Parlakhemundi (Gajapati),01/04/19: Hitting out at Naveen Patnaik-led BJD Government frontally, the BJP President Amit Shah on Monday exhorted voters to uproot the ‘brazenly corrupt’ BJD government and bring BJP government in the State.
After paying respects to Odisha’s legendary figures on Utkala Dibasa during his visit to the State, Shah fired first salvo at CM Patnaik. “Odisha was first State constituted on linguistic basis. Even after 19 years rule, Patnaik is unable to speak Odia extempore,” taunted Shah. In same vein, Shah asked the crowd whom do you wish to see as Odisha CM – the one who knows Odia or an English speaking CM.
The BJP President then hauled up BJD government for its inability to provide jobs to youths after a long stint of 19 years. “As many as 30,000 Odias live in Surat. They vote for BJP there. Gujarat is happy for their contribution. But moot question is why youths have to travel to such far off places for work,” reasoned Shah.
He criticised the State Government for straddling at the bottom nationally in provisioning safe drinking water to all houses in Odisha. He pulled no punches while slamming the BJD government for failing to provide doctors in health centres. BJP President criticised the BJD government for not completing the pending Mahendratanaya and Vamsadhara irrigation projects. “Farmers don’t get adequate water for their crops here,” he lamented and asked the gathering to not repeat the mistake and instead give BJP a chance to serve Odisha.
Raking up the emotional Ratna Bhandar flip-flop, Shah took a jibe at Patnaik for the colossal mismanagement. “Naveen babu is thinking its mere money matters; whereas Ratna Bhandar is a sign of prosperity and progress of Odisha,” he mocked.
Making a comparison, Shah claimed Modi-led NDA govt has devolved Rs 5.65 lakh crore to Odisha in last 5-years against mere Rs 80, 000 crore by Congress-led UPA. “Modi government has completed four major rail projects in Odisha in last 5-years,” he said and slammed Naveen govt for not giving land rights to tribal people.
Likening the BJD government to a burnt transformer, Shah gave a clarion call at Umerkote to uproot the government. He raked up the Citizenship Amendment Bill that grants equal rights to Hindu/Sikh refugees. Eying sizeable Bengali community here, Shah recalled how BJD, Congress together blocked the passage of the bill.
National security and Balakote seemed top on BJP poll agenda, when Shah asked the crowd do you want terrorists be left unpunished? He said Narendra Modi government is only government that could give effective response. When Modi government hit terror camps, Congress party is speaking voice of Pakistan, thundered Shah.
In a big hint, Shah at the election meeting said Odisha needs a young Chief Minister. This assumes significance when BJP is yet to name its CM candidate for the upcoming 2019 elections. Political observers read it BJP’s strategy to rule out seniors from CM race.
Bhubaneswar,01/04/19:The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Monday announced the names of candidates for nine more assembly constituencies for the upcoming elections in Odisha and fielded Bhartruhari Mahtab from Cuttack Lok Sabha constituency.
The party has nominated Prashant Jagdev to contest the elections from Chilika Assembly Constituency while Arabinda Dhali has been fielded from Jaydev Assembly seat.
Similarly, Rajendra Kumar Sahoo has been fielded from Begunia Assembly seat while the regional party has named Jyotindranath Mitra for Khurda Assembly Constituency.
Apart from this, the BJD has named Romancha Ranjan Biswal to contest the ensuing Assembly polls from Deogarh, Nityananda Sahoo from Basta, Basanti Marandi from Rairangpur and Rajkishore Das and Sunanda Das will be the party candidates for Morada and Bari Assembly Constituencies respectively.
Bari,(Jajpur),01/04/19:Monday BJD,President,Odisha announced the dues legislative seat and the most awaiting seat of Bari constituency.
Here Debasis Nayak was the MLA and all supporters of Debasis tries to hand the party ticket where Bijay Nayak , Sulata Deo, Sulochana Das were also in this race(!) but after all here Naveen played the Mahila card and faith on Bari block Chairperson Smt Sunanda Das ,Patnaik found Sunanda is the Fittest candidate to fight against the BJP and Congress.
Smt Sunanda was seated on chairperson due to Biswa Mallik who is now the MLA candidate for BJP . BJD able to take Sunanda from Biswa camp and Now stood Sunanda against Biswa Mallick.
Collecting source,Debendra Das husband of Sunanda Das is a good organiser and known as the chanakya in Bari constituency. he was the main soldier of Biswa Bahini .after leaving Biswa camp.
However, Biswa supporters told no loss for BJP they will take the lead without Sunanda . But Debasis , Bijay Nayak supporters remains silent with the decision of the commander.
BHUBANESSWAR,31/03/19: As the elections are getting closer, resentment continues to grow among BJD leaders and workers over distribution of party tickets.
BJD’s Bhadrak MP Arjun Sethi, who resigned from BJD after his son was denied ticket from the party, today lashed out at the ruling party. Later in the day, he joined BJP.
Sethi, in his letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that he was hurt and that the BJD has forgotten the ideologies and ethics of late Biju Patnaik.
Calling the decision by BJD a “great shock in old age,” Sethi said, “There have been many irregularities during the finalisation of candidates. My son was not selected which is why I am hurt,” Sethi said.
It is being speculated that Sethi might get a BJP ticket from Bhadrak Lok Sabha constituency.
Responding to Sethi’s induction into the BJP, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “Sethi joining BJP will change the political equation in the State.”
Similarly, senior leader from Bhadrak, Jugal Kishore Patnaik, has also expressed resentment after he and his son were denied ticket by BJD.
Former Soro MLA, Surendra Parmanik also resigned from the BJD expressing his displeasure over ticket being offered to sitting MLA Parshuram Dhada.
Moreover, BJD vice-president Raghunath Mohanty is also reportedly unhappy as he is yet to get a party ticket.
“I am still a part of BJD. I have only resigned from the post of chairman of Odisha Lift Irrigation department for personal problems,” Mohanty said.
On the other hand, a group of BJD workers today opposed allotment of party ticket to Dhruba Charan Sahoo from Rajnagar Assembly constituency.
A member of Biju Yuva Janata Dal, Debasish Patra, said, “Rajnagar ticket should be reconsidered. Naveen babu should remove these goons immediately. If Dhruba Sahoo is not removed, we will protest candidature of Anubhav Mohanty from Kendrapara LS.”
Rajnagar BJD Assembly candidate Dhruba Sahoo said, “In a democratic set up, it is very common to have new competitors. I welcome them all.”
Moreover, opposing candidature of Sambit Routray from Paradip Assembly constituency, supporters of BJD ticket aspirant Santosh Patnaik also staged protest outside Naveen Niwas in Bhubaneswar today.
Mayurbhanj,31/03/19: In yet another crackdown on cash movement ahead of polls in Odisha, the police seized Rs 34.24 lakh from a car in Rairangpur here on Saturday afternoon.
According to reports, the huge amount of cash was seized from a Honda Civic car, bearing West Bengal registration number, at Bisoi Chhak in Rairangpur this afternoon.
Following reliable inputs, a team of Bisoi Police Station intercepted the car and seized the cash after the driver of the vehicle failed to produce any valid documents. Besides, the car driver also failed to give a satisfactory answer to the cops during interrogation.
As per reports, police have detained three persons in suspect.They identified as Dilip Kumar Swain,Muhammad,and Biplab Das in this context.
The detainees told the police that the cash was the toll collection and was being taken to Alipur in Kolkata from Keonjhar.
However, Rairangpur SDPO Amulya Kumar Dhar said that he was not satisfied with the claims. He said that a probe has been launched to ascertain the sources of the seized cash and efforts underway to identify persons involved in the cash movement.
Bhubaneswar,29/03/19:Odisha police has seized 217 illegal arms and weapons and executed 12,134 NBWs cases across the state as part of its election preparedness.
This was revealed at the poll preparedness review meeting chaired by the director general of police (DGP), RP Sharma.
Similarly, 58,930 litres of foreign liquor have been seized and 2,564 persons have been bound down under Section 110 CrPc in the state. The DGP appreciated the effort of some SPs who have done exceedingly well during the period.
In the meeting, DGP emphasised on the free, fair, transparent, impartial and incident free election in the state, enforcement of model code of conduct, guidelines for the police arrangement and security arrangements including the visit of VIPs and VVIPs.
He reiterated the SPs and DCPs in the state to make adequate preparation for the purpose and leave no stone unturned for an incident-free election.
Before its Sharma has made field visits to Berhampur, Koraput and Sambalpur Ranges for spot assessment and election preparedness.
Bhubaneswar,27/03/19: A day after resigning from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), senior leader Subash Chauhan joined the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today.
Chauhan joined the ruling party in the presence of BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas. However, he denied contesting the upcoming polls this year.
Talking to the media, Chauhan said that he is inspired by the ideologies of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his joining the ruling party is purely ‘unconditional’.
Chauhan severed his 30-year-long link with the saffron party and resigned from its primary membership after being denied party ticket from Bargarh Lok Sabha seat.
It is pertinent to mention here that the BJP has named party’s national secretary Suresh Pujari as its candidate to contest poll from Bargarh Lok Sabha constituency.
Notably, Chauhan had contested Bargarh Lok Sabha seat as a BJP candidate in 2014. However, he lost to BJD’s Prabhas Kumar Singh by a margin of 11,178 votes.
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Berhampur,26/03/19:A flag march by Berhampur and Ganjam police district marked the prelude to the ensuing General election,2019.
“The flag march was conducted at different police station under both the police district to inspire a sense of confidence among the general public that the police has made adequate arrangements for peaceful election.
Berhampur- Ganjam SP,Pinak Mishra and Brijesh Ray said that adequate security measures would be taken for peaceful election at all the block and subdivision level . Besides this, emphasis has been given to “community is policing”, as well as special police officers (SPOs) have been appointed from various sensitive areas.
The SPOs,IICs,SDPOs, will be responsible for ensuring smooth conduct of the election, maintenance of discipline and better traffic management in their respective areas.
Preparations have almost reached the final stages at all constituency of both Lok Sabha and Assembly segments.