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Tag: Politics

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End Speed-breaker Didi's rule: Modi to Bengal

Buniadpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the voters in West Bengal to put brakes on “Speed-breaker Didi” Mamata Banerjee’s rule and end the “politics of threat, loot and corruption”. “Don’t you want this politics of threat, loot and corruption to end? Then come out from every household in every village, town, nook and […]

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Spurt in poll violence in Odisha, BJP alleges hooliganism by BJD

Bhubaneswar/Bargarh: Ahead of the second phase polls in Odisha, multiple incidents of violence were reported yesterday in several districts of the State and in all the cases BJD workers were accused of attacking BJP leaders and party members. A youth said to be a supporter of BJP was allegedly beaten to death at Kadalijhola Village […]

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Op-Ed: Patnaik’s Politics of Expediency

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s reported statement to a national TV channel that his party would support the political combination at the Centre that can best safeguard Odisha’s interests is an indication that he wants to keep his options open. This election, unlike the past one, is going to be difficult for […]

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A Sambalpuri rap with food for thought for voters

Titlagarh/ Bolangir: At a time when political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters, a rap song criticising political parties over unfulfilled promises has been released by documentary film producer Shankhajeet De. The video features Mumbai-based rapper RcR and three transgender artistes from Titlagarh- Madhu, Sarita and Nandini. Speaking to OTV, De […]

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BJD LS candidate in trouble for discrepancies in father's name

Keonjhar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has drawn the attention of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) over discrepancies found in the father’s name of BJD’s Keonjhar Lok Sabha candidate, Chandrani Murmu. As per reports, while the father’s name registered in Chandrani’s nomination paper is Sanjeeb Murmu, in the voter identification card it is Sanjeeb Sinha. Similarly, […]

Modi is like a 'dreaded terrorist', says Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu

Amaravati: In a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said he is like a “dreaded terrorist” who has no humanity left in him. Addressing election rallies in Prakasam district, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President said Modi has become a dictator. “He is murdering democracy […]

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Is Pankaj Tripathi going to join politics soon?

Mumbai: Well-known actor Pankaj Tripathi, who has managed to gather a huge fan base with his acting skills, has an interest in politics. As a stream of actors is entering politics ahead of the elections, asked if he is interested in the field, Pankaj told IANS: “I have an interest in politics but I am […]

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Op-Ed: BJP Needs To Work Harder, Strategise Better

Bhubaneswar: If the BJP really aspires to emerge as the alternative to the Biju  Janata  Dal  ( BJD ) in Odisha it has to perform well in all parts of the state in these elections. The focus, however, would be on how it fares in coastal and western Odisha, the regions that have been dominating […]

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Op-Ed: Family To The Fore in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Sons, daughters and wives, this election seems to be all about family. Major political parties, which do not tire of railing against dynastic politics, appear to be promoting the same. A look at their list of candidates suggests that powerful families have managed to get more than one ticket. Take for example the case […]

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Madhuri Dixit clears air on contesting Lok Sabha elections

Mumbai: Clearing the air on her entry into politics, the flamboyant actress of the 90s, Madhuri Dixit Nene, has said that she is not contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. “It is just a rumour. I am not contesting for any political party. I think I have already cleared the air on that matter,” Madhuri […]

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BJD MLA & candidate reveals how collector's nod, money decide tickets

Bhubaneswar: With elections round the corner, the clamour for tickets has been a chaotic affair. Amid this chaos, BJD’s sitting MLA from Chhendipada, Sushant Kumar Behera, who has been retained by the party as candidate from the constituency has made some startling revelations. In a video, which is doing rounds in social media, Behera is […]

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Former Kerala Minister V.J. Thankappan dies at 84

Thiruvananthapuram: Senior CPI-M leader and former Kerala Minister V.J. Thankappan passed away on Saturday near here, according to his family. He was 84. Thankappan died following age-related issues at his home in the city suburbs, a family member said. The four-time Communist party of India-Marxist MLA also served as the Minister for Local Administration in […]

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Op-Ed: Shah’s 120 Plus, An Unrealistic Target

Bhubaneswar: Odisha figures prominently in the BJP’s scheme of things for the approaching elections. This is obvious from the repeated visits of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and party chief, Amit Shah. Modi had even chosen Cuttack to present his government’s report card on its fourth anniversary last year. That was a symbolic gesture like the […]

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Odisha govt least concerned about Mahanadi issue: Chhattisgarh minister

