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Tag: Elections 2019

Elections 2019: Poll campaigns gain momentum in western Odisha

Sundergarh/Sonepur: With polls around the corner, political scenario in the state is heating up as major political parties are intensifying their campaigning across western Odisha. Union Minister and senior BJP leader Jual Oram who is contesting from Sundergarh Lok Sabha seat has begun his campaigning along with other party leaders. The minister along with his […]

Elections 2019: Political parties in campaign mode to woo voters

Bhubaneswar: Apparently battling with anti-incumbency mood in the State, the BJD is all set to go for a high-tech and larger voter outreach campaign this elections. In a change of strategy, BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will hold extensive road shows touching every constituency and canvass votes for party candidates. As per the […]

2019 Elections: BJD reposes faith in sitting MLAs, declares tickets for 9 seats

Bhubaneswar: Amid rising dissidence over allotment of tickets, the ruling-BJD today declared candidates for nine Assembly constituencies in Odisha. Reposing faith on sitting legislators, the party has fielded six-time MLA Pradeep Maharathy from Pipili and Samir Ranjan Das from Nimapara Assembly seat. Similarly, Pramod Mallick, the current party MLA from Niali constituency, Kakatpur MLA Surendra […]

Dharmendra targets BJD, questions CEO over KALIA scheme

Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Sunday slammed the State government over reports quoting Chief Electoral Officer’s (CEO) posers to Odisha Government over the absence of beneficiary list and no clear-cut budgetary allocation for the KALIA scheme. Pradhan alleged that BJD-led government has cheated the people of Odisha by neither making adequate budgetary provision nor […]

'Chowkidar' is the spirit, not linked to uniform: Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed his confident and said that people will give him opportunity to serve the country again. Modi is interacting with people throughout the country via video conferencing from Talkotra Stadium here. “Once again, the people of the country are going to give us the opportunity to serve […]

Rahul to contest LS polls also from Wayanad

New Delhi: In a major decision, the Congress on Sunday announced that party President Rahul Gandhi will contest the Lok Sabha polls from Wayanad in Kerala, apart from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. The announcement was made at a press conference here by senior party leader A.K. Antony and the party’s communications incharge, Randeep Singh Surjewala. […]

Former bureaucrats lock horns in Bhubaneswar LS seat

Bhubaneswar: While the BJP, to achieve its 120+ seats-mission, has roped in former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi for the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha constituency, the ruling-BJD in the State has turned to former Mumbai top cop Arup Patnaik. Along with the reputation that is associated with winning the mandate of people in country’s leading Smart City, […]

Rs 59 lakh unaccounted cash seized in different places of Odisha

Rairangpur/Bolangir: At a time when polls are a few days away, the police and poll officials continue to seize large amounts of unaccounted cash from vehicles from different places of the State. During a search near Rairangpur in Mayurbhanj district today, police recovered more than Rs 34 lakh from a car. Similarly, the cops seized […]

Music studios in Odisha busy ahead of elections

Bhubaneswar: With the general elections just around the corner, it’s not just the politicians who are facing pressure of the electoral race, but musicians and singers are also busy churning out music for several political parties. As the parties have announced most of their candidates, campaigning has also gathered pace. While contestants are reaching out […]

Dissidence continues to grow in BJD over ticket distribution

Bhadrak/Cuttack: As the elections are getting closer, resentment continues to grow among BJD leaders and workers over distribution of party tickets. BJD’s Bhadrak MP Arjun Sethi, who resigned from BJD after his son was denied ticket from the party, today lashed out at the ruling party. Later in the day, he joined BJP. Sethi, in […]

Villagers of Sonepur vow to follow ‘No Road, No Vote’ policy

Sonepur: Road connectivity, drinking water facilities and other amenities like health and education are some of the promises, which the politicians make ahead of elections. However, Khaliapali village under Binika block of Sonepur district is a glaring example of how these assurances are only restricted to words. Nevertheless, this time, the villagers of Khaliapali have […]

Case Lodged against BJP Hinjili Candidate for alleged misbehaviour with on-duty magistrate

Bhubaneswar/Aska: State BJP vice president and BJP candidate against the BJD supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik from Hinjili Assembly constituency, Pitambar Acharya seems to have invited trouble just ahead of the 2019 polls. A case has been lodged against Acharya for allegedly misbehaving with an on-duty magistrate and a police official. As per […]

Elections 2019- Niranjan Patnaik Vs Badri Patra
Race For Ghasipura: Niranjan accepts Badri’s challenge!

