Kendrapara,11/03/19: BJP national vice president and spokesperson Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda today came down heavily on the BJD-led State government over rising crime against women and rampant corruption. Addressing a public rally at Ichhapur in the district, Panda said that the State government is in control of goons and corrupt people. Highlighting the increase in cases of violence against women and children, he said the law and order situation has deteriorated significantly.
“With your blessings, I tried hard to bring development, but obstacles were created by the ruling party about which you are all aware of. When I went to inaugurate a drinking water project in Mahanga, eggs and stones were hurled to stop me as percentage commission was not paid. There is a need for change in the State,” the BJP national vice-president said.
He also cited how lakhs of Odias are migrating outside the state due to lack of jobs and decline in industrial growth in the State.
“When industrial houses are being harassed in the State, why anyone will set up industry in Odisha,” he said. Calling for a change in Odisha, Panda said the BJP should be voted to power.
After joining BJP, Panda visited Kendrapara for the first time today. He arrived in Kendrapara to a rousing welcome by thousands of supporters, who also took out a bike rally prior to the public meeting at Ichhapur.
Sukinda, (Jajpur)11/03/19:Hundreds of landless and homestead less people from different gram panchayats, i.e, Kharadi, Ampolba, Sukinda, Dudhjori, Lembo, Sansailo, Haripur, Hathibari, Kuchika coming under of Sukinda Tahasil staged protestrally and dharana on 11th March before the Sukinda Tahasil office of Jajpur district demanding land rights. The protest rally was started from Sukinda Cricket Stadium at 11 am and marched towards the Tahasil Office giving slogans i.e., “Patta Nai to Vote Nai”. The protest rally was organised by the local sangathan “Gaa Ru Andolan Abhijan’ .Susanta Mallik, the president of “Gaa Ru Andolan Abhijan’ gave welcome address in the public meeting held in front of the Tahasil office after the Rally.
Ms. Geetanjalii Mohanta , President of Odisha Manavika Adhikar Manch(OMAM) joining as guest speaker in the rally shared that due to the landlessness among the local tribals, dalits and other people, they are suffering a lot, they are being deprived from getting Indira Awash, Caste Certificates and other basic benefits under different antipoverty programmes and schemes.” “ While the same government is handing over hundreds acres of land to the private companies, the local people living from generations in the villages are deprived from a small patch of homesteaded land patta” she cried.
Extending support to the rally, Narendra Mohanty from Odisha Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan and INSAF reminded the Kalingnagar homicide by the police, the “Nagada episode” of Jajpur district and alerted the community to be more conscious over the false promises being made by different political parties in the upcoming General and Assembly election and not to fall in the trap of money and wine offered by them and to keep the prestige and dignity of common man while casting their votes. He called upon the people to be more organized in future and to continue their struggle for the land rights.
Joining the Rally, Manohar Chauhan from Campaign for Survival and Dignity(CSD) said, “After Forest Rights Act, 2006, all the gram sabha(village council) have become “GRAM SABHASARKAR” over its common property resources and hence the community should understand what power FRA , 2006has given to the local people. He said, “no community land (forest or revenue) belong to Odisha Govt. or Central Govt. and it belongs to the people of theGram Sabha who have settled the village, who have named the village and have been conserving those resources from generations. So let the gram sabha do the public settlement of land, recognized land right to the landless and take resolutions asking the Tahasildar and Collector to obey its Order. He emphasized that if Gram Sabha is Sarkar over forest land under FRA 2006, it is equally empowered over revenue land. He called upon the protestors to stop saying the community land as “Sarkari Jami” and to take over all these community and forest land under the gram sabhasarkar’s control using FRA, 2006. He also demanded to scrap the 13th Feb anti-tribal and forest dwellers Supreme Court’s Order.
Pramodini Pradhan, Convenor of Odisha PUCL addressing the protest rally said, “ It’s a matter of shame that we say we have a democratic socialist State but reality is that even after 72 years of our independence, common people are still strugglingfor a piece of land and to have a house of its own. When the BJD Govt. in the State is asserting rights before the Central Govt. giving slogan of “Hak Mange Odisha” and when BJP Govt. at the Centre asking for “Jawab Manguchhi Odisha” whom the common citizens of the State will ask when their basic rights are denied.
