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Tag: Elections 2019

Elections 2019: Is Odisha veering to witness a 'wave election' ?

Bhubaneswar: With Election Commission declaring the big dates Sunday, the battle for ballots in Odisha in 2019 seems to be one of the lengthiest poll schedules in recent history. Though for Election Commission staggered polls means ensuring provisioning of adequate central security forces to guarantee a free and fair poll, for political parties it is […]

EC to monitor social media; political ads to be pre-certified

New Delhi: The Election Commission will “closely monitor” social media platforms for any objectionable content and advertisements, which will have to be pre-certified by the poll panel, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora said, here on Sunday. Political advertisements posted on the social media by candidates or parties would be included in the election expenditure, he […]

Rajkummar Rao urges youth to vote in Elections

Mumbai: Actor Rajkummar Rao says people can change the shape of the future by choosing the right people by voting. “Voting gives us the power to choose who is going to run the country. There is no point complaining because it is us who have chosen them,” Rajkummar said in a video which he posted on […]

Over 1.5 crore Lok Sabha voters in 18-19 age group

New Delhi: Over 1.5 crore electors in 18-19 year age group will be eligible to vote for the first time in the seven-phased Lok Sabha election beginning April 11 with Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling upon them to vote in record numbers. These voters in the age group of 18-19 years constitute 1.66 per cent of […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
Odisha parties welcome dates for simultaneous polls

Bhubaneswar: Major political parties in Odisha here on Sunday welcomed the announcement of poll dates for the general and assembly elections in the state. Odisha will witness Lok Sabha and Assembly elections simultaneously in four phases — April 11, 18, 23 and 29. “I welcome EC’s announcement for elections to the Odisha Assembly and the […]

Elections 2019: Odisha to go to polls in 4 phases

Bhubaneswar: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha Surendra Kumar today informed that the State will go to simultaneous polls in four phases starting April 11, 2019. The next three phases of elections will be conducted on April 18, 23 and 29. Addressing a presser in Bhubaneswar today, the CEO said that elections will be conducted […]

Elections 2019 to be held in 7 phases starting April 11; Results on May 23

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 and the votes will be counted on May 23, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced on Sunday. Calling the Indian parliamentary battle the “largest festival of democracy”, he said that 91 constituencies (spread across 20 states) will […]

EC asks parties to desist from using photo of soldiers in campaign

New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday asked political parties to desist from displaying photographs of defence personnel in their poll campaign in view of a picture on social media showing image of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in a political poster. In a letter to political parties written on Saturday, the EC […]

Elections 2019: Dharmendra-Vs-Naveen
Elections 2019: BJP, BJD match blows with counter campaigns

Bhubaneswar: As the battle of ballots is approaching nearer, all the major parties are trying to outrun each other in the run up to the general elections heating up the political temperature in Odisha. The political atmosphere is increasingly getting turbulent amid intensified exchange of allegations and counter allegations between the BJP, BJD and the […]

Odisha farmers threaten non-cooperation during elections

Bhubaneswar: Farmer outfit, Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan (NNKS) has threatened non-cooperation during the upcoming general elections alleging insensitivity of the BJD-led state government towards their demands of fair price, prestige and pension. Addressing a presser in Bhubaneswar today, the national convener of NNKS, Akshay Kumar said that the farmers will lie down on the roads […]

Elections 2019: Will Jay Panda be a game-changer for BJP in Odisha?

Bhubaneswar: After roping in senior IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi a few months back, the Bharatiya Janata Party has now welcomed former Kendrapara MP Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda into its fold. The development has sparked a lot of political speculations over the impact that the four-time parliamentarian might have on the poll prospects of the saffron party. […]

Rahul to contest from Amethi, Sonia from Rae Bareli

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi will contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from his traditional Amethi seat and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi from her Rae Bareli as per the Congress’s first list of candidates released on Thursday. The list of 15 candidates includes four candidates from Gujarat and 11 from Uttar Pradesh. In Uttar […]

List of poll candidates on social media fake: Odisha Congress

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) today clarified that list of party candidates for the upcoming elections that are being circulated on several social media platforms are fake. Odisha Congress Media Cell chief,  Satya Prakash Nayak on Thursday said that some people are circulating fake list of Congress candidates for the 21 Lok Sabha and […]

Opposition's hatred for me has reached new levels: Modi

Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the opposition’s hatred for him is “reaching new levels”, including calling for his killing, but he was not bothered and will continue his mission to make India strong. He also stressed that a diverse India will not progress if regional aspirations are not fulfilled, and that only […]

