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Tag: Elections 2019

Campaigning ends for second-phase Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: The campaigning came to an end on Tuesday for 97 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 13 states and Union Territories which will go to the polls on Thursday in the second phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise. Since poll timings vary in different seats, the campaigning period also ended at different times […]

Op-Ed: Patnaik’s Politics of Expediency

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s reported statement to a national TV channel that his party would support the political combination at the Centre that can best safeguard Odisha’s interests is an indication that he wants to keep his options open. This election, unlike the past one, is going to be difficult for […]

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7th Pay Commission: Good News For Lakhs of Govt Employees in Offing

Since the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, demands from several quarters erupted for the implementation of the same. Centre and also state governments made necessary hikes in the recent times at regular intervals in the very interests of the government employees. Adding to the series of hikes, a new media report […]

84 candidates declare criminal cases in Odisha: ADR

Bhubaneswar: As Odisha gears up for the second phase of the Assembly elections scheduled for Thursday, 84 candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves, including 68 with serious criminal cases, according to Odisha Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). “Among the major parties, 21 are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 17 from […]

Sangeeta Singh Deo, Naveen Patnaik among richest candidates in fray in 2nd phase polls

Bhubaneswar: As many as 81 candidates contesting in constituencies going for polls in the second phase in Odisha are crorepatis, with Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik topping the list among Assembly candidates while BJP’s Sangeeta Singh Deo being the richest among Lok Sabha candidates, said a report released by Odisha […]

Op-Ed: Modi undercurrent seems to be getting stronger

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: “ Uparmein Modi, neechemein Naveen.” Literally translated it means Modi above and Naveen below. But laterally read it is an expression of intent to vote for Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s (or BJP’s) candidates for the Lok Sabha and chief minister, Naveen Patnaik’s ( or Biju Janata Dal’s) candidates for the state […]

Karnataka bans smart-phones inside polling booths

Bengaluru: Electorate in Karnataka will not be allowed to carry smart-phones or mobile phones inside the polling booth while going to vote to prevent them from taking selfies or recording videos, an official said on Sunday. “The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) prevents voters from carrying mobile phones or smart-phones and cameras inside the polling […]

BJD MLA candidates face public wrath in Titlagarh and Sonepur

Titlagarh/Sonepur: Ahead of the 2nd phase polls, two BJD MLA candidates Tukuni Sahu and Padmanabh Behera were opposed by local residents in their respective constituencies inTitlagarh and Sonepur today. During a poll campaign at Ward no 14 of Titlagarh, locals gheraoed Sahu and detained her alleging that no development work was done in last five […]

Focus on free and fair elections in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: A slew of steps have been taken in Odisha to ensure free and fair elections in the State. Till now, non-bailable warrant has been issued against 13,228 persons while 54,204 persons have been detained by police in the State. According to sources, the enforcement officials have so far seized 228 illegal weapons, 1433 kg […]

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 […]

BSP releases fourth list for Lok Sabha polls

Lucknow: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Sunday released its fourth list of 16 candidates to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Uttar Pradesh. From Gazipur, the BSP has fielded sitting MP Afzal Ansari against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Manoj Sinha, who is also the Minister of State for Railways. The party has given the […]

Video of man influencing voters inside polling booth goes viral

Bhawanipatna: A video of a man persuading voters inside booth no-69 of Khariar Assembly constituency in Kalahandi to cast their votes in favour of a particular political party during the first phase polls on April 11 has now gone viral on social media. Soon after the video surfaced, BJP candidate Ritarani Bagarti expressed doubts over […]

Political intolerance & violence take centrestage in Odisha elections 2019

Bhubaneswar: As 2019 election battle in Odisha gains momentum, several incidents of violence from different parts of the State have now emerged as a major concern. Moreover, the ruling-BJD and BJP are now at loggerheads with leaders of either party blaming each other for such unrest. Be it the attack on BJP candidates in Bhubaneswar […]

BJP promises rice, dal & salt at Re 1; BJD calls it 'biggest lie'

Cuttack: In a bid to woo voters, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today announced that BJP will provide food articles at Rs 1 if the party is voted to power in Odisha. “If the BJP comes to power in Odisha, it will provide 5 kg rice, 500 grams dal salt at Rs 1. Nearly, 3.26 crore […]

