Bhubaneswar,20/07/19: Around 67 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 p.m. in the election to Odisha’s Patkura assembly seat, said Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar today here.
Polling was underway at 309 booths across the constituency. The voting began at 7 am, however, it delayed due to technical glitches in EVMs at least four booths, he said.
The polling in the constituency was postponed twice in the past few months.
An electorate of 2.44 lakh including 1.27 lakh male and 1.17 lakh female voted in the election for which 1,700 polling personnel were deployed in 309 booths.
A tough fight is expected between Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Sabitri Agarwalla, wife of former Patkura MLA Bed Prakash Agarwalla, and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) heavyweight Bijoy Mohapatra, and Congress candidate Jayanta Mohanty is also hopeful of faring well.
While a total of 10 candidates are in the fray, it is likely to be a straight fight between the BJD and the BJP.
BJP candidate Bijoy Mohapatra, a four-time MLA and one of the founders of the BJD, is trying hard to get elected to the state Assembly after 19 years. Ever since he was ousted from the BJD in 2000, Mohapatra has not been able to make it to the Assembly. Mohapatra is very vocal against Naveen Patnaik.
Notably,The election to the Patkura Assembly seat was postponed due to the death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwalla and cyclone Fani.The poll to the seat was earlier scheduled to be held in the fourth phase of the recently concluded general elections on April 29.
Kendrapara,20/07/19: The voting began for election to Patkura Assembly Constituency amidst tight security at all the polling stations in Kendrapara district today.
The voters were seen in long queue at the polling booths in the morning.
However, the polling was disrupted at some booths due to technical glitches in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
The polling was delayed at booth number 218 due to technical glitches. Even, the EVM glitches were reported from booth number 201.
A total of 2,44,747 voters will exercise their franchise in Patkura poll. Out of total 309 polling stations, 138 booths have been identified as sensitive. Total 10 candidates including BJD’s Sabitri Agarwalla, the lone woman candidate, BJP’s Bijoy Mohapatra and Congress Assembly nominee Jayanta Kumar Mohanty are contesting in the election.
Four companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) will be deployed and 40 CCTV cameras have been installed at various polling stations for smooth conduct of the poll.
The fate of three political bigwigs nominated by Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress will be sealed in the EVMs in the poll.
While BJP is expecting to capture the Assembly seat, the BJD has given the best efforts to win the ‘prestige’ battle by fielding late popular leader Bed Prakash Agarwalla’s widow.
New Delhi,17/07/19:Senior BJP leader Biswabhusan Harichandan has been appointed as Governor of Andhra Pradesh by President Ram Nath Kovind.The 84-year-old politician was elected to Odisha Assembly for five times from Chilika and Bhubaneswar constituencies. He began his political career as a member of Bharatiya Jana Sangha in 1971.Mr Harichandan was a cabinet minister in the BJD-BJP coalition government in 2004.
Kendrapara,16/07/19: Both Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have intensified the poll campaign for the Patkura Assembly seat pulling huge crowd everyday at various public meetings.
Many heavyweights including the star campaigners of both the political parties took part in the campaign to woo the voters.
Today, Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will visit Patkura to campaign for the BJP candidate Bijoy Mohapatra. He is scheduled to attend the rallies and public meetings at 20 places in Patkura under Kendrapara Lok Sabha Constituency.
Yesterday, the saffron party leaders including Jual Oram and Baijayanta Panda had campaigned in Patkura for Mohapatra. Former bureaucrat Aparajita Sarangi has also entered the Patkura campaign for the BJP’s nominee with her previous poll experience after stunning victory in Lok Sabha elections.
Meanwhile, BJD has geared up its poll campaign to win the ‘prestige battle’. The leaders including Anubhav Mohanty, Samir Ranjan Dash, Atanu Sabyasachi and Ranendra Pratap Swain have entered on the ground with rigorous campaign for the party candidate Sabitri Agarwalla, the wife of former Patkura MLA late Bed Prakash Agarwalla.
On the other hand, Congress began its campaign for the Patkura poll yesterday. The state Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik and senior party leader Narasingha Mishra visited the poll-bound Assembly Constituency for the party candidate Jayanta Kumar Mohanty.
Kendrapara,17/07/19: After months break from high voltage political campaign, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Supremo Naveen Patnaik once again undertook a marathon campaign for party candidate to woo voters in poll-bound Patkura.
Thousands gathered to catch a glimpse of Chief Minister, who was waving at them on his hi-tech luxury bus.
“I am seeking your blessings. Please vote for Sabitri Agarwalla. I will personally look after Patkura Constituency,” said Patnaik to crowd during a roadshow.
The BJD chief embarked on a marathon campaign for BJD’s assembly nominee to win the ‘prestige battle’ in upcoming Patkura poll under Kendrapara Lok Sabha Constituency. He began the roadshow after reaching Barimula area in Kendrapara this morning.
Earlier, several heavyweights in the party had campaigned for Sabitri Agarwalla to sweep the poll scheduled on July 20.
Bhubaneswar,16/07/19:Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday asked his party MPs to submit reports of their performance in the Parliament and on the steps taken by them to resolve issues in their respective constituencies every two months starting August.
In a letter to all the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs of the BJD, Patnaik asked them to apprise him on the issues raised by them in both the Houses and the steps taken by them to resolve people’s problems in their respective constituencies.
The MPs have been asked to submit the written reports every two months by the 10th.
Patnaik said he would review the reports regularly and give advice on how to work for the development and interest of Odisha.
Notably, Patnaik had asked his ministers on June 4 to submit monthly reports on steps taken by their departments for implementing the BJD’s election manifesto by the seventh of every month.
Bhubaneswar,15/07/19:In a major blow to Odisha which has been demanding special category state status, Union Minister for State (Finance) Anurag Thakur today informed that no such proposal is under the consideration of the Central government.
Thakur’s comments came in response to a question from BJD MP Ramesh Majhi in Lok Sabha today.
“There is no proposal under consideration of the Union Government for granting Special Category State status to Odisha and allowing sharing pattern for Centrally sponsored schemes in the ratio of 90:10 at par with North-Eastern and Himalayan States,” said Thakur.
Thakur further stated that the 14th Finance Commission does not make a distinction between special and general category states.
At the NITI Aayog meeting in June, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik had demanded inclusion of natural calamities as one of the criteria for granting special category status to states like Odisha.
Patnaik had sought ’Special Focus State’ status for the state in view of its vulnerability to natural calamities.
“As an interim measure, States hit by major natural calamities may be declared as Special Focus States and granted benefits of special category states for a specific period,” Patnaik had earlier said.
Bhubaneswar,13/07/19: Congress MLA Taraprasad Bahinipati has threatened to paralyse assembly and Bhubaneswar if no decision was taken on the reopening of Bilt Paper Mill.
He demanded that a high-level meeting should be convened to discuss the issue relating to Bilt paper mill in Jeypore. Participating in the discussion on the setting up of subsidiary industries by Nalco in Koraput, Bahinipati said the paper mill is locked for four months and bamboos are rotting over the months.
Bahinipati alleged that despite being a Navaratna company, Nalco is doing precious little for the development of Koraput district. He said he has discussed the matter with top officials of the industry department but to no avail.
Replying to the query of Bahinipati, industry minister Captain Dibya Shankar Mishra said he will convene a high-level meeting in connection with Bilt paper mill and added that the government will take necessary measures for reopening of the mill.
Mishra said Nalco has established six ancillary factories in Koraput and added the company will establish an Aluminium Park in Angul at Rs 100 cr investment. He said eight companies have agreed to take up work for the venture.