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Tag: Elections 2019

BJP announces candidates for 2 Lok Sabha, 9 Assembly seats in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced candidates for two Lok Sabha and nine Assembly seats in Odisha today. As per the list, Kharavela Swain, who rejoined the party on Monday, will contest from the Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat, while Prakash Mishra will fight from the Cuttack parliamentary constituency. Swain, who was elected to the Lok […]

Hathras Impact On Bihar Bypolls: Congress Won't Give Tickets To Those Tainted With Crimes Against Women
Odisha Elections 2019: Dicontent brewing in Balasore Congress over ticket distribution

Balasore: Resentment is brewing up in Balasore unit of Congress post declaration of the list of party candidates for first and second phase polls. The local party workers have been opposing the candidature of newly inducted Mahanadi Banchao Andolan chief and member of Jaleswar Vikash Mancha Sudarsan Das from Jaleswar Assembly constituency. It may be […]

TDP not to contest Lok Sabha polls in Telangana

Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will not contest Lok Sabha elections in Telangana, party sources said on Sunday. With several top leaders defecting to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and remaining leaders not keen to contest the polls, the TDP’s Telangana unit is understood to have decided not to field candidates for next […]

Elections 2019: BJD announces 2nd phase candidate list for Assembly seats

Bhubaneswar: As electoral race gathers pace, the ruling-BJD today announced more names of the party candidates for the first two phases of 2019 general polls in Odisha. Party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced names of the candidates for nine Assembly seats in the State. The ruling party had earlier declared candidates for […]

Akhilesh Yadav
Akhilesh to contest from Azamgarh for LS polls

Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Sunday announced that its chief Akhilesh Yadav will contest the coming Lok Sabha polls from the Azamgarh parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh. In the 2014 elections, SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav had won the Mainpuri and Azamgarh parliamentary constituencies. Azamgarh is considered a strong belt of the party. Besides Akhilesh […]

Elections 2019: BJD seeks disqualification of 5 MLAs

Bhubaneswar: In the run up to the crucial 2019 elections, politics is now getting heated up in Odisha. Moreover, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Saturday filed a petition before Odisha Assembly Speaker Pradip Kumar Amat seeking disqualification of five legislators on the grounds of anti-defection law. The petition has been filed against Trinath […]

87,000 groups on WhatsApp targeting voters

New Delhi: The first phase of voting begins from April 11 and WhatsApp – and not its parent company Facebook – has turned out to be the biggest social media platform for more than 87,000 groups to target millions with political messaging. According to WhatsApp, over 20 crore Monthly Active Users (MAUs) are using its […]

BJD moves CEO alleging poll code violation by BJP

Bhubaneswar: Accusing BJP of violating model code of conduct, a delegation of the BJD today lodged a complaint before the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar here. The BJD alleged that senior leader and BJP Vice-president Baijayant Panda is engaging video-campaigning vehicle in Kendrapara without the required permission from the Chief Electoral Officer. Hoardings […]

BJP releases 5th list of 48 Lok Sabha candidates

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday came out with its fifth list of 48 candidates, spanning the six states of Goa, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka. The list features three Union Ministers – Narendra Singh Tomar, Jayant Sinha and Shripad Yesso Naik and former minister Faggan Singh Kulaste. Tomar […]

Resentment brews among Congress workers over ticket distribution in Odisha

Bhubaneswar/Balasore/Jharsuguda/Jeypore: Following the announcement of candidates’ list for two Lok Sabha and 54 Assembly constituencies late on Friday, resentment is now brewing among Congress workers and supporters of several party leaders who have been denied a ticket. Tension erupted at the Congress party headquarters in Bhubaneswar when supporters of Amir Mohammed ransacked property at Congress […]

BJP Releases 2nd List: Not PM Modi, Sambit Patra To Contest From Puri

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Putting an end to speculations over Prime Minister Narendra Modi contesting from Puri Lok Sabha constituency in the upcoming general polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday night announced party national spokesperson Sambit Patra as its candidate for the Puri parliamentary constituency. Moments after the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting concluded late […]

Political ‘hues’ add on to Holi colours this election season

Bhubaneswar: Holi holds a special significance for politicians. But this year’s Holi proved a perfect ambience for politicians of all hues in State to give a kick start to the poll campaign of their respective parties ahead of the crucial 2019 elections. Odisha Congress workers were more enthusiastic this year. It seems the pep-up has […]

Elections 2019: Growing dissidence forcing 'strategy change' in BJD?

