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Tag: Elections 2019

With a ‘Juhar’, Naveen all set to enter poll fray from Western Odisha!

Bhubaneswar: BJD has played its ace card well. The party has urged Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to contest from Western Odisha, and a ‘serious’ looking CM readily said he is considering the proposal ‘very seriously’. BJD made this announcement a grandstanding event today and the Naveen Niwas was chock-a-block with party workers. BJD supremo and […]

Hathras Impact On Bihar Bypolls: Congress Won't Give Tickets To Those Tainted With Crimes Against Women
Congress releases fourth list for Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday night released its fourth list of party candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, fielding Shashi Tharoor from Thiruvananthapuram, former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki from Arunachal West constituency and former MP Harender Malik from Kairana. The list of 27 candidates includes two from Arunachal Pradesh, five from Chhattisgarh, […]

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Modicare a hoax, excludes outpatient care: Congress

New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday said the much publicised Ayushman Bharat scheme, also known as Modicare, was a “jumla” (hoax) as it excludes outpatient treatment, which constitutes 87 per cent of patients. “The claim that ‘Modicare’ has provided each household insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh is a huge fraud. The cheapest equivalent private […]

Rahul scared of losing Amethi Lok Sabha seat: BJP

Bengaluru: With pressure building on Congress President Rahul Gandhi to contest from a southern seat, tentatively in Karnataka, other than his traditional stronghold Amethi, BJP on Saturday mocked the Gandhi scion for fearing a loss from the family borough in Uttar Pradesh. “If Rahul contests from anywhere in the south, it will indicate the fall […]

Ahead of summer, 4K MP villages face acute drought

Bhopal: Even before the onset of summer, nearly 4,000 villages are staring at an acute drought in 36 out of 52 districts in Madhya Pradesh. A lean monsoon last year has left in its trail a grave crisis for the third successive year while the administration is cramped by the Model Code of Conduct for […]

33 pc women quota: BJD likely to field a woman candidate from Aska Lok Sabha

Bhubaneswar: They say charity begins at home and BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who declared to nominate women in 33 per cent Lok Sabha constituencies, seems to have been following it  if reports of  a woman candidate from BJD being fielded from the Aska Lok Sabha constituency, are to be believed. Naveen launched […]

Prakash Behera, Third Sitting MLA in a Row to Quit Congress

Bhubaneswar: Party-switching by political leaders is a common phenomenon during elections but when sitting MLAs quit a party that too just ahead of elections, it dwindles political prospects of that particular party. After Naba Das and Jogesh Singh, Salepur MLA Prakash Behera today resigned from the primary membership of Congress. In his resignation letter to […]

Ahead of elections, Bhubaneswar witnesses a spur in incidents of violence

Bhubaneswar: With elections round the corner, the capital city has witnessed an increase in violent incidences in the last couple of days. On Saturday, two miscreants opened fire at a security guard of a Kalyan Mandap on Tankapani Road in Bhubaneswar. While the reason behind the attack is yet to be ascertained, it is being […]

Will return money to chit fund investors within a year if voted to power: BJP

Bhubaneswar: Slamming the Odisha government for neglecting the demands of the investors duped by several chit fund companies, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today promised to identify and return money to investors within a year if the party is voted to power in the upcoming elections. Addressing a presser, senior BJP leader Biswa Bhusan Harichandan […]

Elections 2019: BJP with inductions makes 'hell of an opening'; desertions hit BJD

Bhubaneswar: The Elections 2019 juggernaut has started rolling. And when political activities have just started to take on a feverish pitch in the State, it’s imperative to look at which political party has scored a ‘hell of an opening’ in the first few days. For the ruling BJD, the opening days are not any happy […]

Elections 2019: Rahul Gandhi targets BJD over chit fund and mining scam

Bargarh: Ahead of the crucial 2019 elections, AICC president Rahul Gandhi today targeted BJD-led Odisha government over chit fund and mining scams. While addressing a public meeting at Bargarh, Gandhi assured of action against persons involved in both the mega scams in the State. “Due to chit fund scam, people of the State were duped […]

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Op-Ed: Whose manifesto is it anyway?

