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Tag: Odisha Polls 2019

Naveen Western Odisha
Op-Ed: Naveen Seeks Course Correction in Western Odisha

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Ruling Biju Janata Dal’s lacklustre Lok Sabha performance in western Odisha seems to have rattled chief minister, Naveen Patnaik. The clever politician that he is he has taken immediate corrective measures, one of these being the inclusion of as many as six leaders from the region in his new ministry. Among […]

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 […]

Booth Rigging, 'Cash For Votes' in Kendrapara Mock Democracy

Kendrapara: Soon after voting began for the fourth phase elections in Odisha, an incident of booth rigging was unleashed at a polling station in Aul assembly segment under Kendrapara LS constituency. A video of a man allegedly influencing voters and casting multiple votes at booth no. 310 in Aliha Singiri Bazar UP School at Aul […]

Elections 2019: Odisha records 67.5 % voter turnout in 4th phase

The fourth phase elections for six Lok Sabha and 41 Assembly constituencies in Odisha began on Monday. Voting began at 7 AM amid adequate security arrangements for the conduct of polls in Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur and 41 Assembly constituencies under these segments. However, EVM malfunction was reported at multiple polling booths […]

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 […]

Campaigning for last phase polls in Odisha ends

Bhubaneswar: Curtains came down on the month-long high-voltage poll campaigning across the State today ahead of the last phase polling in six Lok Sabha constituencies and 41 Assembly constituencies in Odisha on April 29. Preparations for smooth conduct of elections in the constituencies have been initiated on a war footing. Polling parties are already on […]

BJ planning egg attack on Naveen Patnaik?
BJD planning egg attack on Naveen to garner sympathy votes?

Kendrapara: One of the most sensitive among the coastal belts, Kendrapara parliamentary constituency this elections, has undoubtedly turned out to be the political hotbed of Odisha. Amid intensified campaigning by all three major political parties, BJP national vice-president and Kendrapara Lok Sabha candidate Baijayant Panda today expressed apprehension that BJD is conspiring an attack on […]

Sans facilities, polling staff forced to spend night under open sky in Balasore

Balasore: As many as 50 polling staff from Khudra had a harrowing time as no arrangements were allegedly made for their stay in Balasore on Thursday. As a result, the poll officials were forced to spend the night under the open sky. The poll officials from Khurda have been deployed for the conduct of fourth […]

Puri Collector recommends stringent action over EVM vandalisation

Puri: Shortly after the incidents of EVM and VVPAT damages at Satyabadi and Brahmagiri Assembly constituency during the third phase polls on Tuesday, Puri Collector Jyotiprakash Das said that the State CEO has been recommended for stringent action against the miscreants responsible for the incidents. As per reports, some miscreants vandalized an EVM at booth […]

EVM, VVPAT glitches: Polling adjourned at two booths in Odisha

Cuttack: Voting at two booths in separate places was adjourned during the conduct of the third phase polls in Odisha today following glitches in EVM and VVPAT machines. According to sources, VVPAT machine of polling station no-196 of 87 Baramba constituency was changed after it developed some error. However, while replacing the VVPAT machine, the […]

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 […]

Odisha Elections 2019: 3rd phase polling concludes

Bhubaneswar: The third phase elections for the six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly constituencies in Odisha concluded peacefully barring few incidents of violence and EVM/VVPAT glitches on Tuesday. Voting began at 7 AM amid adequate security arrangements for the conduct of polls in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Sambalpur, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal Lok Sabha seats and 42 Assembly constituencies […]

Odisha-elections-phase-3 BJP, BJD, Congress candidates
Odisha 2019 Polls Round 3: A Look At The Heavyweights Of BJD, BJP & Congress

Bhubaneswar: Nine Lok Sabha and 63 Assembly constituencies saw a ‘peaceful’ battle of ballots in the first two phases. However, in the small period between Round 2 and Round 3, Odisha witnessed deadly attacks on polling officials and leaders and workers of the political parties with bloodshed in many vital constituencies going to the polls […]

