New Delhi,24/05/19:Pragya Thakur, Malegaon blast accused and BJP Member, has won from Bhopal, a BJP stronghold since 1989. Thakur was contesting against former Chief Minister and Congress candidate Digvijaya Singh. Even before the final results were out, Thakur had said that she's certain of her victory.
"I will definitely win. My win is the victory of dharma, destruction of adharma," and thanked the people of Bhopal.
"People have shown faith in me. I thank them for reposing trust in me. It will be a victory of dharma (righteousness) over adharma (impiety)," Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur said in her brief interaction with mediapersons in Bhopal with her supporters shouting chants of "Jai Shree Ram".
BJP president Amit Shah had termed Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur's application as a "Satyagraha" against the Congress's alleged conspiracy of defaming Hindu religion. Congress hasn't won Bhopal since 1989. The Bhopal constituency is a BJP citadel as the party has not lost the seat since 1989.
Pragya Singh Thakur had spent nine years in jail after she was accused of Malegaon blast in 2008. She joined BJP on April 17. The special NIA court is yet to discharge Sadhvi Pragya in the case. Though the court dropped provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against her, she is being tried under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). She was granted bail by the Bombay High Court last year.
Sadhvi Pragya had been associated with Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and 'Durga Vahini' or women's wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
Bhubaneswar,24/05/19:Amidst celebrations in the BJP camp for landslide victory in Lok Sabha Elections 2019, here’s a big blow for the party from Kendrapara Parliament Constituency with its candidate Baijayant Panda, who is trailing to opponent Anubhav Mohanty.
According to the latest trends, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)’s actor-turned-politician Anubhav was leading by over 1 lakh votes against BJP’s national vice president Baijayant Panda.
The Rajya Sabha MP was leading from Kendrapara seat throughout the day indicating his popularity among the voters.
Similarly, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, who was leading against BJD’s Pinaki Mishra from Puri Lok Sabha Constituency, is now trailing.
As per the latest trends, Odisha’s ruling BJD was leading in 13 Lok Sabha seats while BJP was leading in 8 and Congress is likely to fail to open account in the polls in the State.
Bhubaneswar,14/05/19: Odisha Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik is heading towards a landslide victory in 2019 Assembly polls. While the popular schemes like PITHA, KALIA, BIJU YUVA BAHINI played well ahead of the election, his ‘Women’ card can be considered the most successful game-plan. He wanted to ride on the crest of “women power” to win for the fifth successive term in office and it exactly hit on the target.
Naveen fielded Pramila Bisoi, a 70-year-old woman from Aska Lok Sabha seat. The decision wondered many in the constituency. She was dropped out of school after Class II and speaks only Berhampuri dialect of Odia. However, this could not become a hindrance for her. At this point of time, she is leading with more than one lakh fifty thousand votes in the constituency.
Rajashree Mallick, another woman candidate from BJD, who is contesting for Jagatsingpur Lok Sabha seat is now leading with one lakh seventy thousand votes.
Sarmistha Sethy fielded by BJD for Jajpur Lok Sabha seat is at this moment leading with almost one lakh votes.
Chandrani Murmu, contesting for Keonjhar Lok Sabha seat, who is the junior most Lok Sabha candidate in Odisha is at this moment leading with more than 50 thousand votes.
Kousalya Hikaka, fielded by BJD from Koraput Lok Sabha seat is at present leading with 8000 votes.
Manjulata Mandal, contesting on BJD ticket from Bhadrak Lok Sabha seat is leading with 30 thousand votes.
The only woman candidate who could not play well is Sunita Biswal, daughter of Congress leader Hemanand Biswal. She has been fielded for the Sundergarh Lok Sabha seat where BJP’s Jual Oram is leading with around 50 thousand votes.
Patnaik who said he was taking a first step towards reserving seats for women, had nominated seven women in 21 of Odisha’s Lok Sabha seats.
While in the 2000 and 2004 elections, the BJD was a part of the NDA, it was in 2009 that it parted ways with the BJP and fought on his own and won.
Astonishingly, in 2014, when Modi wave was at its best, BJD successfully came up with 117 seats in the assembly polls. But in 2019, things were different. This time it was a tough job for both BJD and Naveen Patnaik. Perhaps Patnaik knew it well and wanted to come up with an invincible strategy and played the ‘Women’ card.
He was well aware of the hardship and planned his strategy almost a year in advance. He worked on the women empowerment plank with over 70 lakh women enrolled under the ‘Mission Shakti’ programme.
Ahead of the election notification, Naveen Patnaik held a series of Mission Shakti meetings in different parts of the state. Later, he went on to announce and pick seven women candidates (33 per cent) of the 21 LS seats in the state.
And finally, BJD is heading towards a landslide victory thanks to his unbeatable ‘Women’ card.