Bhubaneswar: Manifestoes are an integral part of elections in India. They are supposed to mirror the thinking of the political parties in the fray and their understanding of the collective aspirations of the people they seek to represent. These charter of promises are supposed to be sacrosanct, but in our country election manifestoes have become […]

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Exodus from Naveen brigade continues; 'mentally tortured' Nilagiri MLA Resigns from BJD

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is often seen saying ‘apana mane khusi ta, mu bhi khusi’ (are you happy… I am happy) while addressing public gatherings in the State. However, it seems the CM failed to ask the same to his own party leaders as exodus from […]

Elections 2019: Licensed gun holders asked to deposit weapons in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of 2019 polls scheduled to commence from April 11, the Commissionerate police has issued notices to all the licensed gun owners in the Smart city to deposit their weapons at their respective police stations. According to government figures, there are 1702 licensed weapon holders under different police stations in Bhubaneswar. Following the notice […]

Promising to oust 'corruption dipped' BJD, Damodar Rout joins BJP

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: After months of speculations, senior leader and former BJD Minister Damodar Rout today joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the party headquarters in New Delhi. Rout, who was expelled from the BJD in September last year after he brought a slew of corruption allegations against the ruling-BJD government in Odisha, joined the […]

My sole aim is to ensure Naveen fails to form Govt in Odisha: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Amid growing speculations about his son Sambit Routray being considered an aspirant for the Paradip Assembly constituency, senior leader and Paradip MLA Damodar Rout today said he has no idea whether his son is aspiring to be the BJD candidate from Paradip, but pledged that he will ensure Naveen Patnaik fails to form the […]

Wary of anti-incumbency, BJD to count on new faces in Phase -1

........ party peaked in Berhampur LS with 44 per cent votes; whereas anti-BJD votes at whopping 56 per cent .......Going not easy for BJD in Nabarangapur as vote difference was 0.5% in 2014

'Cheated', Nabarangpur MP quits BJD; terms party 'undemocratic'

Bhubaneswar: In a major political development which may have wide repercussions particularly in Nabarangpur electoral politics in 2019, sitting BJD MP Balabhadra Majhi resigned from the primary membership of BJD on Thursday. Visibly anguished Majhi unhesitatingly not only termed BJD ‘undemocratic’ but felt ‘cheated’ as party sidelined him. In a four page letter to Party […]

Bribe offer to voters: Complaint filed against BJD Minister Pratap Jena

Cuttack: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today filed a complaint against Health Minister Pratap Jena alleging that the minister violated the Model Code of Conduct and demanded stern action and arrest of Jena. While addressing a gathering during a party workers meeting in Mala of Salepur area on Wednesday, Jena allegedly said that his party […]

At Modi's behest, B-Town celebs urge people to vote

Mumbai: Bollywood actors such as Ranveer Singh, Karan Johar, Akshay Kumar and Ayushmann Khurrana, on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s behest, have urged people to cast their vote in the upcoming Lok Sabha Election 2019. Indirectly quoting films like Ayushmann’s “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” and Akshay’s “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”, Modi had on Tuesday tweeted: “Dear Akshay […]

Parties trying hard to woo women voters in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: All major political parties in Odisha have pinned their hopes on women voters as they try to woo them to win the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state. Since women constitute about 50 per cent of the state’s population, political parties are trying hard to dole out sops to catch their attention. As […]

Senior Congress leaders rally behind former CM Janaki Ballav's son for Begunia ticket

Bhubaneswar: Discussions over the entry of Prithvi Ballav Patnaik, the son of former Odisha CM late Janaki Patnaik, into politics has started to make headlines in the State. Prithvi, who sparked intense political speculations a few months ago when he hinted about his keenness to join politics and fight the upcoming general elections from Begunia […]

Will take decision on joining party very soon: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Senior leader Damodar Rout said that he will soon take a decision regarding joining either the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or the Congress. Speaking to OTV today, the senior leader said “I will surely join a party but will take a final call in a day or two on whether it will be BJP […]

Odisha BJP moves Election Commission over poll code 'violation' in KALIA scheme

Bhubaneswar: The State unit of BJP met the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) accusing the ruling-BJD of violating the model code of conduct through its KALIA scheme. As per the allegations, following the enforcement of the model code of conduct on March 10, the State Finance Minister, Shashi Bhusan Behera had announced that disbursement of monetary […]

Naveen Patnaik
Op-Ed: Why containing rebels won’t be easy for Naveen this time

When the BJP and the Congress open their doors to defectors from other parties ahead of the elections, it is hardly surprising. After all, both these parties have been in doldrums in the state for far too long – the former since 2009, when BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik left it high and dry with his […]

Congress alleges poll code violation by BJD in Nabarangpur

Nabarangpur: The district unit of Congress has accused the ruling-BJD of violating the model code of conduct in the district by distributing sarees in Dabugaon area of Nabarangpur district.

BJP website was hacked for few minutes: IT Minister

New Delhi: IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Tuesday the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) website was hacked for a few minutes last week, even as the site has remained under the “maintenance” mode for more than a week now. “There are rogue elements in the society. The site was hacked only for a […]

BJP in Odisha Elections 2019
Is BJD getting jittery with party-hopping ahead of elections?

