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Tag: Sasmit Patra

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BJD Pulls Centre Over PMFBY, Alleges Farmer Harassment By Insurance Cos

Rajya Sabha member and BJD leader Sasmit Patra targetted the Central government on Monday by alleging that the farmers of Odisha have been harassed by the insurance companies over PMFBY claim settlement

BJP VP Baijayant Panda Calls For Freedom Of Speech, BJD Sparks Twitter War

Bhubaneswar: BJP’s national vice-president Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda on Saturday expressed serious concerns over the Odisha government’s vindictive action against OTV’s senior journalist Ramesh Rath. In a tweet, Panda said, “Shameful how Maharashtra & Odisha police simply “pick up” & assault journalists & do custodial interrogation, without following the basic process of law, like in Pakistan. […]

BJD MP Sasmit Patra Demands Land For Odisha Cultural Centre And Library In Delhi

Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Sasmit Patra has demanded allotment of suitable land in Delhi for setting up of Odisha Cultural Centre and Library. Sasmit Patra said setting up of Odisha Cultural Centre and Library would add to the richness and diversity of the national capital as well as showcase to the world the […]

Dharmendra Pradhan, Sasmit Patra Roast Pak Army Spokesman For His 'Dubious Christmas Post'

Bhubaneswar: Christians are “butchered” in Pakistan, not in Odisha, snapped Biju Janata Dal MP Sasmit Patra on Wednesday at Pak Army spokesman Asif Ghafoor over his dubious “Merry Christmas” greeting to the community members in Odisha “under a Hindutva-obsessed environment”. On Christmas day, Ghafoor took to Twitter and wrote, “Very Merry Christmas to Christians in […]

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 […]

Odisha, Centre Play Blame Game Over Utilisation Of Central Funds

Bhubaneswar: A political blame-game has ensued between the Odisha government and the Centre over utilisation of centrally-sponsored funds in the State. A review of the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) has revealed that the Centre has released Rs 7,544 crore to Odisha under various schemes during current fiscal till November 7. However, the State government has claimed that […]

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 […]

Stop Polavaram Project work: BJD MP in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: A demand was made in Rajya Sabha on Friday to stop work on Polavaram multi-purpose project in Andhra Pradesh to protect tribal people and their land in Odisha. Raising the issue through a special mention, Sasmit Patra (BJD) said a total of 6,818 people including 5,919 tribals will be impacted in Odisha village […]

Odisha Rajya Sabha by-polls: All 3 candidates elected unopposed

Bhubaneswar: All the three Rajya Sabha candidates from Odisha- BJP’s Ashwini Vaishnaw and BJD’s Amar Patnaik and Sasmit Patra were today elected unopposed to the Upper House. The Returning Officer for the bypolls, Bishnuprasad Mishra informed that as no other candidates other than the above three filed nominations; all of them were elected to Rajya […]

Did Naveen pick Sasmit to show secular muscles, post saffron handholding?

Bhubaneswar: After a stint of nearly two decades in politics, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has emerged not only as a politician, but also one who is quite calculative. Naveen has scrutinised every political relationship via the prism of ‘political cost -benefit equation’. There are instances galore in his over two-decade long political career, where Naveen had very scrupulously worked out at the ‘cost-benefit’ equation of every big political decision he made. The latest episode of Rajya […]

Naveen springs surprise, to support BJP candidate for Rajya Sabha

Bhubaneswar: Utter chaos and confusion prevailed after Odisha Chief Minister & BJD president Naveen Patnaik announced its party candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha by-elections. The confusion surfaced over the candidature of Odia IAS officer Ashwini Baishnab whom the BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik initially named as the party candidate for Rajya Sabha along with Sasmit […]

Bhadrak liquor deaths: Admin negligence, ruling-BJD blamed

Bhadrak: The Bhadrak liquor tragedy, which has claimed eight lives so far, has triggered political denunciation after the opposition parties—BJP and Congress held the ruling-BJD and the administration responsible for the incident. While the Congress blamed administrative negligence and involvement of BJD, the saffron party directly accused and held the ruling party responsible for tragedy. […]

Odisha BJP demands re-polling in 9 'rigged' booths of Athagarh

Bhubaneswar: Alleging rigging, the Odisha unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday demanded re-polling in nine booths of Atagarh Assembly constituency. A delegation of the saffron party led by Cuttack Lok Sabha candidate and former Odisha DGP Prakash Mishra and party’s state Vice-President Samir Mohanty met the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha and […]

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 […]

Shelter home shame: BJP lodges complaint against BJD leaders

Dhenkanal: Alleging involvement of Women and Child Development Minister Prafulla Samal and BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra in the Beltikiri shelter home shame case, the BJP Mahila Morcha today filed police complaint against the duo. Members of the BJP Mahila Morcha lodged the complaint at Dhenkanal Sadar Police Station demanding immediate arrest of the duo. “Inmates […]

Ex-Congress MLA demands 40% reservation for tribal and dalit students

Bhubaneswar: Demanding 40 per cent reservation for tribal and dalit students in engineering and medical courses, ex-Congress MLA and convenor of Samajika Nyay Abhiyan Krushna Chandra Sagaria said that the outfit will hold a Samavesh on December 6 in Bhubaneswar. He also demanded a 27 per cent reservation in education and jobs for the backward […]

BJP up in arms demanding Odisha govt to cut taxes on fuel

Bhubaneswar: After Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley declared a cut of Rs 2.50/ltr on petrol and diesel yesterday, members of Odisha BJP today staged protest by burning the effigy of CM Naveen Patnaik and demanded that the state government should reduce taxes on fuel to provide further relief to consumers. “We demand that the state […]

Odisha announces Rs 20k honorarium for ASHA workers

Bhubaneswar: The State government today decided to increase the one-time honorarium for ASHA workers to Rs 20,000 from Rs 10,000 under the ASHA Abyahati Yojana. The honorarium amount will be paid under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) to ASHA workers who have completed at least 10 years of service or get retired at the age […]

Odisha BJP will always fight for the State and Mahanadi: Harichandan

Bhubaneswar: The State BJP on Sunday questioned the ruling BJD on its motive behind agitating on streets at a time when it should be resolving the Mahanadi water dispute by fighting out in the Tribunal. Speaking at a presser here today, Senior BJP leader Biswabhusan Harichandan offered to support the ruling BJD if the latter […]

2 held for firing at BJP worker’s house

Bhubaneswar: Amidst the ongoing political blame game between the BJP and BJD, police today arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in firing at the house of Manoranjan Meher, a worker of the saffron party in Odisha’s Bijepur on January 7. The accused have been identified as Md Arshad and Sushant Bhoi and the duo […]

Chhatrapur councillor murder: BJP’s Golak Mohapatra refutes links with conspirators

Bhubaneswar: BJP spokesperson Golak Mohapatra today refuted the allegations of having links with the two conspirators arrested in connection with the murder of Chhatrapur councillor Laxmidutta Pradhan. Addressing a press meet here Mohapatra said that as he is the BJD observer for Ganjam district many people contact him on phone and he does not know […]