won the election with 125 votes against UPA’s BK Hariprasad who got 105 votes. Earlier, Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik had announced his party’s support to Singh for the Rajya Sabha deputy […]

Polling begins in Meghalaya, Nagaland

Kohima/Shillong: Election to the 60-member Nagaland Assembly began at 7 am today amid a tight security as more than half of the 2,156 polling stations in the north-eastern state have been declared critical. Similarly, polling for the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly also began at 7 am today amid tight security with over 18 lakh voters eligible […]

BJD MP raises concern over cash for vote remark of LoP

Bhubaneswar: A day after Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra stated that money changed hands during the recently concluded Bijepur bypoll to lure voters, BJD’s Sambalpur MP Nagendra Pradhan today said that democracy is in danger if the former’s remarks are true. “If Mishra’s statement that Rs 5,000 was offered to each voter during the bypoll […]

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 […]

Op-Ed: Maheswar Mohanty Is Right: Money Wins Elections

Maheswar Mohanty is certain to be pilloried for his politically incorrect comment at an event in Puri today that even Mahatma Gandhi would have lost the election without money if he was to fight one now. Unpalatable though it may sound, what the Revenue Minister has said is a brutally honest admission of the real […]

Election to 58 Rajya Sabha seats on March 23

New Delhi: Biennial election for 58 seats of Rajya Sabha from 16 states will be held on March 23, the Election Commission announced on Friday. While the last date of nomination is March 12, counting of votes for all seats will be held on March 23, it said in a statement. The term of 58 […]

Maldives to hold presidential poll in September

Male: The first round of presidential elections in Maldives will be held in early September and preparations for the polls have already begun, the Elections Commission has announced. It said on Thursday that a second round, if necessary, would be held within 21 days from the election day. The President’s Office in a statement said it […]

Polsara MLA charged with filing false poll affidavit

Berhampur: BJD MLA Srikant Sahu from Polsara constituency landed in trouble after a petition was filed in the Orissa High Court alleging that he had furnished false information in his affidavit during 2014 elections. Petitioner Rohit Pradhan, a general voter of Polsara alleged that the legislator had provided false information related to his educational qualification […]

MP Jay Panda & BJD MLA Pramila Mallick engage in war of words

Bhubaneswar: Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda and BJD MLA Pramila Mallick today got into a war of words after the latter challenged the parliamentarian to prove his popularity by winning the election after quitting the party. “As he claimed to have organisational strength even after furnishing false information to the Election Commission of India during 2014 […]

My book predicted Trump's election: Rushdie

Cartagena (Colombia): Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie has said his book “The Golden House” predicted the election of US President Donald Trump although he was sure of Hillary Clinton winning. Rushdie, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen prize in 2013, was participating in a discussion with Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vasquez in the 13th edition […]

BJP recalibrates its 'Mission 120' after Gujarat contest

Bhubaneswar: After Gujarat assembly election, the BJP seems to be reassessing its claims of winning 120 or more seats in Odisha since its calculations went awry in the ‘Modi’fied state. The saffron party which had set a target of 150 seats in Gujarat before the election, managed to grab only 99. The party said the […]

Key Indian equity indices plunge on Congress showing in Gujarat

Mumbai: The key Indian equity indices on Monday plunged 561.42 points as soon as it opened as counting trends in the Gujarat Assembly elections showed the Congress giving a tough fight to the ruling BJP. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) traded at 561.42 points or 1.68 per cent lower soon after opening. The wider 50-scrip […]

EC announces dates for Gujarat Assembly poll

New Delhi:The Gujarat Assembly elections will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday. The Commission had already announced that the results for Gujarat polls will be announced along with that of Himachal Pradesh on December 18. The first phase of the Gujarat election will cover 89 […]

Utkal University VC stages hunger strike for peace on campus

Bhubaneswar: Protesting students’ unrest and repeated violence on campus, vice chancellor of Utkal University Soumendra Mohan Patnaik along with his other colleagues today staged a sit-in in front of his office. The strike, which he called ‘Introspective Silent Fasting’ began in the morning today and will continue till 8pm. Patnaik appealed to the students to […]

HC quashes BJD leader's plea challenging election of Cong MLA

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today quashed a petition filed by senior BJD leader Kishore Mohanty challenging the election of Congress’ Naba Das from Jharsuguda Assembly constituency. Mohanty, a former Assembly Speaker, had lost to Das by a margin of 1,563 votes in the April 2014 elections. Alleging that the election process, including counting of […]

Japanese PM calls for snap election

Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called an early election as he seeks to secure a stronger mandate to overcome “a national crisis” amid rising threats from North Korea. Abe’s decision comes amid rebounding approval ratings after a record low over the summer and with the opposition largely in disarray. In a national […]

OCA elections likely to be held by November

Cuttack: Elections to the post of various office bearers of Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) are most likely to be completed by the end of November as per Lodha Committee recommendations. It was decided in the meeting of OCA council here today after all the officials unanimously agreed to abide by the reforms made by the […]

Utkal University to hold Students’ Union election as per schedule

Bhubaneswar: After speculations were rife over cancellation of Students’ Union election at Utkal University this year, Union Advisor Prof Jayanta Parida cleared the air and said that varsity will conduct elections as per the Lyngdoh Committee guidelines and advertisement of the State Government. The decision was finalized in a PG Council review meeting chaired by […]