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Tag: Elections 2019

Aadhaar a game changer: Jaitley

New Delhi: Crediting a “decisive” Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the evolution of the Aadhaar as a “game changer”, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said Unique Identity Number (UID) has helped the government save around Rs 90,000 crore in the last few years by eliminating several duplicate and fake beneficiaries. Two days after […]

Preparations underway for simultaneous polls in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Preparations for the upcoming simultaneous elections have begun in Odisha as a crucial meeting of administrative officials, Police and Excise departments was held today to chalk out strategies. Additional chief secretary (home), police DG, Excise and Crime Branch officials attended the meeting held at the office of the Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of […]

Odisha to witness high-voltage drama with Modi, Naveen set to lock horns

Bhubaneswar: Day by day as we inch closer to the general elections, the political environment in Odisha seems to be getting charged with two heavyweights clashing tomorrow. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be unveiling a slew of projects in Baripada followed by a massive public rally tomorrow, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, interestingly on the […]

On fighting 2019 polls from Puri, PM Modi says speculations are created by media

Bhubaneswar: Amid much hype over Prime Minister Narendra Modi contesting from Puri Lok Sabha constituency in the upcoming general polls, the PM on Tuesday clarified that all the speculations building over the matter are created by the media. Speaking to news agency ANI on New Year’s Day, Modi said, “Mediawalon ko bhi to kuch kaam […]

Odisha Elections 2019: From cakewalk to contest?

Bhubaneswar: Arguably, the political landscape of Odisha has never been so fermented before the general elections because a tougher fight is expected among the three major political parties and the campaign rhetoric is likely to reach deafening levels. Many believe that for the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha, the 2019 polls will definitely […]

Dharmendra Pradhan targets Odisha govt over KALIA scheme

Bhubaneswar: Criticising the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said that the State government is trying to avoid basic issues such as price, pension and farm loan waiver by announcing the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme. He alleged that the Odisha government has no intention […]

Naveen throws back 'nine-point' questions to Modi, repeats ‘Jabab Maguchhi Odisha’

Bhubaneswar: Blowing the election bugle on the occasion of the party’s 21st foundation day function at the party headquarters here on Wednesday, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik today counter punched the BJP stalwart Narendra Modi in his inimitable style. Addressing a huge gathering, the BJD supremo hit out at Modi counter shooting […]

Modi-Naveen 'hoodwinking' people of Odisha: OPCC Chief

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik today launched a scathing attack on Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging their indifference to the issues concerning the people of Odisha. He accused Naveen-Modi of trying to fool the people by promising false assurances. The OPCC chief said that Modi’s […]

BJD seeks donation from MLAs, MPs to bolster party war chest ahead of elections

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to augment party’s war chest ahead of the 2019 elections, BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked party legislators and MPs to donate at least one month’s salary to the party. In a letter to BJD office bearers, legislators and MPs, on the occasion of 21st foundation day of […]

Elections 2019: BJP eyes big gains in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Despite defeat in the recently-concluded assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is confident of winning big in Odisha during the upcoming general polls. BJP national president Amit Shah, while speaking during the ‘Republic Summit 2018’ in Mumbai said that the party will win more seats in the […]

Will consider all aspects of farm loan waiver: Odisha Finance Minister

Bhubaneswar: At a time when the Odisha Congress has promised to waive off farm loans in five hours if voted to power, the State government mentioned that it is not competing with other States in waiving farm loans, rather considering all aspects before moving ahead in this regard. Congress alleged that the BJD has planned […]

Elections 2019: Cuttack Nagar Congress draws roadmap to woo women voters

Cuttack: The Cuttack Nagar Congress has geared up to attract women voters ahead of the crucial 2019 elections. A ‘samabesh’ of women activists of the party was organised today to chalk out strategies to garner support of women voters in the city. The Congress has targeted to raise various issues in phases and include women […]

Yashwant Sinha addresses media
Yashwant Sinha yet again compares Modi with Tughluq

Kolkata: Charging the Narendra Modi government with destroying and compromising all important institutions of democracy, including the Union Cabinet, Parliament, Supreme Court and the media, former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on Sunday said the only way out for the country is to elect a new government in the coming Lok Sabha polls. Sinha, a […]

Srikant-Niranjan fight
Srikant-Niranjan war of words exposes chinks in Congress armour

Bhubaneswar: Disappointing though for the oldest party in the country, the latest war of words between Srikant Jena and Niranjan Patnaik today, after the former’s removal from the party’s manifesto committee for the 2019 polls, clearly doesn’t augur well for rank and cadres besides supporters of the Congress. Jena today brought allegations against Niranjan of […]

BJP Odisha elections 2019
Eyeing coastal belt, BJP all set to launch high-voltage Parivartan Rath Yatras

Bhubaneswar: Preparing the pitch for a high-voltage campaign ahead of the 2019 general elections, the State Bharatiya Janata Party is geared up to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 24 for the Janasambad Mahasamabesh, in what could boost the party’s prospects in Odisha. Modi’s vision of ‘Purvodaya’- Development of North East including Odisha was […]

Srikant Jena to seek public referendum after ouster from Congress manifesto panel

Bhubaneswar: A day after being sacked from Congress Manifesto Committee chairman post, senior leader Srikant Jena today announced that he will seek a public referendum on three major proposals that he had earlier presented before the party for the 2019 elections. Responding to party’s Odisha in-charge, Jitendra Singh’s letter, Jena informed that two families have […]

Elections 2019: Madhuri Dixit as BJP Candidate From Pune?

