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Tag: Odisha Elections

Odisha Tops In BJP’s ‘Mission-East’ Move

Bhubaneswar: In its latest move in announcing a new team of State In-Charges, Bharatiya Janata Party seems to have given a solid footing to Odisha’s role in the party’s ‘Mission East’ policy. Even though the next Assembly election in Odisha remains far away, the saffron party has now turned its attention towards the State by […]

Column: Not Winning By Default

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: There is no dearth of political analysts who believe that chief minister, Naveen Patnaik has been winning elections by default, implying that the Opposition is either too weak or lacks the stomach for a fight. It is easy for such an impression to gain ground as Patnaik seems to have made […]

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 […]

Bijepur or Hinjili - Which seat will CM Naveen Vacate?

Bhubaneswar: After being sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Odisha for the fifth term in a row, BJD president Naveen Patnaik, who had contested from Hinjili and Bijepur Assembly seats and won both, will have to vacate one constituency. While Naveen is yet to decide which segment to retain, a debate is already raging. Party […]

In Battle of Money & Govt Machinery, An Independent With only Rs 15,000 Cash Becomes MLA

Bhubaneswar/Rayagada: Poor but determined! When major political parties in Odisha went full throttle during the 2019 polls, one of the poorest and that too an independent candidate, Makarand Muduli upended equations by thrashing some heavyweights in the Rayagada Assembly constituency of Odisha. Muduli jumped into the fray with the declared total assets of Rs 15,000 […]

33% women to enter Lok Sabha from Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha is sending 33 per cent women to the Lok Sabha after the just held general elections. Seven women have been elected from the 21 parliamentary seats in the state. While five women won from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), two emerged victorious from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP winners are Aparajita […]

Op-Ed: Edge of The Seat Suspense Grips Leaders

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: With less than 24 hours to go for the EVMs to be unlocked leaders of almost all the major parties seem to be on the edge. Irrespective of the euphoria generated by the exit polls among the leaders of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) even they cannot be one hundred sure of […]

Op-Ed: Will Naveen Make It For the Fifth Time In A Row?

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: As the counting day nears there is growing anxiety among ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leaders. The question uppermost in their minds is what happens if the party fails to reach the magic figure in the state assembly. On the face of it this a purely hypothetical question but it is […]

EC lifts poll code in Odisha ahead of cyclone Fani

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Election Commission has approved the lifting of model code of conduct in 11 districts in Odisha to facilitate speedy relief and rescue operation in view of cyclonic storm Fani, a poll official said on Wednesday. This will expedite the precautionary measures afoot in Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Gajapati, Ganjam, Khordha, Cuttack […]

4th phase polls: Political bigwigs face acid test in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: As six Lok Sabha and 41 Assembly seats in Odisha are going to vote in the fourth and last phase polling tomorrow, all eyes are on the fate of political heavyweights who are in the poll arena. Lok Sabha battle: Though six LS seat to witness polling, it’s Kendrapara that has acquired the tag […]

Battle Kendrapara: BJP, BJD at CEO court over poll code violation

Bhubaneswar: The State BJP today sought immediate intervention of Election Commission to restrain the open violation of poll code in Kendrapara by the ruling BJD. The State BJP Vice president Pitambar Acharya Sunday approached Odisha Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar with the charge that BJD chief and Chief Minister Naveen, who has been camping in […]

BJD workers resorting to Goondaism is cowardice: BJP

Kendrapara: In another example of gross misuse of power, workers of the ruling-BJD today allegedly resorted to goondaism while opposing the Vijay Sankalp Samabesh of BJP at Kerilo Handibhanga ground in Mahanga area of Kendrapara today. As per reports, BJP national vice president Baijayant Panda along with Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP’s Mahanga MLA […]

Odisha Elections 2019: BJP moves CEO against 3 bureaucrats

Bhubaneswar: Alleging undue influence of bureaucrats in affairs of the ruling-BJD during the ongoing elections in Odisha, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has urged the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to track three senior bureaucrats- Chief Minister’s private secretary VK Pandian, OSD to CM DS Kuttey & DIG Intelligence Asish Singh. A delegation of the […]

Elections 2019: Repolling in nine booths of Odisha concludes

Bhubaneswar: Re-polling in as many as nine booths spread across four Lok Sabha constituencies, two each in Sundergarh and Kandhamal, four in Bargarh and one in Aska concluded amidst tight security arrangements today. A total of 70.5 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Sundergarh (booth no- 213) and Bonai (booth no-129) Assembly seats under […]

OPCC chief alleges manhandling of party poll agents in Ghasipura

Bhubaneswar: Even before Congress had finalised its candidate for the Ghasipura Assembly constituency in Keonjhar, the poll season’s first war of words between the two political heavyweights in the race- BJD’s Badri Patra and Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik, had already begun. Today, as polling is underway in the constituency, the OPCC chief stated that […]

Injustice meted out to Bed Prakash Agarwalla: Bijoy Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Hours after the death of BJD MLA and candidate from Patkura Assembly seat, Bed Prakash Agarwalla, senior BJP leader and his opponent in the current elections, Bijoy Mohapatra said that the deceased leader’s own party meted out injustice to the veteran leader. Expressing his condolences, Mohapatra said that he is saddened by the demise […]

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 […]

Odisha girl rape
Stop The Shame! Two Minor Girls Raped In Odisha

Nayagarh/Bhadrak: On a day when electorates were exercising their democratic right for a better India, there were reports of sexual assault on two minor girls in Odisha, one from Nayagarh and the other from Bhadrak district. A minor girl was allegedly raped by a youth in a village under Fatehgarh Police limits of Nayagarh. The […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Security heightened in Maoist-affected regions in Odisha ahead of 2nd phase polls tomorrow

Kandhamal: With stage set for the second phase of polling in Odisha tomorrow, security has been heightened in the State particularly in Maoist affected regions for smooth conduct of the general elections. Five Lok Sabha constituencies Aska, Kandhamal, Sundergarh, Bargarh and Bolangir and 35 Assembly constituencies under them will go to polls in the second […]

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 […]

Voting remains ‘inaccessible’ for voters with disabilities

Bhubaneswar: After the polling in four parliamentary and 28 assembly constituencies in the first phase elections on April 11 in Odisha, allegations have now surfaced that no special arrangements were made for differently abled voters in many places in the State. Social activist and founder of ‘Swabhiman’, Sruti Mohapatra in a presser on Sunday alleged […]