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119 candidates in Odisha are facing criminal cases: ADR report

New Delhi: As many as 119 (34 per cent) of 354 candidates contesting in the third phase of Odisha Assembly elections have declared criminal charges against themselves while 101 (29 per cent) are charged with serious cases, according to Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR). Among the major parties, 20 (48 per cent) out of 42 […]

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Tension prevails in Bijepur as cops detain BJP campaign vehicles

Bijepur: Tension prevailed in Bijepur area last night when police detained a few vehicles of BJP workers near Jaringi while they were going for campaigning for the upcoming bypoll. Sources said Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and several BJP workers were going from Bijepur to Jaringi for campaigning in over 15 vehicles. Police allowed three vehicles, […]

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Odisha Panchayat elections: Re-polling held in 32 Wards

Bhubaneswar: Nearly 73 per cent of electorates today cast their votes during re-polling in 32 Wards spread over ten districts in Odisha, officials said. Re-polling was held in the districts of Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Nayagarh, Puri, Rayagada and Sambalpur where polling was disrupted during the last phase of polling yesterday, State Election […]

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Poor show in Western Odisha leaves BJD grappling

Bhubaneswar: With BJP slowly inching closer, BJD’s performance in Western Odisha in the ongoing three-tier Panchayat polls has left the ruling party with a lot to think about. The ruling-party’s poor show in the Western parts of Odisha has been beyond comprehension for many both inside and outside the party. Out of the 189 Zilla […]

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Migration shadows poll atmosphere in Bolangir villages

Bolangir: Even as panchayat elections have created much hype in every lane and by-lane of rural pockets in Odisha, some villages in Patanagarh area of the district have worn a deserted look as most of the villagers have migrated outside in search of greener pastures. The State Election Commission (SEC) has made all arrangements in […]

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BJD blames overconfidence for lost ground in Panchayat polls

Bhubaneswar: With BJP is breathing down BJD’s neck as shown in the unofficial results of the first three phases of 3-tier panchayat polls, the latter has admitted that overconfidence on the part of party members has led it to lose ground to the former. “Overconfidence many a times leads to the downfall of a party. […]

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BJD calls Narendra Modi BJP's Prime Minister

Bhubaneswar: Mid way into the Panchayat elections in Odisha, the ruling BJD today called Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the “PM of BJP” and not of India. “Modi had mentioned BJP’s success in Odisha’s panchayat elections at an election rally at Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh yesterday. He was seeking votes from the people of UP […]

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BJD to review panchayat poll reverses

Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD today said it would review its poor performance in the ongoing three-tier panchayat election in some districts of Odisha, although its overall show was better than rivals. “We will certainly review the poor performance of the party in certain districts. Anyway, the BJD is still ahead of its rivals,” BJD vice-president […]

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BJP’s surge is like ‘Dengue,’ needs timely treatment: BJD

Bhubaneswar: Some say their own complacency befell them, others concede it as disease which needs immediate treatment; but as BJP’s bite into the Panchayat pie is getting deeper, BJD is noticeably feeling the pinch. BJP’s performance in the first two phases of the ongoing 3-tier as shown by the unofficial count has surprised one and […]

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Panchayat polls: BJD emerges winner, BJP continues to make inroads

Bhubaneswar: In line with the trend observed in the results of the first phase of the 3-tier panchayat polls in State, BJP’s performance has made many to sit up and take notice as the saffron party went on to claim 56 Zilla Parishad (ZP) zones in 172 out of 174 zones which went for polling […]

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'Partyless' Panchayat Polls: End the Hypocrisy

By Sandeep Sahu Everyone knows it is a blatant lie, but no one really seems to mind. The lie that panchyat elections are ‘not fought on party basis’ has been perpetuated for far too and it is high time it was given a decent – and permanent – burial. Of course, there are other myths […]

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SEC to conduct repolling in 62 wards of 11 dists

Bhubaneswar: Acting on the reports of the district collectors on booth capturing and violence during the first phase Panchayat polls, the State Election Commission (SEC) today decided to conduct repolling in 62 wards of 11 districts. According to a release issued by the SEC this evening, repolling in 62 wards would be conducted in Balasore, […]

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Course Correction Time for BJD

By Sandeep Sahu The ‘unofficial’ seat count in the first phase zilla parishad election given by television news channels on Monday evening varied widely. If Kalinga TV showed the BJD winning 120 out of the 188 zilla parishad zones that went to polls earlier in the day, News 7 gave the ruling party winning no […]

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Panchayat polls: BJP’s surge, a warning signal for BJD

Bhubaneswar: Though Claiming 105 Zilla Parishad zones out of 188 is still a winning number for the BJD at the end of the first phase of the 3-tier Panchayat Polls, the ruling party would be less concerned about its own tally and more worried about BJP’s score. Even though the BJD has emerged as winner […]

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Panchayat polls: Naveen campaigns for BJD candidates

Berhampur: Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal supremo Naveen Patnaik today held road shows in Ganjam district in support of BJD candidates in the panchayat polls. The BJD supremo attended 33 road shows and travelled around 80 km with people standing on both sides of the road. Patnaik through road show touched almost all […]

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Campaigning for first phase Panchayat poll in Odisha ends

Bhubaneswar: The high-pitched campaigning for the first phase of the three-tier panchayat elections in the state came to an end this evening with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his Chhattishgarh counterpart Raman Singh seeking votes for their respective party candidates. While Patnaik campaigned for BJD candidates in his home constituency of Hinjilicut in Ganjam district […]

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Odisha CM to campaign for party candidates in Ganjam tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: Putting an end to all speculations, ruling BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, today, decided to campaign for his party candidates in Ganjam district tomorrow. 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 […]

SEC- Panchayat Polls
Govt officials in poll campaigning: SEC action against 40

Bhubaneswar: In another glaring example of how the model code of conduct for Panchayat Polls is being blatantly violated, the State Election Commission (SEC) has initiated action against government officials on poll duty over allegations of their involvement in poll campaigning. In one such instance, the Pattamundai BDO was transferred for not being impartial while […]

Highly qualified candidates in the fray for Panchayat polls

Kendrapara: Highly qualified candidates like IIT graduates, post graduates, law graduates and retired government servants are in the fray for the three-tier panchayat polls in Kendrapara district this time. Though in the past, highly educated people kept away from rural polls, this time they have expressed their desire to fight the polls for development of […]

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Parties take advantage of chink in poll expenditure norms

Bhubaneswar: Even though all the three major political parties are blaming each other for undertaking extravagant campaigning, one thing is clear that loopholes in the guidelines set by the State Election Commission (SEC) on poll expenditures are being blatantly exploited. Though the poll expenditure limits are applicable to the candidates, it is not applicable to […]