The Odisha Assembly on Wednesday passed the much-awaited Panchayat Rules (Amendment) Bill 2021, paving way for the Panchayat elections next year
The Cabinet has also reportedly given its approval to the Odisha Municipal Act. Once it comes into effect, reservations will be done as the population of the SCs, STs and backward classes.
The Odisha unit of the Pradesh Congress Committee has announced a high-level party panel for preparation of spadework in view of the rural and local urban body elections scheduled to be held in the State next year.
The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha on Saturday appointed senior observers for all 30 districts, apparently signalling its preparations for the three-tier panchayat polls in the State. The party supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik appointed six party veterans as senior observers.
The Panchayat elections are slated to be held in February 2022. However, as the State government is yet to complete the delimitation process and determine reservation of seats, it is feared that the election process may get delayed.
Malkangiri: The announcement by neighbouring Andhra Pradesh government on conduct of panchayat elections in the disputed Kotia cluster of villages in Odisha’s Koraput district and in some areas of Gajapati and Rayagada districts has flared up the border tension between the two States. At a time when the State government has knocked the doors of […]
Jammu/Srinagar: Polling began on Saturday for the first phase of the Jammu and Kashmir panchayat elections under tight security arrangements. Voting started at 8 a.m. and will end on 2 p.m. Very few voters were seen outside polling stations in the valley while voters started coming out in good numbers in the Jammu region. Fifteen […]
Kolkata: Around 1,500 security personnel from four neighbouring states like Assam, Odisha, Sikkim and Andhra Pradesh will be arriving to West Bengal for the panchayat elections scheduled on Monday, a senior official said on Friday. While ten companies (each company comprising of 80 personnel) of forces will be arriving from Andhra Pradesh while the North-Eastern […]
Bhubaneswar: Even as the outgoing ministers rejected the reasoning of any pressure from party chief to resign and averred that they have done so on their own to strengthen party organisation, dismal performance in panchayat elections and some other controversies, that often put party in trouble, are stated to be the reasons behind their ouster […]
Bhubaneswar: The ugly infighting in the Odisha unit of Congress, which stayed under the lid with the boisterousness of BJD and BJP dominating the news of late, resurfaced today clamouring over leadership change and splitting the members of the party into two camps. While one camp has been rooting for the incumbent Odisha Pradesh Congress […]
New Delhi: The Congress leadership on Tuesday refused to accept the resignation of party General Secretary B.K. Hariprasad, who offered to quit the post owning moral responsibility for the partys dismal performance in the recent Odisha Panchayat elections. Hariprasad, who was in-charge of the party’s affairs in Odisha, submitted his resignation to Congress Vice President Rahul […]
Berhampur: Seven persons were arrested today for their alleged involvement in the murder of a sarpanch candidate in Ganjam district on the eve of panchayat elections recently. Two prime accused – Mantu Khandala and Satyaban Prusty – sarapanch and samiti member candidates respectively and their five supporters were arrested in connection with the murder of […]
Bhubaneswar: Nearly 73 per cent of electorates today cast their votes during re-polling in 32 Wards spread over ten districts in Odisha, officials said. Re-polling was held in the districts of Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Puri, Rayagada and Sambalpur where polling was disrupted during the last phase of polling yesterday, State Election […]
Bhubaneswar: Soon after final phase of three tier panchayat elections concluded, a number of violent activities were reported from across the State on Tuesday. Violence erupted in parts of Jajpur, Khurda, Cuttack and Kendrapara districts after the polls. A group clash took place out following an altercation between members of two families in Kachara Sahi […]
Bhubaneswar: With BJP slowly inching closer, BJD’s performance in Western Odisha in the ongoing three-tier Panchayat polls has left the ruling party with a lot to think about. The ruling-party’s poor show in the Western parts of Odisha has been beyond comprehension for many both inside and outside the party. Out of the 189 Zilla […]
Bolangir: Even as panchayat elections have created much hype in every lane and by-lane of rural pockets in Odisha, some villages in Patanagarh area of the district have worn a deserted look as most of the villagers have migrated outside in search of greener pastures. The State Election Commission (SEC) has made all arrangements in […]
Jeypore: Taking strong exception to the persistent harassment of party workers and leaders by some bureaucrats in the ongoing three-tier Panchayat polls in Odisha, the BJP today said it would take appropriate action against them after the party comes to power in 2019. “There are a number of bureaucrats who are harassing our party workers […]
Bhubaneswar: With BJP is breathing down BJD’s neck as shown in the unofficial results of the first three phases of 3-tier panchayat polls, the latter has admitted that overconfidence on the part of party members has led it to lose ground to the former. “Overconfidence many a times leads to the downfall of a party. […]
Bhubaneswar: In the wake of being asked by the State Election Commission (SEC), Odisha to curb any poll-related violence across state, Director General of Police (DGP) K B Singh today said all possible steps are being taken to prevent any untoward incident. Affirming that his office has received a letter from the SEC Rabinarayan Senapati, […]
Kendrapara: The district administration of Kerndrapara has placed under suspension a booth level officer (BLO) for skipping poll duty in Aul block. The errant official Madhab Chandra Dalei skipped poll duty in Balakati polling booth under Aul block, officials said. “The official was found guilty of skipping poll duty assigned to him. So he was […]
Bhubaneswar: Mid way into the Panchayat elections in Odisha, the ruling BJD today called Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the “PM of BJP” and not of India. “Modi had mentioned BJP’s success in Odisha’s panchayat elections at an election rally at Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh yesterday. He was seeking votes from the people of UP […]
Jajpur:Jajpur District Election Officer-cum Collector Ranjan Kumar Das today suspended 57 government officials for not joining duty in the ensuing panchayat election. “The suspended officials include 22 presiding officers, 13 first polling officers, 21 second polling officers and lone third polling officer,” officials sources said. “These officials had been deployed to conduct both first and […]
Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD today said it would review its poor performance in the ongoing three-tier panchayat election in some districts of Odisha, although its overall show was better than rivals. “We will certainly review the poor performance of the party in certain districts. Anyway, the BJD is still ahead of its rivals,” BJD vice-president […]
Bhubaneswar: Some say their own complacency befell them, others concede it as disease which needs immediate treatment; but as BJP’s bite into the Panchayat pie is getting deeper, BJD is noticeably feeling the pinch. BJP’s performance in the first two phases of the ongoing 3-tier as shown by the unofficial count has surprised one and […]
Bhubaneswar: In line with the trend observed in the results of the first phase of the 3-tier panchayat polls in State, BJP’s performance has made many to sit up and take notice as the saffron party went on to claim 56 Zilla Parishad (ZP) zones in 172 out of 174 zones which went for polling […]