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Tag: General Elections

People Want To Get Rid Of 22 Year-Old BJD Govt: BJP's Purandeswari Calls For Odisha To Vote Smartly
People Want To Get Rid Of 22 Year-Old BJD Govt: BJP's Purandeswari Calls For Odisha To Vote Smartly

Expressing optimism for BJP's good show in the forthcoming polls, the senior saffron leader said the  people of Odisha want a political change because they have realised who is actually working for their welfare. 

UK General Election Set For Dec 12

London: The UK will hold general elections on December 12 in which Britons will decide the composition of the government that will be tasked with steering the country through the tortuous “Brexit” process of withdrawing from the European Union (EU). The House of Commons on Tuesday backed the plan by conservative UK Prime Minister Boris […]

Modi-Naveen meet: All eyes on Odisha CM's demands  

Bhubaneswar: After the recently-concluded elections, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time on June 11 in New Delhi during which the former may the reiterate Special Category Status and other long-standing demands for Odisha. The Odisha CM is expected to demand financial assistance for a […]

More graduates, post graduates in new Odisha, Andhra Assemblies

New Delhi: The number of graduate and post-graduate MLAs have increased in the newly-elected Assemblies in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha while the education profile of the winners in Sikkim Assembly remains the same as the previous Assembly. According to PRS Legislative Research, the Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim have had an impact […]

Op-Ed: Which Way Will Naveen Go After May 23?

The wooing of Naveen Patnaik has begun in right earnest. With the results of the general elections set to come on May 23, every contender for power at the Centre is understandably keen to have the Odisha Chief Minister on its side to bolster its numbers in the bid for power. As expected, the BJP […]

Markets range-bound over weak global cues

Mumbai: Key equity indices opened marginally higher but turned range-bound on Tuesday over weak global cues and increasing nervousness owing to the ongoing general elections. Markets saw a lack of participation owing to the heightened US-China trade tension. China on Monday retaliated with $60 billion tariffs against $200 billion worth of tariffs that US slapped […]

Report fake poll tweets with new tool for Twitter

New Delhi: Twitter on Wednesday announced a new tool to make it easier for users to report attempts to interfere in the general elections in India through spread of misleading information about voting. The new feature, which is an addition to existing approach to tackling malicious automation and other forms of platform manipulation, would become […]

Australian PM announces date for general elections

Canberra: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that the country will hold the coming general elections on May 18, in a vote that could deliver a seventh leader in just over a decade. Morrison, a former Tourism Australia director, and his centre-right Liberal National Coalition government are seeking re-election on a platform of […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
Over 14 crore voters in first phase of Lok Sabha polls

New Delhi: Over 14.21 crore voters will decide the fate of 1,279 candidates in 91 constituencies across India in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday. The first phase is third biggest in terms of number of Lok Sabha seats among the seven phases in which the election will be conducted. More than […]

Congress announces names for 4 assembly seats in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Congress party today announced names of candidates for four Assembly seats for the upcoming polls in Odisha. The national party has fielded senior party leader Ananta Prasad Sethi from Simulia seat while Digambar Das will contest from Chandabali seat. Similarly, Debyani Behera will contest from Badasahi (SC), Surendra Prasad Paramanik will stand from […]

Op-Ed: Family To The Fore in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Sons, daughters and wives, this election seems to be all about family. Major political parties, which do not tire of railing against dynastic politics, appear to be promoting the same. A look at their list of candidates suggests that powerful families have managed to get more than one ticket. Take for example the case […]

Social media platforms to draft 'code of ethics' to prevent misuse during polls

New Delhi: Social media intermediaries and the internet and mobile association Tuesday told the Election Commission that they would come up with a draft ‘code of ethics’ for the industry in the next 24 hours as part of a mechanism to prevent abuse of social media platforms during the Lok Sabha elections beginning April 11. […]

As battle of ballot inches closer, 'fight' between political parties hit fever pitch

Bhubaneswar: With the upcoming general elections heating up the State politics, allegations and counter allegations among political parties have hit fever pitch in Odisha. Accusing the Bolangir district BJD unit of violating model code of conduct, the Nagar Congress Committee and the district Congress Campaign Committee on Saturday met the district electoral officer and sought […]

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 […]

Elections 2019: After BJD, Congress plays 'women card' to woo voters

Bhubaneswar: With campaigns for the upcoming general elections going in full swing, political parties are leaving no stone unturned to turn things around in their favour. Moving a step forward in this battle of ballot with the BJD and the BJP, Odisha Congress today declared that it would give more tickets to women candidates in […]

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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 […]

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Elections 2019: Odisha Congress candidates to be finalised soon

Bhubaneswar: Clearing the air over the growing confusion about party’s candidates for the upcoming elections, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Chief, Niranjan Patnaik today clarified that the party has not yet finalised the tickets. Patnaik said that discussions have been held by the Congress screening committee about selection of candidates for the first 3 phases […]

'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 […]

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 […]

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: 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.

