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Maha Polls: At 44.74%, Mumbai Puts Up Poor Show Once Again

Mumbai: The country’s financial and entertainment capital once again seems to have fared poorly on the voter turnout front with the Mumbai city and suburban areas on Monday recording an estimated 44.74% polling till 5 pm in the Maharashtra assembly elections. Ironically, Bandra which is the home to many Bollywood personalities recorded the lowest voter […]

131 of BJP's 303 Lok Sabha members are first timers

New Delhi: Of the BJP’s 303 Lok Sabha members who got elected in the just-concluded elections, 131 are first timers and include party President Amit Shah. The list also includes former union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and celebrities from sports to film fraternity like Sunny Deol, Ravi Kishan, Gautam Gambhir and Hans Raj Hans. There […]

Op-Ed: Edge of The Seat Suspense Grips Leaders

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: With less than 24 hours to go for the EVMs to be unlocked leaders of almost all the major parties seem to be on the edge. Irrespective of the euphoria generated by the exit polls among the leaders of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) even they cannot be one hundred sure of […]

Virat Kohli urges voters to exercise franchise

Gurugram: Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli cast his vote here on Sunday appealed to voters to exercise their franchise. After casting his vote here, he told reporters: “Everyone should come and vote and I urge to all.” Donning casual clothes, he came to the polling booth along with his brother. All the 10 Lok Sabha […]

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 […]

Elections 2019: Repolling in nine booths of Odisha concludes

Bhubaneswar: Re-polling in as many as nine booths spread across four Lok Sabha constituencies, two each in Sundergarh and Kandhamal, four in Bargarh and one in Aska concluded amidst tight security arrangements today. A total of 70.5 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Sundergarh (booth no- 213) and Bonai (booth no-129) Assembly seats under […]

Attack on EC squad: Maharathy's bail plea deferred till April 27

Bhubaneswar: A special designated court here on Wednesday deferred the hearing of the bail plea of arrested BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy in connection with the attack on Election Commission surveillance squad. The next date of hearing is April 27. According to sources, the court has deferred the hearing due to delay in submission of case […]

Modi regime at exit door after three phases: Congress

New Delhi: The Congress said on Tuesday that with people in 302 Lok Sabha constituencies having already exercised their franchise at the end of third phase of seven-phased election, the message was that the Modi government was at the “exit door”. Party leader Jairam Ramesh said here that campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and […]

AI, social media regulation find prominence in poll manifestos

New Delhi: Going by the poll manifestos published by major political parties, the use of digital technology is likely to get a boost under the new government that will come to power after the Lok Sabha election results on May 23. While most political parties have promised greater implementation of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence […]

66% turnout in second phase Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: The second phase of Lok Sabha polls across 95 seats saw a voter turnout of 66 per cent, Election Commission said here on Thursday. “The preliminary figure for polling percentage in the second phase polls is 66 per cent. It was 69.62 per cent for the second phase polling in 2014,” a senior […]

Polling begins in 91 seats in phase one of LS polls

New Delhi: Polling began Thursday morning in 91 constituencies spread across 18 states and two union territories in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections. Voting is also underway in 175 assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh, 32 in Sikkim and 28 seats in Odisha. Polling in all the Lok Sabha constituencies of Andhra Pradesh (25), Telangana […]

Congress expels two rebel candidates in Karnataka

Bengaluru: The Congress on Saturday expelled two party members for contesting against official candidates it fielded jointly with ruling coalition partner Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) in two Karnataka Lok Sabha seats. “Rebel candidates Amrith Shenoy and Shanul Haq have been expelled from the party for contesting against official candidates in Udupi-Chickmagalur and Bidar parliamentary seats,” Congress […]

Commissionerate Police gears up to regulate poll conduct

Bhubaneswar: As electoral race heats up in Odisha with all political parties battling out against each other to win people’s mandate, the police have also geared up to ensure regulation of model code of conduct for the upcoming elections. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Bhubaneswar held a meeting with all political parties yesterday in this connection. […]

