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Tag: Elections 2019

Elections 2019: CWC to meet in Ahmedabad on Feb 26

New Delhi: The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the partys highest decision-making body will meet on February 26 in Prime Minister Narendra Modis home state Gujarat to chalk out and finalise the roadmap for the Lok Sabha elections. To be presided over by party President Rahul Gandhi, the meeting in Ahmedabad will also be attended by […]

Congress screening committee focusing on 11 constituencies in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the general elections, the All India Congress Committee has approached the selection of candidates in Odisha with a different strategy. Camping in the State for the first time, the AICC Screening Committee has turned its focus on 11 different Lok Sabha constituencies. Going by the party chief Rahul Gandhi’s formula to select […]

Political parties begin blame game following ECI meeting in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Soon after the meeting with Election Commission of Indian (ECI) officials, leaders of the major political parties engaged in mud-slinging with the BJP accusing BJD of misutilising government machineries while Congress hit out at both the BJP and the BJD. “We have informed the ECI team about the misuse of power by the ruling […]

Elections 2019: ECI team begins review of poll preparations in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: A six-member team of the Election Commission of India (ECI) led by Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa today met the representatives of major political parties in Odisha to discuss the preparations for the upcoming general elections. The team reportedly held discussions with the representatives of the BJD, BJP, Congress, CPI and other political parties. While […]

Elections 2019: Odisha Congress begins candidate selection process

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to score the first-mover advantage over its rivals BJD and BJP, Odisha Congress today started its candidate selection process for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections 2019. The All India Congress Committee (AICC) screening committee for Odisha today held discussions with party workers and office-bearers at the State party office […]

BJD, Congress members scuffle during Minister's programme

Kendrapara: Uproarious scenes were witnessed during an inauguration ceremony of a sub-divisional hospital at Pattamundai today as BJD and Congress members entered into a scuffle during the programme. Odisha Health Minister Pratap Jena was at Pattamundai today to inaugurate the sub-divisional hospital and a 30-bedded mother and child care unit when supporters of Congress MLA […]

BJD lambasts BJP over 'Pratisruti Samabesh’

Bhubaneswar: A day after the BJP announced several poll sops including provision of land records (pattas), jobs to youths and pucca houses while urging people to vote for the party in the upcoming polls, senior BJD leader Sanjay Das Burma today came down heavily on the saffron party and said that their promises are the […]

Shah mocks 'gathbandhan', tom-toms surgical strike

Panaji: If the ‘gathbandhan’ wins the 2019 general elections, Mayawati will be the Prime Minister on Monday, Akhilesh Yadav will be the premier on Tuesday and so on and so forth, BJP national President Amit Shah said here on Saturday, mocking the efforts to cobble together a coalition against the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party […]

Pradhan questions Odisha govt's Rs 5 crore- allocation for HC bench

Bhubaneswar: Amid unrelenting agitation that has affected functioning of courts and government offices over establishment of a permanent High Court bench in the State, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today blamed the State government for dilly-dallying over the issue by trying to pass the buck to the Centre. Pradhan said, “The State government had constituted […]

Elections 2019: List of national leaders visiting Odisha continues to grow

Bhubaneswar: As general elections inch closer, political parties are lining up visits of their stalwarts to Odisha. BJP chief Amit Shah’s back-to-back Odisha visits, followed by Nitin Gadkari and former Jharkhand CM Arjun Munda’s visit to Keonjhar today, the saffron party is leaving no stone unturned to make its Mission 120 plus seats successful. As […]

Rahul slams 'remote-controlled' Naveen, guarantees minimum income if voted to power

Bhawanipatna/Rourkela: All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi today reiterated that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is remote-controlled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the time has come to oust both and bring Congress to power. The AICC chief alleged that CM Naveen is working as per PM’s instructions as the ruling-BJD leaders and […]

Rahul Gandhi's 2nd visit to Odisha in 12 days puts BJP & BJD on toes

Bhubaneswar: After the unexpected firing of salvo by Rahul Gandhi at Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his maiden visit to Odisha on January 25 after becoming AICC president, speculation of another attack by the young Congress chief during his February 6 visit to the State is rife. Tomorrow will be […]

Shah ‘secretly’ passes on ‘Mission 120’ mantra to Odisha BJP leaders

Bhubaneswar: With 2019 elections barely a couple of months away in Odisha, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leaving no stone unturned to infuse energy and galvanize party organization as party’s national president Amit Shah, before winding up his Odisha visit, held a ‘secret’ meeting with party leaders of the state today. Away from the […]

