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Tag: Odisha Elections 2019

FlashBack 2019: Trial by Fire for Odisha Politicians, Gala time for Aam Admi!

Bhubaneswar: The time for a flash back as the countdown begins for the departure of year 2019.  For politicians, the year has been an ordeal by fire. However, the year had the last laugh as it made big leaders huff and puff for crown. Being the election year, while the year delivers nightmarish moments to […]

BJD gave Rs 39.40 crore to its candidates to contest 2019 elections

Bhubaneswar: No doubt elections in the country are an expensive affair. The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha did not shy away from spending generously during the 2019 polls as it provided a whopping Rs 39.40 crore to all its MLA and MP candidates (except Pinaki Mishra, who won from Puri Lok Sabha seat) […]

Patkura Election: 71% voter turnout recorded

Kendrapara: An estimated 71 per cent of the over 2.44 lakh voters exercised their franchise on Saturday amidst tight security during the election to Patkura Assembly seat, where polling had been postponed twice in past two months. The polling was peaceful and brisk despite intermittent drizzling and overcast skies. State Chief Election Commissioner Surendra Kumar […]

Political rivalry behind attack on Talcher youth?

Angul: Even though the 2019 general elections in Odisha are over, political violence still continues. This was again evident after a youth was allegedly attacked by his political opponent at Santhapada village in Talcher. The injured, Sushant Samal is now undergoing treatment at the district headquarters hospital. As per reports, Sushant was attacked by one […]

Odisha Labourers stranded in Kuwait
Attack on Kendrapara businessman ‘politically motivated’: Jay Panda

Cuttack: BJP National Vice-President Baijayant Panda today met Bibekananda Moharana, a young businessman from Kendrapara, who was attacked and is now undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. After meeting Moharana, Panda targeted Odisha government for rise in political violence in the State. It is pertinent to mention here that Moharana sustained […]

BJP candidate Bijoy Mohapatra takes jibe at BJD, says Patkura voters not for sale

Kendrapara: Even though the notification for Patkura Assembly election is yet to be published, the think-tanks of major political parties are already brainstorming on strategies to pocket the seat. A high-level meeting of BJP was organized at party’s office in Kendrapara today and was attended by several prominent leaders and workers from Patkura. BJP’s candidate […]

Bijepur Bypoll: Parties face candidate conundrum

Bhubaneswar: After BJD President and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik vacated the Bijepur by retaining his home turf Hinjili Assembly Constituency, the bypoll for the seat now seems to be anybody’s game. Speculations are now spooling over who will be the candidate of the ruling-Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for the Bijepur by-poll even though official dates […]

Naveen Western Odisha
Naveen Resigning From Bijepur Is BJD's First Deceptive Game In 5th Term: Odisha BJP

Bhubaneswar: Following resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik from Bijepur Assembly seat on Sunday, Odisha BJP Vice President Samir Mohanty strongly criticised the decision of the CM while claiming that Patnaik has failed the people of Bijepur and West Odisha. Mohanty said, “Mission Western Odisha has failed. The people urged him to contest from there […]

Odisha Council of Ministers list out: 10 new faces get ministerial berths

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal today appointed 11 cabinet ministers and nine ministers of state on the recommendations of the chief minister Naveen Patnaik. With the appointment, the strength of the council of ministers is 21 including the chief minister which is within 15 % of the strength of the assembly as prescribed by Sarkaria […]

Naveen invites PM Modi for swearing-in ceremony on May 29

Bhubaneswar: BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik is all set to take oath as the Chief Minister of Odisha for the fifth consecutive term on May 29. As per his previous announcement, Patnaik has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend his swearing-in ceremony. The invitation comes in the wake of the war of words which broke […]

Odisha Congress to review poll debacle on May 30

Bhubaneswar: Amidst the ongoing war of words between senior leaders of the Odisha Congress, the party’s top leadership will meet on May 30 to review the 2019 poll debacle. All eyes would be on the upcoming meeting as AICC general secretary and in-charge of Odisha Jitendra Singh and senior Congress leader of Chhattisgarh TS Singhdeo […]

2019 election results in Odisha, split voting
Odisha voters go for split voting while electing MPs and MLAs

Bhubaneswar: The Lok Sabha and Odisha Assembly elections were held simultaneously, but in many constituencies people have voted in favour of one party in the Parliamentary poll and for another in the state election. Odisha has 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 Assembly constituencies. The Biju Janata Dal won 12 Lok Sabha seats while the […]

Congress loses principal opposition-status in Odisha after poll debacle

Bhubaneswar: Not only saving its bastions, but Congress seems to be now struggling to save its base in Odisha as it lost the principal opposition status after party’s poor performance in the recently-concluded general elections. The grand old party could only win nine Assembly seats in Odisha. Taking moral responsibility of party’s drubbing defeat; Odisha […]

Who will find place in CM Naveen Patnaik’s new cabinet?

