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.
The State Panchayati Raj department has issued a directive to the administrative heads of all districts to accelerate the preparations for the elections on a priority basis.
In a massive setback to the BJP ahead of the upcoming three-tier Panchayat Elections in the State, as many as 15 Zilla Parishad members of the party's Mayurbhanj unit resigned from their post as well the primary membership of the party on Friday.
The meeting chaired by former Panhayati Raj minister and senior party leader Raghunath Mohanty discussed strategies to grill BJD-led State government ahead of panchayat elections
All the political parties in the State are now focusing on the upcoming Panchayat elections and seeing it as a major opportunity to build and ensure their prospects for the 2024 general polls
The three-tier panchayat elections in Odisha scheduled for February 2022 are likely to get delayed due to inordinate hold-up in completion of the ward delimitation and reservation works by the State government.
Bhubaneswar: A day after the State Cabinet approved creation of a separate Mission Shakti Department, Opposition BJP and Congress have lashed out at the ruling BJD while accusing it of playing women card ahead of the urban and panchayat elections. The Opposition parties have rubbished government’s claim that ‘Mission Shakti department would help strengthening the […]
Bhubaneswar: Expressing concern over holding of panchayat polls by Andhra Pradesh in disputed region of Kotia in Koraput and other bordering villages, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday urged the Odisha Chief Minister to take timely action. “Andhra Pradesh’s effort to involve Odisha people in its panchayat polls by crossing the geographical border in Koraput, […]
Bhubaneswar: Even as the Odisha government gears up to move the Supreme Court against Andhra Pradesh’s announcement for holding panchayat polls in disputed Kotia region of Koraput, an MLA from the ruling YSR Congress in the neighbouring State has added a new twist to the ongoing row. Rajanna Dora, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) legislator […]
Parlakhemundi/Bhubaneswar: An Odia candidate has withdrawn nomination papers filed for the ensuing panchayat elections being conducted by Andhra Pradesh in bordering villages of Gajapati in Odisha. Laxmi Sabar, a resident of Gangabada under Raigad block in Gajapati district had filed nominations for the post of ward member. However, he has withdrawn from the ongoing poll […]
Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the forthcoming polls, ticket aspirants in BJD have begun lobbying on the third floor of the Secretariat which is considered as the power centre of the State. A throng of sitting BJD legislators, former legislators and new aspirants was seen at the State Secretariat today. Though poll dates have not been announced […]
Rayagada: The District and Sessions Judge on Tuesday declared Rayagada Zilla Parishad president Purusottam Gamang’s post invalid after hearing a petition over alleged violation of election secrecy norms during the last panchayat polls. According to sources, Muniguda Zilla Parishad member Ramchandra Behera had shown his vote to the agent of the Congress party rather than […]
Jammu/Srinagar: Voting was underway on Saturday for the third phase of panchayat polls across Jammu and Kashmir amid tight security. Voting is taking place in 2,773 polling stations — 918 in Kashmir division and 1,855 in Jammu. Polling started at 8 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m. According to the state’s Chief Electoral Officer […]
Kolkata: The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal took an early lead in all three tiers of the panchayat polls after nearly five hours of counting on Thursday. According to the latest trend, Trinamool went ahead in almost all the Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samiti seats across 20 districts where rural election were held on […]
Kolkata: A supporter of an Independent candidate for the coming panchayat polls was killed in West Bengal’s Bhangar on Friday, following which police arrested local strongman of the ruling Trinamool Congress Arabul Islam. Hafizul Molla (26), a resident of Bhangar’s Machibhanga in South 24 Parganas district, died after an armed attack on a political rally […]
Kolkata: The West Bengal BJP leadership on Sunday accused the state ruling party Trinamool Congress of threatening the state election commissioner and reiterated their demand that central forces be brought in during the coming state Panchayat polls. “The Trinamool Congress is threatening the state election commissioner A.K. Singh and forcing him to work in their […]
Panaji: A total of 80.33 per cent voters cast their ballot in the Goa village panchayat elections held on Sunday, State Election Commissioner R.K. Srivastava said late on Sunday. The final polling percentage was released by the top official late on Sunday night, after polling ended as late as 8 p.m. in some polling booths. […]
Panaji: Voting for the 186 panchayats in Goa is underway on Sunday, with nearly 7.49 lakh voters eligible to cast their ballot in the coastal state. The results will be declared on June 13, according to Durga Prasad, officer on special duty to the State Election Commission “In total, 5,297 candidates are contesting in 1,450 […]
Jharsuguda: Voting for Panchayat Samiti member post is being held at 11 panchayats under Laikera block of Jharsuguda district today after the stay order of Odisha High Court was lifted. Samiti Member election had not been held in these panchayats following a stay order of the Court. The voting commenced from 9 am and will […]
Bhubaneswar: A day after his ‘removal’ from Parliamentary party spokesperson post, Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda on Saturday said it was BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik’s prerogative and he respects it if the decision was taken in the interest of the party. ”I have been tirelessly working for improvement of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for the past […]
Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: In an effort to address dissent and strengthen its organisational structure in Odisha ahead of the 2019 elections, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will meet party MLAs from the State and seek their views to resurrect the party on May 8 and 9. Of the 16 Congress MLAs, many have demanded a reshuffle in […]
Berhampur: A day before the maiden visit of Chief minister Naveen Patnaik to the famous Thakurani Yatra of Ganjam district, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s trip to the fete triggered a political slugfest today on the 27th day of the biennial religious extravaganza. Though the Petroleum minister stated that he prayed for the State, it is […]
Bhubaneswar: Reacting to the issue of infighting in the party, Chief Minister and BJD Supremo Naveen Patnaik, stated that he will look into it. Patnaik said this after attending a review meeting with newly elected BJD panchayat-level representatives of Cuttack district. ”I do not think there is any truth in this. But if there is […]