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Tag: Ruling Party

'Spiritual Possession' Of Odisha MLA During Samba Dashami Rituals Raises Eyebrows

Angul: At a time when the Odisha government is encouraging use of technology through 5T model of governance to spur development, video of a ruling party MLA found to be “spiritually possessed” during Samba Dashami celebrations has raised questions. The incident took place at Ambasarmunda village of Angul district where Athmallick MLA Ravi Sai was […]

BJD Slammed Over Aadhaar Linking for Party Membership

Bhubaneswar: As BJD launched its membership drive at party headquarters in Bhubaneswar today, Opposition slammed the ruling party over making Aadhaar linking mandatory for such membership. While BJP accused BJD of threatening existing beneficiaries and contriving to include ineligible beneficiaries in government schemes through such Aadhaar linking exercise, Congress called it a political gimmick to […]

Youth Arrested For Spreading Misinformation On Social Media

Rayagada: Police today arrested a youth on charges spreading misinformation about the ruling party on social media by opening accounts in fictitious names. The accused, Manas Mohanty of Durgi village had been disseminating wrong information about the party for the past few years with the help of accounts opened on different social media platforms in […]

286 cases of atrocity against elderly parents registered in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Members of both the Opposition and ruling party today expressed displeasure in the State Assembly over safety of senior citizens. Responding to a question by the Opposition, Social Security Minister Ashok Panda said that as many as 286 cases of atrocity against elderly parents were registered, of which verdict of 119 cases is out […]

Op-Ed: Should We Take Surya Patro’s ‘Naveen for PM’ Chant Seriously?

How seriously should we take senior BJD leader Surya Narayan Patro’s “Naveen for PM” call? Did he speak out of turn? Or did he have the sanction of the party supremo before going public with it? Having watched how things work in the ruling party since its inception, this columnist would tend to go with […]

Self Help Groups level serious allegation against State govt over 'Mission Shakti'

Puri: Some members of the Self Help Groups (SHGs) in Brahmagiri block in Puri have accused the State government of operating ‘Mission Shakti’ programme on the basis of allegiance to the ruling party. The women members have claimed that as per the direction of the Brahmagiri MLA Sanjay Das Burma the Mission Shakti programme is […]

Dama Rout continues tirade against ruling party leaders

Paradip: Former minister and senior leader Damodar Rout who is known as a loudmouth politician continued his tirade against the BJD government and leaders. This time, Rout hit out at State Health Minister Pratap Jena during a ‘Swabhiman Sabha’ programme at Jaldharpur under Kujang in Paradip and said that he doubts Jena will be re-elected […]

Political mudslinging at its peak after winter session cut short

Bhubaneswar: With the Odisha Assembly Speaker Pradip Amat adjourning the winter session of the House for an indefinite period yesterday, 18 days ahead of the schedule, political mudslinging has now sparked between the ruling and Opposition parties. While the BJP alleged that the ruling-party in association with the Congress has decided to adjourn the House […]

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BJP demands CBI probe into Congress-BJD ‘horse trading’

Bhubaneswar: A day after Congress MLA Prafulla Majhi alleged horse trading in which Rs one crore deal was struck to lure one of the party’s candidates to vote for BJD in the Sundergarh Zilla Parishad (ZP) chairman post, BJP levelled similar charges against the Congress and BJD, and demanded a CBI probe into the matter. […]

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Cong MLA alleges horse trading after member defects in Sundergarh ZP chairman poll

Bhubaneswar: In a serious allegation, Congress’ Talsara MLA, Prafulla Majhi alleged horse trading deal worth Rs 1 crore to lure one of party’s candidates to support BJD in the Sunderagrh Zilla Parishad (ZP) chairman poll. Interestingly, such allegation has been brought after a Congress ZP member voted for a BJD candidate who subsequently went on […]

BJP moves HC after BJD amends ZP election rules

Bhubaneswar: With election for Zilla Parishad chairmen in State scheduled to be held on March 12, the BJP on Friday moved the Orissa High Court after the State government stirred the hornet’s nest by making a change in the Odisha Zilla Parishad Act – 1994. According to sources, Section 51 of the Act has been […]