Bhubaneswar: With growing dissidence within the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) following the release of its candidate list, the party has reportedly braced itself up to bring immediate changes in its strategy of ticket allotment. The BJD is so much wary of the brewing resentment within the party that even after selection of candidates for the […]

Naveen Patnaik
Op-Ed: Managing revolt within will be Naveen’s biggest challenge in Election 2019

It is a house on fire right now. The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), which has emerged the clear front-runner in most pre-election surveys, is currently busy firefighting after the announcement of the first list of party candidates for the simultaneous Lok Sabha polls in Odisha last Wednesday. The rate at which BJD leaders are […]

Kandhamal MP Pratyusha to join Congress: OPCC Chief

Bhubaneswar: Kandhamal MP and former BJD leader Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh will soon join Congress, informed Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik on Thursday. Pratyusha is likely to join the party either on March 23 or 24. However, finalisation on her candidature is yet to be clear, said Patnaik. “Pratyusha has expressed her desire […]

Without waiting for 'high command' nod, Odisha Congress leaders file nominations

Bhubaneswar: After two Congress leaders, Sadan Nayak and Mala Madhi filed nominations ahead of the ticket announcement; Kotpad MLA Chandrasekhar Majhi today filed his nomination papers as well without waiting for the official announcement. Justifying his action, Majhi said that as it is getting a bit late, people of his constituency want him to file […]

Elections 2019: Three BJD MLAs, 3 former legislators join BJP

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha seems to be in hot water as its leaders who once helped the party withstand the challenge of Modi wave that had swept India’s political landscape in the 2014 polls are joining hands with the BJP thick and fast. Till now, it was believed that BJD’s electoral […]

Elections 2019: BJD taunts BJP over delay in announcement of candidates’ list

Bhubaneswar: The ruling-BJD took a jibe at BJP today as the saffron party is yet to announce its candidate list for the 2019 general polls. Mocking at BJP’s 120+ mission, BJD claimed the party has no candidates in dozens of constituencies and attributed it as the main reason for delay in announcing candidate list. Hitting […]

Can BJD supremo Naveen contain unabated exodus and growing dissidence?

Bhubaneswar: Amid rise in resentment over non-allotment of tickets to aspirants and continous exodus of leaders from the BJD, it seems the party president Naveen Patnaik will have a rough path ahead in pacifying the rising dissidence within the party. Adding to the exodus, Kandhamal MP Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh and Daspalla MLA Purna Chandra Nayak […]

Elections 2019: Dissidence raises ugly head over ticket allotment in BJD

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of general elections beginning April 11, BJD seems to have got the double whammy. Not only disgruntled leaders are leaving the party in hordes, but the serious challenge staring at the party is the rise in dissidence within the party units across the State over selection of candidates giving the party the worst […]

BJP moves CEO, demands action against Odisha DG & Special DG Intelligence

Bhubaneswar: Alleging violation of the model code of conduct, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today met the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha and demanded stern action against Odisha DGP RP Sharma and Special DG of Police, Intelligence, Sunil Roy. A panel of the State BJP led by party vice president, Samir Mohanty on Tuesday […]

Notification issued for 97 LS seats in Phase II

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday issued a notification for the second phase of the seven-phased Lok Sabha elections, kicking off the process of filing of nominations for another 97 constituencies across 13 states and Union Territories. Voting in the second phase will take place on April 18, said the notification, which comes a […]

Notification issued for second phase polling in Odisha

Bhubaneswar:  The office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha today issued notification for five Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 assembly constituencies, where polls are scheduled to be held on April 18. The five Lok Sabha constituencies going to poll in second phase are Bargarh, Bolangir, Sundargarh, Kandhamal and Aska. Polls will also be held […]

No one is happy with Modi government: Priyanka

Bhadohi (Uttar Pradesh): Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Tuesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying no one was happy with his government. Demanding to know what Modi had done in the last five years, Gandhi told the media here: “Be it farmers, youth or anybody, no one is satisfied with the government. Together they […]

Elections 2019: Congress releases 1st phase candidate list for 6 LS, 36 Assembly seats

Bhubaneswar: After days of speculations, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has finally declared its 1st phase list of candidates for the upcoming general elections in Odisha. Names of candidates for 6 Lok Sabha and 36 Assembly segments of the State were released by the party through a notification late Monday night, hours after the […]

Op-Ed: Will Naveen’s Western Odisha Gamble Pay Off ?