BJP alleges booth capturing in Jeypore, points finger at BJD MLA candidate

Jeypore: Accusing the ruling-BJD of resorting to violence and booth capturing during first phase polls, BJP’s MLA candidate from Jeypore Assembly seat Goutam Samantray today demanded action against the miscreants. Addressing a press conference, Goutam alleged that the BJD workers and supporters of BJD MLA candidate Rabi Narayan Nanda issued threats to polling officials and […]

Op-Ed: Local issues pushed back by the image clash between Modi and Naveen

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Unfortunate as it may seem important local issues appear to have taken a back seat in this election which is primarily being seen as an image clash between Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and chief minister, Naveen Patnaik. If Patnaik is the champion of Odia pride and the messiah of the poor […]

2nd phase polls: Over Rs 6 lakh cash, contraband item seized in Odisha

Padampur/Baripada: Ahead of second phase polls in Odisha on April 18, joint squad of police and election flying squad seized huge amount of cough syrup, ganja and cash during raids at different places in the State. Acting on a tip off, the cops seized 230 bottles of cough syrup, over seven kg of ganja (dry […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
Op-Ed: An Election of Many Firsts

The ongoing simultaneous polls for Lok Sabha and Assembly in Odisha will certainly go down in history as an election of several firsts; some welcome, others not so welcome. Perhaps fittingly enough, the credit for the first of the many firsts goes to the man around whom politics in the state has revolved over the […]

Jual Oram urges Dilip Ray to return to BJP

Bhubaneswar/Rourkela: A couple of days after senior leader Dilip Ray expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for expediting the work for a super speciality hospital and second bridge over Brahmani River in Rourkela, Union Minister Jual Oram today urged Ray to return to BJP. Dillip Ray’s proposals have been accepted by PM Modi […]

Naveen fighting elections issue-less: Dharmendra Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday hit out at Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik stating that the CM is fighting an issue-less election as the BJD has no other agenda except citing Central-negligence. Speaking to the media, Pradhan said, “Even after 19 years of rule, Naveen babu and the BJD have […]

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, […]

BJD workers threatening BJP leaders in Hinjili: Pitambar Acharya

Berhampur: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday accused that the workers of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of threatening the supporters of the saffron party in Hinjili, the Assembly constituency of Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik. State BJP spokesperson and party’s Hinjili candidate, Pitambar Acharya sat on dharna at Sergada […]

Over 79% polling in Andhra Pradesh

Amaravati: A little over 79 per cent voters cast their votes in the simultaneous elections to 175-member Andhra Pradesh Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats on Thursday, poll officials said on Friday. Officials said 79.05 per cent turnout was recorded but this may go up further as final polling figure was yet to be received […]

Discrepancy in number of KALIA beneficiaries discredits ruling-BJD claims

Bhubaneswar: Controversy over discrepancy in number of beneficiaries under the KALIA scheme is posing a threat for the State government. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had claimed that 40 lakh farmers were benefitted under the KALIA scheme but a letter from the Agriculture Department has revealed that out of 30,77,908 small and marginal farmers selected for […]

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Elections 2019: Royal family women campaigners hit poll trail in Odisha

Bolangir/Mayurbhanj: Poll campaigning on any given season draws attention of the voters and when women members of Royal families hit the campaign trail on ground in this sizzling weather, the air of gloom lifts momentarily and entire limelight shifts towards them. Seven women from Bolangir and Mayurbhanj constituencies were in the line up urging voters […]

Odisha BJP targets BJD
Scared of Modi wave, Naveen & Co. resorting to violence: Odisha BJP

Bhubaneswar: State BJP vice president Samir Mohanty today slammed BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik and his leaders for the incidents of violence reported from several constituencies during the first phase polls yesterday. Mohanty claimed that the BJD, apprehensive of losing out in the 2019 elections, is resorting to violence in an attempt to suppress the Modi […]

Op-Ed: Choice of Women Candidates Should Be Based Entirely On Merit

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Chief minister, Naveen Patnaik collected a lot of brownie points by allotting 33 percent of Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) Lok Sabha tickets to women. Though he failed to accommodate women in the same ratio on the assembly seats the move is still being hailed as a game changer. The ground reality, […]

