BJD to field 33 percent women candidates in upcoming LS polls

BHUBANESWAR, MARCH 10 Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said the BJD would field 33 per cent women among its candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, terming the move a “benchmark for women empowerment” in the country. Making the announcement at a rally in Kendrapara, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president said the “historic step” […]

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JMM to contest polls in Odisha in alliance with Congress

BARIPADA, MARCH 10 The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) today announced it will contest the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Odisha in alliance with the Congress. JMM supremo Sibu Soren’s daughter Anjani will contest from Mayurbhanj Lok Sabha constituency, the party’s Central Working President Hemant Soren said. The candidature of Anjani, Hemant Soren’s sister, has […]

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Jay Panda joins BJP ahead of polls, BJD calls him ‘traitor’

New Delhi, Mar 4 Even as former BJD lawmaker Baijyant ‘Jay’ Panda joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday, giving a boost to the party in Odisha where it is looking to improve its tally in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the ruling BJD said he was the biggest traitor of the century. While BJP […]

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Only Modi’s leadership can thwart Pak misadventures: Amit Shah

Kulia, Jan 29 Dubbing the proposed “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) of opposition parties as “helpless”, BJP president Amit Shah today asserted that his party would retain power after the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as only Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership could thwart any misadventure by Pakistan. In a stinging attack on the Congress, he blamed the […]

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Senior BJP leaders Dilip Ray, Bijoy Mohapatra resign from party

Bhubaneswar, Nov 30 Former Union Minister and MLA Dilip Ray, and senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra resigned from the party on Friday. Besides sending a joint resignation letter to BJP president Amit Shah, Ray, who represents Rourkela constituency in the Odisha Assembly, also resigned as legislator. Ray said he called on Assembly Speaker Pradip Amat […]

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‘Dharmendra to be BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Odisha’

Bhubaneswar, Nov 27 Senior party leader and Union minister Jual Oram Tuesday said Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will be the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Odisha. He was speaking to reporters here after former Odisha-cadre IAS officer Aparajita Sarangi joined the saffron party in the presence of party president Amit Shah in […]

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Aparajita inducted into BJP by party chief Amit Shah

Bhubaneswar, Nov 27 Aparajita Sarangi who took voluntary retirement from IAS recently has joined BJP today. She got inducted to the saffron party by BJP’s national president Amit Shah at latter’s residence in New Delhi in the presence of Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan, party’s state president Basanta Panda and BJP’s […]

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Congress to strengthen base through ‘My booth, My pride’ campaign

BHUBANESWAR, AUG 19 Eye on next general election in early 2019, Congress has decided to strengthen its base at grass root level as well as to reach out to the voters through its ambitious ‘My booth, My pride’ campaign. Speaking to reporters after the meeting of OPCC held here today, President Niranjan Patnaik said Congress […]

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DMK convenes executive committee meet to condole Karuna’s death

Chennai, Aug 10 (PTI) The DMK today said an urgent meeting of its executive committee will be held on August 14 to condole the death of party president M Karunanidhi. All the members of the committee were asked to participate in the meeting without fail. It will begin at 10 am at the party headquarters ‘Anna […]

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BJP politicising NRC list issue: Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 9 (PTI) Senior Congress leader Oommen Chandy has alleged that the BJP was politicising the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue in Assam, instead of addressing the anxiety expressed by the Opposition over the list. Rather than ensuring that genuine citizens do not become disenfranchised, the government has adopted a very insensitive approach, he […]

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