Elections 2019: Odisha Congress sends candidate list to AICC

Bhubaneswar: While the 2019 elections are a few weeks away, the Pradesh Congress today sent a tentative list of poll candidates to the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC). In presence of party’s Odisha in-charges, Jitendra Singh and TS Singh Deo, AICC Screening Committee members and Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik, the Pradesh Election Committee (PEC) […]

BJD has failed to deliver 2014 promises: BJP lambasts Odisha govt

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the ruling BJD accusing the party of failing miserably in fulfilling its promises made in its 2014 manifesto. BJP spokesperson Samir Mohanty at a presser lambasted the ruling party and recalled how BJD made tall promises like returning deposit amounts of scam-hit […]

CPI (M) says no to alliance with Odisha Congress

Bhubaneswar: Putting days of speculation to end, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) today clarified that it will not enter into a direct alliance with the Congress in Odisha. Briefing mediapersons, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said there would be no alliance with the Odisha Congress for the upcoming general polls. “As per the […]

Elections 2019: BJD says it's committed for new Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Just ahead of the 2019 elections, the ruling-party in Odisha is all out to paint the town green by its verdant banners, posters and hoarding. While on one hand, the ruling-BJD rolled out its doorstep campaign, Ghare Ghare Sankha – Coonch (party symbol) in every house – to collect feedback to finalise its 2019 […]

BJD MP Tathagata Satpathy closes political innings

Bhubaneswar: With the 2019 polls barely one-and-half months away, the incumbent and consecutive three-time BJD MP from Dhenkanal Tathagata Satpathy has decided to quit politics, thereby ending a long career in Odisha’s statecraft. Speculations of Satpathy quitting politics started making rounds on Monday, after he attended an 11-day ritual (shraddha) of an acquaintance in Angul […]

Congress, BJD accuse BJP of Politicising Soldiers’ Sacrifice to Garner Votes

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today took out ‘Vijay Sankalp Yatra’ across the country including Odisha with the resolution to ensure the party’s victory in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. While the BJP raised the slogan ‘Fir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar’ during the rally, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Odisha Congress accused the […]

Odisha Elections 2019
Elections 2019: No headway for Odisha Congress in finalising partners

Bhubaneswar: With the general elections close at hand, Odisha Congress still appears to be in a dilemma over finalising its alliance partners and the seat allocation even after numerous discussions in this regard. While the party will hold a crucial meeting with the left parties on Saturday, the latter have already begun campaigning for the […]

Election candidates must declare offshore assets now

Kolkata: Candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will have to declare their offshore moveable assets and liabilities in their affidavit, as per an amendment made by the Election Commission of India (ECI), an official said on Friday. “To ensure that all moveable assets are reflected in the affidavit given by the candidates, a further […]

Photo voter slip must be supported by ID proof for voting: EC

New Delhi: Photo voter slip shall not be accepted as a stand-alone identification document for voting in the Lok Sabha elections and by-elections to Assemblies, to be held simultaneously this year, said the Election Commission of India (ECI) in an order, here on Thursday. However, Photo voter slips will continue to be prepared and issued […]

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Elections 2019: Parties begin spadework to zero in on candidates

Bhubaneswar: With the 2019 elections just a few days away, three major political parties in the State are scrambling to finalise party candidates for the ensuing polls. While Congress stated that it has prepared a tentative list of party candidates for 21 Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly constituencies, BJP said it has completed discussions with […]

Elections 2019: BJD rolls out sops to woo tribals

Bhubaneswar: With the general elections inching closer in Odisha, the ruling-BJD has now shifted its focus towards the 33 assembly seats reserved for the scheduled tribes (ST). The Chief Minister today inaugurated worship sites, tribal cultural clubs and weekly village markets (hat) while holding discussions with members of special development council of nine tribal dominated […]

Parliament house in New Delhi on July 24th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.
Facebook senior officials to appear before Parliamentary panel on March 6

New Delhi: Senior officials of Facebook will appear on March 6 before a Parliamentary panel to outline the specific measures undertaken to ensure safety of users on its platform after being summoned by the committee, sources said. The development assumes significance amid concerns being raised over any possible misuse of social media tools to interfere […]

Facing lack of basic infrastructure, villagers threaten poll boycott in Gajapati

Paralakhemundi: In the absence of basic facilities like drinking water, electricity, roads and schools, villagers residing in remote areas of the State continue to face hardship. In Badaanja village of Rayagada block of Gajapati district, things are no different where locals are a distressed lot and have threatened to boycott the upcoming general elections if […]

