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Tag: Elections 2019

Naveen Patnaik gets jittery about Baijayant Panda again

Kendrapara: BJD supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seems to be getting jittery about Baijayant Jay Panda more often than not. Today Naveen targeted and accused the BJP’s Kendrapara Lok Sabha candidate of neglecting and betraying the people of the coastal district of Kendrapara.  While addressing a public gathering during a poll meeting at […]

Smart city fails to break 'unsmart' voting jinx; 41% polling till 5PM

Bhubaneswar: Voter apathy in Bhubaneswar to fore again, when the State in third phase polls witnessed around 61 per cent turnout. The Capital city has recorded a poor voter turnout of around 41 per cent till 5 PM today. It seems on the election day, nearly six of every ten voters preferred to stay indoors […]

100 turmeric farmers from Telangana, TN to contest from Varanasi

Hyderabad: In a bid to highlight their problems, about 100 turmeric farmers–50 each from Telangana and Tamil Nadu, are planning to file nominations as independents from the Varanasi constituency, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election. According to PK Deivasigamani, president of the Turmeric Farmers Association of India, they will file their nominations before […]

BJP leader Krushna Jagdev's vehicle vandalised

Puri: Krushna Jagdev, a senior BJP leader of Satyabadi Assembly constituency in Puri has alleged that some miscreants attacked and vandalized his car today. Jagdev has raised allegations that some people believed to be supporters of BJD attacked him and broke his car’s window glasses while he was going to look into a protest incident […]

PM Narendra Modi casts his vote in Ahmedabad

Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday cast his vote at a polling booth in Ranip, Ahmedabad, a part ofthe Gujarat’s Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency, in the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah is the party candidate from this constituency, which was earlier represented by BJP veteran L.K. Advani. […]

Voting begins in 117 seats in third phase of LS polls

New Delhi: Voting began on Tuesday across 117 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 15 states and Union Territories as the third – and largest – phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off. A total of 116 seats across 14 states were slated to see voting in the phase including polling in the first of […]

Money, musclemen & liquor mar polls; Odisha 18th in country

Bhubaneswar: What could be termed as a big blot on our democracy, political parties in Odisha have made the 2019 polls not only bloodier, but pumped in large scale black money and liquor to influence voting behaviour or say mobilised all the vices only to buy out votes in the State. Sample the contrast. Odisha […]

Op-Ed: Farmers’ Issues Take A Back Seat

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Considering that Odisha’s economy is still primarily an agricultural economy issues relating to farmers should have taken the centre-stage in this election. But the only such issue being highlighted by the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is the Centre’s failure to raise the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy. The party […]

Rahul's nomination for Amethi LS seat found valid

Amethi: The Amethi returning officer (RO) Monday set aside objections on Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s nomination papers for the seat and held the document valid, after scrutinising allegations of discrepancies over citizenship and other issues. After hearing Gandhi’s counsel, Returning Officer Ram Manohar Misra declared his nomination papers for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat as valid. […]

Congress announces 6 names for Delhi Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday released the list of candidates on six out of the seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi for the May 12 Lok Sabha polls in the national capital. The party has named former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit from North East Delhi, Ajay Maken (New Delhi), J.P. Agarwal (Chandni Chowk), Arvinder Singh Lovely […]

EC Magistrate, SST team ‘thrashed’ by BJD candidate Pradeep Maharathy

Puri: A day before the third phase polls across Odisha, Magistrate of an election flying squad and Static Surveillance Team (SST) team members were allegedly attacked by BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy and his supporters. The incident took place when the officials had gone to raid Maharathy’s farmhouse at Hunkeipur under Pipili area in Puri district […]

India's nuclear weapons not for 'Diwali', asserts Modi

Barmer: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that India is no longer afraid of Pakistan’s nuclear threats as today it is among the world powers with capability to carry out nuclear attacks across land, water, and air. Addressing a poll rally here, he said: “The NDA government has instilled fear in the minds and […]

72 Gurugram villages threaten to boycott LS polls

Gurugram: Residents of 72 villages in Gurugram’s IMT Maneser area may boycott the Lok Sabha elections after the Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) served notices to take back Rs 35 lakh from a compensation amount given to the farmers for land acquisition. The notices were served to meet the directives of a February […]

119 candidates in Odisha are facing criminal cases: ADR report

New Delhi: As many as 119 (34 per cent) of 354 candidates contesting in the third phase of Odisha Assembly elections have declared criminal charges against themselves while 101 (29 per cent) are charged with serious cases, according to Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR). Among the major parties, 20 (48 per cent) out of 42 […]