EC Magistrate, SST team ‘thrashed’ by BJD candidate Pradeep Maharathy

Puri: A day before the third phase polls across Odisha, Magistrate of an election flying squad and Static Surveillance Team (SST) team members were allegedly attacked by BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy and his supporters. The incident took place when the officials had gone to raid Maharathy’s farmhouse at Hunkeipur under Pipili area in Puri district […]

Patkura poll adjourned following demise of BJD candidate

Bhubaneswar: Following the death of BJD’s Patkura Assembly candidate Bed Prakash Agarwalla on Saturday, the Kendrapara Sub Collector and Returning Officer Sanjay Kumar Mishra today postponed the poll to be held on April 29 in the constituency. The returning officer in a notification stated as per the provisions in Section 52(1) (c) of the Representation […]

Op-Ed: Who Cares For Environment During Polls?

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: In the cacophonous campaign of political parties marked by mutual recrimination environmental issues often get lost during the elections. It is no different this time. Hardly any party is raising any environment-related issue of consequence. Interestingly, a few days ago chief minister, Naveen Patnaik sought to bring Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish […]

BJP's Sambit Patra chooses melody over speech for Telugu voters

Puri/Bhubaneswar: From bathing in ponds to cuddling babies and touching feet of elders, BJP’s Puri Lok Sabha candidate Sambit Patra is not leaving any stone unturned to woo the voters. After catching the fancy of scores of voters with his unique style of campaigning, Sambit Patra is now the talk of the town for luring […]

Beyond call of duty: Odisha polling officials walk 15 kms to protect EVMs from Maoists

Phulbani/Patnagarh: In a bid to protect the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPAT machines, a polling party walked for 15 kilometres in a dense forest to reach Balandapada Police outpost in Naxal-infested Kandhamal district today. Their journey began from Barala, where Maoists had gunned down polling official Sanjukta Digal day before yesterday. As trees had […]

Violence in Odisha Polls 2019 continues unabated

Bhubaneswar: From murder to brutal attacks on political leaders and workers, Odisha witnessed several poll-related violence in the run-up to the first and second phase elections which has now emerged as a major concern. As most of the attacks were on BJP leaders and its workers, point of suspicion is now on ruling-BJD. The spate […]

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 […]

BJP's Candidate taking on BJD Chief Naveen in Bijepur 'Attacked'

Bargarh: In yet another incident of pre-poll violence in the State, BJP’s Bijepur Assembly candidate Sanath Gartia was attacked on Wednesday. Gartia, who has been fielded by the saffron party against Odisha CM and BJD president Naveen Patnaik from the constituency, had reportedly gone to visit some of his supporters when the incident occured. Stones […]

PM Modi tears into 'coterie-run' Odisha govt; warns 'scared' BJD against spreading lies

Bhubaneswar: Drawing the battle lines for the rest three phases of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday came down heavily on Odisha government and warned the ruling BJD to refrain from spreading lies against the BJP out of fear. Addressing a huge public gathering in Bhubaneswar, PM Modi […]

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 […]

BJD MLA & candidate Tukuni Sahu faces wrath of locals during campaigning

Titlagarh: The sitting MLA and BJD’s candidate for Titlagarh Assembly constituency in Bolagir district, Tukuni Sahu had to face the ire of the locals who alleged that the legislator had failed to ensure development of the region in the past five years. A video purportedly showing Tukuni being questioned by locals during her campaigning has […]

Royal-family-campaign in Odisha
Elections 2019: Royal family women campaigners hit poll trail in Odisha

Bolangir/Mayurbhanj: Poll campaigning on any given season draws attention of the voters and when women members of Royal families hit the campaign trail on ground in this sizzling weather, the air of gloom lifts momentarily and entire limelight shifts towards them. Seven women from Bolangir and Mayurbhanj constituencies were in the line up urging voters […]

Odisha BJP targets BJD
Scared of Modi wave, Naveen & Co. resorting to violence: Odisha BJP

Bhubaneswar: State BJP vice president Samir Mohanty today slammed BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik and his leaders for the incidents of violence reported from several constituencies during the first phase polls yesterday. Mohanty claimed that the BJD, apprehensive of losing out in the 2019 elections, is resorting to violence in an attempt to suppress the Modi […]

