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Tag: Elections

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Odisha By-Polls: Campaigning Gains Momentum In Balasore, Tirtol

Balasore: With the by-elections for two Assembly seats in Odisha round the corner, three major political parties in the State – the BJD, BJP and Congress have intensified their campaigns in the Tirtol and Balasore Sadar constituencies to woo voters.The leaders of the three political parties have launched door-to-door campaigns and ditching in all efforts […]

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Flout Covid SOPs, Face Action, Poll Panel Warns Parties

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday shot off a letter to the Presidents and General Secretaries of all recognised national or state political parties, warning against flouting of Covid-19 guidelines issued earlier. It said that non-compliance of instructions during the period of “public interface” will attract actions as per provisions of Sections 51 to […]

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Delhi Voter Turnout A 'Satisfactory' 62.59%, Announces Chief Election Officer

New Delhi: After a row over the delay in announcing total voter turnout for Delhi Assembly elections on Saturday, Chief Election Officer Ranbir Singh on Sunday evening blamed the delay on collation of data. Singh informed media that the final voter turnout was 62.59 per cent, which he termed “satisfactory”. He said that the Delhi […]

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Column: Not Winning By Default

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: There is no dearth of political analysts who believe that chief minister, Naveen Patnaik has been winning elections by default, implying that the Opposition is either too weak or lacks the stomach for a fight. It is easy for such an impression to gain ground as Patnaik seems to have made […]

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After Quitting BJP, Ashok Panigrahi To Support BJD In Bijepur Bypoll

Bhubaneswar: A day after resigning from primary membership of BJP, senior leader Ashok Panigrahi today said that he will extend support to his former party BJD in the upcoming Bijepur bypoll. Panigrahi said he has decided to do so after taking suggestion from his supporters. However, the former MLA also said that his support to the […]

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Column: The Bijepur Battle

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Major political parties in the state are now gearing up for the upcoming by-poll battle in Bijepur, the assembly seat that has fallen vacant following chief minister, Naveen Patnaik’s decision to retain his traditional Hinjili seat in Ganjam district. Patnaik’s decision to contest both from Hinjili and Bijepur, the latter being […]

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Absence of ruling-BJD MLAs in Assembly amid Patkura election irks Opposition

Bhubaneswar: On the day of Patkura poll, the vacant seats of ministers and members of the ruling BJD in the State Assembly has irked Opposition parties, which targeted the ruling party and accused it of ignoring larger issues for mere votes. The legislators of the Opposition parties accused BJD MLAs and leaders of campaigning at […]

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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 […]

BJP sets target to enrol 50 lakh members in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has set a target to enrol 50 lakh members as it launched its membership drive on Saturday. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the state-level BJP membership drive in Ekamra Assembly constituency in Bhubaneswar. “In Odisha, we have launched the membership drive from Ekamra Assembly constituency. […]

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Naveen's Rajya Sabha choices leave trail of broken promises

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s choice of candidates for Rajya Sabha, has left a trail of broken promises after senior BJD leaders Prasanna Patsani and Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik were snubbed by the party supremo. After Naveen had fielded Arup Patnaik from Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha constituency, which was earlier represented by Patsani, he had reportedly […]

Black money use rampant during elections; Rs 3800 cr cash seized: SIT

Cuttack: The Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money, which held a meeting in Cuttack on Tuesday, informed that use of black money was rampant during elections and there needs to be a change in law to curb such economic offence. The meeting was chaired by vice-chairman of SIT, Justice Arijit Pasayat […]

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Re-polling in 34 booths of Odisha likely on May 19

Bhubaneswar: Taking cognizance of irregularities and incidents of violence at several booths during 3rd and 4th phase polls in the State, the Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha, Surendra Kumar today informed that re-polling will take place in 34 booths. Earlier, Kumar had requested Election Commission of India for re-polling in the concerned booths. Re-polling will […]

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Odisha Elections 2019: It's Baijayant Panda vs BJD in Kendrapara

Kendrapara: Ahead of the fourth phase polls, all the major political parties have rolled up their sleeves with the Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency witnessing high-voltage campaigning. From the kind of weight that the ruling party is putting behind this constituency, it seems that the fight is between one man – BJP’s LS candidate Baijayant Jay […]

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NYAY scheme a surgical strike on poverty: Rahul Gandhi in Odisha

Balasore: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday launched a scathing attack at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over rising unemployment in the country and called his party’s proposed NYAY scheme a surgical strike on poverty. While addressing a poll rally in the Balasore Lok Sabha constituency of Odisha, the Congress President said, “Under the Nyuntam Aay […]