NDA doors closed forever for Chandrababu Naidu: Shah

Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh): BJP President Amit Shah on Monday launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and made it clear that the doors of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) were closed forever for him. Exuding confidence that the NDA will retain power and Narendra Modi will become Prime Minister again after the […]

BJP-BJD notice war heats up politics in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The political landscape in Odisha has suddenly turned into a warzone with Odisha police issuing notices to two BJP leaders in connection with the brutal murder of Chhatrapur councillor, soon after CBI served notices to two BJD leaders in connection with the chit fund scam on Tuesday. Such actions of the State police and […]

Congress putting roadblocks in way of early solution to Ram temple issue: Amit Shah

Lucknow: Accusing the Congress of trying to put roadblocks in the way of an early solution to the Ram temple issue, Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Wednesday reiterated the commitment of his party for a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya. Addressing party workers in the state capital, the BJP President said while the […]

Give PM Modi a chance to usher in development in Odisha: Amit Shah

Bhubaneswar: Slamming both the BJD and Congress for failing to ensure development in Odisha, BJP’s National President Amit Shah today urged the people of the State to give mandate to PM Modi-led government. Lambasting the ruling-BJD, Shah said Odisha is rich in natural resources and youths, but the State has not seen development, because it […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
Assembly polls in Haryana, Maha, J'khand may be clubbed with LS elections

New Delhi: Assembly elections in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand–all three ruled by the BJP– may be advanced by several months to be held with the Lok Sabha elections in April-May this year. While elections for the Assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtra are due in October this year that of Jharkhand are scheduled for December. There […]

Elections 2019: BJP chief Amit Shah to make back-to-back Odisha visits

Bhubaneswar: Setting the tone for the upcoming general elections slated to be held in a few months from now, BJP chief Amit Shah is now scheduled to make back to back visits to Odisha. Party’s State in-charge Arun Singh today informed that Shah, who is scheduled to visit Odisha tomorrow will also come to the […]

Former IAS Officer Jagdish Mohanty Joins Congress

Bhubaneswar: At a time when several senior leaders of Odisha Congress have either left the party or been sacked, former IAS officer Jagdish Chandra Mohanty joined the party here on Friday. Mohanty, a former 1985 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS officer, said that time has come for people with the intention to serve the country to […]

Politics of Publicity: Parties up in arms over Odisha govt's massive publicity spending

Bhubaneswar: Opposition parties today lashed out at the Odisha government for allegedly splurging crores of rupees on publicity. While the BJP said that the declining popularity of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is forcing the party to spend such massive amount of public money to shore up ‘Brand Naveen’, Congress alleged that the fear of anti-incumbency […]

Not going back to era of ballot papers: Chief Election Commissioner

New Delhi: Rejecting the demand of major opposition parties, the Election Commission on Thursday ruled out going back to the era of ballot papers and asserted it cannot be “bullied or coerced” into discarding the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPATs. “We are going to keep on using EVMs. We are going to keep on […]

Elections 2019: Odisha Congress to release first list of candidates in Feb

Bhubaneswar: The Congress party in Odisha today informed that the first phase selection of candidates will be completed by February. Odisha in-charge of the party, Jitendra Singh said that the Central Action Committee of the party has already finalised the prospective list of first 50 candidates who will be allotted tickets for the polls and […]

Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi Odisha visit
Amit Shah’s rescheduled Odisha visit likely on Jan 29

Bhubaneswar: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would be keen to go all guns blazing ahead of the crucial polls, as party national president Amit Shah is likely to visit Odisha on January 29, informed party spokesperson Prithviraj Harichandan today. Shah was earlier scheduled to visit the State on January 18 but it was put on hold […]

BJD will perform extremely well in upcoming LS, assembly polls: Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik claimed Tuesday that the ruling party would perform “extremely well” in the upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly elections. “I am sure that the Biju Janata Dal will do extremely well in the forthcoming elections,” Patnaik told reporters at the state secretariat here. His statement came two […]

Opposition coming together fearing defeat in elections: Shivraj

New Delhi: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday attacked the opposition, saying they were coming together fearing defeat against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. “Fearing defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, they all are coming together after looking at the massive support towards Modi,” Chouhan said […]

Elections 2019: Govt officials suspended over lapses during voter awareness programme

Sundergarh: Issuing a stern warning to officials, Sundergarh Collector Surendra Meena on Saturday suspended two government officials for their alleged dereliction of duty. As per reports, Additional Block Education Officer (BEO), Bisra, Sarat Kumar Pati and Vedavyasa UP School Headmaster Bibekananda Das were suspended for allegedly showing laxity in work during Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) […]

Elections 2019: Mulling over manifestos begins

Bhubaneswar: In the run up to the 2019 elections, major political parties in Odisha have kick-started the exercise of finalising poll manifestos. As per a decision taken by BJP’s manifesto committee led by senior leader Biswabhusan Harichandan, members of the committee will hold meetings at the district level to get suggestions from people at the […]

Krushna Sagaria's chances to fight elections 2019
Does Sagaria’s chances to contest Elections 2019 hang in balance?

