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Tag: Odisha Politics

Violation Of Bureaucratic ‘Laxman Rekha’: BJP Condemns Babus' Meet With Naveen After Urban Poll Win
Violation Of Bureaucratic ‘Laxman Rekha’: BJP Condemns Babus' Meet With Naveen After Urban Poll Win

A day after several senior administrative officials of the State government machinery called on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to extend congratulations over BJD's landslide victory in the urban local body elections, the Odisha unit of BJP on Monday lashed out at the State's top bureaucracy and accused it of tarnishing the image of civil service ethics and code.

BJD's Focus On Western Odisha: CM Naveen To Visit Sundergarh Tomorrow, Cong To Observe 'Dhoka Divas'

Bhubaneswar: The BJD seems to be properly aligning all its stars in the firmament to strengthen its support base in western Odisha as after Kalahandi, the ruling party in the State is all set to organise a mega event in Sundergarh district. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will visit Rourkela tomorrow and lay foundation stone […]

Former Balasore MLA Jeeban Pradip Das joins BJP
Odisha: Former Balasore MLA Jeeban Pradip Das joins BJP

Balasore: Former MLA from Balasore, Jeeban Pradip Das, who was suspended from the BJD in November last year, has joined the BJP on Thursday in presence of Union Minister and local MP Pratap Chandra Sarangi here at party office. The move is a home-coming for Das who had earlier deserted the BJP and joined the […]

Odisha Politics May Witness A Race To Woo Women Voters In 2024

Bhubaneswar: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that women were BJP’s ‘silent voters and they helped NDA retain power in Bihar, the Odisha unit of the party seems to be planning to woo women voters as part of its strategy for 2024 general elections in the State. For the ruling BJD in Odisha, […]

Odisha Politics Heats Up After Widespread MNREGA Corruption Allegations

Bhubaneswar: Amid the toll of COVID pandemic on employment sector, rural unskilled labourers, who should be the biggest beneficiaries of the MNREGA, are now staring at an uncertain future due to alleged corruption in the National employment scheme of the government. A special investigative report by OTV has brought widespread irregularities in MNREGA into limelight […]

CPI(M) not to take part in Odisha RS polls to jeopardise Cong prospects

Bhubaneswar: The CPI(M) on Monday said its lone MLA in the Odisha Assembly will not participate in the ensuing Rajya Sabha elections, jeopardising Congress’s prospects. The party took the decision at its State Council Meeting presided over by its member Jagannath Mishra. Also Read: Odisha Rajya Sabha Polls: EC Sets Ball Rolling, Naveen Going To […]

Congress Slams BJD, Jibes ‘Why To Fear When People Are With You’

Bhubaneswar: While claiming that the BJP and the BJD share political ties, Congress today took a jibe at the ruling party in Odisha saying “If people are with you (BJD) and they have voted you to power, there’s no need to fear or run after others.” Just ahead of Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to […]

No Pressure Of Seat-Sharing In RS Polls: BJD

Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD in Odisha on Tuesday asserted it was not under pressure over seat-sharing for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls, even as the BJP said it will field candidates for the elections to the Upper House of Parliament. The BJD had last year supported BJP candidate Ashwini Vaishnav in the Rajya Sabha elections, […]

Politics Gathers Momentum In Odisha Over Caste Census

Bhubaneswar: Since the day Odisha Cabinet passed a resolution to move Centre to conduct an enumeration of socially and educationally backward classes (SEBC) and other backward castes (OBC), the issue has heated up the State politics with the Opposition accusing the government of playing caste-based political gimmick to garner votes. As per reports, the Central […]

Column: Has Pradeep Majhi Started Thinking Of Life Beyond Congress?

By Sandeep Sahu Pradeep Majhi is the last person you would expect to say the kind of things for which he has been at the centre of media attention for over 36 hours now. He is even more unlikely to stubbornly defend what he was caught saying on camera during the 12-hour Nabarangpur bandh organized […]

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 […]

Ram Ravan Odisha politics
Odisha Politicians Hurl Ram-Ravan Jibe At Each Other

Bhubaneswar: A day ahead of the Ravan Podi Utsav, Senior Congress MLA Sura Routray today came up with the star cast of his version of Ramayana and said that every political party is Odisha has Ravans, the ‘demon’ king of Lanka. While Congress Chief Niranjan Patnaik happens to be the Lord Ram in Routray’s Ramayana, […]

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Column: Dam Babu, in search of relevance, eh!

By Raja Mohanty Great! Once again, we heard Dr. Damodar Rout, crying rather stating softly, ‘no more interested’ in electoral politics. Really! But, he will be with the people and continue to serve them. Oh, once again the same old quote from a seasoned politician, who is in his twilight zone. But, this is the […]

Sonia Gandhi, Naveen Patnaik, JP Nadda To Campaign In Bijepur Bypoll

Bhubaneswar: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, BJD president Naveen Patnaik, BJP working president JP Nadda and Union Ministers Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan will campaign for their party candidates in the Bijepur Assembly by-election. The BJD, Congress and BJP submitted names of 40-star campaigners of their parties at the office of the […]

Column: The Age Debate Goes On

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Should there be an age limit for contesting elections? This question has been asked innumerable times in the past. In fact, it comes up every time a 70 plus or so politician decides to contest an election. This question has also been posed to politicians in our state. Asked about it […]

Three-Time Odisha MLA Prafulla Majhi Is Back As Doctor!

