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Tag: Vk Pandian

Even after 20-yrs, Story of Naveen And His Chanakyas Sells
Even After 20-Yrs, Story of Naveen Patnaik And His Chanakyas Sells!

Odisha has been reading the stories of Naveen and his Chanakyas since his greenhorn days. The legend of ruling by Chankyas dominate even in the grey years too. Right from Pyari Mohapatra to Pranab Prakash Das and Pandian, the fables of Chanakyas running the Naveen show dominate every storyline in the State

Shifting Of Badambadi Bus Stand: 5T Secretary Takes Stock Of Preparation

Cuttack: The Millenium City of Cuttack is embracing for a makeover as the bus terminal at Badambadi is all set to be shifted to Khan Nagar for which 5T Secretary VK Pandian visited the bus terminal for review in the wee hours today. As per reports, Odisha government is pondering upon the idea of moving […]

Opposition Slams Odisha Govt For Not Deputing Full Time Chief Administrator For Srimandir

Bhubaneswar: The Opposition parties on Wednesday lambasted the Naveen-led Odisha Government for allegedly ignoring Supreme Court’s order by not deputing a full time Chief Administrator at Puri Srimandir for managing the temple affairs. Addressing a presser at Congress Bhawan in Bhubaneswar, spokesperson Satya Prakash Nayak also took a jibe at Secretary of Transformation and Initiatives […]

Who will become Naveen's successor? 'Mo Sarkar' holds the clue!

Bhubaneswar: What Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik disclosed on BJD’s 23rd birth anniversary is not anything brand new, the only subtle difference is earlier he had spoken about successor when prodded. Then he had said ‘people of Odisha will choose the successor’. On Thursday, Naveen addressing the party cadres said, ‘BJD is now a people’s movement […]

Seniors Accompanying Juniors Isn't Right Model Of Governance: Aparajita Slams 5T

Sambalpur: Coming down heavily on the Odisha Government, Bhubaneswar MP and BJP leader Aparajita Sarangi yet again targeted 5T Secretary VK Pandian and accused him of reducing the powers of the Ministers and their respective Secretaries. During her visit to Sambalpur, Aparajita said, “Officers senior to 5T Secretary are accompanying him during his official visits. […]

5T brings to fore Naveen's open tilt towards bureaucracy than political executive

Bhubaneswar: Even when under the Transaction of Business Rules, the Chief Minister has the authority to appoint a group of ministers to oversee any policy decision that has the jurisdiction over more than one ministry, such as implementation of 5T Scheme,  CM Naveen Patnaik has decided to implement his pet scheme ‘Mo Sarkar’ through his […]

Naveen's 5T diagnosis in healthcare skewed as team avoids rural hospitals

Bhubaneswar: When Odisha sits dubiously at the top in the country for having fewer beds in rural health centres, CM Naveen Patnaik’s nod on Monday  to increase beds only in the district headquarters hospitals on the recommendation of 5T team led by 5T secretary VK Pandian seems skewed. Sample the festering yawning rural-urban divide. The […]

5T Express Derails In BBSR As Woman Delivers Baby On Premises Of Capital Hospital

Bhubaneswar: At a time when Odisha government is going all guns blazing to review the implementation of 5T-Model of Governance with senior officials paying surprise visits to hospitals in remote areas, an incident of a pregnant woman delivering baby on the footpath on the premises of Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar has raised serious question on […]

Mo Sarkar: 5T Express Reaches Nuapada, Bhawanipatna

Bhubaneswar: The launch of ‘Mo Sarkar’ initiative to collect feedback from citizens on public service delivery seems to have got the Odisha government officials all charged up. A day after visiting the District Headquarter Hospitals in Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur, a team of the State government officials led by Secretary of Transformation and Initiatives (5T), […]

Has Pandian's likely exit in 2021 necessitated Balakrishnan's ascension as Naveen’s advisor?