Bhubaneswar: During his Odisha visit, Chhattisgarh Health Minister T S Singh Deo on Monday accused the BJD-led government of neglecting Mahanadi river water dispute in last 19 years of its rule. “The BJD has been in power for last 19 years, but in this period, it has not even bothered to look into the Mahanadi […]

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Former Congress MLA Jogesh Singh joins Biju Janata Dal

Bhubaneswar: Former Odisha MLA Jogesh Singh formally joined the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Wednesday, three weeks after he resigned from the Congress. Singh, who represented Sundergarh Assembly seat, joined the BJD in the presence of Chief Minister and party president Naveen Patnaik. Welcoming the former legislator, Patnaik said Singh’s joining will further strengthen the […]

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Farmers yet to receive compensation for land acquired for industries

Balasore: Farmers, who had given up their land to the State government for development of industries in Balasore, are yet to receive compensation for the same. In 2011, IDCO (Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation) had acquired 1,100 acre of private land from Mukhura, Nuapadhi and Narasinghpur panchayats of Remuna block in Balasore district. More than […]

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Op-Ed: Blame It On The People!

The season of fence-sitting is over. And the season of fence-jumping is on us in right earnest. Naba Das, the Jharsuguda strongman, was the first off the blocks and set the ball rolling by deserting the party that he has been associated with all his life on Wednesday and making it clear that he would […]

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Surjya Patro offers to quit daring Opposition to prove paddy procurement below MSP

Bhubaneswar: The State Cooperation Minister Surjya Narayan Patro challenged the Opposition to prove allegations that paddy is being procured at prices below the stipulated MSP of Rs 1750 per quintal in mandis across Odisha and said that he will quit politics if the allegations are true. Patro’s comments came during a press conference today where […]

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Amid pitched political battle, Odisha paddy farmers continue to suffer

Subarnapur/Ganjam: Paddy farmers across Odisha continue to face hardship as mandis in many parts of the State are yet to open. While some of the farmers are selling their paddy at lower prices to agents from other States, others are spending sleepless nights guarding the paddy outside mandis. According to sources, as many as 13,000 […]

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BJP turns heat on minister Pradeep Maharathy

Bhubaneswar: The BJP Mahila Morcha continued its protest today against Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy for his comments hailing the verdict in Pipili gang rape and murder case. The activists of the BJP Mahila Morcha tried to gherao Naveen Niwas, the official residence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik today demanding action against the minister. However, tension […]

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Odisha CM's scheme for farmers reflects hypocrisy: Abhishek Manu Singhvi

Bhubaneswar: Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi today accused the Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government of shedding crocodile tears on issues concerning the interest of the people and hypocritically announcing a scheme for farmers after 18 years just ahead of the elections. Addressing a presser at the party office in Bhubaneswar, Singhvi said that the ruling-BJD […]

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Resentment, protests mar PEETHA programme

Nayagarh: Odisha government’s Peoples Empowerment – Enabling Transparency and Accountability of Odisha Initiatives (PEETHA) scheme seems to yielding results to the contrary as it is exposing the chinks in the armour of ruling-BJD. During the PEETHA program in Nayagarh today, the Sarpanch and his supporters were allegedly assaulted by ruling-BJD workers for protesting inaction of […]

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Paika Rebellion Memorial: BJP targets Odisha govt over non-allocation of land

Khurda: BJP has targeted the Odisha government over non-allocation of land for the proposed Paika Rebellion Memorial at Barunei on the foothills in Khurda district. Despite a grant of Rs 100 crore from the Centre and Rs 90 crore from Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), the State government is yet to allocate land for the […]

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Dama Rout urges Bijoy Mohapatra, Dilip Ray to join his party

Paradip: Senior leader Damodar Rout has urged Bijoy Mohapatra & Dilip Ray, who recently resigned from BJP, to join his new party ‘Biju Samatakranti Dal.’ Rout urged the ex-BJP members to join the party so that they can together fight corruption, misrule, dynasty politics in the State and bring development. The veteran leader also said […]

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Dilip Ray resigns as MLA, quits BJP; Bijoy Mohapatra follows suit

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader and Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray today resigned from his post as MLA. He met Odisha Assembly Speaker Pradip Amat and submitted the resignation letter. Soon after, Ray along with senior leader Bijoy Mohapatra, in a joint letter to party president Amit Shah, tendered their resignation from primary membership of the BJP. […]

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