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HC Bench In Western, Southern Odisha: 'With No Response From State, Centre Cannot Proceed Further'

Bhubaneswar/ New Delhi: Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that it is difficult for the Centre to proceed without any communication from the Odisha government with regard to infrastructure facilities required to establish High Court benches in western and southern regions of the State. The Union Minister informed this in response to a […]

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In House of Elders, younger Odisha RS MPs outshine elders!

Bhubaneswar:  Soon after the bitterly fought 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the big politically cracker event has been the Rajya Sabha elections in Odisha in June, when BJD supported BJP candidate Ashwini Vaishnaw (former IAS & IIT alumni) in the ‘larger interests of State’. With almost half -a-year has been over since their election to the […]

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Naidu Constitutes 8 House Committees; Prasanna Acharya To Head Petitions Committee

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu constituted 8 House committees on Thursday with Prasanna Acharya (BJD) named as chairman of the petitions committee. Prabhat Jha of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appointed as head of the ethics committee, which looks into plaints on conduct of House members. T. Subarami Reddy (Congress) has been […]

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BJP, BJD in verbal duel ahead of Bijepur bypolls

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party entered into a verbal duel with the campaign for the by-poll to Bijepur Assembly constituency in Odisha’s Bargarh district reaching the last lap. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who held several roadshows in the constituency seeking votes for party candidate Sanath Gartia, attacked Chief Minister […]

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BJD's support to Article 370 abolition based on Naveen Patnaik's opinion: Party MP

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD)’s decision to support the NDA government’s resolution to scrap Article 370 was guided by the opinion of party supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, a party MP said on Monday. Rajya Sabha MP Prasanna Acharya said Jammu and Kashmir in real sense has now become an integral part […]

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Minister says no, MP says yes! BJD's flip-flop on farmer suicides

Bhubaneswar: Taking a dig at the Centre in Rajya Sabha, BJD MP Prasanna Acharya today said that despite extending Rs 13 lakh crore as crop loan, farmers are still forced to borrow money from private lenders and get trapped in loan burden, which is one of the foremost reasons behind farmer suicides. Acharya added that […]

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Open-ended universal PM-KISAN, limited KALIA offer prompts BJD press 'Central share' button!

Bhubaneswar: It seems two trigger-factors have made the ruling BJD press the ‘Central share’ button for its much touted KALIA scheme yesterday in Parliament. First, the ruling BJD has promised KALIA for only five agricultural seasons starting from 2018-19, which means the scheme’s expiry date is fixed at Rabi season 2021. The State government’s Eco-Survey […]

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BJD’s U-turn on KALIA, wants Centre to share funds

Bhubaneswar: Making a volte face on its earlier stand, the ruling-BJD has requested the Centre to prepare a cohesive plan for Odisha by merging the State’s Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme with the PM KISAN programme. BJD MPs Bhartruhari Mahatab and Prasanna Acharya during a debate on the Budget, suggested the […]

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BJD may lose one Rajya Sabha seat

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal’s (BJD) plan to field as many as six Rajya Sabha members in the 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha appeared to have had a boomerang effect on the party. The party may lose one Rajya Sabha seat if the united opposition field a consensus candidate against the BJD […]

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Poll violence: Fear of defeat haunting BJD, says BJP

Bhubaneswar: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday targeted the ruling-BJD over rising incidents of poll violence in the State and accused that the fear of defeat in the 2019 Elections is making the regional party violent. Addressing a press meet, Lekhashree Samantsinghar, the general secretary of the BJP, said that fear of defeat in the […]

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Turnout to be key clincher as swing constituencies voted today

Bhubaneswar: With voting for the second phase polls in Odisha having ended at 5 PM and around 64 per cent polling was recorded, the turnout in the constituencies went to polls in this phase indicate less polling vis-a-vis the 2014 elections. Though the figures are tentative, it is expected to touch around 71 per cent […]

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Will Bargarh, Odisha's Vidharbha, spring up 'saffron' revolution in 2019?

