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Tag: Politics

Actress-turned-politician Poonam Dhillon doesn't want to be a 'decorative piece'

New Delhi: Veteran actress Poonam Dhillon joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2004, but it is only now that she has taken on an active role as its Mumbai Vice President. Poonam, who took charge just before Diwali, says she wants to be a “hardcore worker” rather than a “decorative piece” like most actors […]

Op-Ed: Indian Voters Must See Through The Politics of ‘Name Change’

A few days ago, I was puzzled to see the city I have always known as Ahmedabad spelt as Amdavad somewhere. “It must have been a printing mistake,” I told myself. When I saw the same ‘printing error’ a second time – and then a third – a few days later, doubt set in. A […]

Women 'forced' to join ruling-BJD’s padyatra in Nayagarh

Nayagarh: Serious allegations of women being forced to participate in a padyatra organised by the ruling-BJD in Bhapur block of Nayagarh surfaced today. Local women have alleged that they were threatened by BJD leaders that they will not be provided Indira Awas Yojana benefits and pension if they do not attend the padyatra. The ruling […]

Ex-Cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga arrested over fatal shooting in Sri Lanka

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Petroleum Minister and cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested on Monday for the first violent incident that killed one person during the on going political crisis in the country, police said. The political crisis in Sri Lanka took an ugly turn on Sunday when bodyguards of 54-year-old Ranatunga, a loyalist of Prime […]

Tribal leader Jitu Jakasika accuses BJD of using him

Rayagada: Tribal leader Jitu Jakasika targeted the ruling-Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today and accused the party of using him by appointing him the member of the Special Development Council (SDC) in Rayagada. “BJD has used me to gain political mileage ahead of the general elections,” Jitu said. Jitu’s statement came after he stepped down as […]

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Yogendra Yadav detained, 'manhandled' by police in Tamil Nadu

Chennai: Swaraj Abhiyan chief Yogendra Yadav and four of his associates were detained and allegedly manhandled by police on Saturday in Tiruvannamalai district when they were on their way to meet protesting farmers against the proposed eight-lane expressway between Chennai and Salem. In a series of tweets, the psephologist-turned-politician claimed besides being prevented from going […]

Political parties in Odisha indulge in wrangling over Vajpayee’s death

Bhubaneswar: While the BJP is already being criticised at different quarters for turning the last rites of former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee into a political game play, the over-enthusiastic participation of BJD during different condolence events in the State has also raised eyebrows. From visiting the ailing leader at AIIMS, New Delhi and Vajpayee’s residence after […]

Congress' decision to censor 'Vande Mataram' led to partition: Amit Shah

Kolkata: BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday said the country’s partition could have been avoided had Congress not made the mistake of “censoring” national song “Vande Mataram” as part of its appeasement policy. “Had the Congress not made the mistake of censoring the national song Vande Mataram to just stanzas instead of the whole song, […]

OPCC Chief targets CM Naveen over utilisation of DMF fund

Bhubaneswar: A day after BJD slammed the Centre for maintaining double standards in its much-hyped ‘aspirational districts’ programme, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik trained his guns on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over utilisation of the the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) fund for development of districts identified under the programme in the State. […]

Kejriwal is an actor, who himself writes script, directs and acts in lead role: Manoj Tiwari

New Delhi: Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari on Thursday described Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as an actor, who scripts a play and does the lead role and accused him of acting as a “pawn for anti-national elements”. “Kejriwal is a big actor. He writes the script, directs the play and himself plays the lead role,” […]

Shah hits out at Rahul for 'mockery of Constitution' comment

New Delhi: BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday justified his party forming government in Karnataka with B.S. Yeddyurappa taking oath as Chief Minister and hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi for terming the political developments as “mockery of Constitution”. “The murder of democracy happened the minute a desperate Congress made an ‘opportunist’ offer to […]

ECI announces election date for Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday announced the date for the biennial elections in Maharashtra and a by-poll in Andhra Pradesh. The two elections will be held on May 21 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Maharashtra election was necessitated as the term of six Legislative Council members will end […]