Bhubaneswar: Already finding it difficult to recuperate from the sudden blow Jay Panda gave it by joining the saffron party, the BJD in the State seems to have again suffered a setback as one of its former senior leaders today party-hopped and joined the BJP. Babu Singh, the former BJD Bhubaneswar district unit working president, […]

BJD, TRS, YSRCP to be key to government formation: Survey

New Delhi: Telangana’s TRS, Andhra Pradesh’s YSR Congress and Odisha’s BJD are likely to hold the key in government formation after election results of the seven phase Lok Sabha elections are out on May 23. According to a CVoter-IANS opinion poll, the National Democratic Alliance is predicted to get only 264 seats, falling eight short […]

Elections 2019: BJP's Arun Singh claims to wipeout BJD

Bhubaneswar: The ruling-BJD in Odisha will be wiped out in the 2019 elections, predicted BJP’sOdisha in-charge, Arun Singh while claiming that the countdown for Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has already begun. Singh further stated the BJD is losing ground in the State fast as many leaders from other parties are keen to join BJP. Party’s […]

Absent in 2014, social media a key battleground

New Delhi: In 2014 when the world’s largest democracy organised the 16th Lok Sabha polls, the impact of social media on the voters was minimal and traditional media ruled the turf. The number of Internet users in India was around 25 crore in 2014. Today, it hovers around 55 crore. Smartphone usage crossed the 40-crore […]

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Odisha Elections 2019: BJD may pitch new faces in Phase-1

Bhubaneswar: The problem of plenty has started to haunt the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha, at least to some extent, with the party reflecting on giving a chance to new faces in the four segments going to the polls in the first phase on April 11. Odisha will witness Lok Sabha and Assembly […]

BJ planning egg attack on Naveen Patnaik?
Elections 2019: Naveen Patnaik rules out alliance

Bhubaneswar: Brushing aside all speculations and discussions, the ruling-BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today clarified that his party will contest the upcoming general elections on its own without any alliance. Responding to queries fielded by mediapersons, the chief minister said, “We will fight the elections on our own.” When questioned about the candidate […]

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Op-Ed: Poll Rhetoric Set To Get More Acerbic In The State

Bhubaneswar: Announcement of the poll schedule by the Election Commission has set the political temperature soaring in the state. With the Commission staggering the polls and Odisha set to vote in four phases stretching from April 11 to April 29, one can expect a long and acrimonious campaign. The escalating war of words between Naveen […]

Odisha Elections 2019: Will 'schemes' trump BJD's 'anti-incumbency'?

Bhubaneswar: With the dates of 2019 general elections declared, will anti-incumbency play a decisive role in Odisha? Was this the reason that the incumbent BJD launched a dozen schemes ranging from KALIA, PEETHA, SHG sops to Ama Gaon, Ama Bikas only a year prior to elections? It seems the BJD took Aristophanes’ words way too […]

'Vigilant' EC brings in sweeping reforms in Elections 2019

Bhubaneswar: Elections 2019 will be etched in capital letters in India’s electoral history as it has many innovative electoral reforms to its credit that could have far-reaching consequences on the electoral process of the world’s largest democracy. Significantly, when there has been a murmur on the shortcomings in the poll process with regard to the […]

Naxal violence surfaces ahead of general polls in Odisha

Malkangiri: With the declaration of dates for the upcoming general polls in Odisha, incidents of Naxal violence were reported from two separate places of the State today. The Maoists killed a relative of a road construction contractor at Kukurkunda village under Mathili police limits of Malkangiri district. The deceased Gupta Swain was working as supervisor […]

Elections 2019: Has CM Naveen misplayed women reservation card?

Bhubaneswar: BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s announcement that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) would field 33% women candidates in Lok Sabha seats seems to have rendered all calculations and assessments useless. More disconcerting though is the fact that the party currently has only three women parliamentarians and all eyes are now on […]

Election dates out; mind games take centre stage in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: A day after the announcement of poll dates; the BJP and the BJD have started playing mind games. While the BJP moved the Election Commission complaining about how BJD has violated the Model Code of Conduct that came into force with the announcement of election dates, BJD hit back by levelling a more grave […]

Former Khurda MLA Jitu Mitra returns to BJD

Bhubaneswar: Former Khurda MLA and BJP leader Jyotirindra Nath Mitra today ‘rejoined’ the BJD at Naveen Niwas in presence of party supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The two-time MLA, popularly known as Jitu Mitra, had quit the BJD in 2014 after being denied a party ticket. He then switched over to the BJP […]