TIME FOR NEWLY CHARGED BJP GOVERNMENT AT THE CENTRE TO HIT SIXERS OF REFORMS AND FULFILLING PROMISES MADE IN POLL-MANIFESTOFriday, 24 May 2019 01:59 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,23/05/19:Prime Minister Narender Modi ruling BJP led central government had a well-deserved all-round land-slide victory because of first-ever multi-cornered bold steps against terror-generating Pakistan targeting militants and separatists in Kashmir valley in every possible manner. Country does hope of immediate abolition of article 370 and 35A from the constitution as also promised in BJP poll-manifesto for permanent solution of Kashmir-problem created by wrong policies of our first Prime Minister.
Country also has high hopes of immediate construction of Ram-temple at birth-place of Lord Rama at Ayodhya, a fact which is even acknowledged by other countries including Srlanka and Pakistan through admitted historical facts about existence of Lord Rama. It is noteworthy that Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation PTDC in its tourist-brochure for Lahore has mentioned Lahore to be city named after Luv, elder son of Lord Rama. Now new BJP government at the centre will have free hand to tackle pseudo-secularists so as to do away with minority-appeasing vote-bank politics.
At the same time, new government should also urgently look into genuine aspects of simplifying GST and permanent mechanism of Voluntary Disclosure of black money by making news-items in this regard on economy-pages of newspapers of 23.05.2019 a dream-come-true wherein there is a mention of quarterly-returns for GST and long-term elephant-bonds for 50-percent amount of disclosed unaccounted money in these bonds to be utilised for infrastructure-development which will further generate employment-opportunities.
Bhubaneswar,06/05/19:Bhubaneswar: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to extend the completion of poll to Patkura assembly constituency in Odisha’s Kendrapara district for 60 days, in view of the aftermath of cyclonic storm FANI in the state.
The fresh date of poll will be decided after assessing the local situation, official sources said.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier requested the ECI for postponement of the election.
The poll was initially scheduled to be held on April 29 and later countermanded following the death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwala and which was rescheduled for 19th May.
The BJD has named Sabitri Agarwalla as its nominee for Patkura assembly constituency. She is the wife of late Bed Prakash Agarwalla.
New Delhi,06/05/19:As his constituency Amethi went to the polls on Monday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi was conspicuous by his absence, providing a handle to his rival Smriti Irani of the BJP to declare him a “missing MP”.
Gandhi, a sitting member of the Lok Sabha from this high profile constituency of Uttar Pradesh, is seeking re-election for the fourth time.
The constituency, which elected Gandhi in 2004, 2009 and 2014, went to the polls along with 13 others in the state in the fifth phase on Monday.
While balloting was underway in his constituency, Gandhi held a rally in Haryana’s Bhiwani.
On the other hand, Irani, a Union Minister who is making her second bid to wrest from Gandhi his family bastion seat, was active in the constituency through the day.
A Congress member, on condition of anonymity, tried to justify the party President’s absence in his own constituency during polling, saying that before being an MP, he was the chief of the party and his responsibility included major party activities across the country.
Irani called the Congress President “laapata sansad” (missing MP), pointing out that the sitting MP did not visit the constituency even on polling day.
She told reporters here that Gandhi had cheated the people of Amethi on election day. “I didn’t know that he (Gandhi) could be so arrogant that he won’t turn up in Amethi even on the polling day.”
She also alleged booth capturing in her constituency.
Gandhi and Irani are locked in a direct contest as the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance did not field their candidate from Amethi.
Gandhi is also contesting from Kerala’s Weaned Lok Sabha constituency, which went to the polls in the third phase on April 23.
Amethi, a Gandhi family stronghold, witnessed one of the most high-profile contests in 2014 when Gandhi defeated Irani by more than one lakh votes. The Congress President has retained the seat ever since his mother Sonia Gandhi vacated it for him in 2004.
Kendrapara,27/04/19:Tension prevailed at the EVM distribution centre in Kendrapara district after scores of officials who have been engaged in poll duty were allegedly denied postal ballot papers.
The employees on election duty staged dharna in front of EVM distribution centre as the authorities refused to issue them postal ballots to cast votes in the fourth phase polls scheduled for April 29.
The irate poll officials threatened not to receive the EVMs till postal ballot papers are provided to them in order to exercise their rights.
It can be mentioned here that postal voting is one type of voting in an election whereby ballot papers are distributed to electors or returned by post, in contrast to electors voting in person at a polling station or electronically via an electronic voting system.
Cuttack,25/04/19:Director General of Police (DGP) RP Sharma on Thursday reviewed the preparedness for fourth and final phase polls to be held in Odisha on April 29th.
People of six Lok Sabha segments and 42 assembly seats will exercise their franchise in the fourth phase of polling.
Sharma made wide discussion with DCP Cuttack and SPs of Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Balasore, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj and Puri who will face the poll on April 29th.
Since all these nine districts are politically very sensitive, the DGP asked the SPs to be extra vigil and leave no stones unturned for a free, fair, transparent and incident-free election.
He also asked the SPs to take care of the security of the contesting candidates. All the contesting candidates of three major political parties shall be provided with PSO, he said.
In the meeting, the DGP also reviewed the results of the enforcement drive taken by different districts.
He also reiterated the SPs to operate the Integrated Control Rooms in their District headquarters involving officers from CAPF, Revenue department and District Police.