2nd leg of WhatsApp campaign to fight fake news

New Delhi: Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Monday launched the second-leg of its “Share Joy, Not Rumours” education campaign to encourage the responsible use of its platform ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. In addition to the earlier TV, print and radio ads, the new campaign would educate people on the controls available in WhatsApp so they […]

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 […]

Cong seat allotment for 2019 Polls: Tara, Sadhu, Sumitra dejected, Narasingha flip-flops

Bhubaneswar: Disappointed with the candidate list announced by the party late last night, Congress chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati today expressed that despite being a senior leader, he feels he doesn’t have a say in any decision taken by the party. Bahinipati also claimed that it is party working president Pradeep Majhi who calls the […]

All planes, choppers booked for poll campaign

Mumbai: With canvassing for the 2019 general elections in full swing, it’s a “houseful” notice outside most companies hiring out small fixed wing aircraft and helicopters for campaign purposes, aviation industry players said. Top politicians of various parties covet choppers as they afford ease of mobility and access to the country’s remotest corners, and small planes […]

EC bars manifesto release 48 hours before vote day

New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) here on Saturday barred political parties from releasing election manifestos in the last 48 hours of the voting day in the multi-phase Lok Sabha elections. The directive has come weeks before the Lok Sabha elections, which would be held in seven phases in April and May. The amended model […]

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Odisha Elections 2019: BJD announces Poll Manifesto Committee

Bhubaneswar: BJD Supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced the party poll manifesto committee for the upcoming elections. Senior party leader Bed Prakash Agarwal has been appointed as the chairperson of the committee, while Prasanna Acharya, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Mangala Kisan, Padmanav Behera and Kasturi Mohapatra were chosen as the Co-Chairpersons, informed sources. Similarly, […]

Elections 2019: Commisionerate Police issues advisory for candidates, parties

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: The Twin City Commissionerate Police (CP) today issued a poll code advisory for the political parties and candidates on organising public meetings, roadshows, rallies in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. As per the guidelines, the candidates of the political parties can hold meetings, rallies and roadshows only after getting prior permission.  The […]

Elections 2019: After BJD, Congress plays 'women card' to woo voters

Bhubaneswar: With campaigns for the upcoming general elections going in full swing, political parties are leaving no stone unturned to turn things around in their favour. Moving a step forward in this battle of ballot with the BJD and the BJP, Odisha Congress today declared that it would give more tickets to women candidates in […]

Modi urges Rahul, others to motivate voters

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other politicians, sportspersons, actors, business leaders to encourage maximum voter engagement in 2019 general elections in April-May. “I appeal to Rahul Gandhi, (West Bengal Chief Minister) Mamata (Banerjee), (NCP chief) Sharad Pawar, (BSP supremo) Mayawati, (SP chief) Akhilesh Yadav, (RJD leader) Tejashwi […]

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Elections 2019: Odisha Congress candidates to be finalised soon

Bhubaneswar: Clearing the air over the growing confusion about party’s candidates for the upcoming elections, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Chief, Niranjan Patnaik today clarified that the party has not yet finalised the tickets. Patnaik said that discussions have been held by the Congress screening committee about selection of candidates for the first 3 phases […]

BJD will announce candidates soon: Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: While exuding confidence of BJD sweeping back to power, party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said that his party will soon come out with the final list of candidates. Speaking to mediamen in Bhubaneswar, CM Patnaik said BJD will do well in the coming elections, but stopped short of predicting any particular […]

Op-Ed: Laughable Attempt At Rewriting History

It is a pathetic attempt at falsification of history. Health minister Pratap Jena’s claim that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) was founded on the ‘ideals’ of Biju Patnaik and the BJP had nothing to do with its formation must have made the legendary leader squirm in his grave. Unfortunately for Jena, there are plenty of […]