The State Election Commission (SEC) has announced fresh dates for panchayat polls at different places where voting was earlier deferred on account of the death of candidates.
The State leaders also held discussions with Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Ashwini Vaishnaw and Bishweswar Tudu to prepare the poll strategy.
The deceased, Sumati Parida, was a resident of Padmapur area under Basudevpur block in Bhadrak district. Her husband Ramakant Parida had hanged himself to death on March 13.
Earlier, she was the chairperson of the samiti in 2012 and 2017 after winning from the tribal-dominated Gangapur panchayat. This time, she contested from the Bhagabanpur panchayat.
Senior Congress leader, Santosh Singh Saluja on Thursday alleged that the BJD is indulging in such corrupt practices to show majority in Block chairman elections. The ruling party is offering Rs 5 to Rs 10 lakh to each independent candidate and also candidates backed by BJP and the Congress, he alleged.
The tribal community members said they had been eagerly waiting for the moment when they would ink their left index finger.
The team stopped off at a few villages to get a feel of the mood of the villagers about the ensuing elections.
In a last ditch effort to woo votes as campaigning for the first phase of Panchayat polls end this evening, Sasmita Nayak, who is contesting from Kuhura Gram Panchayat under Kalahandi’s Golamunda block hit upon the novel idea.
While deferring the dates for the reopening of schools, the State government has reportedly not specifically informed when private as well as pre-schools will reopen.
The Odisha Police has seized over one lakh litres of liquor from across the State during a special drive against trade of alcohol in the run-up to the Panchayat polls.
With the Panchayat elections just a handful of days away, campaigning by candidates seems to have reached fever pitch in Odisha.
The running of so many candidates have not only made the door-to-door campaigning an intense affair for the voters, some also feel that people will ultimately get confused in casting their votes.
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Disgruntled Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leaders who are contesting the Zilla Parishad elections independently after they were denied party tickets are perceived as a headache for the party.
The deceased’s son said his father had been suffering from cold, body ache and headache for some days.
Staying away from the polling booth and election fray was the only option for us to make ourselves heard, said the residents of Bijipur village.
People of nine panchayats of Swabhiman Anchal under the Chitrakonda block of the district will cast vote and elect their representatives on February 24.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Zilla Parishad aspirant in Kalimela Zone-2 under Malkangiri district has allegedly gone missing since Monday morning, a day ahead of the nomination withdrawal deadline.
Delhi, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu have imposed weekend curfew and many other measures. However, weekend shutdown alongside Panchayat poll will sound doublespeak in Odisha
The State Election Commission on Tuesday recommended the suspension of a college principal, along with a sub-divisional police officer (SDPO), for allegedly violating model code of conduct.
Tired of the apathy by public representatives, the people of Das Sahi alleged that the politicians make promises before every election that they will construct the road but forget it as soon as the elections are over.
Around 2.79 crore voters across the State will exercise their franchise to elect 91,913 Ward members, 6,794 Sarpanchs, 6,793 Panchayat Samiti members, and 853 Zilla Parishad members. The voting will commence at 7 am and continue till 1 pm.
The Zilla Parishad chairman posts in seven districts--Kandhamal, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Mayurbhanj, Malkangiri, Rayagada, and Sundargarh have been reserved for candidates from the Scheduled Tribe category.
Political heat has gained momentum as the Odisha government has kick-started the fund distribution programme while different political parties are prepping up for the upcoming Panchayat polls.
Though the dates for the crucial rural and urban body elections are still to be announced, they are expected to be held earlier this year
The party also raised questions on the effectiveness of the State OBC Commission and termed it ‘a failure’ which could not put the interests of the OBCs in the front.
The State Election Commission of Odisha issued election symbols for the upcoming Panchayat polls.
The EC has issued a total of 26 additional symbols including Banyan Tree, Motor Car, Lantern, Brinjal, Basket, Candles etc for election to the office of Sarpanch.
Ahead of the Panchayat polls in Odisha, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) convened a meeting of party MPs to chalk out strategy for the crucial elections at the party headquarters in Bhubaneswar on Monday.
With barely two months left for the Panchayat elections in Odisha, BJP's 'Mishran Parva' in the home district of the BJD supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is seen as a massive show of strength by the party.
Hundreds of teachers under the banner of Odisha Junior Teacher’s Association launched a protest on Friday (Dec 17) at Lower PMG Square in Bhubaneswar.
The court’s order came in response to a petition filed against the reservation list for the upcoming polls issued by the State government recently.
Despite being in the crosshairs of Opposition parties for the sensational Mamita Meher murder case, the ruling BJD has already taken up several programmes to retain its women vote bank.
A detailed discussion was held on the limits of election expenditure by the candidates. It has been proposed in the meeting to increase the limit of election expenditures of Sarpanch and Nominee candidates for the upcoming election.
The Odisha government on Friday issued the final list of reservations for the post of Zilla Parishad presidents across the State ahead of the forthcoming Panchayat elections.
The scribe-cum-politician has whiffed the prevalence of 'double standards' in CM Naveen Patnaik's political approach. Writing his editorial column 'Ama Ghara Halchal' in his vernacular daily, the Sambad, Soumya terms Dibya Shankar's clarification after nearly three weeks of the ghastly murder as the one that seeds more confusion.
Amid a state-wide backlash over inadequate representation of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for the other posts in the three-tier elections to the Panchayati Raj institutions, the Odisha government has allotted four (4) Zilla Parishad president posts to OBCs.
Reports collated from various places in Bhadrak, Bargarh, and from Malkangiri to Mayurbhanj, voices of dissent against neglect to OBCs reservations in the draft list for Zilla Parishad posts have warmed the State politics.
The lists which are being published at the district level will specify the quota attached for each post of Ward Member, Sarpanch, Panchayat Samiti Member, Block Chairman and Zilla Parishad Member across the State.