Bhubaneswar: With the appointment of retired bureaucrat Rajeev Balakrishnan, an Odisha cadre IAS officer but a native of Tamil Nadu, as Chief Advisor to CM Naveen Patnaik, speculations are rife that since the all powerful private secretary now to Naveen, VK Pandian, may be out from the post in 2021, Naveen has, therefore, brought in […]

An IAS officer misled CM Naveen during Mahanadi dispute meet: Uma Bharti

Cuttack: With the dispute over Mahanadi River water sharing between Odisha and Chhattisgarh failing to reach a consensus, Union Minister Uma Bharti made a startling revelation during her visit to Odisha on Thursday. The senior BJP leader accused a bureaucrat of influencing CM Naveen Patnaik during a meeting held to resolve the ongoing Mahandi dispute. […]

Pandian is ruling Odisha, not Naveen Patnaik: Oram

Berhampur: Targeting Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over his silence on the issue of BJD MLA Debasish Samantaray shoving Pulwama martyr’s kin, Union Minister Jual Oram today alleged that the State is being ruled by CM’s private secretary VK Pandian. Oram targeted the CM while addressing a public meeting in Sorada block of Ganjam district […]

Former MLA blames Pandian for tree cutting to make way for beer factory

Dhenkanal: Former Dhenkanal MLA Krushna Chandra Patra has blamed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s private secretary VK Pandian for the felling of sal trees in Balarampur of Dhenkanal for setting up a beer factory. Patra has further alleged Pandian of receiving percentage commission from the beer company. “Pandian has collected money from the beer company and […]

I was offered Rs 1 crore to keep mum on corruption: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Continuing his tirade against the State government, expelled BJD leader and former minister Damodar Rout today alleged that he was offered a bribe of Rs 1 crore to keep mum on the sapling scam. Rout made such startling revelation during his first public meeting held at Nrurtanga in Mahanaga after his expulsion from BJD. […]

VK Pandian stalled ordinance for sharecroppers in Odisha: Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Targeting the State government once again, expelled ruling-BJD leader Damodar Rout today accused VK Pandian, the private secretary of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik of deliberately stalling the process to bring an ordinance to protect the rights of sharecroppers in the State. Spilling the beans, Rout alleged that it was due to Pandian, the […]

Dama Rout fires fresh salvo at State government

Bhubaneswar: Former minister and senior BJD leader Damodar Rout today fired a fresh salvo at the ruling party saying that if governance of Odisha is handled by a young MLA and a government official then it’s unfortunate. “It is the job of the leader to control and if something his out of control, whose fault […]

BJD leader Dama Rout feigns ignorance about V.K. Pandian, says he doesn’t know ‘clerks’

Bhubaneswar: Known for his tongue in cheek statements, senior BJD leader Damodar Rout today sneered at the Chief Minister’s private secretary VK Pandian by saying that he does not know the official. Replying to a media query on whether Pandian is de-facto CM of the State, Rout stated, “Who is Pandian? I believe there is […]

Man who filed PIL against Mana Trust & Pandian gets death threats

Berhampur/Bhubaneswar: President of Bharatiya Vikash Parishad, Surendra Panigrahi, who filed a PIL in Orissa High Court against Mana Trust and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s private secretary, VK Pandian alleged today that he has been receiving threat calls to withdraw his petition. Panigrahi had filed a PIL accusing Pandian of showing undue favours to Mana Trust […]

'Police forced me to put blame on MP Baijayant Panda'

Bhubaneswar: Sonalika Mohanty, who was detained on Thursday by police while attempting to stage dharna in front of the official residence of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s private secretary VK Pandian, leveled serious allegations against police today stating that she was forced and even slapped to speak against Kendrapara MP Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda. Speaking at […]

Tribal Union condemns protest at IMFA's Therubali plant

Bhubaneswar/ Rayagada: Condemning large-scale violence in the name of agitation at Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Ltd (IMFA) plant at Therubali in Rayagada, the district Tribal Union on Friday alleged that such kind of protests are being carried out under ‘pressure’ of the ruling party. The statements of the tribal union has further reinforced the […]