Besides, Sushanta Mallik, the protest Rally was coordinated by sangathan members i.e., Lambodar Mohanta, MunnuBhai, Biswanath Patra, Jagabandhu Dez , Susanta Mahanta and Pintu Mallik etc.
After the programme, over 1000number of claim forms for homestead land was submitted in the Tahasil office and acknowledgment receipt was collected. The sangathan is also planning meetings have gram sabha meetings in the coming days and to make its community aware on the land right, forest rights recognized under FRA, 2006.
Bhubaneswar,12/03/19: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha, Surendra Kumar on Tuesday held an all-party meeting for the ensuing Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
During the meeting which was attended by the representatives of various political parties, Kumar briefed about the new guidelines to be followed during the polls.
He said several new guidelines have been introduced this year. Unlike earlier, candidates contesting the elections this year will have to reveal their income tax returns of the last five years.
Besides, candidates will have to provide details of their Permanent Account Number (PAN) and publish details of their criminal records or cases registered against them through print and electronic media for a minimum of three times, informed the Chief Electoral Officer.
Moreover, the CEO discussed poll expenses during the meeting. While the poll expenses limits of political parties have not been fixed yet, the expenditure limits of candidates have been fixed, he said.
Candidates contesting Lok Sabha seat can spend a maximum of Rs 70 lakh during the process of elections, while the expense limit is Rs 28 lakh for candidates contesting assembly seat, Kumar said.
He said the records of candidates’ poll expenses will be kept with the CEO. The CEO further informed that he would recommend for revision in the voting timing in the Maoist-infested areas in the state.
New Delhi,10/03/19:The Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 and the votes will be counted on May 23, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced on Sunday @ 5 PM in a press meet at Vigyan Bhaban ,New Delhi.
Calling the Indian parliamentary battle the “largest festival of democracy”, he said that 91 constituencies (spread across 20 states) will see polling on April 11, 97 constituencies (13 states) on April 18, 115 (14) on April 23, 71 (9) on April 29, 51 (7) on May 6, 59 (also 7) on May 12 and 59 constituencies (8 states) on May 19.
The staggered election will see about 900 million voters, up from 814.5 million in 2014, when Narendra Modi led the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to power ending a decade of Congress-headed UPA rule.
Of this, some 15 million will be first-time voters in the age group of 18 to 19 years.
Approximately 10 lakh polling stations, one lakh more than in 2014, will be set up and a total of 17.4 lakh VVPATs will be used with electronic voting machines (EVMs) in all polling stations, Arora told a crowded press conference.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha Surendra Kumar today informed that the State will go to simultaneous polls in four phases starting April 11, 2019. The next three phases of elections will be conducted on April 18, 23 and 29.
Addressing a press here in Bhubaneswar today, the CEO said that elections will be conducted in a total of four and five Lok Sabha seats of Odisha in the first phase and second phase respectively, while elections for six Lok Sabha seats each will be conducted in the third and fourth phase.
While the first phase polls to Assembly and Lok Sabha seats in constituencies of Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Berhampur and Koraput will be held on April 11, the second phase elections will be held in Bargarh, Sundergarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska constituencies on April 18.
Similarly, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar parliamentary constituencies will see the third phase elections on April 23, the last phase polls will be held in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur constituencies on April 29.
Currently ruled by the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Odisha has 147 assembly constituencies. The term for Odisha Assembly will end on June 11. The BJD, BJP and Congress are the main contestants in the state.
Soon after the announcement of election schedules, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted, “I welcome Election Commission of India’s announcement for elections to #Odisha Assembly & Lok Sabha to be held on 11, 18, 23 & 29 April. Pleased to pledge wholehearted support for the electoral process that is the foundation of our democracy.”
PHASE 1- Lok Sabha Election 2019: key dates
Issue of gazette notification: 18th March
Last day of nomination: 25th March
Date for scrutiny of nomination: 26th March
Last date of withdrawal: 28th March
Date of Poll: 11th April
Issue of gazette notification: 19th March
Last day of nomination: 26th March
Date for scrutiny of nomination: 27th March
Last date of withdrawal: 29th March
Date of Poll: 18th April
Issue of gazette notification: 28th March
Last day of nomination: 4th April
Date for scrutiny of nomination: 5th April
Last date of withdrawal: 8th April
Date of Poll: 23rd April
Date of issue of gazette notification: April 2
Date of polls: April 29
Date of counting: May 23
Date of issue of gazette notification: April 10
Date of polls: May 6
Date of issue of gazette notification: April 16
Date of polls: May 12
Date of polls: May 19
With this announcement, model code of conduct comes into force from this evening, prohibiting political parties to announce any government schemes.