It's time Odisha should join PM Modi’s call for ‘Parivartan’: Naqvi

Kendrapara: Union Minister and senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today appealed the people of Odisha to join PM Narendra Modi’s call for ‘parivartan’ (change). Addressing party’s Vijay Sankalp Samabesh in Salepur of Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency, Naqvi said its time people of Odisha should follow the path of development that PM Modi has formulated […]

BJD mahanadi, Polavaram
Op-Ed: Hype Over Mahanadi and Special Category Demand Seems Unreal

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: On the eve of the elections, chief minister Naveen Patnaik had declared that the demand for special category status to Odisha would be a major poll issue. His party, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), had also sought to highlight state’s dispute with neighbouring Chhattisgarh over the sharing of Mahanadi waters in […]

BJP MLA candidate Nilamani Bisoyi arrested for 'smashing EVM' during Phase-2 polls

Berhampur: Hours after an FIR was lodged against BJP Assembly candidate Nilamani Bisoyi for allegedly smashing the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in polling booth no-182 at Renti village under Sorada Assembly constituency, police arrested him Thursday evening as his bail plea was rejected by the Court. As per reports, Ganjam District Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange […]

Poll violence: 24 injured as BJP candidate's campaign rally attacked in Brahmagiri

Puri: In yet another incident of poll violence, at least 24 persons were injured after members of Biju Yuva Bahini allegedly attacked the campaign rally of Brahmagiri BJP candidate Lalitendu Mohapatra at Brahmanadeo village under Krushna Prasad block in Puri district on Thursday. As per reports, BYV members attacked the rally while Namita Mohapatra, wife […]

Naveen govt was miffed over seizure of BJD money in 2014 polls: Prakash Mishra

Bhubaneswar: Years after being unceremoniously sacked from the post and charged with financial irregularities in what has been alleged to be an utter vindictive move by the BJD government, former Odisha DGP and BJP’s Cuttack Lok Sabha candidate Prakash Mishra today opened up about his bitter spat with the ruling government. While participating in OTV’s […]

No vote cast in 90 booths in Srinagar Lok Sabha seat

Srinagar: As many as 90 polling booths, mostly in downtown city, saw no voting in Thursday’s elections to the Srinagar Parliamentary seat, sources said. The Srinagar constituency comprising eight assembly segments recorded zero turnout in as many as 50 polling booths. The majority of these booths were located in Eidgah, Khanyar, Habba Kadal and Batmaloo, […]

FIR lodged against BJP's Puri LS candidate Sambit Patra

Puri: A police complaint has been lodged against BJP’s Puri Lok Sabha candidate Sambit Patra for allegedly using Lord Jagannath’s name on his vehicle being used for election campaigning. Official sources informed that an official of the flying squad has registered an FIR against Patra in this connection at Sea Beach police station. It is […]

'We are there,' Sushma assures Indian stranded in Saudi

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday assured all help from the Indian Embassy in Riyadh to a man who talked about committing suicide if he was unable to return to India from Saudi Arabia. “‘Khud kusi’ ki baat nahin sochte. Hum hain na. Hamari Embassy aapki poori madad karegi (Don’t think about […]

Bangladeshi actor seen at poll rally asked to leave

New Delhi: The Indian government on Thursday asked one more Bangladeshi actor, Ghazi Abdul Noor, who was seen at a Trinamool Congress rally in West Bengal earlier this week, to leave the country after it was found that his visa has expired. “One more Bangladeshi actor, Ghazi Abdul Noor, who attended a political rally in […]

Shoe hurled at BJP spokesperson, Man detained

New Delhi: A man on Thursday was detained by the police for hurling a shoe at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP G.V.L. Narasimha Rao when the latter was addressing a press conference about Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur joining the BJP, at the party’s national headquarters here. The shoe […]

EC bans Congress' 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' ad

Bhopal: The Election Commission in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday banned the ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ advertisement of the Congress party and ordered an end to its broadcast.

Teacher on poll duty dies of heart attack in Chhattisgarh

Kanker: A teacher, who was on election duty at a polling booth in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, died of a heart attack on Thursday, an official said. The deceased, Tukalu Ram Nareti, an assistant teacher in a government school, was deputed as the polling officer at Kamta booth (no.186) in Antagarh area of Kanker Lok Sabha constituency […]

Glitches in EVMs delay polling in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Voting in some polling booths in Odisha got delayed following technical glitches in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) on Thursday. The second phase of polling is being held for five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly seats in the state. In Sundergarh, technical glitches were reported in the EVMs in several booths in Talsara Assembly constituency […]