Bhubaneswar: For the first time in his political career chief minister, Naveen Patnaik has decided to contest from two seats simultaneously—Hinjili, his traditional seat in Ganjam district, and Bijepur in western Odisha’s Bargarh district. His candidature from Bargarh, a decision taken apparently in deference to the wishes of BJD leaders from the western belt, constitutes […]

Fear of loss forced Naveen to contest from Bijepur: BJP

Bhubaneswar: The State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today leveled serious allegations over Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik contesting from two Assembly constituencies, Hinjili and Bijepur, by producing a letter of Odisha Police Intelligence Branch, which recommended that Naveen should not contest from Hinjili. State BJP Yuva Morcha president, Tankadhar Tripathy on Monday […]

BJD withdraws suspension of 'anti-party' leader Prafulla Ghadai

Bhubaneswar: On September 20, 2014, the BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced, “Prafulla Chandra Ghadai has been expelled from the party for anti-party activities with immediate effect.” And after almost four and a half years, Naveen withdrew the expulsion order against the former Finance Minister. Party’s General Secretary Bijay Nayak informed that […]

BJD replaces 'narrow losers & winners' in 2019 to boost chances

Bhubaneswar:  After the tempest over party ticket distribution, BJD President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced the candidates list for the first and second phases of poll.  The list reveals that the BJD has mainly dropped the MLAs who have lost by a narrow margin of votes or won narrowly in the range of 0.5 […]

Did fear of 1995 re-run force BJD to script Naveen's Bijepur debut?

Bhubaneswar: Notwithstanding BJD’s confidence that has grown by leaps and bounds post the Bijepur by-election win, induction of  Congress strong man and sitting Jharsuguda MLA Naba Kishore Das and Sundergarh MLA Jogesh Singh into BJD, the vote trend and shares in rural polls 2017, however, are apparently dominating BJD electoral strategists’ psyche in  a big […]

Trinath Gomango quits bjd
Exodus from BJD continues as ‘Insulted’ Gunupur MLA Trinath Gomango quits

Rayagada: At a time when ticket asiprants continue to throng Naveen Niwas to hand over their profiles to BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the ruling party seems to be grappling with serious challenge in the form of exodus of disgruntled leaders ahead of the crucial general elections. After Nilagiri MLA Sukant Nayak, another […]

BJD Releases Candidate List for Phase 1, Phase 2 Elections in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Amid unabated exodus from Party, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today announced names of the party candidates for the first two phases of 2019 general polls in Odisha. In the first phase, Odisha will go to polls for four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly seats on April 11 while elections will be there for […]

EC to declare poll date in four states
EC releases Phase-1 poll notification for Odisha; specifies voting time in Maoist-prone areas

Bhubaneswar: The Election Commission today released a notification for first phase elections in Odisha beginning April 11. Four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly constituencies in the State will go to the polls in Phase 1. Briefing mediapersons, Odisha Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar said, “The Election Commission has released the notification for first phase of […]

Elections 2019: BJP alleges poll code violation by Brahmagiri MLA

Puri: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today alleged that Brahmagiri MLA Sanjay Das Burma violated the model code of conduct by landing helicopter at Rebana Nuagaon Kerandia helipad in Puri district by obtaining ‘verbal permission’. According to BJP leader Lalitendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra, the Brahmagiri MLA landed his chopper at around 5.15 pm at the Rebana […]

BJD leader Kusum Tete resigns as Sundergarh SDC chairman

Sundergarh: Amid her cold war with party’s Jogesh Singh over Sundergarh Assembly constituency ticket for the upcoming elections, BJD leader Kusum Tete on Sunday resigned as the chairman of Sundergarh Special Development Council (SDC). In her resignation letter to BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Tete mentioned that her decision to quit from the […]

Touchscreens to provide voting information in Haryana

Chandigarh: All voting-related information would be easily available for voters in all districts in Haryana through touchscreens, the state’s Chief Electoral Officer Rajeev Ranjan said on Sunday. Ranjan, after inaugurating the first voting related touchscreen set up in Kurukshetra, nearly 100 km from here, said that similar touchscreens would be set up across Haryana. The […]

BJP announces 1st list for Arunachal Assembly polls

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday announced the first list of 54 candidates (out of 60) for the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly elections, to be held on April 11. According to the list, Chief Minister Pema Khandu will contest from the Mukto constituency in the Tawang district and Finance Minister Chowna Mein from […]

'Red' notice: Rise in Red violence challenge for Odisha police before polls

Bhubaneswar: With the announcement of poll dates, Maoists have started unleashing their terror plan in the red corridor in Odisha. The sudden spurt in Maoist incidents has not only raised eyebrows but also throws a grave challenge to the security establishment here. Maoists have killed a contractor barbarically and destroyed a JCB machine and Haiwa […]

Bijoy keeps his cards close to chest!

Bhubaneswar: With the general elections just around the corner, as state politics continues to witness twists and turns every minute, veteran leader Bijoy Mohapatra however is yet to open his cards. Bijoy, who quit BJP on November 30 last year along with senior leader Dilip Ray, has not clarified on whether he would join any […]

Former Congress MLA Prakash Behera joins BJP

New Delhi: Former Congress leader and Salepur MLA Prakash Behera today joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, party’s national vice-president Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda and other senior leaders at the party headquarters in New Delhi. Earlier, Behera had resigned from the primary membership of Congress yesterday. In his resignation […]