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Column: The Challenge of Evolving A Credible Leadership

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The newly anointed Odisha BJP president, Samir Mohanty is an amiable and articulate leader with many friends in the media. Practical and down to earth he has the reputation of being a good organiser while his commitment to the party has never been in doubt. All these are important attributes that […]

Will JMM-Congress Win In Jharkhand Impact Odisha Politics?

Bhubaneswar: The victory of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), the party which was often seen confined to and dependent on its tribal vote bank in Jharkhand, seems to have created fissures in the ‘invincible’ BJP pastures in the Hindi-belt. While JMM successfully maintained coalition with Congress and outsmart the saffron party plans, the regional party’s triumph […]

All Eyes On BJP's Next Chief In Odisha!

Bhubaneswar: With commencement of process for the change of guard in Odisha BJP, speculations have set the political tone on emergence of a new face possibly from the coastal belt as the next chief of the State party unit. Talks are doing rounds that party heavyweights from coastal belt like Samir Mohanty, Prithviraj Harichandan have […]

Bijepur poll lab shows Naveen a successful poll scientist, BJP novice minus Modi

Bhubaneswar: Maintaining its winning streak in bye-elections, the Naveen Patnaik – led ruling BJD Thursday pocketed the Bijepur Assembly seat with a record winning margin. In the bye-poll held on October 21, the ruling BJD candidate Rita Sahu polled a record 1,35,957 votes to win the seat by a huge margin of 97,990 votes from […]

Video of BJD MLA Brandishing Sword goes viral, BJP’s Jaynarayan Mishra alleges double standards

Samblapur: After a video of ruling-BJD’s Rairakhol MLA, Rohit Pujari brandishing a sword went viral on social media, BJP’s Sambalpur MLA Jaynarayan Mishra today alleged that all are not equal before the law in Odisha as the State govt adopts double standards. “There is no law which prohibits brandishing of swords during religious processions, still […]

Op-Ed: Challenges Before BJP In Odisha

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Odisha BJP is likely to get a new president with organisational changes in the offing. While the names of some probables are already being bandied about the pertinent question to ask is what will be the challenges before then new party chief. Though the party has emerged as the main opposition […]

In Jaitley's demise, Naveen lost his most dependable friend in BJP!

Bhubaneswar: When the AIIMS made a terse statement that the versatile politician and former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley breathed his last Saturday, his famous quote, “It is not the end, but start of the journey,” flashes up in one’s mind. Arun Jaitley, who was the chief strategist of BJP’s electoral war room, though  had donned many […]

Op-Ed: Democracy Needs Constructive Opposition

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: It is the job of Opposition to criticize but criticism must be constructive and aimed at enhancing the quality of governance. Blind opposition is the biggest threat to democracy. Unfortunately in Odisha certain sections of the Opposition have begun to show this tendency. They find nothing right with the Naveen Patnaik […]

Op-Ed: What BJP Needs To Do In Odisha To Find A Winning Formula

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The BJP in Odisha has achieved its first objective of replacing the Congress as the main opposition party in the state. But the party cannot be satisfied with its performance in the recent elections. While its Lok Sabha tally went up to 8 from one in 2014 it could win only […]

Over to Amit Shah as Odisha BJP fails to take decision on LoP

Bhubaneswar: The selection of Leader of Opposition in the 16th Odisha Assembly still continues to hang in balance as the State unit of BJP has now left the final call on the national party president Amit Shah. The development comes after a meeting of the BJP legislature party failed to take a consensual decision in […]

Three Odisha BJP leaders included in party's parliamentary executive committee

Bhubaneswar: Three BJP leaders from Odisha have been included in the party’s newly-selected parliamentary executive committee. Senior party leader Suresh Pujari will take up the role of party‘s Lok Sabha whip for 3 States- Odisha, Manipur & Telangana while Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will be special invitee for Rajya Sabha. Similarly, former Union Minister […]

BJP to review party's performance in Odisha polls

Bhubaneswar: Even though the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won more Lok Sabha and Assembly seats in 2019 polls, Odisha BJP in-charge Arun Singh on Saturday said that the party will hold a review meeting to introspect its performance in the State. “Our party workers here will have a meeting to analyse the party’s poll performance […]