Congress appoints TS Singh Deo as temporary in-charge of Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the general elections, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) today appointed Chhattisgarh Health Minister and senior Congress leader TS Singh Deo as temporary in-charge of Odisha. A statement issued by the AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal said, party’s national president Rahul Gandhi has appointed Singh Deo as temporary in-charge of Odisha while […]

Elections 2019: Factional feud on rise within BJD

Ahead of the upcoming general elections in the State, resentment is brewing among BJD party workers over selection of candidates. In Brajrajnagar, some local BJD workers alleged that BJD MLA Anup Kumar Sai is involved in anti-party activities and is ignoring party workers.

Elections 2019: Flock of chit fund scam-tainted leaders posing challenge for BJD

Bhubaneswar: With the general elections nearing, political parties are gearing up to select candidates. The ruling-BJD, which has been at the helm of affairs for the last nineteen years, is reportedly facing worries over candidate selection due to involvement of several of its party leaders in the multi-crore chit fund scam. At a time when […]

Odisha CM demands Rs 10,000 cash benefit under PM-KISAN

Bargarh: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today demanded a hike in cash benefit from Rs 6000 to Rs 10,000 under Central government’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme. The chief minister was addressing a public meeting at Sohela Ichhapalli in Bargarh district today. Odisha CM said that the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income […]

Google to train Indian journalists in fair election coverage

New Delhi: As India’s elections inch closer, Google on Thursday announced to train journalists in online verification and fact-checking, digital safety and security and YouTube for election coverage and data visualization. The Google News Initiative, in partnership with independent, third-party organisations DataLeads and Internews would host training sessions in 30 cities between February 26 and […]

Op-Ed: Will Congress’ Priyanka Gamble Pay off?

Bhubaneswar: The formal induction of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the sister of AICC president, Rahul Gandhi, into the Congress with the responsibility of the crucial eastern UP belt being placed on her shoulders, has caused ripples across the political spectrum. Though her entry was expected with the party desperately looking for someone with a Midas touch […]

Modi popular but will be tough for BJP to replicate 2014 in UP: Survey

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi still remains popular with the masses but it would be difficult for the BJP to replicate its 2014 success in Uttar Pradesh, says a survey on the evolving political scenario in the state ahead of the upcoming elections. The survey also says that the tension after the Pulwama terror […]

BJP's top brass plays safe; UP CM Adityanath also goes soft on Odisha CM

Bhawanipatna/Khurda: While the Odisha unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is going for broke to give a fillip to its electoral campaign in the State, it seems the top brass of the BJP has already chosen to play safe. Earlier, both Narendra Modi and Amit Shah and today Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, […]

Odisha Congress manifesto to focus on farmer issues

Bhubaneswar: A meeting of the manifesto committee of Odisha Congress was held today in presence of party’s prospective candidates for the 21 Lok Sabha constituencies of the state. It is believed that Congress is focusing on farmer issues to turn things round in its favour during the upcoming elections. Following victories in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh […]

CM Naveen inaugurates several projects in Boudh

Boudh: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated and laid foundation stones of several projects in Boudh district today. In Kantamal block of the district, Patnaik laid the foundation stone for several developmental projects worth Rs 543 crore and also distributed assistance to beneficiaries under several ongoing welfare schemes. The CM also laid the foundation […]

Op-Ed: Congress In Odisha Stares At An Uncertain Future

Bhubaneswar: As elections draw closer the fluctuating fortunes of Congress, the main opposition party in the state, are being closely watched. The Grand Old party, which ruled the state for the longest period and was considered virtually invincible a few decades ago, seems to be in a freefall with both BJP and the Naveen Patnjaik-led […]

Superstar Rajinikanth not to contest Lok Sabha polls

Chennai: Superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday announced that he won’t contest the coming Lok Sabha battle and that his target was only the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls. Rajinikanth said in a statement here that the water crisis was a major issue faced by the people of Tamil Nadu and he urged them to vote for a […]

Elections 2019: Congress screening committee to visit Odisha again

Bhubaneswar: The Screening Committee constituted by All India Congress Committee to oversee candidate selection process in Odisha will once again visit the State towards the end of the month to select candidates for the remaining 10 Lok Sabha constituencies and the Assembly seats under it. All India Congress Committee screening committee member, Naushad Solanki today […]