To check names in the electoral list, one can send SMS to 1950 for necessary information, Arora informed.
New Delhi,21/03/19:Ahead of the ensuing 2019 polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday announced the candidates’ list for 99 Assembly constituencies in Odisha.
The saffron party had announced the candidates’ list for ten parliamentary constituencies of Odisha, hours before naming the candidates for 100 Assembly seats of Odisha.
However, within a few minutes after sharing the list of 100 MLA candidates, the BJP revised the list by omitting the name of Aska constituency.
Here is the list of BJP candidates for 99 Assembly seats in Odisha:
Padampur -Pradeep Purohit
Bargarh -Aswini Sarangi
Attabira (SC) -Milan Seth
Brijrajnagar -Smt. Radha Rani Panda
Talsara (ST)- Bhabani Bhoi
Sundargarh -Smt. Kusum Tete
Biramitrapur (ST) -Shankar Oram
Raghunathpali (SC) -Jagabandhu Behera
Rourkela -Nihar Ray
Rajgangpur (ST) -Narsing Minj
Bonai (ST) -Anil Barla
Kuchinda (ST) -Rabi Narayan Nayak
Rengali (SC) -Nauri Nayak
Sambalpur -Jayanarayan Mishra
Telkoi (ST) -Dhanujaya Sidhu
Ghasipura -Prithivraj kanhar
Anandapur (SC) -Bhagirati Sethi
Patna (ST) -Bhabani Shankar Nayak
Keonjhar (ST) -Mohan Majhi
Jashipur (ST) -Ganeshram Khuntia
Saraskana (ST) -Dr. Budhan Murmu
Bangriposi (ST) -Sukuda Murmu
Karanjia (ST) -Padmacharan Haibru
Udala (ST) -Bhaskar Madhei
Badasahi (SC) -Sanatan Bijuli
Baripada (ST) -Prakash Soren
Jaleswar -Jaya Narayan Mohanty
Balasore -Madanmohan Dutta
Remuna (SC) -Gobind Chandra Das
Soro (SC) -Rakesh Mallick
Simulia -Padmalochan Panda
Basudevpur -Madabananda Mallick
Dhamnagar (SC) -Bishnu Sethy
Chandbali -Manmohan Samal
Binjharpur (SC) -Smt. Babita Mallick
Bari -Biswa Ranjan Mallick
Barachana -Amar Nayak
Dharmasala -Tusar Parida
Korei -Biswajit Nayak
Sukinda -Pradeep Balasamata
Dhenkanal -Krushna Chandra Patra
Hindol (SC) -Ashok Nayak
Kamakhyanagar -Satrughana Jena
Parjanga -Bibhuti Pradhan
Pallahara -Ashok Mohanty
Talcher -Kalandi Samal
Angul -Pratap Pradhan
Chhendipada (SC)-Agasti Behera
Loisingha (SC)- Mukesh Mahaling
Patnagarh -Kanak Verdhan Singh Deo
Titlagarh -Ashok Dora
Kantabanji -Laxman Bag
Khariar -Rita Rani Bagarti
Umerkote (ST) -Nityananda Gond
Nabarangpur (ST) -Gouri Majhi
Lanjigarh (ST) -Ramesh Majhi
Junagarh -Manoj Meher
Dharmgarh Ananta Pratap Deo
Narla -Anirudh Pradhan
Baliguda (ST) -Karendra Majhi
- Udayagiri (ST) -Smt. Archana Pradhan
Kantamal -Kanhei Danga
Boudh -Susanta Pradhan
Badamba -Bijay kumar Dalbehra
Barabati Cuttack -Samir Dey
Choudwar Cuttack -Nayan Kishore Mohanty
uttack Sadar (SC) -Dillip Mallick
Salepur -Prakash Behera
Mahanga -Sarada Pradhan
Aul -Dola Gobind Nayak
Rajanagar -Aleka Jena
Tirtol (SC) -Prof. Ramakanat Bhoi
Balikuda-Erasama Dr. Damodar Rout
Jagatsinghpur -Satyabrat Mohapatra
Kakatpur (SC) -Tusarakanti Behera
Nimapara -Smt. Pravati Parida
Brahmagiri -Lalitendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra
Satyabadi- Omm Prakash Mishra
Pipili -Ashrit Pattnayak
Bhubaneswar (Central) -Jagannath Pradhan
Ekamra-Bhubaneswar Babu Singh
Khurda -Kalukhandayat Ray
Chilika -Prithivraj Harichandan
Ranpur -Smt. Surama Padhy
Khandapada -Sidhartha Singh Mardaraj
Nayagarh -Smt. Irani Roy
Bhanjanagar -Pradyumna Nayak
Polasara- Gokulananda Mallik
Khalikote (SC) -Smt. Bharati Behera
Sanakhemundi -Bijay Swain
Gopalpur -Bibhuti Jena
Chikiti -Manoranjan Dyansamantray
Paralakhemundi -Shri K. Narayan Rao
Bissam Cuttack (ST) -Shibashankar Ullaka
Laxmipur (ST) -Kumuda Saunta
Kotpad (ST) -Khageswar Pujari
Pottangi (ST) -Rama Chandra Pangi