'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, […]

BJP chopper makes emergency landing near BJD poll meeting venue

Sambalpur: As the race to win the poll battle is heating up, in an odd incident, leaders of BJP and BJD inadvertently ended up at the same meeting ground in Kuchinda area of Sambalpur distirct. According to sources, on Thursday, a public meeting of the BJP was organised at Manapali area in Kuchinda constituency of […]

Pamphlets with graft charges against BJD's LS candidate distributed in Kandhamal

Phulbani: The ‘Soochana Adhikar Abhiyan’, an RTI outfit in the district has launched a protest campaign alleging involvement of State government and ruling-BJD’s Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency candidate Achyuta Samanta in corruption and irregularities. RTI activists led by state convenor of the outfit Pradip Pradhan have been campaigning against the party and its candidate by […]

BJP alleges poll code violation by Odisha CM, questions channels beaming it live

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday moved the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) here alleging that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik violated the model code of conduct by organising poll meetings across the State. Speaking to the media after meeting the CEO, State BJP vice president Samir […]

73 per cent polling in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Port Blair: Around 73 per cent of over three lakh voters in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands exercised their franchise in the Lok Sabha election on Thursday, officials said. Fifteen candidates including Kuldeep Rai Sharma of the Indian National Congress and BJP’s Vishal Jolly are in the fray for the lone Lok […]

Odisha Elections 2019: State Congress pins hope on Rahul's visit

Bhubaneswar: At a time when BJP heavyweights are making whirlwind tours to Odisha, the Congress has now pinned hope on AICC president Rahul Gandhi who is slated to attend a series of public meetings in the State ahead of the third and fourth phase polls. Rahul is likely to visit Odisha twice and attend address […]

Elections 2019 1st Phase: 15 incidents of EVMs damaging reported

New Delhi: While the first phase polling for the 17th Lok Sabha went peacefully “barring few stray incidents”, the Election Commission on Thursday said that they have received 15 cases of damage to electronic voting machines (EVMs). Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain said that out of the 15 incidents reported during the first phase that […]

BJD continues to muzzle voice of media, lodges 4 complaints against OTV in 24 hours

Bhubaneswar: In yet another brazen attempt to muzzle the voice of OTV, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has filed four complaints against the leading media house in Odisha in the last 24 hours. After falsely accusing  the channel of telecasting  press conference of BJP during silence period yesterday, the BJD today moved the Chief […]

61.29 per cent polling in Mizoram till 5 pm: CEO

Aizawl:  Mizoram Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ashish Kundra Thursday said the provisional figure on the voter turnout in the election to the lone Lok Sabha seat and by-poll to the Aizawl West-I seat was 61.29 per cent at five pm and was most likely to go up. The CEO said that the final and exact figure […]

BJD activists assault Chikiti candidate, rig booths: BJP

Bhubaneswar: As the first phase of polls commenced in the State, the BJP today charged that activists of ruling BJD are indulging in violence and booth rigging at the Chikiti Assembly constituency in Ganjam district. Briefing media here, BJP vice president Samir Mohanty alleged that BJD activists led by the party’s youth leader and Chikiti […]

Cong claims 'grave' security threat to Rahul; writes to Rajnath

New Delhi: The Congress has claimed “grave” security threat to party chief Rahul Gandhi and urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to take immediate action to ensure full protection of its leader. In a letter, three Congress leaders said that a laser was pointed at Rahul during his interaction with journalists after filing nomination for the Amethi […]

Smriti Irani files her nomination from Amethi

Amethi: Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani, who is contesting against Congress President Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday filed her nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections. Irani filed the nomination at the District Magistrate’s office in Gauriganj. She was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Earlier, she held a four-kilometre roadshow, cheered by […]

Chiranjeevi, Jr. NTR, Ram Charan cast their vote

Hyderabad: Popular Telugu stars such as Chiranjeevi, Jr. NTR, Ram Charan and Allu Arjun among others cast their ballot here on Thursday. Actors Sudheer Babu, Manchu Vishnu, Amala Akkineni, composer MM Keeravani and filmmaker S.S Rajamouli among others, also stepped out to vote on the first day of the Lok Sabha elections. Chiranjeevi voted along with […]