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Tag: Panchayat Poll

Tribal woman’s family ostracized for contesting in panchayat poll
Tribal woman’s family ostracized for contesting in panchayat poll

Girith submitted her nomination papers with the support of five families of the village. Girith not only contested the election but she was also elected unopposed. 

Booth Rigging, Police-Public Face Off Mark Second Phase Panchayat Polls In Odisha 
Booth Rigging, Police-Public Face Off Mark Second Phase Panchayat Polls In Odisha 

While a booth rigging incident was reported from Jajpur district, people scuffled with police in Bargarh district.

Kotia Border Row
Odisha Files Fresh Suit In Supreme Court Against Andhra's Poll Plan In Kotia

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has once again filed a fresh petition in the Supreme Court for injunction against Andhra Pradesh for its notification to conduct polls to Mandal Parishad Territorial…

Odisha To Move SC Against Andhra's Panchayat Poll Announcement In Kotia Villages

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has braced up to move the Supreme Court with a writ petition challenging Andhra Pradesh’ announcement to conduct panchayat election in three villages of Kotia in Koraput district. In a letter to the Advocate on Record (AOR) Sibo Sankar Mishra, the deputy secretary of Law Department Bhagaban Nayak stated, “You (Mishra) […]

10 killed, 50 injured in Bengal panchayat poll violence

Kolkata: At least 10 people were killed and more than 50 injured on Monday in violence during the West Bengal panchayat polls, where around 73 per cent of the electorate had cast their votes at the end of balloting hours at 5 p.m. The State Election Commission said the polling percentage was 73 at the […]

Throwback 2017: A year of political stirrings

Even though 2017 did not bring any great upheaval in the political landscape of Odisha, it had enough stirrings. Patterns assumed new paradigms, faces got facelifts, oblique became overt, status quo brought predicaments, leaderships lost loyalty and infighting prodded implosions. We look back at some of the stories which created ripples…   Poll battles ahead […]

Tortured by sarpanch, family deserts village

Berhampur: In an instance of harassment, a family had to flee the village after allegedly being tortured and thrashed by a newly elected sarpanch at Tentulipali village under Khalikote block in Ganjam district. Exercising franchise as per their own choice in the recently concluded panchayat election cost Bhikari Sahu and his family dear. After election, […]

Naveen Patnaik to visit Sambalpur
Naveen to meet grass root leaders ahead of Amit Shah's visit

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of BJP president Amit Shah’s proposed meeting with booth-level leaders of Odisha in April, BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is set to meet grass-root leaders as part of post-panchayat poll review. “The party president would meet grass-root level leaders starting from Sarpanch, Samiti members and Zilla Parishad members. The exercise would […]

Dead- Death-Dies
Violence-hit man dies

Berhampur: A man, injured in pre- panchayat poll violence, died today at Bramhanachhai in Ganjam district, police said. The 65-year-old man and 11 others were injured in a clash between two groups at Bramhanchhai in Hinjili Assembly segment on February 20, while one person was killed. The man identified as Dandapani Pradhan was discharged from the […]

5th phase panchayat polls
Parties on toes for ZP chairman election today

Bhubaneswar: After the completion of the three-tier panchayat elections, all eyes are now on the Zilla Parishad chairperson elections that is scheduled to be held in Odisha today. The leaders of political parties are keeping a close watch on the developments and have adopted different strategies to prevent cross-voting in few districts of the state. […]

BJP core committee
BJP core committee reviews panchayat poll results

Bhubaneswar: Core Committee of Odisha BJP has started post-mortem of the three-tier panchayat poll results. It is reviewing the factors that helped in victory of some party candidates and the flaws which led to defeat of others. Even the party has decided to fight legal battle for the candidates who have lost the polls in […]

SEC secy Rabindranath Sahu
Voting cancelled in Ganjam GP as sarpanch candidate dies

Ganjam: Voting in Brahmanchhai gram panchayat (GP) under Sheragada block of the district was cancelled on Tuesday after a sarpanch candidate of the GP died last night in poll related violence. The deceased has been identified as Bulu Pradhan. Locals said, Pradhan was also contesting in the ongoing panchayat election as a samiti member. State […]

Sundargarh BJD Minister detained
Ex-BJD Minister Sarada Nayak in trouble again

Sundargarh: Senior BJD leader and former minister Sarada Nayak and his five associates were detained by villagers at Jarada Panchayat under Gurundia block in Sundargarh district for nearly three hours today for allegedly distributing money and various materials during Panchayat poll campaign. The irate villagers, who refused to release Nayak, later handed him over to […]

Can Naveen Swim Against the Current?