Malkangiri (ST) -Aditya Madhi
Bhubaneswar,23/03/19:Kandhamal MP Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh finally came out of bewilderment and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here today.
She joined the saffron party in presence of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP’s national vice-president Baijayant Panda and State BJP president Basant Panda at senior BJP leader KV Singhdeo’s residence in Bhubaneswar.
“Denial of ticket from BJD for the upcoming elections was insult to my late husband Hemendra Chandra Singh. I joined the BJP and will work for party,” said Pratyusha.
The former BJD leader was scheduled to be inducted into the Congress today as announced by Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) chief Niranjan Patnaik.
However, she finally preferred to join the saffron party with ambition to have ticket for the upcoming general elections 2019.
On March 20, Pratyusha had resigned from Biju Janata Dal (BJD) after being denied party ticket to contest in the upcoming elections.
Earlier, there were speculations that she will join BJP. After resigning from BJD, Pratyusha had cleared the air saying that she would join any other party or contest the polls as an independent candidate.
According to reports, Pratyusha wanted to contest from Nayagarh Assembly constituency. As she was denied the ticket from BJD, she decided to join another party or contest the polls as an independent candidate.
Bhubaneswar,23/03/19:In a startling revelation, Kandhamal MP Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh, who joined the BJP after quitting BJD, today stated that she will not contest the Odisha Elections 2019.
Participating in OTV’s Janamanch programme, Pratyusha said, “I joined BJP to serve people after being inspired by the leadership of PM Modi. I never consider myself as a politician and had not joined BJP for ticket. I have made up my mind that I will not contest the polls this time,” said Pratyusha.
The Kandhamal MP further stated that despite working hard for BJD, she was neglected.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh had resigned from the primary membership of BJD on March 20 after being denied a party ticket.
“I had entered politics in a tragic situation as wanted to fulfil the dreams and promises made by late husband. I was confident to get a BJD ticket as all surveys and work done were in my favour. But unfortunately only 3 to 4 persons in BJD decided on ticket allotment. I got a call from somebody and asked me to meet VK Pandian regarding Rajya Sabha seat,” alleged Pratyusha.
Meanwhile, BJD leaders could not be contacted over Pratyusha’s allegations.
Earlier speculations were rife over Pratyusha’s candidature after she joined BJP today. Many believed that the saffron party would field her from Kandhamal. However, Pratyusha had categorically stated that she was keen to contest from Nayagarh.
Bhubaneswar,23/03/19:Ahead of upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state, BJP Odisha announced names of three more vice presidents today.
Kandhamal MP Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh, senior leader Subhas Chauhan and state spokesperson Pitambar Acharya have been appointed as vice presidents in the Odisha wing of BJP by saffron party president Basant Panda.
“Their contribution will intensify and strengthen the organisational activities of the party during the elections,” BJP spokesperson and media cell chief Golak Mohapatra informed media persons during a press briefing.