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Kakatpur BJP MLA candidate manhandled, attacked by rival group

Puri: Pre-poll violence continued to mar Odisha elections 2019 with BJP candidate for Kakatpur Assembly constituency, Rabi Mallick being latest victim. Mallick was allegedly detained and attacked by supporters of his rival party. The incident occurred when he had gone to Srirampur village for some election-related work on Thursday night. As per reports, Mallick along […]

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Aam Aadmi Party promises zero corruption, Jan Lokpal

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday promised to promulgate the Jan Lokpal Bill to give Delhi the “most effective Lokpal”, in its Delhi manifesto for 2019 elections, among the few steps to ensure zero corruption. The party, born out of a nationwide anti-corruption movement, maintains zero tolerance towards corruption, the manifesto reads. The […]

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Modi visits Odisha only for votes: CM Naveen

Balasore: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the exit of Naveen Patnaik is certain, the BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister today hit back at the PM saying that Modi never stood with people of the State in difficult times. “PM Modi did not come to Odisha when the State suffered huge […]

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Op-Ed: Maoist Threat Looms Over Nature Retreats

Bhubaneswar: During my recent visit to Sundergarh district for election coverage I took the opportunity to have a look at the famous Khandadhar waterfall located close to Bonai town. Though I was brought up in Rourkela, which I still call my city, I had never seen this waterfall before. It was a mesmerising sight with […]

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Third phase Odisha polls: BJD's Pinaki Mishra richest candidate in fray

Bhubaneswar: BJD’s Pinaki Mishra is the richest among candidates of Lok Sabha constituencies going to polls in the third phase with assets over Rs 117 crore, revealed a report by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Odisha Collection Watch today. Among Assembly candidates, Congress candidate from Baramba Assembly constituency, Bobby Mohanty is the richest with […]

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95-yr-old man dies just before casting vote in Odisha

Berhampur: A 95-year-old man suddenly collapsed and died on Wednesday while he was waiting in a long queue to cast his vote in Kansamari booth of Sanakhemundi Assembly constituency under Aska Lok Sabha segment in the second phase polls. A native of Kansamari, Natabara Behera died at the polling station No 183 of Sanakhemundi before […]

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Elections 2019: Second Phase Polling Concludes

The second phase of the 2019 polls kicked off as voting began across 95 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 12 States and Union Territories. Voting for electing MLAs in 35 of Odisha’s 147 assembly seats also started along with polling for five of the state’s 21 Lok Sabha constituencies. In these constituencies, electors will cast […]

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A Sambalpuri rap with food for thought for voters

Titlagarh/ Bolangir: At a time when political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters, a rap song criticising political parties over unfulfilled promises has been released by documentary film producer Shankhajeet De. The video features Mumbai-based rapper RcR and three transgender artistes from Titlagarh- Madhu, Sarita and Nandini. Speaking to OTV, De […]

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Voting remains ‘inaccessible’ for voters with disabilities

Bhubaneswar: After the polling in four parliamentary and 28 assembly constituencies in the first phase elections on April 11 in Odisha, allegations have now surfaced that no special arrangements were made for differently abled voters in many places in the State. Social activist and founder of ‘Swabhiman’, Sruti Mohapatra in a presser on Sunday alleged […]

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Another BJD MLA faces public wrath during poll campaigning in Odisha

Puri: After Niranjan Pujari, Puspendra Singh Deo and Tukuni Sahu, another BJD MLA, Sanjay Das Burma, faced public wrath during an election campaign today. According to reports, some women residents of Bijipur village of Brahmagiri in Puri district staged a demonstration when Burma’s rally was passing through the area. With placards in hands, the women […]

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BJD MLA & candidate Tukuni Sahu faces wrath of locals during campaigning

Titlagarh: The sitting MLA and BJD’s candidate for Titlagarh Assembly constituency in Bolagir district, Tukuni Sahu had to face the ire of the locals who alleged that the legislator had failed to ensure development of the region in the past five years. A video purportedly showing Tukuni being questioned by locals during her campaigning has […]

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Delhi CEO directs BJP to not air content on NaMo TV without certification

New Delhi: A day after the Election Commission directed that all recorded programmes displayed on NaMo TV be pre-certified, the Delhi poll body has directed the BJP not to air any content on the platform without its certification, officials said. The poll body had on Thursday said since NaMo TV was sponsored by the BJP, […]

