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Tag: Elections 2019

BJP's doctor candidate Debnath to cast his maiden vote next month

Kolkata: A renowned doctor with an illustrious professional career in various countries, he has never visited a polling booth after being forcibly stopped from exercising his franchise as a first time voter over 50 years back. But, Mrinal Kanti Debnath would next month cast his maiden vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. Despite having […]

Didi maligned Bengal with scams, denied people of central

Cooch Behar: In a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday “speed-breaker Didi” has applied brakes on several central schemes, denying people of the benefits available in other parts of the country. Addressing a rally at Rash Mela ground here, he alleged that Banerjee has let loose […]

All you need to know about EVMs

New Delhi: With less than a week to go for the Lok Sabha elections, IANS has compiled some interesting facts about Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). * An EVM consists of a control unit and a balloting unit connected together by a cable. The control unit belongs to a polling officer while the balloting unit is […]

Another ruling-BJD candidate faces public wrath during poll meeting

Bhawanipatna: A day after BJD leader and Minister Niranjan Pujari was opposed, the party’s Kalahandi Lok Sabha candidate Puspendra Singh Deo faced similar wrath from people during a poll campaign rally at Kaudala village in Kalahandi district on Saturday. The matter came to light after a video of the incident went viral on social media. […]

Congress flays Naveen government over 'poor healthcare system'

Bhubaneswar: The Congress slammed the ruling BJD-led Odisha Government for its alleged failure in providing adequate healthcare services to the people of the State. At a presser on Saturday, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) alleged that out of the 6,536 sanctioned posts of doctors, 3,119 posts are lying vacant. There is provision of mere 18, […]

Former vice chief of army Sarath Chand joins BJP

New Delhi: Former vice chief of army staff Lieutenant General (retd) Sarath Chand joined the BJP Saturday in presence of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Sarath Chand was commissioned into the Garhwal Rifles in June 1979 and retired as vice chief of Indian Army on June 1 last year. He has been in active combat […]

Smriti attacks Rahul for "lack of development in Amethi"

Amethi (UP): Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani attacked the Congress on Saturday, saying the party had cheated the people of Amethi for 55 years. “Ram’s ‘vanvas’ (exile) ended in 14 years, but Amethi’s vanvas is going to end after 15 years. The people of Amethi are going to bid farewell to the ‘naamdar’ (dynast) on […]

World considers Modi a 'Feku', says Raj Thackeray

Mumbai: In a stinging attack, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray on Saturday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known as a “Feku” (fibber) the world over for his penchant of resorting to lies. He said that since the past five years of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule, Modi has been spreading “untruths” […]

Viral videos expose kickbacks for BJD tickets

Bhubaneswar: On top of battling rising dissidence within the party, the ruling-BJD now seems to have been caught in a web of major controversy surrounding kickback deals in ticket allotments. Several videos doing rounds in social media purportedly shows how party leaders have been granting tickets to aspirants not through any scientific criteria, but by […]

Yogi Adityanath addresses rallies through telephone from Bhubaneswar airport

Bhubaneswar: Campaigning for the upcoming polls in Odisha by BJP’s top brass hit fever pitch with party’s firebrand leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressing public rallies in Odisha today. Unable to get permission to take a chopper ride due to delay, Yogi who was scheduled to attend party’s Vijay Sankalp Samabesh at […]

BJD LS candidate in trouble for discrepancies in father's name

Keonjhar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has drawn the attention of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) over discrepancies found in the father’s name of BJD’s Keonjhar Lok Sabha candidate, Chandrani Murmu. As per reports, while the father’s name registered in Chandrani’s nomination paper is Sanjeeb Murmu, in the voter identification card it is Sanjeeb Sinha. Similarly, […]

Relief for BJD's Sambalpur LS candidate Nalini Pradhan

Sambalpur: Candidature of BJD’s Lok Sabha candidate from Sambalpur, Nalinikanta Pradhan has been declared valid, informed Returning Officer and Sambalpur Collector today. However, the BJP has expressed resentment over the decision and has threatened to move the High Court. BJP candidate Nitesh Ganga Deb has alleged that the hearing on the matter was done illegally. […]

Infighting in Jagatsinghpur BJD spills onto streets

Jagatsinghpur: Tension erupted at Mundala Chhak in Naugaon area of the district after clashes broke out between two groups of BJD workers during a poll campaign. According to sources, volunteers of Jagatsinghpur BJD leader Amarendra Das allegedly stopped the supporters of local party candidate Prasant Muduli while the latter was conducting a roadshow near Mundala […]

BJP fields Bibhu Prasad Tarai from Jagatsinghpur LS seat

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced names of candidates for one Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies of Odisha today. The national party has fielded Bibhu Prasad Tarai from Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha constituency, while Rabi Mallick and Sunakar Behera have been fielded from Kakatpur & Kendrapara Assembly seats respectively. “I would like to thank […]

