New Delhi,14/03/19:Damodar Rout, an MLA in the Odisha Assembly and former minister in the BJD government, on Thursday joined the BJP in presence of senior party leaders.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had recently removed him from his cabinet and later expelled him from the BJD.
Rout joined the BJP in the presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and party general secretary and in-charge of Odisha Arun Singh.
Rout said he would work for the ouster of the Patnaik government in the Assembly elections scheduled to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls.
Rout had been a minister in all the four governments headed by Patnaik and was seen to be close to him before falling out with the BJD president.
He is the second BJD big shot to switch over to the saffron camp. Recently, Bijayant Jay Panda joined the BJP.
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Berhampur,15/03/19:With elections drawing closer, Director General of Police (DGP) Dr.Rajendra Prasad Sharma Friday reviewed preparedness of security forces law and order, crime and other related electioneering issues with the SPs and Range IGP to ensure peaceful polls in south Odisha at the conference hall of IGP,(SR),Behampur.
It was the first full-fledged meeting on the eve of forthcoming General Election in Berhampur.A threadbare discussion was held with the all District Superintendent of Police under the southern range.
DGP asked the SPs to assess the booths and make vulnerability mapping of the booths and critical polling stations basing on the past incidents of violation, political rivalries, booth capturing etc during 2014 general election .
He also asked the SPs to start the confidence building with the PUBLIC-POLICE and exercises in the Districts, so as to create a friendly and fearless environment before the election.
There will be several meeting; rallies and VVIP visits safety of the candidates in the Districts are expected during electioneering. DGP instructed the SPs to be fair and judicious while granting permission for the purpose.
“All necessary steps should be taken to ensure that the election is conducted peacefully in a smooth manner without any untoward incident,” Sharma said.
Necessary measures for transportation and movement of election materials including electronic voting machines (EVMs) were also discussed.
Among Senior police officials RP,Koche,ADG,(Operation),Sanjeev Panda,IGP,L&O,Sunil Ray, Director, Intelligence, Ghanshyam Upadhya,IG,SIW,,IG,SR,Yatindra Koyal.Pinak Mishra,SP,Berhampur,Brijesh Ray,SP,Ganjam,Prateek Singh,SP,Kandhaamal,Ms Sara Sharma,SP,Gajapati and Sudhanshu Sekhar Mishra SP,Boudh attended the meeting.
Aska (Ganjam),15/03/19:Congress leader and former Aska MLA Saroj Padhi joined BJP at State headquarters in presence of union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and State president Basant Panda and other senior leaders.Saroj had unsuccessfully contested from Aska on Janata Dal ticket in 1995. Again in 2000, he was also defeated in the same seat. However, he had been elected to the Assembly in 2004 independently.He had also unsuccessfully contested in 2009 and on Congress ticket in 2014.
Similarly, former member of the State Commission for women Tilottama Nayak also switch over to BJP. She had earlier resigned from her post in the commission.
Bhubaneswar,18,03/19: Biju janata Dal(BJD) releases the list of candidates for the 1st phase election in Odisha for 9 Lok Sabha and 54 Assembly Constituencies.BJD candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha seats.
The nine Lok Sabha candidates include Chandra Sekhar Sahu (Berhampur), Kousalya Hikaka (Koraput), Achyuta Samanta (Kandhamal), Puspendra Singh Deo (Kalahandi) , Ramesh Majhi (Nabarangpur), Prasanna Acharya (Bargarh) Sunita Biswal (Sundergarh) Pramila Bisoi (Aska) and Kalikesh Singh Deo (Bolangir).
For the Assembly polls, Naveen Patnaik (Hinjli, Bijepur).Jagannath Sarika (Bissam Cuttack).Raghunath Gomango (Gunupur).Lal Bihari Himirika (Rayagada).Rabi Narayan Nanda (Jeypore).Snehangini Chhuria (Atabira).Bikram Panda (Berhampur).Raghunath Gomango (Gunupur).Usha Devi (Chikiti).Pradeep Panigrahi (Gopalpur).Surya Narayan Patro (Digapahandi).Prabhu Jani (Lakshmipur).Subash Chadra Behera (Chhatrapur).Sushanta Singh (Bhatli).Naba Kishore Das (Jharsuguda).Purna Chandra Swain (Sorada).Bikram Keshari Arukha (Bhanjanagar).Manjula Swain (Aska).Pradeep Amat (Boudh).Ramesh Behera (Daspalla).Niranjan Pujari (Sonepur).Kalyani Gajapati (Paralakhemundi).Ajay Das (Kantabanjhi).Padmanabha Behera (Biramaharajpur).Latika Pradhan (Kabisuryanagar).Srikant Sahu (Polsara).Nandini Devi (Sanakhemundi).KK Suryamani Baidya (Khallikote).Saluka Pradhan (Udaygiri).Mahidhar Rana (Kantamal).Tukuni Sahu (Titilagarh).Chandra Kumar (Baliguda).Bijaya Ranjan Singh Bariha (Padampur).Subash Gond (Umerkote).Manohar Randhari (Dabugaon).Lambodhar Nayak (Khariar).Padmini (Kotpad).Purnabasi Nayak (Mohana).Dushmanta Nayak (Bhawanipatna).Saroj Meher (Patnagarh).Debesh Acharya (Bargarh).
Worth mentioning, simultaneous polls will be held in Odisha for 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 Assembly Constituencies in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29. The candidates can file their nominations from today. The last date for filing nominations is March 25. The verification process of nomination papers will take place on March 26. The last date for nomination withdrawal will be March 28.