Bhubaneswar: Odisha minister and BJD’s Ghasipura Assembly candidate Badri Narayan Patra is likely to see a tough fight in the 2019 elections, as OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik has reportedly accepted his challenge to contest from Ghasipura. Patnaik said that he will fight from Ghasipura if All India Congress Committee (AICC) gives a go ahead. Taking […]

Elections 2019: Unaccounted cash worth over Rs 17 lakh seized in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Unaccounted cash worth over Rs 17 lakh was seized from several parts of Odisha in the past two days. As per reports, Badamal Police in Jharsuguda seized Rs 4.5 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh from two separate vehicles on Friday. Similarly, the Election flying squad seized Rs 6.70 lakh from a van near Koida […]

Elections 2019: Trouble Mounts for BJP in Bargarh

Bhubaneswar: Wrong selection of candidate for wrong constituency sometimes spoils a party’s poll prospects and the same seems to have happened with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bargarh Lok Sabha constituency of Odisha where exodus from the party continues unabated. After Subash Chauhan, nine Zilla Parishad members of the party have now resigned allegedly […]

AAP fields transgender candidate from Prayagraj

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday fielded a transgender candidate from the Prayagraj Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh. AAP MP Sanjay Singh made the announcement after the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) approved the name of Bhawani Nath Valmiki, better known as Bhawani Maa. Singh welcomed the party’s first transgender candidate, calling […]

Congress needed in Haryana, not in Delhi: Kejriwal

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said his party needed to ally with the Congress in Haryana, not in Delhi, for the Lok Sabha elections in order to defeat the BJP. Asserting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was “undoubtedly strong”, Kejriwal said that it can be defeated in Haryana […]

Concerns pile up for BJD as unabated exodus from party continues

Bhubaneswar: As the electoral race to Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Odisha reaches fever pitch, unabated exodus of leaders from BJD continues to mount up more worries for the ruling-party. While several leaders of BJD, disgruntled over denial of poll tickets, are resigning from the party, dissidence also continues to spill on to street. […]

Namo Rath at Prime Minister's rally pulls crowds

Meerut: T-shirts, pens, badges and masks — embellished with Narendra Modi’s catchy messages — are on sale, wherever the Prime Minister goes, Namo Raths follow him with all the sellables this election season. So, you have T-shirts being sold anywhere between Rs 499 and Rs 899, and other knick-knacks costing Rs 150, going up to […]

Rs 19 lakh unaccounted cash seized in Odisha

Rourkela/Rayagada: Ahead of the polls, cash worth more than Rs 19 lakh was seized in separate places in Odisha today. As stipulated by the model code of conduct which is in force, individuals are not allowed to keep more than Rs 50,000 in their possession. The officials in-charge of election duty seized Rs 6 lakh […]

Didn't think Naveen would stoop so low: BJP VP Jay Panda

Kendrapara: BJP National Vice President Baijayant Jay Panda came down strongly on BJD president Naveen Patnaik for his remarks during declaration of the third phase candidate list including Kendrapara Lok Sabha segment here on Wednesday. In what is being tagged by political analysts as a vindictive and vendetta-driven behaviour of the Odisha CM, the statement […]

Elections 2019: Scrutiny of nominations for 2nd phase polls ends, notification for 3rd phase today

Bhubaneswar: The Electoral officers on Wednesday rejected the nominations of eight candidates from 5 Parliamentary constituencies and 38 candidates from 35 Assembly constituencies going to polls in the second phase of elections on April 18. Parliamentary and Assembly segments under Bolangir, Bargarh, Kandhamal, Aska and Sundergarh Lok Sabha constituencies will go to polls during the […]

Naveen Patnaik
Op-Ed: ‘Panic’ written all over third list of BJD candidates

“Discretion is the better part of valour.” That is the lesson BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik appears to have learnt from the utter mayhem that followed the announcement of the first list of candidates for nine Lok Sabha and 54 Assembly constituencies on March 18, if the third list of candidates for nine Lok Sabha and […]

Op-Ed: Down the memory lane: An object lesson In election reporting

Bhubaneswar: I cut my journalistic teeth reporting for a highly respected newspaper–perhaps the best and the most powerful in the country ( it still is)—in undivided Bihar. The state was a political hotbed and you never had a dull moment. In the cauldron politics of the state in those days George Fernandes, the maverick socialist […]

Cash worth Rs 5 lakh seized in Ganjam; 5 detained

Berhampur: With polls round the corner, increased instances of cash seizures are raising concerns over illegal use of money in the elections. Around Rs 5.36 lakh was seized from a car at Punjikayan Chhak in Ganjam district today. Suspecting something odd, Block Returning Officer, Executive Magistrate and Digapahandi Police detained a vehicle during a raid. […]

Will simmering discontent mar BJP’s prospects in Odisha?