Just for the heck of it, I posted this poser on my Facebook wall last evening: “Shall we ever see Naveen Patnaik gracing the Opposition benches?” The responses started coming in a torrent and have not stopped even now, numbering 45 at the last count. But what was noteworthy was that not even one of […]

Car gutted in poll violence
Cars of Ex-Congress MLA Rabi Mallick, 2 supporters gutted in poll violence

Cuttack: Poll violence was seen at Niali constituency in Cuttack district on late last night. Three cars were gutted at Podana village under Kapasi Panchayat in Niali Block. The cars belonging to former Congress MLA Rabi Mallick and his two supporters were allegedly set on fire by opposition party members. It has also been alleged […]

1st phase GP polls result reflects resentment of people: Dharmendra

Bhubaneswar: After the end of the first phase panchayat polls in Odisha Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in his reaction to OTV said, “The trends of the first phase result reflects the resentment of the people of Odisha.” Pradhan said that it a victory of the people of Odisha, a fruit of […]

Ballot box loot
Miscreants loot ballot boxes from 11 booths in K’Para

Kendrapara: Acute violence was seen during first phase of three tier panchayat polls at Mahakalpada in Kendrapara district. Miscreants looted the ballot box from booth number 14 in Jagdalpur village under Patkura panchayat and threw it in Chitrotpala River. Similarly the ballot boxes from booth number 12 and 14 in Bangalpur panchayat of the district […]

SEC gears up for 1st phase Panchayat polls in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The State Election Commission (SEC) today announced the preparations for the first phase Panchayat polls in Odisha scheduled to begin on February 13. “Elections will be held in 189 Zilla Parishad Zones in 29 districts in which a total of 58,28,446 voters will exercise their franchise for which arrangements have been made for polling […]

Gross misutilisation of Central funds in Odisha: Ram Kripal Yadav

Bhubaneswar: Union minister of state for Rural Development, Ram Kripal Yadav, on Saturday said there has been gross misutilisation of Central funds in Odisha. “The Centre has been pumping in enough financial assistance to the Odisha government for development in rural areas. But, sadly, there is no proper utilisation of the funds in the implementation […]

5 injured in pre-poll violence in Kendrapara

Kendrapara: As many as five members of two families sustained injuries in a pre-poll violence at Rajgarh village under Mahakalpada block in the district on Friday night. According to sources, family of one Rabindra Lenka of Rajgarh village had an altercation with another family over supporting a candidate for the three-tire panchayat polls. The altercation […]

Naveen to campaign for party candidates in Ganjam today

Bhubaneswar: Putting an end to all speculations, ruling BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik decided to campaign for his party candidates in Ganjam district on Saturday. Patnaik will campaign for the BJD candidates contesting in the three-tier panchayat elections only in his constituency of Hinjilicut, though many party leaders wanted the chief minister to […]

OTV’s Panchayat Express: Solpata villagers want better road connectivity

Nayagarh: The inhabitants of Solpata village under Odagaon block of Nayagarh district feel that road connectivity in their village has become a major issue and it has to be improved in the coming days. Talking to Panchayat Express of OTV, they said that though the village has seen a lot of development works in the […]

I'm in Odisha to clear air on Mahanadi row: Raman Singh

Bhubaneswar: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Thursday said he was in Odisha to “clear the air” on the ongoing Mahanadi dispute between the two states and which is being “blown out of proportion by the ruling BJD government”. Addressing a gathering at Burda in Bolangir district, the Chief Minister said: ” I am here […]

Panchayat poll
Chit fund scam haunts panchayat poll candidates

Kendrapara: The spectre of the chit fund scam has returned to haunt candidates in the fray for the three-tier panchayat election in Odisha. While ‘bijli-sadak-pani’ are common demands in most parts of the state, people in the coastal district of Kendrapara are asking whether the ponzi firm operators would be punished. The candidates contesting right […]

BJD’s ‘Jal Satyagraha’ to protest Raman Singh’s Odisha visit

Bhubaneswar: Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh’s Odisha tour to campaign for BJP in the ensuing panchayat polls may not be a smooth ride as the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has decided to stage jal satyagraha (sit-in protest inside water) from tomorrow, to protest Singh’s stand on the Mahanadi water sharing issue. Activists in large […]

Maoists warn to boycott panchayat poll in Kalyansinghpur

Kalyansinghpur: Maoist posters and banners asking villagers of Kalyansinghpur area in Rayagada district to abstain from the upcoming three-tier panchayat polls were found at various places in Sikarpal area in the district on Saturday. The posters and banners mentioning the names of CPI (M) secretaries Das Brahma and Umakanta Mishra were found at various places […]

Veterans in panchayat poll fray eyeing block chief post

Baripada/Nabarangpur/Kuchinda: Once they were representing the Assembly constituency as legislator, but now they are fighting the ensuing panchayat elections for Samiti member. The former MLAs, prepared themselves to be a leader at village level, have become the cynosure of all eyes. The reason of contesting for samiti member is the office of block chairman. Brundaban […]