Modi, BJP nervous like Congress was in 2014: Mayawati

Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, saying they are nervous as the Congress was ahead of its rout in the Lok Sabha battle in 2014. “Today, amid voting for the second phase, the BJP and Prime Minister Modi are nervous like the Congress was […]

Old-man dies before casting vote
95-yr-old man dies just before casting vote in Odisha

Berhampur: A 95-year-old man suddenly collapsed and died on Wednesday while he was waiting in a long queue to cast his vote in Kansamari booth of Sanakhemundi Assembly constituency under Aska Lok Sabha segment in the second phase polls. A native of Kansamari, Natabara Behera died at the polling station No 183 of Sanakhemundi before […]

Chennai hotel offers 50% off in food bill for voters

Chennai: City-based Clarion Hotel President announced on Thursday that it was offering a 50 per cent off on the food bills of people who have voted in the polls for the 38 Lok Sabha seats and 18 Assembly constituencies of Tamil Nadu. “We are offering 50 per cent discount for guests who show the proof of […]

Elections 2019: Second Phase Polling Concludes

The second phase of the 2019 polls kicked off as voting began across 95 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 12 States and Union Territories. Voting for electing MLAs in 35 of Odisha’s 147 assembly seats also started along with polling for five of the state’s 21 Lok Sabha constituencies. In these constituencies, electors will cast […]

Voting begins in 95 seats in 2nd phase of LS polls

New Delhi: Voting began on Thursday across 95 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 12 states and Union Territories as the second phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise kicked off. Voting for electing MLAs in 35 of Odisha’s 147 assembly seats also started along with polling for five of the state’s 21 Lok Sabha constituencies. In […]

'BJD member' spotted distributing cash to 'voters'; video goes viral

Sonepur: Video purportedly showing cash being distributed to voters at Jurabanda village under Tarava block under Sonepur Assembly constituency, which goes to polls tomorrow, has gone viral on social media today. As per reports, the person concerned distributing cash in video is said to be a locally active member of the ruling BJD, Manabhanjan Mishra. […]

Athlete & EC ambassador Dutee Chand in soup for 'campaigning' for BJD candidate

Bhubaneswar: Athlete Dutee Chand, who is the ambassador for the Election Commission (EC) of India has landed in trouble over a social media post in which she purportedly campaigned for BJD’s Kandhamal LS candidate Achyuta Samanta. A Facebook post showed Dutee seeking votes for Samanta. As she is a government employee and the Election Commission […]

'Powerful' Babus, 'Servant' Netas... Democracy Murdered in Odisha: Amit Shah

Bhubaneswar/Dhenkanal: BJP national president Amit Shah today trained his guns at the Odisha government alleging that the Babus are enjoying power in the State while elected leaders have been reduced to mere servants. Addressing a public gathering at Mahishapat ground in Dhenkanal, Shah said that there is no more democracy in Odisha as officers have […]

Polling staff shot dead by 'Maoists' in Odisha

Phulbani: Just a few hours before the commencement of second phase polls, a polling official was shot dead allegedly by Maoists near Barahla village under Gochhapada Police limits of Kandhamal district today. As per reports, the deceased, identified as Gram Rojgar Sevak Sanjkuta Digal along with three others, was on her way to a Barahla […]

Maoist attack in Phulbani ahead of polls; polling party vehicle torched

Phulbani: Ahead of the second phase polls, Maoists unleashed terror in Kandhamal district in Odisha by targeting a polling party vehicle. Police confirmed that the polling staffs in the vehicle are safe. As per reports, a polling party was on its way to Mugunipadar booth under Phiringia Police limits when a group of Maoists stopped […]

Rs 1.48 cr cash seized from AMMK premises in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: The Income Tax (I-T) Department early on Wednesday claimed to have seized cash amounting to Rs 1.48 crore from the premises of an AMMK functionary in Andipatti in Theni district. The IT officials began their search late on Tuesday that ended at 5.30 a.m. on Wednesday, an official said. He claimed that the unaccounted cash […]

Preparations begin for 2nd phase elections in Odisha

Bargarh/Bolangir/Ganjam:  With the end of high-voltage campaigning for the 2nd phase polls today, polling officers and security personnel have begun preparations to ensure smooth conduct of the elections in the upcoming phase. In the 2nd phase, polling will take place in Aska, Kandhamal, Sundergarh, Bargarh and Bolangir Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 Assembly constituencies under […]

PM Modi tears into 'coterie-run' Odisha govt; warns 'scared' BJD against spreading lies

Bhubaneswar: Drawing the battle lines for the rest three phases of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday came down heavily on Odisha government and warned the ruling BJD to refrain from spreading lies against the BJP out of fear. Addressing a huge public gathering in Bhubaneswar, PM Modi […]