Odisha BJP felicitates MLAs, MPs in show of strength

Bhubaneswar: It arguably could not have been a coincidence that the Odisha unit of BJP chose the same venue – the Exhibition Ground in Bhubaneswar -where Naveen took oath as CM for the fifth time, to felicitate its newly-elected MLAs and MPs of the State. The saffron party might have failed in its Mission-120 in […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
Op-Ed: Split Voting Puzzles Pundits

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: An important aspect of this election in Odisha has been split voting, a phenomenon which has bewildered analysts. That the voters made distinctly different choices for the Lok Sabha and the assembly in many areas is evident from the victory of BJP candidates in eight Lok Sabha constituencies while the party […]

BJP accuses BJD of hatching conspiracy to postpone Patkura Assembly poll

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: A team of BJP including Union Minister Piyush Goyal, party’s national vice president Baijayant Panda and spokesperson Sambit Patra met the Election Commission of India today alleging conspiracy by BJD president and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik to stop Patkura Assembly polls. After meeting the EC, Sambit Patra said that the BJP wants a […]

BJP alleges poll code violation by Odisha CM, questions channels beaming it live

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday moved the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) here alleging that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik violated the model code of conduct by organising poll meetings across the State. Speaking to the media after meeting the CEO, State BJP vice president Samir […]

Elections 2019: Odisha BJP alleges poaching by ruling-BJD

Bhubaneswar: After high drama in Anandapur constituency where BJP’s candidate Bhagirathi Sethi ditched the saffron party at the very last moment to join BJD, the ruling party in the State has once again played a hijack game to rope in BJP’s Kakatpur MLA candidate. Even though the BJP had nominated Tusharkanti Behera as its party […]

BJP pressurising CEO to stop assistance under KALIA Scheme: BJD

Bhubaneswar: Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of pressurising the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in Odisha, the BJD today alleged that the CEO is not allowing the State government to disburse money under KALIA scheme citing violation of model code of conduct. At a presser, party Spokesperson Sasmit Patra said, “The action being taken by […]

BJP Releases 2nd List: Not PM Modi, Sambit Patra To Contest From Puri

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Putting an end to speculations over Prime Minister Narendra Modi contesting from Puri Lok Sabha constituency in the upcoming general polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday night announced party national spokesperson Sambit Patra as its candidate for the Puri parliamentary constituency. Moments after the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting concluded late […]

Bribe offer to voters: Complaint filed against BJD Minister Pratap Jena

Cuttack: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today filed a complaint against Health Minister Pratap Jena alleging that the minister violated the Model Code of Conduct and demanded stern action and arrest of Jena. While addressing a gathering during a party workers meeting in Mala of Salepur area on Wednesday, Jena allegedly said that his party […]

Elections 2019: Dharmendra-Vs-Naveen
Elections 2019: BJP, BJD match blows with counter campaigns

Bhubaneswar: As the battle of ballots is approaching nearer, all the major parties are trying to outrun each other in the run up to the general elections heating up the political temperature in Odisha. The political atmosphere is increasingly getting turbulent amid intensified exchange of allegations and counter allegations between the BJP, BJD and the […]

Gangster Tito link: Odisha BJP Executive member appears before crime branch

Cuttack: Odisha BJP State Executive member Bhuban Mohan Jena today deposed before the Special Task Force of the Crime Branch in connection with his alleged links with arrested gangster Tito alias Sayed Usman Ali. Jena was summoned to depose before the probe agency on his alleged role in allotment of a petrol pump to Tito […]

BJD insensitive to martyred Pulwama jawans: BJP

Bhubaneswar: Odisha BJP secretary Lekhashree Samantsinghar today accused the Odisha government of being insensitive stating that at a time when the entire country was paying tributes to the jawans martyred in Pulwama attack, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was busy attending party programmes. Terming CM Naveen as ‘anti-national,’ Lekhashree said that the BJD president was enjoying […]

Opposition questions beneficiary selection criteria for KALIA scheme

Bhubaneswar: Many eyebrows rose when Odisha government today announced that the beneficiaries under the newly-launched Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme would receive monetary assistance by January 26. With only two days left for the farmers to file enrolment applications, the Opposition has questioned the method of selection of beneficiaries in such […]

KALIA scheme beneficiaries to get monetary assistance by Jan 26

Bhubaneswar: Amidst the hue and cry over the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme, Odisha Cooperation Minister SN Patro on Saturday said that the beneficiaries under the scheme will get monetary assistance by January 26. “Money will be directly credited to the bank accounts of nearly 12.4 lakh farmers who are having […]