Sundergarh: After some years of successful tryst in politics, three-time Congress MLA from Talsara Assembly segment in Sundergarh district, Dr Prafulla Majhi is now on a different mission. An active political leader a few months ago, Majhi is now seen serving people as a doctor. According to sources, Majhi has been appointed by Sundergarh district […]

BJD nominates Rajanikant Singh as deputy speaker

Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Friday nominated Angul MLA Rajanikant Singh as deputy speaker of Odisha legislative assembly. Singh, a former minister and four-time MLA, will contest as BJD candidate for the deputy speaker of 16th Odisha legislative assembly. This was informed in a press statement by BJD general secretary Bijay Kumar […]

Op-Ed: The Decline of Congress

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Congress in Odisha seems to have gone from bad to worse. The party, which ruled the state for the longest period, has lost its main opposition party tag to the BJP with its assembly tally getting reduced to nine from 16 in 2014. The victory of its candidate in the Koraput […]

Op-Ed: BJP Must Break BJD’s Stranglehold On the Coast

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: With five out of BJP’s eight Lok Sabha seats coming from western Odisha it is clear that the party’s growth in the state has been lopsided. While it has strengthened itself further in the western belt, its traditional stronghold, it has not been able to make any significant inroads into the […]

Odisha Congress uncertain of retaining LoP chair

Bhubaneswar: While every political party is busy with the seat arithmetic, the Odisha unit of Congress party has conceded defeat and even expressed scepticism over retaining the seat of the Leader of Oppositions (LoP) in the State. A day before the counting of votes in the general elections in Odisha, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President […]

Modi targets Naveen over women welfare, safety in Odisha

Bhubaneswar/Baripada: The new beginning in 2019 would usher in New Odisha, is what the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is claiming ahead of the general elections. After dedicating various projects to the nation from Baripada, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government in Odisha of being negligent towards the safety and security of […]

BJP Odisha elections 2019
Eyeing coastal belt, BJP all set to launch high-voltage Parivartan Rath Yatras

Bhubaneswar: Preparing the pitch for a high-voltage campaign ahead of the 2019 general elections, the State Bharatiya Janata Party is geared up to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 24 for the Janasambad Mahasamabesh, in what could boost the party’s prospects in Odisha. Modi’s vision of ‘Purvodaya’- Development of North East including Odisha was […]

Dilip Ray resigns as MLA, quits BJP; Bijoy Mohapatra follows suit

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader and Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray today resigned from his post as MLA. He met Odisha Assembly Speaker Pradip Amat and submitted the resignation letter. Soon after, Ray along with senior leader Bijoy Mohapatra, in a joint letter to party president Amit Shah, tendered their resignation from primary membership of the BJP. […]

Former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi to join BJP on November 27

Bhubaneswar: Putting all speculations to rest, former IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi, who recently opted for voluntary retirement scheme (VRS), announced today that she would join the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). According to reliable sources, Sarangi will be formally joining the BJP on November 27 at New Delhi. Sarangi, the 1994 batch Odisha-cadre IAS officer, was […]

Modi’s 'Phone A Friend Naveen’ option sails him through deals but what about Odisha: OPCC chief

Bhubaneswar: It seems Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik, after taking charge as the OPCC chief, has taken a liking to tweeting like many other national leaders and has clearly emerged a pro as far as his engagement on the micro blogging site is concerned. Recently after Harivansh Narayan Singh won the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election, […]

Odisha BJP leader meets Rajnath, demands CBI probe into murder Case

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Demanding CBI probe into the murder of one Bhagirathi Mandangi in 2010, senior BJP leader Jayaram Pangi today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi. Speaking to media, Pangi said the Odisha Crime Branch has failed to bring the culprits in the murder case to book even after eight years of […]

Damodar Rout ‘ring leader’ of crime syndicate in Paradip: Bibhu Tarai

Bhubaneswar: At a time when political mudsling is already on over gangster Tito links, senior Congress leader Bibhu Prasad Tarai today spewed venom against senior BJD leader Damodar Rout and own party leader Bapi Sarkhel. Accusing Rout of shielding persons with criminal background, Tarai demanded for a High Court-monitored special investigation team probe. “Damodar Rout […]

BJD, Congress brush off Karnataka result impact on Odisha

Bhubaneswar: With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerging as the largest party in Karnataka Assembly elections, political leaders in Odisha have engaged themselves in war of words over its possible impact on the eastern State’s politics. Even though the saffron party today failed to achieve the magical figure to form the government, its leaders in […]

Are these leaders cosying up to BJD?

Bhubaneswar: After Senior Congress Leader Narasingha Mishra’s meeting with CM Naveen Patnaik in Delhi created some flutter, reports are doing the rounds that president of Ama Odisha Party, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik also met the BJD president, triggering speculations that these two stalwarts of Odisha politics could have some role to play in the ruling party […]

Tathagata Satpahy
BJD stands united behind Naveen Patnaik: MP Tathagata Satpathy

Bhubaneswar: BJD’s Dhenkanal MP, Tathagata Satpathy who was in the middle of a storm over his allegations that BJP is trying hard to split his party, today said that no one has the power to break BJD and the whole party stands united behind Naveen Patnaik. The parliamentarian who was seen at the State Secretariat […]

Gita Mehta
Is Gita Mehta Really Bracing For A Role In Odisha Politics?

By Sandeep Sahu Ever since BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik asked Bishnu Das to resign from the Rajya Sabha, the name of Gita Mehta, his elder sister, has been doing the rounds in political circles as a possible replacement for the Jagatsinghpur leader. In the last few days, the talk has veered to the possibility of […]

Pyari Mohan Mohapatra
Did He or Didn’t He? The Mystery of the May 29 ‘Coup’!

  By Sandeep Sahu It is amazing how a moment of indiscretion can spoil a lifetime of good work. No one would agree with this more than Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, the man who has had more epithets coined for him than any other politician in Odisha. In an interview to a TV channel three years […]