Bhubaneswar: After setting a new record with an emphatic win in the 2019 assembly elections, BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik is likely to take oath as the chief minister of Odisha for the fifth consecutive term on May 27 (Monday). Much before the swearing-in ceremony, speculations are now rife over who will find berth in the […]

Cyclone Fani restoration: BJP sees red over relaxation of OPWD Code

Bhubaneswar: Alleging violation of model code of conduct (MCC) by the caretaker Odisha government, a delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today met chief secretary AP Padhi over recent changes in the Odisha Public Works Department (OPWD) code. Senior leaders of the saffron party alleged that Odisha government relaxed provisions to grant work contracts […]

BJP exudes confidence of forming govt in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: With the exit polls predicting that the BJP will make inroads in Odisha, a war of words has ensued among the leaders of the major parties in the state. While BJP claims that the ‘Modi wave’ will help the party form government in Odisha, both the BJD and the Congress questioned the authenticity of […]

Op-Ed: Exit Polls Bring Worrying Portents for Naveen

[A disclaimer is perhaps in order at the very outset. This columnist has never taken Exit Polls or their findings seriously and has always believed in waiting for the actual results to roll out before trying to make sense of the ‘verdict’. Hence, he would hold his breath till May 23 before drawing any conclusion. […]

Odisha Elections 2019: Tight security arrangements for vote counting on May 23

Bhubaneswar: Elaborate administrative and security arrangements have been made for the counting of votes polled during all four phases in the Odisha Elections 2019. 172 platoons of Special Armed Police and 69 companies of Central Armed Police will be deployed for the voting of votes for 21 Lok Sabha and 146 Assembly constituencies to be […]

Naveen deserves to be Prime Minister: SN Patro

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the counting of votes on May 23, BJD vice president SN Patro today signalled that the regional party could play a decisive role in forming the government at the Centre by throwing his weight behind party president and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik for Prime Minister’s post. While speaking to reporters, Patro said, […]

BJD influencing Patkura voters in guise of Fani relief: BJP

Kendrapara: At a time when assessment of the damages caused by cyclone Fani in Kendrapara is yet to be completed, politics is now active in Patkura over alleged distribution of relief materials by BJD candidate Sabitri Agarwalla in presence of government officials. Terming it as gross violation of model code of conduct, the Kendrapara district […]

Sambalpur ready for counting on May 23!

Sambalpur/Bhubaneswar: For the big date of May 23, when counting of votes will be taken up in the country, including Odisha, the Sambalpur district administration here has made all elaborate arrangements in accordance with the Election Commission guidelines to conduct the counting process smoothly in the district’s four assembly constituencies and four assembly segments of […]

journalist attacked in Odisha
Odisha scribe thrashed by 'timber mafia' in Balasore

Balasore: A journalist of an electronic media organisation in Odisha sustained grievous injuries after being allegedly attacked by timber smugglers in Nilagiri area of Balasore district on Saturday. The victim, identified as Prafulla Kumar Majhi, was brutally assaulted near Garadi Chhak while he was returning home from work. Majhi was initially rushed to Barahamapur hospital […]

Elections 2019: Odisha records polling of 73.08 % vis-a-vis 73.49 % in 2014

Bhubaneswar: After the conclusion of four phase polling in Odisha barring the Patkura Assembly segment, Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar today informed that the State has recorded an average polling of 73.08 percent. While 73.76 per cent votes were polled during the first phase, the voter turnout in the second and third phase was recorded […]

Odisha Last Phase Polls Leave Trail Of Violence, Booth Rigging

Bhubaneswar: The last and fourth phase elections saw widespread violence in Odisha along with cases of booth rigging and booth capturing marring the biggest festival of democracy. All the three major political parties in the State- BJP, BJD and Congress- have brought poll violence and booth rigging allegations against each other. While BJP moved the […]

Divyang voter levels serious allegation against poll officials in Jajpur

Jajpur: A divyang youth, who had gone to cast his vote at booth number 59 under Jajpur Lok Sabha constituency on Monday, has levelled serious allegation against the poll officials appointed at the centre. The youth, Biranchi Narayan Sahoo, alleged that after completing his document verification when he asked a poll official to take him […]