Bhubaneswar: Will Bargarh, which has earned the epithet of Odisha’s Vidharbha owing to consecutive droughts and resultant large-scale farmer suicides for last few years, witness a  ‘green’ or ‘saffron ‘ revolution in the 2019 polls? Like the Vidharbha region in Maharashtra, Bargarh has been the cauldron of farm distress in Odisha for last few years. […]

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Power Exchange: BJD brings Rajya Sabha trade-off plan to win over dissidence

Bhubaneswar: They say politicians never wish to become ‘postmaster’ as they want ‘post’ with ‘power’. And in BJD jockeying for ‘posts’ has already begun for a different race – the race for Rajya Sabha, when other political parties are busy  giving final touches to candidate list for four-phase 2019 polls. Since the BJD list for […]

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Paddy MSP hike demand: CM to join BJD’s sit-in protest in New Delhi

New Delhi: Reiterating their demand for a hike in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy, the ruling BJD will stage a day-long demonstration at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on 8 January. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is also expected to join the protest, informed party’s Vice-President Prasanna Acharya. Addressing a presser held in New […]

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We want Triple Talaq Bill to be passed in RS: BJD leader Prasanna Acharya

Bhubaneswar: At a time when the Opposition parties including Congress have clarified that they will not allow the Triple Talaq Bill to be passed in the Rajya Sabha, BJD has extended its support for the passing of the bill. “We want the Triple Talaq Bill to be passed as soon as possible in the Upper […]

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Is Odisha govt wilfully forestalling permanent HC bench in western Odisha?

Bhubaneswar: The long-standing demand for a permanent bench of Orissa High Court in Western Odisha once again became a subject of debate as the three major political parties in the State- BJP, BJD and Congress – engaged in political mudslinging after the matter was raised in the Rajya Sabha today. In reply to a question […]

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Odisha Congress fumes as BJD, BJP concur on National Register of Citizens

Bhubaneswar: With the BJP and the BJD finding a common ground on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue, the Congress in Odisha seems to be visibly flustered. Congress alleged that it is a deviation of BJD from its oft-cited ‘equidistance’ policy as far as political alliances go. Congress Leader and Opposition party chief whip, […]

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BJD seeks PM Modi's intervention in resolving Mahanadi issue

Sambalpur: Senior BJD leader and Rajya Sabha member Prasanna Acharya on Tuesday sought intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in resolving the Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Addressing a presser in Sambalpur, Acharya said that the flow of Mahanadi water to downstream has been adversely affected due to the construction of barrages by […]

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Chhattisgarh has stopped Mahanadi water, admits Pradhan

Sambalpur: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today admitted that the Chhattisgarh government has stopped Mahanadi water for which Odisha is not getting sufficient water during the non-monsoon period. While addressing a press conference in Sambalpur on the occasion of the completion of four years of BJP government at the Centre, Pradhan said that the flow of […]

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PM Modi's visit will add insult to injury of Odias: BJD

Bhubaneswar: BJD’s Rajya Sabha member Prasanna Acharya on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the Bharaitya Janata Party (BJP) over Mahanadi water dispute accusing the saffron party of neglecting the interests of the people of Odisha to settle political scores. Speaking to media during the Mahanadi Suraksha Abhiyan in Khurda, the MP said that PM […]

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MP Prasanna Acharya appointed BJD parliamentary party leader in Rajya Sabha

Bhubaneswar: Rajya Sabha MP Prasanna Acharya was on Monday named as the ruling Biju Janata Dal’s leader in the Upper House of the Parliament. BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today wrote a letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu apprising him about the decision, a party release said. The post was lying […]

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Bijepur bypoll, a fight with CM officials rather than BJD: Pradhan

Bargarh: With only a day remaining for by-election to Bijepur assembly seat, the BJP today charged CM’s private secretary VK Pandian and officials of CMO with involving in the poll affairs of BJD in Bijepur. At a press meet, senior BJP leader and Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan alleged that Pandian has sent 100 government officials […]

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Mudslinging between BJD, BJP continues over Bargarh cash seizure

Bhubaneswar: War of words between BJP and BJD is continuing unabated over the seizure of Rs 40.50 lakh in Bargarh with senior leaders of both the parties accusing each other of trying to lure voters with money power ahead of the bypoll to Bijepur Assembly constituency. “I dare Bargarh SP to hand over the case […]

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Bijepur Bypoll: Ex-BJP Bargarh dist Prez officially joins BJD

Bargarh: BJP’s former Bargarh district president Narayan Sahu formally joined BJD at a party workers’ conference in Bijepur today. He was accompanied by various mandal and booth level leaders. After demise of Congress’ Bijepur MLA Subal Sahu, his wife had joined the BJD and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced her as the candidate for […]

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Centre responsible for delay in Bijepur bypoll: BJD MP

Bhubaneswar: The BJP-led Central government is intentionally delaying announcement of the Bijepur bypoll date, alleged BJD MP Prasanna Acharya today. “The national parties, especially the ruling party are lagging behind in preparations; they have not announced a candidate for the Bijepur bypoll and for some other reasons they want the election to be delayed,” said […]