Bhubaneswar,22/04/19: Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar on Monday said that proposal has been sent to the Election Commission of India (ECI) for re-polling in nine booths in Odisha where the voting process was disrupted during the second phase of elections.
The CEO said fresh polling will be held in two booths each in Sundergarh and Kandhamal parliamentary constituencies, four in Bargarh and one in Aska.
“Proposal has been sent to the ECI to conduct fresh polls in these booths. We are waiting for the approval from the ECI,” Kumar added.
According to sources, the re-polls have been recommended for Upar Pada-Kendrikela UG UP School booths in Bonai assembly constituency and Rangadhipa UP School booth in Sundargarh constituency.
Similarly, Bahadajhola and Betanati polling station in Daspalla constituency, Areigudi in Attabira constituency, Shakti Nagar Primary School in Bargarh, Dava in Padampur, Renti in Sorada and 254 in Braharajnagar have been recommended.
Notably, five Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 assembly constituencies went to polls in the second phase on April 18.
Puri,22/04/19: BJD MLA and former State minister Pradeep Maharathy was arrested today in connection with the alleged attack on election Commission flying squad Magistrate Rabinarayan Patra and Static Surveillance Team(SST) members in Pipili area of the district.
Maharathy, who is BJD candidate from Pipili Assembly constituency for 2019 elections, was arrested after being interrogated in connection with the incident at Pipili Police Station.
Sources said that the ruling party legislator has been charged with serious offences including 307 (Attempt to Murder), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 341 (wrongful restraint), 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 147 (rioting), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 171-B (Bribery), 186 and Section 123 of Representation of People’s Act.
Speaking on the incident, Maharathy said that he is sad to know about attack on the EC squad at his farmhouse and clarified that neither he nor his party is involved in the attack.
“Yesterday the whole Pipili area was in dark due to power outage after storm and at around midnight, the EC special squad entered my farmhouse by breaking the gate lock. So people present at the farmhouse protested their entry following which a verbal disagreement and later a scuffle broke out between them,” Maharathy said.
However, EC flying squad Magistrate Rabinarayan Patra who was allegedly attacked by Maharathy and his supporters had clarified that after getting information about the distribution of money and liquor at the MLA’s farmhouse, he along with the SST team had gone for investigation.
“As soon as we reached there, Pradeep Maharathy barged into the farmhouse and started hurling abuses and later attacked me and my team,” Patra had said.
“After getting some inputs regarding model code of conduct violation (cash and liquor), EC squad reached the spot to verify the allegations. When the flying squad and static surveillance team was busy in checking, BJD candidate Pradeep Maharathy reached the spot and obstructed the officials from carrying out their work. Later, Maharathy instigated his supporters to attack the team,” informed Puri SP Umashankar Das.
Das further informed that a case was registered at 4 AM today and Maharathy was arrested and soon, other persons involved in the attack will be arrested.
After getting ample evidence, we arrested Pradeep Maharathy and seized a motorcycle and a car from the spot,” Das added.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “Pradeep Maharathy is a goon & protector of rapists. Naveen should apologize for making him candidate in this election. However, justice has been done in connection with the attack on magistrate.”
Bhubaneswar,21/04/19:Hours after Jagannath Pradhan— the BJP candidate for Bhubaneswar (Central) assembly alleged of bomb attack, BJD candidate from the seat Ananta Narayan Jena was injured in a bomb attack in Jharapada area. Jena has been rushed to the nearest hospital.
Eyewitnesses said that few miscreants hurled bombs at Jena, the former mayor of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) while he was travelling in a Maruti car. The miscreants later escaped from the spot. Police have reached the spot and have started an investigation in to the incident.
This is the second alleged incident of bombing in the city on candidates today. Earlier in the evening miscreants has allegedly hurled a bomb at the vehicle of Jagannath Pradhan, the BJP candidate for Bhubaneswar (Central) assembly constituency near Delta Square in the state capital this evening. However Pradhan escaped unhurt in the incident though the windows of his car were badly damaged.
Keonjhar,21/04/19:Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik and several other Congress workers were injured in a poll related violence in Ghasipura in Keonjhar district this evening. Patnaik accused BJD of orchestrating the attack.
As per reports the vehicle of state Congress chief was attacked near Bhandaripada in the Ghasipura constituency. The victims also alleged that the attackers also fired two bullets in the air to terrorise them. The injured were later rushed to Anandapur Hospital from where they were discharged after preliminary treatment.
District Congress vice president Ratikanta Baral however alleged direct involvement of Debasish Patra, son of BJD candidate Badri Narayan Patra for the attack. He alleged that the entire incident took place in presence of him.
Later Patnaik lodged a formal complaint with the Ramachandrapur police station. Police on the other hand told that both the BJD and Congress supporters clashed with each other and have started an investigation in to the incident.
Puri,21/04/19:A day before the third phase polls across Odisha, Magistrate of an election flying squad and Static Surveillance Team (SST) team members were allegedly attacked by BJD MLA Pradeep Maharathy and his supporters. The incident took place when the officials had gone to raid Maharathy’s farmhouse at Hunkeipur under Pipili area in Puri district on Sunday night.
As many as 15 members of a joint group of flying squad and SST team had gone to the farmhouse after getting information about the distribution of money and liquor.
After reaching the farmhouse, they were allegedly attacked by Maharathy and his supporters.The miscreants reportedly attacked cameraman of the team and damaged his camera.
“After getting information about the distribution of money and liquor at Pradeep Maharathy’s farmhouse, I along with the SST team had gone for investigation. As soon as we reached there, Pradeep Maharathy barged into the farmhouse and started hurling abuses and later attacked me and my team,” alleged Rabinarayan Patra, Magistrate of Flying Squad.