Elections 2019: BJP opposes Anant Narayan Jena's candidature

Bhubaneswar: The women’s wing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today criticised BJD’s decision to field former Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) mayor Anant Narayan Jena from Bhubaneswar Central Assembly constituency. Addressing a presser today, senior leader and BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Bhubaneswar Aparajita Sarangi said that it is really shocking and condemnable that the ruling […]

Make lotus bloom, build 'majboot' Odisha: Modi at Sundergarh

Sundergarh/Sonepur: Reminiscing the famous quote ‘Andhera chatega, Suraj niklega, Kamal khilega’  made by former PM and BJP patriarch Atal Behari Vajpayee in Mumbai in late 80s, PM Modi during his visit to Odisha on Saturday gave a clarion call to bring BJP to power and build a ‘Majboot’ Odisha. And PM Modi today again reiterated […]

Shatrughan Sinha ends suspense, joins Congress

New Delhi: Actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday ended the suspense over his political future and joined the Congress here with the hope it will provide him with the opportunity to serve people, society, and the nation. The former Bharatiya Janata Party MP joined Congress at the party headquarters in the presence of Congress General Secretary […]

Naveen boards 'magic bus'; chugs down south, UP leaders path

Bhubaneswar: Politicians always love to win the ballot boxes by bus than by sweating it out on the dusty roads. In a first, BJD has made the Odisha election campaign reminiscent of the ‘delight buses’ in vogue in southern India, UP and Bihar. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik rode to the annals of high voltage political […]

EC squad restricts road show of BJD Sundergarh LS candidate Sunita Biswal

Sundergarh: The Static Surveillance Squad of Election Commission today restricted BJD Sundergarh Lok Sabha candidate Sunita Biswal’s road show near Purunapani under Nuagaon block in the district on charges of not obtaining prior permission from the competent authority. As per reports, Biswal was scheduled to attend public meetings and road shows at various places of […]

WhatsApp tipline of no use for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: WhatsApp’s “Checkpoint Tipline” service that was launched with much fanfare on April 2 to help users in India report fake news is not a helpline number but a data-gathering research project to help the Facebook-owned platform understand how misinformation spreads. According to Proto, a media skill start-up WhatsApp has partnered with for its […]

Elections 2019: Some interesting facts and figures

With the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections all set kick off from April 11, here are some interesting facts about India’s general elections. * The first Lok Sabha elections in 1952 cost around Rs 10.45 crore, while the 2014 general elections cost almost Rs 3,870.3 crore. * The first Lok Sabha elections were contested for 489 […]

Poonam Sinha to contest against Rajnath in Lucknow

Lucknow: Poonam Sinha, wife of actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, will be contesting against Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh from the Lucknow parliamentary constituency. According to reliable sources, Poonam Sinha will contest on the Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket with the Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) support. The Congress, sources said, has decided not to field a candidate from […]

BJP Prakash Mishra targets Odisha, BJD government
Voters in Odisha disgusted with BJD: Ex-DGP & BJP LS candidate Prakash Mishra

Cuttack: After filing nomination papers from the Cuttack Lok Sabha constituency Wednesday, BJP candidate and former Odisha DGP Prakash Chandra Mishra took a dig at the Biju Janata Dal and its leaders alleging that they have been neglecting the problems of the people in all those years of their rule. Mishra said people of Odisha […]

Elections 2019: Odisha Congress changes candidates for three Assembly seats

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Congress today changed party candidates for three Assembly constituencies for upcoming polls while announcing its next list of candidates. Today the party announced candidates for Sambalpur Lok Sabha and nine Assembly seats in Odisha. A day after the party announced its decision to field Prithvi Ballav Patnaik, son of former Chief Minister late […]

Congress candidate Judhistir Samantaray pulls out of fray over 'horse trading'

Pipili: Former Pipili MLA and Congress candidate Judhistir Samantaray today pulled out of fray and leveled serious allegations against Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik. The matter came to light after a video showing Judhistir making such allegations while addressing his supporters went viral. Though Judhistir Samantaray was nominated for Pipili Assembly seat […]

Congress manifesto document of lies: Modi

Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh): Terming the Congress manifesto a “dhakosla patra” (document of lies), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday accused the Congress of failing to fulfil the aspirations of the people in the northeast in 60 long years. But his own government was committed to making Arunachal Pradesh and Northeast India as the gateway to […]

Modi still most preferred choice for PM, Rahul catching up among housewives: Survey

New Delhi: Narendra Modi continues to be the popular choice to be the next Prime Minister across a wide section of society, but the gap between him and Rahul Gandhi is thinnest among housewives. An overwhelming 63.6 per cent of unemployed respondents in the latest CVOTER-IANS poll tracker survey preferred Narendra Modi as the next Prime […]