Bhubaneswar: Already in a damage-control mode with the desertion of senior leader Naba Kishore Das and ouster of Jogesh Singh prior to the general elections, Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik today hinted at doubts over the party giving a ticket to former Koraput MLA Krishna Chandra Sagaria. The PCC chief informed that a discussion was […]

Naveen's absence from PM Modi’s official programmes is ‘intentional’: Pradhan

Bhubaneswar/Bolangir: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have gone soft on the ruling-BJD once again, but Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan made sure he did not miss such opportunity and trained his guns on the State government during ‘Jabab Maguchhi Odisha’ programme in Bolangir today. Addressing the public rally, Pradhan stated that the Centre is committed towards […]

Modi slams Odisha govt over non-utilisation of DMF funds

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lashed out at the Odisha government alleging non-utilisation of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) funds towards the development of the areas and people affected by mining related operations. Addressing a huge gathering at Bolangir, Modi said that Odisha has over Rs 4000 crore in its DMF funds but it […]

PM Modi inaugurates projects worth Rs 1545 crore in Odisha

Bolangir: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Bolangir today, inaugurated and dedicated a slew of developmental projects worth over Rs 1545 crore to the people of Odisha. Modi’s trip to Bolangir is his third visit to the State in less than 30 days. The PM stated that the developmental projects will have a […]

Exodus threatens to derail Congress fightback in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the 2014 general elections two Odisha Congress heavyweights Anup Sai and Bhupinder Singh, the then Legislature Party secretary and Leader of Opposition respectively, had joined the Biju Janata Dal (BJD). Well, the ghost of exodus is back and it already seems to be haunting the party, threatening to derail its plans. Speculations […]

Elections 2019
Elections 2019: Can the old guards take BJD by its horns in Odisha?

Bhubaneswar: Amid the clash between the BJD, BJP and the Congress in Odisha, it seems the ruling government might also have to deal with a Fourth Front in the upcoming general elections. While the political pundits have been repeatedly speaking of the Congress decreasing in power and BJP having a secret alliance with the BJD, […]

BJP's performance, not opposition lies, to control election narrative: Jaitley

New Delhi: Accusing the opposition parties of creating a false narrative based on lies, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said it was the BJP which will decide the agenda and control the narrative of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls through Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and his government’s performance over the last five years. […]

Is BJP repeating Congress' mistakes in Odisha?

Bhubaneswar: The debate and dilemma between no contest and an open contest somehow seems to have lost ground since the moment Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a huge gathering in Baripada on January 5, launched scathing attacks on the Congress but was calculative in speaking anything against the ruling-BJD. While Congress, right from the […]

Modi, Shah seal dates for Odisha visit

Bhubaneswar: The defeat in the recently-concluded assembly elections in the hindi-heartland seems to have taken the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by surprise and the party seems to be in no mood to take any chances on its ‘look-east’ policy. Continuing its focus on eastern states like Odisha and West Benagal, the star campaigners of BJP, […]

IPL 2019 schedule in March
IPL to stay in India but to have March start this year

New Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) will stay in the country despite a speculated clash of dates with the general elections but the glitzy T20 extravaganza will start earlier than usual, from March 23, the Committee of Administrators announced Tuesday. The two-member CoA, comprising chairman Vinod Rai and former women’s captain Diana Edulji, met […]

Rahul Gandhi
Elections 2019: Rahul Gandhi to visit Odisha on January 25

Bhubaneswar: While the BJD and the BJP are already in a race to outperform each other with the ruling-BJD announcing a slew of schemes and the saffron party lining up its star campaigners Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for the 2019 polls, Odisha Congress today jumped into the race by announcing AICC president Rahul Gandhi’s […]

Multi-lingual star Prakash Raj to contest Lok Sabha poll from Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Multi-lingual actor Prakash Raj will contest the ensuing Lok Sabha election in April-May from Bengaluru as an Independent. “#2019 Parliament Elections. Thank you for the warm and encouraging response to my new journey. I will be contesting from Bengaluru Central constituency in Karnataka as an Independent..,” 53-year-old Raj said in a tweet. Bengaluru-based Raj […]