Will BJD walk the women reservation talk in ticket distribution?

Bhubaneswar: After seeking 33 percent reservation for women in legislative assemblies and Parliament, all eyes are now on the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on how far it will follow its own idea while distributing party tickets for the upcoming general elections. According to party sources, BJD is planning to field nearly 21 to 25 women […]

Odisha Elections 2019
3 candidates from each constituency to be shortlisted for Election 2019: OPCC Chief

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee(OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik has directed district presidents to elect three candidates from every electoral constituency for the upcoming general elections this year. “Party district presidents have been asked to recommend 3 names of prospective candidates from each constituency. Selection will be based on performance at grassroots,” Patnaik said. The […]

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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, […]

Mahila Congress president urges members to up ante against BJD, BJP

Bhubaneswar: All India Mahila Congress president, Sushmita Dev today urged the members of the outfit in Odisha to up their ante against ruling-BJD and BJP ahead of the general elections this year. “I urged our members to refrain from competing against each other as the fight is against the BJP and BJD. We will try […]

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 […]

Facebook establishing task force for 2019 India elections

New Delhi: Facing the uphill task of tackling election-related interference on its platform as India gets ready for polls next year, Facebook on Saturday said it is establishing a task force comprising “hundreds of people” in the country to prevent bad actors from abusing its platform. “With the 2019 elections coming, we are pulling together […]

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: Odisha Congress begins spadework with screening of candidates

Bhubaneswar: The revamped Odisha PCC team today met to shortlist candidates ahead of releasing its first list of 50 candidates for the 2019 general polls. The Pradesh Election Committee (PEC), comprising OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra, party’s state in-charge Jitendra Singh and others met candidates who had lost the last general […]

Cambodia's ruling CPP wins all seats in general elections

Phnom Penh: The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has won all 125 seats in the general elections, the poll body has said. The opposition was declared illegal and banned from participating in the July 29 exercise. The Electoral Commission announced the official results late on Wednesday that showed that all seats in the National Assembly […]

Poll preparation: EVMs for 13 districts reach Odisha

Jharsuguda: Over 30,000 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for 13 districts of the State reached here on Monday. Official sources said the EVMs were brought in as many as 70 railway containers from Uttar Pradesh and have been kept in Jharsuguda Container Corporation yard. The EVMs will be sent to various storehouses in Jharsuguda, Cuttack, Bargarh, […]

Voting begins for Pakistan general election

Islamabad: Voters in large numbers started flocking outside polling stations across the country to cast their vote in Pakistans 11th general election, according to DawnNewsTV. The first vote was cast in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda. While polling stations officially opened for voting at 8 a.m., enthusiastic citizens queued up outside their respective stations as early as […]

Odisha govt mulls ‘adjustment’ formula in supplementary budget

Bhubaneswar: As the 2019 elections inch closer, the state government is exploring an ‘adjustment’ formula for the upcoming supplementary budget. In a letter to all departments asking them to submit their proposals, the Finance Department made it clear that the supplementary budget 2018-19 would be purely an adjustment budget. “The administrative departments would be allowed […]

Transgenders demand 5 percent reservation to contest ULB polls

Bhubaneswar: Expressing their interest to contest in the upcoming general elections to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), transgenders on Monday demanded five percent reservation of seats for them. Claiming that they have already proved their mettle in other sectors of society, transgenders under the aegis of All Odisha Kinnar and Third Gender Mahasangha have demanded […]

Process for elections to civic bodies in Odisha begins

Bhubaneswar: The Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department on Tuesday instructed all the District Magistrates and Collectors to complete delimitation of wards and reservation of seats by April 30, 2018 for the general elections to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). While the term of 65 ULBs will expire on September 30, 2018, the term of […]

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Lalu dares Modi: 'Dissolve Lok Sabha and hold fresh polls'

Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to dissolve the Lok Sabha and hold fresh general elections, as he claimed that the BJP-led central government had “failed on all fronts” in the last three years. “Modi should dissolve the Lok Sabha and get fresh polls conducted along with assembly polls […]

Can BJD conch blow loud enough to suppress NaMo chants?

Bhubaneswar: As the Modi wave is all set to descend on Odisha with the streets of the capital city dressed up in saffron, the BJD seems to have maintained an uneasy calm. Though the party plans to celebrate the death anniversary of Biju Patnaik on April 17, it seems to have started making efforts to […]

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Ruling-BJD MPs, MLAs in talks to join BJP: Jual Oram

Bhubaneswar: In what could be an explosive overture ahead of BJP’s upcoming national executive meet in Odisha, senior party leader and Union Minister Jual Oram created a flutter by stating that leaders, including MPs and MLAs from the ruling-BJD are in talks to join the saffron party. Not only BJD, members including former MLAs, MPs, […]