Pandian’s effigy burnt at Nischintakoili

Cuttack: Members of the Mahanga Sachetan Nagarik Sangathan on Sunday, burnt the effigy of Chief Minister ’s private secretary VK Pandian near Nischintakoili Police Station in Cuttack district alleging his role in conspiracy against Kendrapara MP Baijayant Jay Panda and other BJD leaders. Seeking removal of the “non-Odia” bureaucrat,  members of the outfit submitted a […]

Is ruling-BJD under siege by Pandian-Bobby collusion?

Bhubaneswar: It seems Bobby alias Pranab Prakash Das is now the most powerful person in the ruling party as well as the government after VK Pandian, the private secretary of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The newly formed ‘alliance’ between Pandian and Bobby was exposed on Thursday after former president of ruling BJD’s Kendrapara minority […]

Bureaucrats should self-introspect: BJD Leader Dama Rout

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJD leader Damodar Rout on Friday once again fanned the controversy surrounding the attack on residence of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s private secretary VK Pandian saying that officers protesting the attack will be better off doing some self-introspection. Dama Rout’s op-ed appeared in a local vernacular daily today with the headline ‘introspection […]

BJYM general secretary held for attack on Pandian's residence

Bhubaneswar: Commissionerate Police on Wednesday arrested Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) general secretary, Rakesh Jena in connection with the recent attack on residence of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s private secretary VK Pandian, taking the number of arrest to six in the case. A resident of Jharpada area in Bhubaneswar, Jena will be produced before […]

No harm in removing Pandian on moral grounds: Damodar Rout

Bhubaneswar: A day after few BJP activists resorted to vandalism at the official residence of Chief Minister’s private secretary VK Pandian, former BJD Minister Damodar Rout said that there is no harm in removing the bureaucrat on moral grounds if there are allegations against him. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has set precedent of removing people […]

Op-Ed: Attack on Pandian’s house is politics of the gutter

That the holy cow is central to the BJP’s brand of politics is public knowledge. Everyone also knows that BJP backed think tanks have discovered many hitherto unknown virtues of cow dung and cow urine. But one never knew that among the myriad virtues of cow dung is its usefulness as a political weapon. Until […]

CM, bureaucrats condemn attack on Pandian’s residence

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik strongly condemned the attack on the official residence of his private secretary V. Karthikeyan Pandian by BJP activists in Bhubaneswar today. “It’s an absolutely shocking incident particularly as some members of a national party have agreed that they took part in it. It’s truly shocking,” Patnaik said while responding to […]

Allegations mount against IAS officer VK Pandian

Bhubaneswar: After politicians, government employees have also started raising their voice against VK Pandian, the private secretary to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Agitating school and college staff today expressed their resentment over Pandian’s interference in the decision-making of the State government. The teachers who have launched a mass agitation against the State government protesting mandatory […]

BJD’s Hema Gamang lambasts CM Naveen, Pandian

Rayagada: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today faced a fresh warning of rebellion within the party in Gunupur of Rayagada district after leader Hema Gamang called for a revolt against party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik accusing him of allowing his private secretary VK Pandian to call the shots. “He (Naveen Patnaik) does […]

"Vinash Kaale...", Twitterati outpour on Jay Panda suspension

Bhubaneswar: As soon as BJD’s Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda was suspended from the party on Wednesday evening, a wave of shock and disappointment took over Twitter in support of the immensely popular parliamentarian, not only by people from Odisha but from across the country. The outpour was so vehement that at a point in time […]

CM meets senior leaders over resentment within BJD

Bhubaneswar: BJD’s conscience suddenly seems both shaken and stirred. Even as the party has been in news for allegations that the shots are not being called by party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik but his PS VK Pandian,  two senior leaders met the supremo to discuss concerns regarding party affairs. Former MP Baishnab Charan […]