BJD continues to muzzle voice of media, lodges 4 complaints against OTV in 24 hours

Bhubaneswar: In yet another brazen attempt to muzzle the voice of OTV, the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has filed four complaints against the leading media house in Odisha in the last 24 hours. After falsely accusing  the channel of telecasting  press conference of BJP during silence period yesterday, the BJD today moved the Chief […]

Odisha Elections 2019: Polling in first phase election concludes

The first phase polling concluded for four Lok Sabha constituencies and 28 Assembly Constituencies. Odisha Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar said, “We have been successful in conducting the first phase of polls in a free, fair & peaceful manner. There has been no untoward incident whatsoever reported in the polls. The failure rate of EVMs […]

Elections 2019: All set for Phase 1 polls in Odisha

Malkangiri/Jeypore/Bhawanipatna: Preparations of polling personnel reached final stages at the four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly constituencies of Odisha going to polls in the first phase tomorrow. Following the death of BJP MLA and three PSOs in Maoist attack in Dantewada of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, security has been tightened across the State, particularly in the […]

Odisha elections 2019
Odisha Elections 2019: A Look At Heavyweights of 1st Phase Polls

Bhubaneswar: The battle of ballot is all set to begin with the commencement of the 1st phase polls tomorrow. The voters in Odisha will choose their representatives for four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly constituencies in the first phase, April 11. All eyes are now on the top candidates of the major political parties whose […]

Odisha gears up for first phase elections; polling parties reach booths

Bhubaneswar: With 4 Lok Sabha & 28 Assembly constituencies of Odisha going to polls tomorrow, the polling parties have started arriving at their designated booths with their voting equipment. The Election Commission has made extensive arrangements for polling scheduled to be held in four Lok Sabha constituencies- Kalahandi, Nabarangapur, Berhampur and Koraput and the 28 […]

Ready for first phase Odisha Elections 2019: CEO

Bhubaneswar: The preparations for the crucial first phase polling scheduled to be held in four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly segments in Odisha on April 11 has reached final stages, informed Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar on Tuesday. More than 60 lakh voters comprising 29, 72, 925 male and 30, 30,222 female voters will […]

Fight over KALIA: BJP hits out at Naveen govt, calls it a ‘propagandist scheme’

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today came down on Odisha government for blaming it over stalling of Kalia fund disbursements. Alleging that the much touted scheme is a ‘propagandist’ scheme of Naveen government to fool people, Union Minister Dharmedra Pradhan said the scheme will prove a bane for the BJD government. Answering media on […]

Chhattisgarh encounter
Cast votes without fear, BSF tells people in Maoist-hit Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The BSF has called on people living in Maoist-affected areas of Odisha to cast their votes without fear, claiming that their participation will send a “clear message” to the extremists that violence and intimidation will no longer be accepted in the state. Election in 147 Assembly seats and 21 Lok Sabha constituencies in Odisha […]

Campaigning for 1st phase polls in 4 LS constituencies of Odisha ends today

Bhubaneswar: Candidates of political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters with hardly few hours left before campaigning for the first phase elections ends today. Four Lok Sabha seats-Kalahandi, Nabarangpur,Berhampur and Koraput which means  28 of 147 Assembly segments under their jurisdiction will go to polls in the State on April 11. As […]

Reel Vs Real Hero: Is Babusan’s campaigning in Kendrapara making Anubhav jittery?

Bhubaneswar: Ever since the BJP and BJD declared their candidates for Kendrapara parliamentary constituency, the segment, one of the most sensitive among the coastal belts, undoubtedly has turned out to be the political hotbed of Odisha. On one side is BJP’s heavyweight Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, the former Kendrapara MP who has served two consecutive LS […]

Bureaucracy doesn’t run Odisha, it’s me & my ministers who do: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Amid growing perceptions that Odisha is being run by the bureaucrats led by a coterie, Odisha CM and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik today categorically refuted such charges. Terming it as a misconception, Patnaik said that it’s the government, ministers and him who are running the State. In an interview with the managing editor of […]