New Delhi,04/03/19: Speculations and presumptions on Baijayant Jay Panda’s political course of action were put to rest today after the former Parliamentarian joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at party headquarters in New Delhi. Panda joined the BJP in presence of Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Jual Oram, party’s Odisha in-charge Arun Singh, BJP state president Basant Panda and other senior leaders of the saffron party.
After joining the national party, the former Kendrapara MP met party’s national president Amit Shah. Welcoming Jay Panda to the party, Pradhan took to Twitter and wrote: “I welcome my friend, Shri Baijayant Jay Panda into the BJP family. His popularity and connect with the Odia youth will further strengthen the surge of BJP in Odisha.”
Commenting on Jay Panda’s decision to join the saffron party, BJD spokesperson Arun Sahoo said “It was his personal decision to join the party. Only future will tell how far the step is justified.”
All India Congress Committee Secretary Sarat Rout said, “There was a lack of political maturity in BJP which is why members of the national party wanted Jay Panda to join them.”
Bhubaneswar,05/03/19:With the 2019 polls barely one-and-half months away, the incumbent and consecutive three-time BJD MP from Dhenkanal Tathagata Satpathy has decided to quit politics, thereby ending a long career in Odisha’s statecraft.
Speculations of Satpathy quitting politics started making rounds on Monday, after he attended an 11-day ritual (shraddha) of an acquaintance in Angul district along with members of all the seven assembly segments and later tweeted that he happily bid adieu to them.
As per reports, Satpathy intends to shift his focus from politics to journalism and will soon meet Odisha Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik to apprise him about his decision not to contest election anymore.
“There is a dearth of fearless and unbiased journalism practitioners in Odisha. Almost all media houses have been sold out,” said Satpathy, adding that he would not join any other party as he has great respect for CM Naveen and is happily quitting.
He further said that the time has come that people who are now old and have been elected multiple times to step down to make way for new ideas and new policymakers.
Moreover, speculations are rife that the parliamentarian’s wife Adyasha Satpathy may replace him and contest from the Dhenkanal Lok Sabha constituency.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Naveen Patnaik government, which is vouching for 33 per cent reservation of women in legislative assemblies and Parliament, is seriously considering to induct more women into the party fold in the upcoming elections and Adyasha being considered a suitable replacement for her husband can’t be brushed aside. However, the parliamentarian also put all these speculations to rest by stating that, in no way, his wife would not contest election.
Meanwhile, on Satpathy’s decision, Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Patsani said, “Someone eligible like him (Satpathy) should contest election. I think people will force him contest election like they do with me as we have always worked in the interest of people.”
“I have heard that Tathagata babu is not going to join any other political party, rather he will just not contest in election,” said Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahtab, adding that journalists always stay in politics.
On the other hand, senior journalist Prasanna Mohanty said that a senior editor like Tathagata Satpathy quitting politics has raised many questions while hinting at ‘leaving a sinking ship’.
TWO WOMEN MAOISTS SURRENDER
Koraput,07/03/19:Two women Maoist cadres surrendered before DGP Rajendra Prasad Sharma, who is in Koraput district to attend a poll preparedness review meeting on anti-Maoist operations during poll .
The surrendered militants have been identified as Madi Sukanti and Kausalya Khila.
According to police reports, Madi was an area committee member, while Kausalya was a member of the Khila part. The two rebels were reportedly involved in several violent activities across Malkangiri district, officials added.
The duo will be rehabilitated and provided monetary assistance as per the Surrender and Rehabilitation Scheme of Government of Odisha, the police further informed.
On Thursday DGP,Sharma reviewed the preparedness of Police and Central Armed Police forces in South Western Range in view of the ensuing general and assembly elections.
Director (Intelligence) Sunil Ray, IG, BSF, Senior CAPF Officers, DIG, SWR and Superintendents of Police of SWR Range were present in the meeting.
Sharma interacted with the Police and CAPF Officers regarding their preparedness for the ensuing elections. He exhorted all officers to work as a team and ensure that the ensuing elections are conducted peacefully and without any violence.
He reviewed the operational preparedness of the Police and guided the present Police Officers to increase the intelligence-based operations. The DGP also interacted with PRI members from Ganja cultivation areas of Malkangiri and Koraput district.
An elaborate discussion was made on shifting of cultivation from Ganja to other crops. PRI members participated in discussions and showed their willingness to make the people aware of alternate corps.
They suggested that turmeric cultivation and vegetable farming can be taken up. They suggested to have a procurement centre for turmeric at Chitrakonda Mandi which will motivate the farmers to go for alternate farming. Sharma assured them that he would apprise the Government of the issues so that these discussions convert into a working mechanism to develop an alternate cropping system in the area so that drug menace is uprooted from the source itself in the area.
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
Report;Manoj Kanta Dash,Odishabarta
Chatrapur,(Ganjam),23/03/19: With the election schedule announced, the district administration got on to the job of making foolproof arrangements for ensuring free and fair polls.
District Election Officer-cum-Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange conducted a review of poll preparedness on Saturday at his conference hall and asked the officials to ensure proper implementation of model code of conduct in Ganjam.
Speaking to Press people, Kulange, the Collector said there will be 3063 polling booths have provided with ramp,toilet,drinking water and electricity. To avoid keeping in view of heat wave and sun stroke cases anticipating heat wave and sun stroke cases precautionary measure has been taken to ensure the availability of medicine and ORS packets at polling booths.
Total number of PWD electors 48,846.keeping in view of the motto of Election Commission of India “No voters to be left Behind”.
For the first time the administration introduced 13 Pink booths each assembly constituency to be managed exclusive by women polling officers. The officers have been trained for this purpose in the district, 11 model booths has been identified with these model booths the voters will be welcomed in a special way which will make them feel special and proud for the Indias’democratic process he further added.
24X7 voter Helpline working at control room at District Office and the voters can get assistance and lodge complaints by Dialling 1950.
For election expenditure monitoring 13 Expenditure observers,13 accounting team,39 flying squard3,39 static surveillance team,39 Video surveillance team and 13 Video viewing team.
Among other officials Kobind Kumar Sahu,ADM,(General) Laxmi Kanta Sethy,ADM,(Revenue),dy Collector Election Vijayananda Sethy and other line of department were present.
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.
Reoprt;Manoj Kanta Dash,Odishabarta
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.