BJD protests ATM cash crunch; BJP launches ‘Latka’ campaign

Bhubaneswar: Protesting cash crunch at banks and ATMs across Odisha, the ruling-BJD on Saturday staged protest in front of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) here in Bhubaneswar and other nationalised banks while BJP countered it by launching a ‘Latka’ campaign against Odisha government’s failure. The BJD activists staged the protest for two hours, from 10 […]

Op-Ed: Worshipping False Gods

Shortly after Mr. Soumya Ranjan Patnaik joined the BJD this morning, someone posted on Facebook a video of an interview the ‘Sambad’ Editor had given to a local TV channel some time back. Asked about the possibility of joining the BJD during the course of the interview, Patnaik says rhetorically, “I am running an Odia […]

Do lapses in Odisha IAS officer’s service record prove his political leanings?

Bhubaneswar: Under fire for meddling in politics, Odisha CM’s private secretary V Karthikeyan Pandian’s service record discipline as a civil servant has come under scanner. While service rules make it mandatory for an IAS to undergo two-week training after 10-16 years of service, the 2000-batch IAS officer seems to have never attended any training session. […]

Odisha bureaucrat’s dabble in politics whips up storm

Bhubaneswar: As interference of bureaucrats in the party affairs of the ruling-BJD is coming more and more under scanner amid allegations from politicians cutting across party lines, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik’s private secretary V Karthikeyan Pandian finds himself in the eye of the storm. After former MLA Ramaranjan Baliarsingh and BJD’s Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda, […]

Gujarat verdict: Ruling-BJD, Congress in Odisha downplay BJP threat

Bhubaneswar: The outcome of the polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh that went in favour of BJP has now led to speculations whether the parties in Odisha will be able to stop the victory juggernaut of the saffron party. The emphatic win especially in Gujarat, considered to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pride has certainly […]

Sonia Gandhi retires as party chief

New Delhi: As Sonia Gandhi on Friday said it was time for her to retire, the Congress party clarified that she has retired as party President and not from politics. “Would sincerely request friends in the media to not rely on innuendos. “Sonia Gandhi has retired as President of Indian National Congress and not from […]

Guj polls: 11% voter turnout in first two hours

Ahmedabad: Around 11 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the initial two hours during polling on 89 seats of Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions in the first phase of the crucial Gujarat assembly polls. After the polling process began at 8 am, people could be seen stepping out of their homes despite cold weather […]

Suspect involvement of SOG jawans in Koraput gang rape: BJD’s Bishnu Das

Bhubaneswar: At a time when opposition parties have upped the ante against the State government over its failure to nab the Koraput gang rape accused, BJD on Friday found itself in an awkward situation after its Dalit Cell president Bishnu Das said he suspects involvement of SOG jawans in the incident. Addressing a press conference, […]

Koraput gang rape: SCW registers case

Bhubaneswar: Taking stern note of the gang rape of a minor girl allegedly by ‘men in uniform, Odisha State Commission for Women (SCW) on Friday registered a case and its team will be shortly visiting the survivor, who is now battling for life at Sahid Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital in Koraput. It’s now […]

Is 70 the new voluntary retirement age in politics in Odisha?

Bhubaneswar: A day after senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra announced that he will not contest 2019 elections citing that it is not justified after the age of 70; former Chief Minister Hemanand Biswal too echoed similar views on Friday. Throwing weight behind Mishra’s proposal, Biswal, who will be 80 years old in 2019, too announced […]

Cinema fame doesn't guarantee political success: Rajinikanth

Chennai: Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth today said fame and clout earned in the world of cinema were not enough to help one make a mark in politics, and stressed there was something beyond these attributes that ensured success in public affairs. Rajinikanth said his contemporary Kamal Haasan possibly knew what that something was, but might […]

BJD-BJP tussle over farmers plight

Bhubaneswar:  Once again BJD and BJP are at logger heads and this time the former alliance partners are vying against each other on the agriculture and farmers plight in the state. Though Odisha Government on Tuesday patted its back over the performance of agriculture department, BJP launched a scathing attack by launching protests at 53 […]

Political parties waiting and watching Rajinikanth's next move

New Delhi/Chennai: Political parties in Tamil Nadu on Friday generally welcomed actor Rajinikanth’s hints that he may join politics at an appropriate time but cautioned him that it may not be all that easy in public life. The parties felt that in a democracy anybody has the right to enter public life but added that […]