Kishore Tarai
Kendrapara MLA admits mistake, says it's typo error

Kendrapara/Bhubaneswar: After much hue and cry over double names of his father and wife mentioned in affidavits and other documents in different times, Kendrapara MLA Kishore Tarai today came out to public admitting the mistake in the legal document. “I don’t know what was mentioned in the affidavit. If it’s Kabita instead of Babita Tarai, […]

Migrant workers return home to exercise voting rights

Berhampur: A large number of migrant workers, engaged in textiles industry in Gujarat’s Surat, are on their way home to villages in Ganjam district to cast their votes during the three-tier panchayat polls next month. The usually-sleepy railway stations of Berhampur, Keshapur and Chhatrapur are suddenly seeing a surge in passengers alighting from Okha-Puri and […]

Star Power Cuts Both Ways

By Sandeep Sahu Come election time and suddenly, cine stars are in great demand. As per a well-established tradition, the most sought after among them invariably head for the party in power with the opposition having to make do with second and third rung stars and starlets from tinsel town. It was no different when […]

Congress threatens court challenge against ‘forged’ nomination withdrawal

Pattamundai/Bhubaneswar: A Congress team led by senior leader Ganeswar Behera today moved the State Election Commission demanding transfer of Pattamundai BDO and election officer over the alleged forged withdrawal of nomination of two dalit candidates in Penthapal panchayat. “If he (BDO) is not transferred, we will move court and talk to common people”, Behera said, […]

Panchayat polls: Cong lodges FIR against Kendrapara MLA, Pattamundai BDO

Kendrapara: The Congress today lodged an FIR against the Kendrapara MLA and the Pattamundai BDO alleging that they hatched a “conspiracy” to deprive two Dalit women from contesting the upcoming panchayat polls in the State. “Democracy is being butchered in Kendrapara. The election officers in charge of conducting free-and-fair polls have formed an unholy alliance […]

1,89,099 candidates in panchayat poll fray: SEC office

Bhubaneswar: Total 1,89,099 candidates are in the panchayat poll fray according to the final list declared by the State Election Commission (SEC) after the deadline for nomination withdrawal got ended yesterday, said secretary of the commission Rabindra Nath Sahu today. “For the sarpanch post 26,539 candidates are in the poll battle whereas 22,109 are in […]

Panchayat poll
Parties step up panchayat poll campaign

Bhubaneswar: Political parties have intensified their panchayat poll campaign from today with star campaigners of BJP, BJD and Congress joining bike rallies and door-to-door campaigning in rural areas across the State. The three major political parties with focus on zilla parishads have implemented action plan to woo the voters. While BJD and BJP have fielded […]

SEC - State Election Commission
Fresh nomination for panchayat poll can be filed between Jan 27 and 30: SEC office

Bhubaneswar: The office of State Election Commission (SEC) today declared fresh nomination dates for places where either no nomination was filed for the ensuing panchayat poll or all nominations were rejected after a scrutiny without changing the voting schedule. Detailing out on the announcement, SEC secretary RN Sahu told newsmen, “Fresh nomination can be filed […]

SEC defers panchayat poll process in Chitrakonda block

Bhubaneswar: After getting a joint report from Malkangiri Collector and SP, the State Election Commission (SEC) today decided to postpone panchayat poll process in 18 panchayats including nine in cut-off area and two zilla parishad zones. Informing newsmen about the SEC’s decision, State Election Commission Secretary Rabindra Nath Sahu said, “On basis of the joint […]

DGP reviews security arrangements for panchayat poll in Kalahandi dist

Bhawanipatna: After reviewing Maoist situation and preparation for three-tier panchayat poll in tribal dominated Malkangiri district yesterday, Director General of Police (DGP) KB Singh on Saturday visited Kalahandi district and took stock of security arrangement for the ensuing panchayat poll there. The DGP also discussed about the Maoist situation with SP Brijesh Ray, Nuapada SP […]

Shah enthusiastic about Panchayat poll results: Oram

Bhubaneswar: In a sharp departure from the earlier occasions, BJP national president Amit Shah during his one day visit to the State on Friday, choose to stay away from talking to media and held discussions with party’s office bearers here. Shah, party karyakartas (activists) said, expressed his enthusiasm about the ensuing panchayat poll results. “Besides […]

Maoists threaten Koraput villagers to refrain from panchayat poll

Koraput: Days after Maoist posters asking villagers of Malkangiri district to refrain from panchayat polls were found, incident of same kind was also reported from Koraput district on Friday. Some posters of the ultra outfit were found near Machakunda-Lamataput Kuja Amba chhak and Anaka Deli panchayat office asking the villagers to not apply for candidature […]

Panchayat polls: List of eligible candidates to be declared today

Bhubaneswar: The State Election Commission on Thursday will announce the list of eligible candidates for the three-tier panchayat polls in Odisha scheduled. According to reports, as many as 2,20,789 candidates have filed papers for panchayat polls scheduled to begin from February 13. Officials said while 3,880 candidates have filed papers for Zilla Parishad (ZP) member […]