“ASI Binay Kumar Das and driver Deepak who accompanied the team were injured in the attack. I have received injuries on waist and unable to walk. In a bid to save our lives, 15 of us who had gone for the investigation fled the spot in one vehicle. The other vehicle is still in the farmhouse,” said the Magistrate.
Meanwhile, Patra has been shifted to Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar for treatment.
Puri SP Umashankar Dash who reached the spot after getting information said, “There were some election related checking going on when some miscreants attacked the magistrate and police party. Further investigation is on.”
TALCHER,20/04/19:Talcher Assembly constituency is one of the sensitive and important among other constituencies under Dhenkanal Parliamentary seat. Both the Parliament and Assembly election is to be held on 23rd of this month. Total 08 candidates are contesting for Talcher Assembly seat and total 1,71, 483 voters will cast their votes in 199 booths including Talcher Municipality.
In 2014 Assembly election BrajakishorePradhan was the candidate from BJD and won from BJP candidate KalandiSamalin a margin votes of 14,322. In 2009 Assembly election, at that time Brajakishore was an independent candidate and defeated BJD candidate Mahesh Sahoo by margin of 8642 votes. From that day Brajakishore Pradhan looks forward to come to the down trodden people with their difficultiesand solution. He was and is with the common people of Talcher constituency and very much hopeful to win in this general election.
On the other hand, Dharmendra Pradhan is trying his level best for Kalandi Samal, his own choice candidate for Talcher contesting for third time under the banner of BJP and attract voters by various slogans regarding PARIBARTAN and the popular schemes implemented through Centre by Modi. Rallies and Road Shows also made by Dharmendra Pradhan with Kalandi Samal, MP candidate Rudra Pani and other party fellows. But all the attempts by BJP for winning is no more accepted by the people of Talcher, because after nominated as State Secretary, Kalandi Babu enjoys all his times in Bhubaneswar and did not spare times in his constituency and never comes to the common men for their time of need, another fact is that some of the party fellows did not accept his candidature for this time, these BJP fellows are not interested for KalandiSamal to go for winning.
Today, Naveen Pattanaikhas come for Brajakishore Pradhan and addresses in a public meeting at Ghantapada school ground, thousands of common people and ground level workers witness the talks of the Party chief and boost to work hard for the coming war of votes to be held on 23rd. Naveen assured the gatherings regarding KALIA YOJANA and BijuPakkaaGhar, Electricity to each families and food protection etc. MLA candidate Brajakishore and MP candidate Mahesh Sahoo was on the pendal.
Regarding Congress candidate Suresh Chandra Behera, he is a new face and ever before come to the common people or engaged with any social activities. Now the big discussions is spreading about MP candidate K.P. Singdeo that he is campaigning for himself at Talcher without the presence of the MLA candidate Suresh Behera.The branded congress votes will be the helping hand for congress only.
Report;Manoj Kanta Dash,Odishabarta
Suroda, (Ganjam):18/04/19:A BJP candidate was arrested for allegedly smashing an electronic voting machine (EVM) while voting was underway in Odisha’s Ganjam district, police said.
Nilamani Bisoi, the BJP’s MLA candidate for Suroda Assembly Constituency, has been arrested on charges of destroying an EVM at polling booth no. 182 at village Renti under Suroda police limits, said Aska SDPO Suryamani Pradhan.
The BJP candidate was arrested after Presiding Officer of the booth lodged a formal complaint with the local police.
Earlier in the day, the Collector, Ganjam Vijay Amruta Kulange said the Chief Electoral Officer will also be apprised about the incident. The motive behind the incident was not known and subject to investigation.
Bisoi, however, denied the allegations against him and claimed that the BJD workers have destroyed the EVM (?).
The second phase of elections in Odisha for five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly seats was held on Thursday.
Bhubaneswar,18/04/19: Re-polling will be conducted at four polling booths two each in Sundargarh and Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituencies due to malfunction of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.
Chief Electoral Officer ,Odisha (CEO) Surendra Kumar told in a press meet he has recommended fresh polling in six booths due to human error during the replacement of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.
The CEO said: “The EVMs and VVPATs have been cross-paired in these polling stations. The officials had apparently connected EVMs meant for Lok Sabha to Assembly polls and the vice versa. Action will be taken against the officials responsible for the error.”
Voting by nearly 64 per cent of total 76.93 lakh electorate was recorded by 5 p.m. This is a tentative figure and this is very likely to change after compilation of information from fields. The voters, who are in the queue, are still voting in some areas,” said Kumar.
Elections were held for Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska Lok Sabha seats and 35 Assembly seats under them.
Re-polling will take place at two booths ,booth number 129 in Bonai and 213 in Sundergarh will. Besides, the Commission has also recommended repolling in booth number 68 in Bargarh, 235 in Atabira, and 210 and 222 in Daspalla.
Electorate in several villages boycotted the polls protesting against the state administration for not meeting their demands to carry out development in their areas.
The voters sealed the fate of 279 candidates including 35 Lok Sabha and 244 for Assembly candidates in the second phase.
Several heavyweights including Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister Jual Oram, Prasanna Acharya, Achyuta Samanta, Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo, Suresh Pujari and Sangeeta Singhdeo were in fray in the second phase.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is contesting from two Assembly seats — Hinjili and Bijepur.
Out of the total electorate of 76,93,123, 39.45 lakh male, 37.47 lakh female and 605 others were eligible to cast their votes.
During the polling, a 95-year-old man identified as Natabar Behera died while standing in the queue at a booth in Kansamari village under Sanakhemundi Assembly segment.