Elections 2019: Odisha BJP alleges poaching by ruling-BJD

Bhubaneswar: After high drama in Anandapur constituency where BJP’s candidate Bhagirathi Sethi ditched the saffron party at the very last moment to join BJD, the ruling party in the State has once again played a hijack game to rope in BJP’s Kakatpur MLA candidate. Even though the BJP had nominated Tusharkanti Behera as its party […]

Elections 2019: Former minister Raghunath Mohanty joins BJP

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJD leader and former minister Raghunath Mohanty joined the BJP today at the saffron party’s Odisha headquarters in Bhubaneswar. Raghunath joined the BJP at party’s Mishrana Parba in presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, party’s national vice-president Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda and several other senior leaders. Raghunath is most likely to be fielded from […]

Op-Ed: Staggered Polls in Odisha To Benefit All, Not Just BJP

Bhubaneswar: Polling in Odisha is going to be held in four phases perhaps for the first time in its electoral history. The decision of the Election Commission, which apparently favoured staggering the polls in the state to facilitate the deployment of central paramilitary forces in sensitive areas, has not gone down well with the non-BJP […]

Berhampur: IPL Betting Racket Busted, Several Arrested
Rs 12 lakh seized from car belonging to BJD leader

Bargarh: The election flying squad today seized cash worth Rs 12 lakh from the vehicle of BJD leader from Bargarh, Prem Kishore Patel, during an inspection at Bhatli Baulsingha area. While the squad has begun verification of the recovered cash, owner of the vehicle (bearing registration number OD 176 2323) Prem Patel stated that the […]

BJD announces candidates for 7 Assembly, 2 LS seats

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik today announced candidates for seven Assembly and two Lok Sabha constituencies going to polls in the third and fourth phase in the upcoming general elections in Odisha. Mahesh Sahu is the party candidate from Dhenkanal Lok Sabha constituency and Chandrani Murmu has been fielded from Keonjhar LS […]

Odisha performed below par on water, roads, jobs: ADR

New Delhi: Access to drinking water, better employment opportunities and roads were the top three priorities of voters across Odisha, parameters on which the Naveen Patnaik government has performed “below average”, says a report by the election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). “The Odisha Survey 2018 shows that drinking water (44.05 per cent), better […]

Congress releases 2019 LS election manifesto

New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday released a 53-page manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections promising good governance, freedom from indebtedness to farmers, protecting existing jobs while creating new ones and implementing anti-corruption laws without bias. Divided into ‘Kaam’ – employment and growth, ‘Daam’ – economy that works for all, ‘Shaan’ – pride in India’s […]

Split in anti-BJP votes may hamper Kanhaiya's chances in Begusarai

Begusarai: Situated on the northern bank of the Ganga river, Begusarai in north Bihar has earned the “Leningrad of Bihar” and “Little Moscow” monikers, and is again drawing national attention because the CPI has fielded its firebrand leader Kanhaiya Kumar while the BJP has pitted against him its top Bhumihar leader and union minister Giriraj […]

Unhappy with ticket distribution, leaders continue to desert BJD

Bhubaneswar: At a time when general polls are a few days away, exodus from BJD continues unabated. Former Balasore district Yuva Biju Janata Dal president Jajati Das and ex-MLA Viram Murmu on Monday resigned from the party expressing their dissatisfaction over the ticket allotment. Alleging that BJD is neglecting party activists who have been working […]

BJD accuses Chief Electoral Officer of acting under BJP pressure

Bhubaneswar: Coming down heavily on the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha, the ruling-BJD on Monday alleged that the official is not impartial to all the parties. Briefing the media here, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said the CEO Surendra Kumar has stopped the disbursal of money to small and marginal farmers under the Krushak Assistance for […]

Elections 2019: National heavyweights to flock Odisha tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: Odisha is all poised to witness high-voltage election campaigning with several bigwigs of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others parties scheduled to address public meetings in different parts of the State tomorrow. Modi will visit Kalahandi district and address party’s Vijay Sankalp Samabesh at Bhawanipatna at around 11 […]

Committee formed to probe 'attack' on Sumitra Jena: OPCC chief

Bhubaneswar: A day after the president of Odisha Pradesh Mahila Congress Sumitra Jena was allegedly manhandled while staging a dharna at Congress Bhawan in Bhubaneswar, OPCC Chief Niranjan Patnaik today held discussions with the woman leader and assured action after a detailed probe in connection with the incident. Aggrieved over the proportion of ticket distribution […]

BJP scores big on national security, Congress pushes back on economic welfare: Survey

New Delhi: While the warmth of India’s tough response on the Pulwama bombing remains more or less intact for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP’s prospects going forward for the impending hustings, the Congress seems to be getting traction with its NYAY scheme. The latest edition of the IANS-CVoter poll tracker released on Sunday is showing […]