Bhubaneswar,10/03/19:Should you have been following me, you would be well aware that I am an established long standing political adversary of the longest standing chief minister of Odisha. However, I too am compelled to applaud Naveen Patnaik’s announcement that BJD shall follow a quota of 33% for its women candidates in the election to the 17thLok Sabha. Odisha has 21 Lok Sabha constituencies and this announcement means now BJD shall field a minimum of 7 women candidates. I am a strong advocate of the fact that for a balanced democratic system we ought to have at least half of our representatives from the superior gender.
While I loudly applaud this decision of the BJD supremo, I am also privy to a few other facts and I feel it shall be unfair on my part to not let all of you know about the same.
In a previously written piece ‘ Naveen Patnaik Swings both ways ! ’ I had appraised about the covert closeness of Naveen Patnaik with a few top leaders of both BJP as well as Congress. My friend Jay Panda the ex-marksman of Naveen Patnaik who recently has joined the BJP and has been appointed as their VP cum Spokesperson too has corroborated the same.
The covert understanding between BJP and Naveen Patnaik is that he shall allow an easy win for 7-8 BJP candidates into the 17th Lok Sabha from Odisha. As on date BJP or the NDA has only one MP from Odisha in my friend Jual Oram. For the BJP top brass an increase of tally to 7-8 MPs from one is extremely alluring.
However, my friends in the BJP are completely unaware that Naveen Patnaik has struck the same deal with his friends in the top brass of the Indian National Congress. For the congress, an opportunity to increase its score in Odisha to 7-8 MPs from zero is even more alluring.
In return all what Naveen Patnaik wants from the two national parties of relevance in Odisha, is to leave him and his… undisturbed in Odisha.
While people like me who genuinely want more power for women stand loudly applauding the decision of 33% women as BJD Lok Sabha candidates. The real politicking is somewhere else.
Both the BJP as well as Congress top brass are now convinced that BJD in these 7 women candidates is adhering to the promise made by Naveen Patnaik of placing weak BJD candidates for their respective candidates to win easily. However, both the sides have no clue that this is nothing but a master stroke of Naveen Patnaik and his… By the time each side gets to understand, it would be the afternoon of 2019 election result day.
Should someone be smart, one should dare Naveen Patnaik to announce 33% BJD women candidates for the forthcoming Odisha Legislative Assembly, which too shall be taking place simultaneously with the General elections for the 17th Lok Sabha of India. Should someone be smart….
Seeing the revenue outflow of the Government of Odisha to the media houses, I am not sure if these words of mine shall be allowed to reach you through any media but if in case you do get to read this bit, be convinced that this media platform bring you the ‘truth’ that too ‘fearlessly’.
The author Shri. Suparno Satpathy is a noted socio-political leader and the Chairman of Smt. Nandini Satpathy Memorial Trust (SNSMT).
Cuttack,11/03/19:In order to provide full proof security during the election, a high-level meeting on Monday was held to discuss the security arrangements during the visits of political leaders to various areas.
DGP RP Sharma held the meeting with CP, Range IGPs, DIGPs, DCPs and District SPs through video conferencing. The DGP said that there should be effective and unobtrusive security arrangement.
Similarly, Senior IB and SPG officials who attended the attended the programme, apprised the officers in the field through power point presentation about the possibilities of multi-faceted security threats to the VVIPs, including MP and Union Ministers during the election campaign.
The experts who came from IB and NSG suggested several precautionary and preparatory measures during the visit of VVIPs and other dignitaries.
There should be different types of security arrangement for different categories of dignitaries.
The security arrangement for Prime Minister should be done as prescribed in the Blue Book.
The District SPs should have close coordination with the officers of SPG during the visit of PM.
The SPs should also liaison with the local organizers during public meetings or road shows.
Selection of meeting venue needs to be done keeping the security angles in view.
Adequate steps should be taken for effective crowd control.
Parking place should be selected at a safe distance from the meeting place.
There should be an adequate light arrangement in the dais as well as a meeting place.
A limited number of people should be allowed on the dais during VVIP programme.
Steps should be taken to avoid fire hazards and other man-made accidents during public meetings.
Fire fighting equipment shall be kept in readiness.
There shall be adequate checking and frisking of people during the public meeting.
Special security arrangement shall be done during VVIPs road shows.
Sniffer dog, explosive detector, CCTV and other electronic gadgets shall be used to strengthen the security.
Preparation and safety of helipads to be seen.
Radio Communication and navigation equipments must be used by the crew members of helicopter carrying VVIPs.
There should be contingency planning for any untoward incident during election campaign.
Proper certification should be obtained from GED, Fire Service, PWD and other line departments who are involved in the preparation of stage, barricading and helipads.
The SOP for road shows of VVIPs to be strictly followed.
There should be adequate clearance all around the stage.
Adequate barricading to be done in the meeting place.
Duty passes to be issued to the officers on duty.
There should be double checking of people in the front sector of the meeting place
Bhubaneswar,11/03/19:While exuding confidence of BJD sweeping back to power, party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said that his party will soon come out with the final list of candidates.
Speaking to mediamen in Bhubaneswar, CM Patnaik said BJD will do well in the coming elections, but stopped short of predicting any particular number of seats for the party. Patnaik added that the party will soon come out with its candidates’ list for the first phase of the polls to be held on April 11.
Responding to media queries, Naveen asserted that the large-scale joining of leaders from other parties and former bureaucrats in BJD would not pose any challenge for the party while distributing tickets. “The party is adept in good management,” he quipped.
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.