Bhubaneswar/Mumbai: The BJP is likely to field Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene from the Pune Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 elections. Rumours are making rounds, citing party sources that BJP national president Amit Shah had met Madhuri at her residence in Mumbai in June this year and briefed her on the achievements of the Narendra […]

Mahesh Sahu Dharmendra Pradhan
BJD MLA throws down gauntlet on Dharmendra Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJD leader and MLA Mahesh Sahoo on Tuesday dared Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to contest the upcoming general elections from Pallahara Assembly constituency. Though the Petroleum minister has kept all guessing on the constituency from where he will contest, he is already being projected as BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Odisha for the […]

BJD-Padyatra Odisha political news
BJD's Padyatra spills out infighting beans more than unity

Bhubaneswar: With 2019 elections just a few months away, it seems the ruling-BJD is into trouble with the growing infighting over tickets between aspirants and the present MLAs. This was evident when local leaders were objected to and group clashes erupted in differents blocks during the BJD padyatras that stretched from Puri to Mayurbhanj district. […]

Elections 2019: Dharmendra-Vs-Naveen
Elections 2019: It's Dharmendra Vs Naveen in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Putting an end to all the speculations related to the Odisha BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming general elections, Union Minister Jual Oran today said that Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan is the CM candidate of the party for the State. Stating that BJP’s main aim in the ensuing elections will be to […]

Naveen-Narasingha ‘secret’ deal brings alive memories of Bhupinder’s 2014 act

Bhubaneswar: Just ahead of the 2014 general polls, the then Congress stalwart and Leader of Opposition (LoP) Bhupinder Singh left the party mid-way and joined the BJD giving an unexpected blow to the party. Five years later, with a few months to go for the 2019 elections, speculations are rife that Congress will again witness […]

Debasish Samantaray & Dama Rout Eye Paradip As Campaign 2019 Gains Steam

Paradip: BJD’s Cuttack Barabati MLA Debasish Samantaray, who, days before, had made it clear that he is determined to oust senior MLA Damodar Rout from Paradip, once again opened up on his interest to fight from Paradip Assembly constituency in the upcoming general elections. During BJD’s Jana Sampark Padyatra Samabesh in Biswali village under Kujang […]

BJP to win 300+ seats in 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Goyal

New Delhi: Railway and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday asserted that the BJP would return to power with over 300 seats in the next year 2019 Lok Sabha elections and that the NDA would secure a two-thirds majority in the Lok sabha. Interacting at the 16th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here, Goyal said, “The […]

Elections 2019: BJP to gain in Odisha, predicts ‘ABP-CVoter’ survey

Bhubaneswar: The ABP News-C Voter ‘Desh ka Mood’ survey has predicted that Narendra Modi-led BJP is likely to win big in Odisha during the upcoming 2019 general elections even though it will not be a smooth ride for its ruling alliance NDA, which is projected to emerge victorious in 276 of the 543 Lok Sabha […]

Elections 2019: Revision of electoral rolls begins today

Bhubaneswar: Amid speculations of early elections, the process of voter list revision began today. While the revision will continue till October 31, the final voter list will however be published on January 4, 2019. While claims and objections can be filed between September 1 and October 31, disposal of the same will be done before […]

Elections 2019: Chief Electoral Officer to hold all-party meeting today

Bhubaneswar: With the general elections for Lok Sabha and Assembly seats round the corner, the State Chief Electoral Officer will hold an all-party meeting today to discuss several issues pertaining to the poll preparations, sources said. CEO Surendra Kumar will meet leaders and representatives of various political parties and discuss issues like use of EVMs, […]

Elections 2019: BJD, BJP in race to win hearts of Prabasi Odias in Surat

Bhubaneswar: With general elections nearing, the BJD and the BJP seem to be trading blows in almost every other issue now. Now they are in a battle to win the trust of prabasi Odias staying in Surat. On September 2 & 3, local Odia Samaj is set to organise Odia festivals in Surat which will […]

Elections 2019: Parties in Odisha gearing up for ticket distribution

Bhubaneswar: Amid speculations of ‘early’ elections, political parties in the state are on their toes and have begun spadework to select candidates. While the Odisha Congress is all set to announce the names of at least 50 candidates by August 31, the ruling BJD and the BJP are also getting battle ready. Out of the […]

Election Commission
Elections 2019: Early-poll chatter keeps Odisha political parties on tenterhooks

Bhubaneswar: Will there be early elections in Odisha? While no political party has a clear idea about it, a statement of the Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat is keeping political leaders in Odisha on tenterhooks. On being asked whether the Election Commission (EC) is ready if the Lok Sabha polls are held in December along […]

Elections 2019: Odisha Congress to announce list of 50 candidates within 15 days

Bhubaneswar: In the run up to 2019 elections, Odisha Congress will declare its first list of candidates within 15 days, informed Odisha Congress in-charge, Jitendra Singh after the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) meeting in Bhubaneswar today. “The crucial meeting of Pradesh Election Committee will be held tomorrow where the criteria of selecting candidates will be […]

Elections 2019: Congress chalks out strategies to corner BJP, BJD

Bhubaneswar: With speculations of early polls rife after Election Commission started trainings on poll management for government officials, the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) on Sunday held its legislature party meeting at the residence of Opposition leader Narasingha Mishra to chalk out strategies for the upcoming general elections. In the meeting, the Congress leaders discussed […]

Elections 2019: Amit Shah plans big for Odisha; BJD brushes off impact

Bhubaneswar: BJP national president Amit Shah had in March said that the party’s golden period would begin after forming government in Odisha and his visit to Odisha on July 1 is certainly a step in the direction. If reports are to be believed, Shah is scheduled to have a slew of meetings with party leaders […]