Bhubaneswar: Elections are all about chemistry and arithmetic… And the BJP is well aware how the ruling-BJD is on a strong footing in Odisha on both counts. While BJD is harping on CM Naveen Patnaik’s popularity, strong vote base and huge cadre, the State BJP seems to have ‘miscalculated’ its moves to checkmate the Naveen […]

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Pandian, Bobby Das in connivance with police 'conspire' political murders: Damodar Rout

Bhubaneswar: At a time when Dhakotha in Keonjhar remained shut over demands to arrest the accused in murder of former block chairman and ex-MLA candidate from Ghasipura assembly constituency Ram Chandra Behera, senior BJP leader Damodar Rout made lot of noise levelling serious allegations against senior political leaders and a bureaucrat as the brain behind […]

Elections 2019: What is the Indian stock market telling us?

With elections nearing, analysts and experts are busy making assessments about its outcome. But if markets were to be believed, it seems that the participants are factoring in a stable government and a clear majority. Markets were on a roll in the last week and gained on all five days even though Thursday’s gains could […]

Over 90% first-time voters to cast ballot: Twitter India

New Delhi: Over 90 per cent of first-time eligible voters are expected to vote in the upcoming elections, a Twitter India survey revealed on Wednesday. According to the Election Commission, nearly 1.5 crore first-time voters will exercise their franchise in the seven-phase election starting April 11. Twitter India said that seven in 10 first-time eligible voters […]

Op-Ed: Major parties pay lip service to women's cause

Bhubaneswar: Pradesh Mahila Congress chief, Sumitra Jena has vociferously complained about inadequate representation to women in the distribution of party tickets. The first list of the party for the Lok Sabha did not have the name of any woman which was in sharp contrast to Biju Janata Dal (BJD) which fielded three women for Lok […]

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 […]

BJP fields Sanat Gadtia against BJD chief Naveen Patnaik in Bijepur

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday named Sanat Gadtia as the party’s candidate from Bijepur Assembly constituency. Gadtia will now take on BJD chief Naveen Patnaik who is also contesting from Hinjili Assembly seat. Announcement of the candidate for Bijepur seat under Bargarh Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to the polls in […]

NDA continues to be well ahead of UPA in seat and vote share: survey

New Delhi: The State of the Nation March 2019 Wave-II opinion poll conducted by CVoter for IANS shows a marginal change in fortunes for the NDA and the UPA in seat share as compared to an earlier CVoter poll put out on March 10. However, there is a sharp increase in vote share for the […]

Op-Ed: Another Time, Another Election

Technically speaking, I had my first taste of Indian elections in the winter of December, 1984. An aspiring journalist at the time, I was sent to Mayurbhanj as part of an extensive opinion poll on the post-Indira Gandhi general elections in December being conducted by the mint-fresh Odia daily ‘Sambad’. [Happy to tell you I […]

Rahul's minimum income scheme a 'bluff': Jaitley

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday termed the Congress’s election promise to provide 25 crore poor people yearly financial assistance of Rs 72,000 a “bluff announcement”, noting that the sum is “less than two-thirds” of the existing Direct Benefit Transfer provided by the Narendra Modi government. Jaitley’s remarks came hours after Congress […]

Elections 2019: Fate of chit fund scam-tainted BJD leaders hangs in balance

Bhubaneswar: While discontentment over ticket distribution continues in the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), ‘rehabilitation’ or finding an alternative to the party leaders allegedly involved in the chit fund scam in Odisha is likely to be a herculean task for the regional party ahead of the 2019 polls. Eyes are now on the three BJD leaders- […]

BJP pressurising CEO to stop assistance under KALIA Scheme: BJD

Bhubaneswar: Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of pressurising the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in Odisha, the BJD today alleged that the CEO is not allowing the State government to disburse money under KALIA scheme citing violation of model code of conduct. At a presser, party Spokesperson Sasmit Patra said, “The action being taken by […]

Won't contest this elections: Odisha BJP VP Subash Chauhan

Bhubaneswar: After being denied ticket from the Bargarh parliamentary constituency, BJP leader Subash Chauhan today took to social media to vent out his displeasure. Chauhan informed that he will not contest the upcoming elections, however, he clarified that he has no intentions to leave BJP or switch to any other party. “I am associated with […]

Over 200 farmers file nominations in Nizamabad LS seat

Hyderabad: Over 200 farmers have filed nominations in Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency in Telangana to protest the failure of the state and Central governments to ensure better remunerative process for their produce. Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavitha is seeking re-election from the seat. On the last […]

Discontentment over ticket distribution continues to haunt Congress

Kandhamal: Amid the growing discontentment over ticket distribution in Odisha Congress, party’s MLA from G Udayagiri Jacob Pradhan today threatened to file nomination papers as independent candidate if denied ticket. Pradhan on Monday clarified that he would not join any party, in case denied ticket, but go to the polls as an independent candidate. “I […]