Politics

AAP wins Delhi Election..

Bhubaneswar: Aam Admi Party won Delhi elections on Monday. To celebrate the landslide victory, all the party members and supporters burst crackers, beat drums and danced as the party headed to a victory in the Delhi election.

The biggest celebration was held at the AAP headquarters at East Patel Nagar in west Delhi where thousands of Aam Aadmi Party activists as well as supporters cheered every time the party won a seat.

Many waved AAP flags and others held photographs of party leader and former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

As per the latest reports, out of the 70 assembly seats, AAP was leading in 57 seats, while the BJP and Congress were leading in 10 and one assembly seat respectively.

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Utkal Samachar Bureau

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurates State Level Students’ Convention...

Bhubaneswar: Youth and students must come forward to bring about a positive change in the society and State, said Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Supremo Naveen Patnaik while addressing the State level Students’ Convention organised by Biju Chhatra Janata Dal (BCJD) at Rashtra Bhasa Prachar Ground in Bhubaneswar.  The Chief Minister also launched the official Mobile App of BJD in presence of Minister Sanjay Das Burma, MP Dr. Prasanna Patasani, Baijyant Panda, MLA Akash Das Nayak, Byomakesh Ray and other guests.

He underlined that the State Government has always been working for the development of students, youth and women in Odisha. He also advised the students to take the opportunities of various schemes introduced by the Government and must become technology savvy.

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Utkal Samachar Bureau

Former IPS officer joins BJP...

Bhubaneswar: Former IPS officer Kiran Bedi joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday in presence of party president Amit Shah, Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Harsa Vardhan.
Bedi, who is going to contest Delhi Assembly elections in the next month, expressed that she will use all her efforts to make Delhi a world-class city.
Welcoming her, BJP president Amit Shah said Bedi’s presence will definitely strengthen the party’s Delhi unit in coming days.

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Utkal Samachar Bureau

AAP organises youth meet on eve of National Youth Day...

Bhubaneswar: A state level youth meet was organised by Aam Aadmi Party, Odisha on the eve of the National Youth day with a participation of nearly 150 young volunteers from various districts of Odisha.

State convenor Dhanada Kanta Mishra addressed the gathering and spoke about the ideals of Swami Vivekananda, Pt Gopabandhu Das, Kishen Patnaik to place the formation of Aam Aadmi Party as a tool of alternative politics for establishment of corruption free India and Swaraj. State secretary Brad Mishra spoke about the need for the youth to come forward and address the burning problems of the country at every level. The program was also attended by State Committee members Nishikant Mohapatra, Satyabrata Prusty, Prabhat Mohanty, Anupama Sethy, Nandlal Singh, Binay Tiwary and Rangacharan Pradhan – the editor of Ama Swaraj among others.

The participants were divided in to five groups and deliberated on the issue of ‘Is politics responsible for the state of the country and the role of youth in ushering in alternative politics’. At the end groups were formed to assist the party in smooth functioning. Teams to work in the areas of IT and Communication, Social Media, Play for Swaraj, Research and Analysis and Ama Swaraj were formed. Eminent columnist and writer Kedar Mishra addressed the gathering to discuss the ensuing dangers of emerging communal and corporate driven politics of the ruling dispensation. The event was coordinated by Milan Nayak, Soumya Mohanty, Harish, Shakya, Sitansu, Durga Charabak and others.

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Utkal Samachar Bureau

BJP must be strengthened in Odisha from grass root level, says Amit Shah...

Bhubaneswar: Bhratiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah, who is in a 2-day visit to Odisha, attended the Mahasangram rally organised by Odisha BJP at Unit-6 ground on January 6.

In his speech, Shah called upon the party workers to strengthen BJP in Odisha from the grass root level.

Targeting the Congress-led UPA for price rise and increase in poverty in India, he said that the petrol and diesel prices was cut off in last 7 months which was not possible in the last 10 years  of UPA Government’s rule.

“Only 22 percent of the people in Odisha have access to potable water and 22 percent have toilets in their homes. Nearly 46 percent of the State’s population remains below poverty line. The BJD Government must take the advantage of the schemes of Central Government for the progress of Odisha”, he said.

He further added that Centre has planned to go for auction route for leasing out mines. Odisha and Jharkhand will be benefited after the mines are put under auction.  

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Utkal Samachar Bureau

BJP makes special arrangements ahead of Amit Saha’s visit...

Bhubaneswar: Bharatiya Janata Party Odisha is all set to welcome its President Amit Saha, who is coming to Odisha for the first time on January 6, 2015.
Three Prachar Raths have been flagged off with an aim to mobilize people to attend the public meeting of Amit Saha.

During his two-day visit to the State, Saha will address a public meeting and hold discussion with the party leaders in order to make future plans for strengthening the party.

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Utkal Samachar Bureau

Prasad Harichandan takes charge as Odisha Congress President...

Bhubaneswar: Congress will work for development of Odisha. We are united to fight the BJD government which is corrupt, said Prasad Harichandan who taking charge as President of Odisha Pradesh Committee formally at Congress Bhawan here in presence of senior Congress leaders B.K. Hariprasad, Narasima Mishra and Niranjan Patnaik on the occasion of the foundation day of Congress.

He said that the people of Odisha are looking for an alternative as BJD is involved in various scams and corruption. Congress will prepare the future course of action. We will strive hard to gain faith of the people of Odisha and return to power, he added.

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Utkal Samachar Bureau

BJP wins in Jammu by securing 25 of 37 seats in assembly elections...

Bhubaneswar: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 25 seats of 37 seats in assembly elections in Jammu region. The party has recorded its best performance in the State.

However, the party failed to make any break through in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh drawing a blank in 50 seats.

Congress got 5 seats followed by 3 each by National Conference (NC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and 1 went to lone independent candidate from Udhanpur Kuldeep Gupta in the Jammu region.  

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Utkal Samachar Bureau

Former Chief Minister Janaki Ballav Patnaik returns to Odisha...

Bhubaneswar: Former Odisha Chief Minister Janaki Ballav Patnaik after arriving at Biju Patnaik International Airport on Thursday said that he will continue in politics.

The veteran Congress leader who returned to the State after completing his tenure as the Governor of Assam was given a warm welcome by his supporters.
 

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Utkal Samachar Bureau

BJD wins Kandhamal by-election...

Bhubaneswar:Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Sunday won the by-election for Kandhamal lok sabha seat by getting 59,031 more votes in comparison to last general election despite 6 percent decline in the polling percentage. Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh, widow of former Member of Parliament Hemendra Chandra Singh defeated BJP candidate Rudramadhab Ray by 2, 98, 868 votes.

As per an analysis, of votes cast, BJD bagged a lion’s share of 61.5 percent of over 7.75 lakh total votes polled, whereas BJP got 23 percent and Congress 11.7 percent.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed happiness over the party’s victory and said that thanked the people for voting in support of BJD.   

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Utkal Samachar Bureau

BJD wins in Student’s Union Poll...

Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the rulling party of Odisha got the measurement in the Student’s Union Poll. It got 95% in various colleges. This was informed by the BJD students' wing president Byomkesh Ray.  The students’ union poll in various concluded peacefully on Monday without reports of any major untoward situation. Thousands of students turned out to cast their votes in their respective colleges. Adequate police personnel were deployed at colleges to avoid any untoward situation. Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) won the president’s post in the University Law College in Bhubaneswar. ABVP presidential candidate Ajit Kumar Parida defeated Biju Chhatra Janata Dal candidate Rakesh by a narrow margin of nine votes. BCJD candidate Abhilash Mohanty was declared general secretary uncontested. Meanwhile, Rajesh Swain was elected as the president of the students’ union in Utkal University while Suryakant Sahoo was elected as the general secretary.


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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

Jayalalithaa re-elected for GS of AIADMK...

Bhubaneswar: J. Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK general secretary was again unanimously re-elected for the general secretary. Jayalalithaa thanks people who filed on behalf of her and has taken a pledge to work for the welfare of the people, growth and victory of the party. She also announced the party’s candidates for the Sep 19 local body elections.

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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

BJD staged demonstration at Nabarangpur ...

Nabarangpur: The 12-hour demonstration (hartal) call given by the ruling BJD in protest against the upcoming Polavaram Project on River Godavari in Seemandhra evoked mixed response in various parts of the district on Monday. Vehicular traffic, including the plying of private and government buses, came to a standstill, while shops and central offices including banks, LIC office, BSNL office, FCI and Kendriya Vidyalaya, were forced to close down by the BJD activists.

The bandh was total in Nabarangpur town with the traders in the main road kept the establishments closed. The demonstration led by BJD MP Balabhadra Majhi,  Zilla Parisad President Motiram Nayak, Nabarangpur Municipal vice-chairman Prahalad Tripathy,  block chairman Bedabysa Bhatra,  district general secretary Asis Ranjan Patnaik, Rabi Patnaik started from Bhandar Gharani temple chowk, by blocking the National highway-26.  Later the party leaders and workers staged demonstrations in front of all Central government offices of town. The participants shouted slogans against the central government for its apathy towards the tribals’ plight.

The bandh called by the BJD got a mixed response in Umerkote, Raighar, Jharigam, Chandahandi, Dabugam, Papadahandi, Nandahandi, Tentulukhunti and Kosagumuda blocks. Most of the shops in the main road areas were closed. Shops in interior areas remained open for the entire day. Medical shops and hospitals also remained open. The BJD leaders and workers staged demonstrations in the block headquarters. The normal life, particularly road communications, shops and business establishments, weekly markets of Nabarangpur and Umerkote were affected due to the demos.

Speaking to media persons MP Mr. Majhi said despite of resistance from the BJD and TRS the Polavaram bill passed in Lok Sabha on Friday. The height of the dam was increased that would inundate 307 advasi
villages in Odisha and Chhattisgarh.  Around 30 settlements in eight revenue villages in Malkanagiri district will be submerged under the project. The BJP led NDA government was adopting a step-motherly
attitude towards the un-divided Koraput district on Railway and in the controversial Polavaram project.


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Basant Rath
Nabarangpur

BJD took the seat of Chairperson in Bolangir, Titlagarh Municipality ...

Bhubaneswar: The result of the ULB declared. Rulling BJD won the both Municipality seat of Bolangir & Titilagarh. BJD councillor Santoshini Behera elected as Bolangir Municipality chairperson. It should be noted that in the Bolangir Municipality election ruling BJD won 16 seats out of 21 seats. Similarly Gobardhan Nag elected as Titlagarh Municipality chairperson.  BJD won 14 out of 15 wards in Titlagarh, in Balangir, the candidates of the ruling party were successful in 15 seats, while the Congress won 4. The BJP and the independents won in one seat each. The BJD’s win in Balangir municipality is important as the party was defeated in the recently held Assembly polls from the constituency. Congress candidate Narasingh Mishra had defeated former minister A U Singhdeo by more than 12,500 votes in the Assembly polls.

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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

BJP celebrates after Amit Shah’s appointment as party chief...

Bhubaneswar: After appointment of Amit Shah as party chief of BJP, Odisha Unit party workers and leaders celebrated. They distributed sweets & cheers at the state party office in Bhubaneswar. BJP state chief K V Singhdeo and party’s legislature party leader in Odisha Assembly Basant Panda congratulating Shah & told that Shah taking over as party chief will certainly strengthen the saffron party from grassroots level in all parts of the country including Odisha. The BJP which won only one Lok Sabha and 10 Assembly seats this time in state. They also hope to improve in 2019 and come to power.

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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

Anangaudaya Singhdeo, Bhupinder Singh filed nomination for Rajya Sabha seats ...

Bhubaneswar: Anangaudaya Singhdeo & Bhupinder Singh filed nomination for Rajya Sabha seats, which will be held on July 3, 2014. Naveen Pattnaik, BJD Supremo & also others party leaders were present in the time of nomination.

These 2 RS seats have fallen vacant following the resignation of former Rajya Sabha members Sashi Bhushan Behera and Rabi Narayan Mohapatra.
The Assembly secretary revealed that Singhdeo has filed his nomination for the seat vacated by Rabi Narayan Mohapatra, which has nearly four years of its term left, Bhupinder has filed his nomination for the seat, vacated by Sashi Bhushan Behera with two years of its tenure left.

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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

Sarat Rout is the new PCC Media Cell Chief ...

Bhubaneswar: Sarat Rout, senior leader of Congress Party appointed as the party media cell chairman-in-charge. He is appointed by Jayadev Jena, the President of Pradesh Congress Committee. All India Congress Committee Secretary and party’s Odisha in-charge BK HariPrasad approved his name for this post.

The post was vacant after Narasingha Mishra was elected as Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly.



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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

First session of 15th Odisha Assembly begins...

Bhubaneswar: The First session of 15th Odisha Assembly begins today. Governor of Odisha Dr. SC Jamir addressed in this session. In his speech Governor outlines he gives priority of the state government in next five years.

Governor Jamir said that in next 5 years government will irrigate 10 lakh hectares of land. He also said that the state government will convert t kachha houses to pucca, new policy for women development, development of agriculture sector. He also said the state government will implement a complete policy on development of women. He said that the state government will set up a medical corporation for the supply of medicines. Jamir further added that the state government will build express highway in KBK area and South Odisha. 

He also highlighted the various achievements of the BJD government. In his address, the Governor claimed that the State government had made remarkable achievements in accelerating economic growth and reducing poverty. Jamir said that the state government to bring out proposal for Labour Welfare Board for unorganised workers.

The Governor also said that the State government had been giving emphasis on improving the socio-economic condition of the weaker sections of the society, especially in the KBK districts.

The new House has 117 BJD members while the two principal opposition parties, Congress and the BJP have 16 and 10 members respectively. Narasingh Mishra is the new leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) of Opposition in the House. While KV Singhdeo, who headed the BJP Legislature Party (BJPLP) in the last assembly, will be leading the BJPLP until a new leader is formally elected.



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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

Elections for 2 RS seats on July 3 ...

Bhubaneswar: Elections for 2 Rajya Sabha seats in Odisha will be held on July 3. There are 2 seats vacant fro the 2 BJD members resigned.

While the date of election has been fixed for July 3, proper notification will be issued on June 16 and the last date for filing of nominations is June 23.

The two BJD members of the Upper House Sashibhushan Behera and Rabinarayan Mohapatra resigned after they got elected to the Odisha Assembly in the recent general elections.

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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

Narasingha Mishra elected as new CLP leader...

Bhubaneswar: Narasingha Mishra, the former Law Minister & senior party leader has been elected as the leader of the 16-member Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in the Odisha Assembly. This was announced by the Party observer Ajay Maken.

His name was proposed by Jagatsinghpur MLA Chiranjib Biswal and seconded by Bhujabal Majhi and Krushna Sagaria, informed AICC observer and former Union minister Ajay Maken. Earlier Maken and AICC general secretary B K Hariprasad met all the 16 Congress MLAs and sought their opinion before naming the CLP leader.

Narasingh Mishra was tipped to be elected unopposed because an overwhelming majority of party. MLAs were in his favor. Chiranjib Biswal said that he is not in the race. However, the fact that the two central leaders made a heavy weather of a simple exercise indicates they had to seek the consent of the party president Sonia Gandhi before naming the CLP leader. It can be recalled being a senior member of the Congress party. Mishra defeated former BJD minister A U Singhdeo in the Bolangir Assembly constituency this time. 

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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

Ollywood superstar files his nomination for RS seat...

Bhubaneswar: Today Ollywood superstar Anubhav Mohanty filed his nominations. He filed as the BJD candidate for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Odisha. The election will be held on June 19. The actor filed his nominations in the presence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik and several other ministers of his cabinet.

Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik had earlier named Anubhav as the official BJD candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat.
The seat had fallen vacant after AU Singhdeo, who after being elected to the Rajya Sabha, was asked to resign and instead contest the Assembly polls from his old seat Bolangir, which he failed to retain this time.

Naveen’s move to send the political greenhorn, a film actor, over experienced and senior party leaders is believed to have been in line with his plan to sidetrack and eventually weed out all the old guards from the party.

 



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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

Ollywood star in Rajya Sabha seat for BJD...

Bhubaneswar: Ollywood superstar Anubhav Mohanty is the official BJD candidate for the lone Rajya Sabha seat. This was announced by Odisha chief minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik, return from Delhi. This election will be held on June 19.

This seat had fallen vacant after AU Singhdeo who contest the Assembly polls from Bolangir, which he failed to retain this time.

While the BJD President kept his promise of sending Anubhav to the Rajya Sabha, his announcement has put to rest all speculations over who finally will get the party ticket for the lone seat which ensures tenure of the full term of six years.

Two more RS seats that have fallen vacant in Odisha are those of Sashibhusan Behera and Rabi Narayan Mohapatra. They had contested the Assembly polls and won. However, election to these vacancies has not been announced.

Naveen’s move to nominate the political greenhorn, a film actor, over experienced and senior party leaders is believed to have been in line with his plan to sideline and eventually weed out the old guards from the party.

 

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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

Ajay Maken is the observer on CLP leader Election in Odisha...

Bhubaneswar: Ajay Maken, Senior Congress leader has selected as the party observer. He appointed by the AICC for the leader of the 16-member Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in the Assembly.

The Odisha Congress will hold its legislature party meeting to decide on the next Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly on June 10.

Jaydev Jena, the President of PCC said that Congress general secretary and Odisha in-charge BK Hariprasad has informed that Maken has been appointed as observer for the CLP leader election. Maken along with Hariprasad and Secretary Subhankar Sarkar will be visiting the state on June 10.

Most likely, senior Congress leader Narsingh Mishra will most likely be elected as the CLP leader and thereby becomes the Leader of Opposition in the House.

 

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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

Civic polls in Bolangir, Titilagarh on July 1...

Bhubaneswar: The elections for Bolangir municipality and Titlagarh notified area council (NAC) would be held on July 1. The state election commission (SEC) on Monday notified it. 

In a notification SEC said filing of nominations would begin from June 9 and continue till June 13 at the office of the Election Officer, from 11 AM to 3 PM, while the scrutiny of the nominations would be held from 11 AM onward on June 16.

While the publication of valid nominations will be made on June 17, the last date for withdrawal of nominations will be between June 17 and 19.

The final list of nominations would be published on June 19 at 5 PM, the notification added.

The counting of votes and the declaration of the results would be announced on July 2, a day after the elections to these two civic bodies.

The election for the chairperson and vice-chairpersons would be held on July 11 and August 5 respectively. This would be the first civic polls in state after the BJD government returned to power for its fourth consecutive term.

 

 



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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

New Team of Naveen...

Bhubaneswar: BJD's final minister’s list brought out; Cabinet Ministers are- Pradeep Amat, Vikram Arukh, Dr. Damodar Rout, Bijayshree Routray, Pradeep Maharathi, Debi Prasad Mishra, Usha Devi, Lal Bihari Himirika, Badri Narayan Patra, Jogendra Behera & Puspendra Singhdeo, State Ministers are- Prafulla Mallick, Ramesh Majhi, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Arun Sahu, Snehangini Chhuria, Ashok Chandra Panda, Pranab Prakash Das, Sanjay Das Burma, Sudam Marandi & Pradeep Panigrahi.

While as many as 8 new faces will appear in the minister’s tally, five former ministers didn’t get position in the list they are- Niranjan Pujari, Maheswar Mohanty, Surya Patra, Subrat Tarai, Rajanikant Singh.

 



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Pragnya Priyadarshini Saraf
Group Editor

AAP Odisha demands for repolling at Ghasipura constituency...

Bhubaneswar: Aam Admi Party (AAP), Odisha demanded for repolling at Ghasipura Constituency in Keonjhar as the election rigging was done by party members of ruling BJD in the district. AAP has submitted the video clipping of the election rigging to the Chief Electoral Officer in this regard.

“We were unable to record other booths as we were not equipped for the same. In the face of proven malpractice in the election on behalf of AAP, Odisha we demand to take strong action against the presiding officials for the blatant violations of election rules and regulations in support of a particular candidate and to arrest the persons who have violated the rules and ensured malpractice at the booths, said party’s state convener Nishikant Mohapatra.

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Abhishek Mohanty
Special Correspondent

BJP star campaigner Navjot Singh Sidhu to visit Odisha on Apr 13 ...

Bhubaneswar: Bharatiya Janata Party’s star campaigner and a Member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu will visit Odisha to campaign for the party at four places in the state.

As per schedule, Sidhu will attend meetings at Rairangpur in Mayurbhanj district at 10:30 am, Simulia in Bhadrak at 12:15pm, Mahakalapada in Kendrapara at 1:30 pm and at the Satyabrata Stadium in Cuttack at 3:15 pm.

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Abhishek Mohanty
Special Correspondent

Twenty candidates have declared cases of crime against women...

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms have analyzed the self- sworn affidavits of 744 out of 747 candidates contesting in 77 constituencies in the second phase of Assembly Elections in Odisha.

Twenty candidates have declared cases of crimes against women, 14 candidates have declared cases related to assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section-354). 3 candidates have declared cases related to husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty (IPC Section- 498A). One candidate has declared rape charges against himself (along with charges related to causing miscarriage without woman’s consent (PIC Section-313) and kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc. (IPC Section-366), Out of 744 candidates analyzed, 186 candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves, out of the 186 candidates who have declared criminal cases, 144 have declared serious criminal cases including murder rape, kidnapping and crimes against women, the report said.

39 out of 77 candidates fielded by INC have declared criminal cases against them while 25 out of 77 candidates from BJD, 34 out of 77 candidates from BJP and 9 out of 63 candidates from AAP have declared criminal cases in their affidavits. Moreover, 32 out of 77 candidates fielded by INC have declared serious criminal cases against them while 17 out of 77 candidates from BJD, 24 out of 77 candidates from BJP and 9 out of 63 candidates from AAP have declared serious criminal cases in their affidavits. 21 candidates have also declared murder and attempt to murder related cases in their affidavits.

Out of the 744 candidates analyzed, 141 candidates are crorepatis. The average asset per candidate contesting in the 2014 Odisha (Phase-2) Assembly Elections is Rs. 1.04 crore. The average assets per candidate for 77 INC candidates is Rs. 2.14 crore, for BJP candidates the average is Rs. 97.43 lakh, for 77 BJD candidates it is Rs. 2.12 crore and the average assets of the 63 AAP candidates is Rs. 28.74 crore.

The top three candidates with highest declared assets are Sanatan Mahakud, an independent candidate from Champua Constituency with declared assets worth Rs. 69.63 crore followed by Sunjay Hans of Aama Odisha Party from Ekamra-Bhubaneswar Constituency with assets worth Rs. 65.91 crore and Lala Manoj Kumar Ray of INC from Nayagarh Constituency with assets worth Rs. 21.54 crore.

It is found that 5 candidates have declared zero assets in their affidavits. Out of 744 candidates analyzed, 88 candidates have declared assets less than Rs. 1 lakh. Among BJD candidates, Saiba Sushil Kumar Hansda from Rangrangpur Constituency has declared lowest asset worth Rs. 5.36 lakh and Benudhar Bhoi from Jayadev Constituency with declared assets of Rs. 1.28 lakh has the lowest declared assets among INC candidates.

A total of 377 candidates out of 744 analyzed have declared liabilities out of which 39 candidates have declared liabilities of more than Rs. 50 lakh.

The top three candidates with highest declared liabilities are Sunjoy Hans of Aama Odisha Party from Ekamra-Bhubaneswar Constituency has declared the highest liabilities worth Rs. 14.36 crore followed by Soumya Ranjan Patnaik of Aama Odisha Party from Khandapada Constituency with liabilities worth Rs. 5.60 crore and Lala Manoj Kumar Ray of INC from Nayagarh Constituency with Rs. 4.62 crore worth liabilities.

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Abhishek Mohanty
Special Correspondent

Corruption in Congress DNA, says Narendra Modi...

Bhubaneswar: Scaling up the attack on Congress, Narendra Modi on Friday at Talcher said corruption and loot are in Congress “DNA" even as he lashed out at the Odisha state government, accusing of neglecting the state.

Addressing a huge gathering at Talcher college ground, Modi said, "People have made up their mind to punish the Congress Party this time for looting and ruining the nation."

Terming the UPA government as "weak", Modi said, "We do not want a weak government, but a strong government for which you must cast your votes to ensure victory for the party candidates so that development could be possible only in the country as well in the state”. Though Odisha is rich in natural resources like coal and iron ore, the state yet suffers a lot due to negligence of the state government. The state is far behind the development, he added.

“You have coal. We have not coal. Still we are producing electricity much better than Odisha, Modi said. Angul which is a richest district in the state as well in the country lags far behind the development. People are here suffering a lot due to poverty" Modi spoke.
People don't find job here despite being richest in the country .It is the need of the hour to vote for the Bharatiya Janata party candidates and make Angul as well as the state Odisha a developed one, Modi said.

He said, “I am happy that I visited a rich district like Angul which provides 9% of coal in the country. Yet the district is under developed and people are poor here”.

He urged the voters to cast in favour of BJP candidates in the ensuing poll so that development could be possible both for the state and the district as well.

Among others, attended on the occasion, were BJP National General Secretary Dharmendra Pradhan, former union minister Dr Debendra Pradhan, Dhenkanal Lok Sabha Candidate Rudra Narayana Pani and all other BJP MLA candidates both from Dhenkanal and Angul districts.

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Samareshnath
Angul Reporter