Naveen files nomination from Bijepur

Bargarh: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday filed nomination for Bijepur Assembly constituency in Bargarh district. Patnaik filed his nomination papers before the Returning Officer at the Padmapur Sub-Collector’s office. Security has been tightened for the CM’s visit. The Chief Minister filed four sets of nomination, an official said. […]

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Ex-DGP Prakash Mishra to fight from Cuttack, Kharavela from Kandhamal LS seats

Bhubaneswar: The BJP on Monday announced names for two Lok Sabha and nine Assembly segments in Odisha. With this, BJP has as announced names of 130 MLA candidates and 15 Lok Sabha nominees. Former Director General of Police (DGP) Prakash Mishra will fight from Cuttack while former Lok Sabha member and former BJP leader Kharavela […]

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Kandhamal MP Pratyusha quits BJD

Bhubaneswar: After being denied ticket by the party, sitting MP Kandhamal MP Pratyusha Rajeswari on Wednesday resigned from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD). She has sent her resignation letter to party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Notably, BJD declared Achyuta Samanta as its candidate for Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat. Expressing anguish over the ticket […]

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Naveen may contest from Bijepur

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik may contest from Bijepur Assembly constituency in Bargarh district, sources said. Today, Patnaik said that he was ‘seriously considering’ a proposal of leaders from western Odisha to contest from their region. After his party’s thumping victory in the Bijepur byelection in February last year, […]

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CM Naveen Patnaik likely to contest from western Odisha on ‘public demand’

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik may contest Assembly election from western Odisha on ‘public demand.’ Today several heavyweight BJD leaders, including almost all the party MPs, MLAs and people from different walks of life from western Odisha met Patnaik at Naveen Niwas here and requested him to contest Assembly […]

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Preetinanda quits BJD, likely to follow her father Damodar’s footstep

Bhubaneswar: Preetinanda Routray, former corporator of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and daughter of former BJD Minister Damodar Rout, on Saturday resigned from BJD ahead of elections. She is likely to follow her father’s footstep and join BJP soon. Routray quit the party citing personal reasons and sent the resignation letter to party president and Chief […]

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Winnability criterion to determine selection of BJD candidates, says Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said that winnability will be the criterion to determine selection of BJD candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State. He said that the party will contest the elections on its own without going for alliance with any […]

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Former BJD MLA Jitu Mitra back in party after BJP stint

Bhubaneswar: Five years after he left the BJD for the BJP ahead of the 2014 general and Assembly elections, former Khurda MLA Jotindra Nath (Jitu) Mitra went back to the BJD on Monday. Elected twice to the Assembly, first as an Independent candidate in 2000 and on BJD ticket in 2004, Mitra had resigned from […]

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Finally, