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.
Bhubaneswar,24/03/19: Putting an end to all speculations, former Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Prakash Mishra joined the BJP at a ‘Mishrana Parba’ here on Sunday in presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other senior leaders of the party. Apart from Mishra, ex-Congress MLA from Jaleswar Debi Prasanna Chand and former BJD legislator Brundaban Majhi also joined the saffron party.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion of the joining ceremony, Mishra targeted the ruling-BJD and said, “In the last five years, the level of administration by the Odisha government has hit rock bottom and the people of the State now need a change of guard to free themselves from pain.”
Mishra also clarified that he had never thought about joining a political party in his career, but after being inspired by the enthusiasm to work for the welfare of people under the leadership of PM Modi, he finally decided to join the BJP.
The former Odisha cadre IPS officer further called upon the people and leaders of the party to re-elect PM Modi for the betterment of people of Odisha and the country at large.
During the Mishrana Parba ceremony, BJP campaign committee convener Damodar Rout came down heavily on the BJD and said that election tickets are on sale in the ruling party and it is on the verge of collapse.
Jajpur, March 24: A grand reception was on Sunday given to former finance minister and BJD leder Prafulla Ghadai at Sukinda upon withdrawal of his suspension from the BJD by the party President Naveen Patnaik.
Mr Ghadai was welcomed at Pankapal near Duburi and taken in a procession of to Sukinda. Nearly 8000 bikers led the procession.
“I thank to my party President Naveen Patnaik for withdrawing my suspension order after long gap, however I still maintain my party discipline. I have worked for the BJD with all sincerity and will continue serve the party with dedication,” Ghadai said to scribe.
Stating that the BJD was the hope and aspirations of millions of people, the former minister said the party would be more strengthened now further he added.
Jajpur has always remained a fort of BJD and it will remain the same,” Naveen Govt. believes in work not in word. The present govt has launched a plethora of welfare projects in the state with an aim to bring all round development. Besides, the BJD Govt. have been giving priority on improvement of education sector".The state is determined to mitigate the poverty in the state mainly the, poverty alleviation programmes.
Odisha had great confidence in the leadership of Naveen Patanik and they would continue to repose faith in him. “The BJD government is trying to address every issues concerning people of the state. Our workers are always there for the common people, “ Government was focusing on infrastructure development in the state. Infrastructure development is key for socio-economic prosperity of a state and our government is very focused on it. We have achieved many successes on this front.
Pritiranjan Ghadai, Sukinda MLA and son of Prafulla Ghadai, said his father’s guidance would enable him to serve the people in more vigorous way.
“My father is always my inspiration. His return to the party has emboldened me and enables me to serve the people of my constituency in a better way. Tribal’s of my constituency love him very much and they will now be very happy to get him back among themselves”.
Among those participated in the reception rally include Sukinda block chairperson Padmabati Jena , vice chairman Dibyaranjan Baral, Bhagyalaxmi rout ,Sukinda BJD Youth leader Pradip Kumar Mohanty and others were present on this occasion.
People have more expectoration if Prafulla Ghadai will assigned with some important responsibility from the party Prez the constituency will be grow more with joint political sportsmanship of Dad and Son.