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'Naxals' detain motorboats to cut-off connectivity during polls in Odisha

Malkangiri: In a bid to derail elections in the cut-off areas of Naxal-infested Malkangiri, as many as four motorboats were allegedly detained by Maoists to snap off connectivity in the region. The boats were released today along with the employees after being detained for a period of 2 days. According to sources, the four motorboats, […]

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Australian PM announces date for general elections

Canberra: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that the country will hold the coming general elections on May 18, in a vote that could deliver a seventh leader in just over a decade. Morrison, a former Tourism Australia director, and his centre-right Liberal National Coalition government are seeking re-election on a platform of […]

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Op-Ed: For Them Democracy Is Stymied By Their Circumstances

Bhubaneswar: Elections in a democratic country like India are about people exercising their franchise freely. This pre-supposes an atmosphere in which people, cutting across classes, do not find their freedom curbed by restrictive circumstances. This implies, among other things, freedom from hunger and guaranteed employment. Our democracy is yet to become mature enough to guarantee […]

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Odisha Elections 2019: Polling in first phase election concludes

The first phase polling concluded for four Lok Sabha constituencies and 28 Assembly Constituencies. Odisha Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar said, “We have been successful in conducting the first phase of polls in a free, fair & peaceful manner. There has been no untoward incident whatsoever reported in the polls. The failure rate of EVMs […]

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Cash, liquor seizures in Odisha before polls raise serious concern

Rourkela/Kalahandi/Bhubaneswar: With multiple incidents of cash and liquor seizures reported in Odisha just before the elections, concerns are being raised over free and fair conduct of polls across the State. A special flying squad for elections on Wednesday recovered cash worth Rs 27.49 lakh during inspection of vehicles at Mahapani chhak in Bisra area of […]

Modi is like a 'dreaded terrorist', says Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu

Amaravati: In a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said he is like a “dreaded terrorist” who has no humanity left in him. Addressing election rallies in Prakasam district, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President said Modi has become a dictator. “He is murdering democracy […]

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'Naveen's women empowerment talk reeks of duplicity'

Bhubaneswar: Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan today termed BJD president and Chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s assertion on women empowerment as mere double talk, especially when BJD chief had allotted ticket to a person who shielded an accused involved in Pipili minor girl rape incident. “Hearing you sermonizing on women empowerment reeks of duplicity. The memory of […]

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Elections 2019: Rift in BJD widens, exodus continues

Bhubaneswar: In what could seem like a major trouble for the BJD, another heavyweight and Morada MLA Praveen Chandra Bhanj Deo resigned from the primary membership of the BJD & from the post of party’s district unit president today. As per reports, after the induction of former BJP leader Raj Kishore Das into BJD, significant […]

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Op-Ed: Major Parties in Odisha Face Rebel Threat

Bhubaneswar: Candidate selection is invariably an invidious exercise in any political party at the time of elections. But the wave of discontent currently sweeping the three major parties of the state over the issue is perhaps unprecedented. There have been wholesale resignations from the ruling BJD with most of these leaders joining the BJP which, […]

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Op-Ed: Family To The Fore in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Sons, daughters and wives, this election seems to be all about family. Major political parties, which do not tire of railing against dynastic politics, appear to be promoting the same. A look at their list of candidates suggests that powerful families have managed to get more than one ticket. Take for example the case […]

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Elections 2019: Which way will voters of Kotia panchayat sway?

Koraput: With elections around the corner, uncertainty is looming large over the voting pattern of the constituents of Kotia panchayat in Koraput district which has been in news for being intruded upon by Andhra Pradesh government. After OTV’s report about administrative intrusion of Andhra Pradesh in the villages of Kotia panchayat, Odisha government took steps […]

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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 […]

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Madhuri Dixit clears air on contesting Lok Sabha elections

Mumbai: Clearing the air on her entry into politics, the flamboyant actress of the 90s, Madhuri Dixit Nene, has said that she is not contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. “It is just a rumour. I am not contesting for any political party. I think I have already cleared the air on that matter,” Madhuri […]

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BJD MLA & candidate reveals how collector's nod, money decide tickets

Bhubaneswar: With elections round the corner, the clamour for tickets has been a chaotic affair. Amid this chaos, BJD’s sitting MLA from Chhendipada, Sushant Kumar Behera, who has been retained by the party as candidate from the constituency has made some startling revelations. In a video, which is doing rounds in social media, Behera is […]

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