The CM, in a statement in the Odisha Assembly, tried to clear the air by stating that Shraddha is his physiotherapist and was sent by his late sister Gita Mehta to take care of his physical fitness
The BJD appointed Manas the chief whip of the party in Rajya Sabha with immediate effect.
In an ongoing protest that has captivated the attention of Odisha's capital city,The Gaon Sathi workers have been protesting at Lower PMG in Bhubaneswar for the past six days fighting for their rights.
Pictures and videos of a woman seen with CM Naveen Patnaik during his trip to Vatican city are being widely shared on social media. Who is Shraddha?, opposition has questioned.
Regularisation of jobs, salary hike to Rs 26,000 per month, pension of Rs 10,000, and Rs 8 lakh retirement benefits are among the various demands of the agitating ASHA workers.
According to Patnaik, this mammoth exercise was carried out in more than 190 locations in a period of six months. A total of 57, 442 petitions were collected and as of date, 43, 536 petitions have been resolved or disposed of.
"PM Modi helped in rooting out corruption and also trying his very best to serve the people of our country," said the Odisha CM
Gita, 80, died of old age ailments and is survived by her son. Her publisher husband Sonny Mehta had predeceased her.
Kishore Jena is the first person from Odisha to represent India at the Finals of the World Athletics Championship in Budapest.
The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) too is now keen to grab votes by highlighting its own schemes instead of raking up its regular ‘Central neglect’ cry.
Top BJP leaders from the state, who were having a discussion with the Home minister over a breakfast meeting, discreetly left the place as soon as Pandian arrived so that the two could have a free and frank chat without being constrained by the presence of ‘others’!
"From 2015-2019, there has been a 30% decrease in the number of naxal incidents, a 32% decrease in encounters, and a 56% decrease in death of security personnel. I thank Odisha government and Naveen babu for extending cooperation to us to curb Naxalism," Shah added.
As part of the visit to Odisha, Shah inaugurated the 51-kilometre-long 4-lane stretch on National Highway (NH) 53 connecting Kamkhyanagar and Duburi.
While his political exploits are well documented, not even the most seasoned political commentator has been able to put a finger on what exactly is behind his continuing honeymoon with the people of Odisha that shows no signs of waning anytime soon.
Who could believe that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s cousins Dilip Patnaik and Rekha Patnaik are living lives of utter neglect. Yes, OTV on Monday exposed the sheer plight with which the cousin brother and sister of CM Naveen Patnaik are spending the dusk of their lives.
Citing threat to her life, Mahala also demanded police protection. Besides, Mahala said that she will approach Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik if denied justice.
Launching a scathing attack on the conch party, Majhi alleged, "BJD MPs and MLAs have accepted slavery of the 5T Secretary. They are not serving the state or the CM. They are at the service of the 5T secretary as they have no other option. They fear denial of tickets or jail term like some other MLAs.”
Taking advantage of the simplicity, age and health condition of Naveen Patnaik, he (VK Pandian) has kept him (Odisha CM) under house arrest, Tudu alleged.
Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi and Odisha BJP Chief Manmohan Samal’s complaint with the Centre against 5T secretary VK Pandian, and the subsequent letter from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) asking the Odisha government to take necessary action against the ‘erring’ IAS officer, seem to have opened the flood gates of accusations and counter accusations thereby heating up the state politics before the 2024 general election.
Patnaik in his letter claimed that the name of VK Pandian appears in hoardings bearing the symbol of BJD at Hatibadi Road, Ram Nagar, Paralakhemundi in Gajapati district. The hoarding proclaims that Rs 20 lakh has been sanctioned for a Church during visit of 5T Secretary VK Pandian which is a clear violation of Rule 5 of AIS Conduct Rules.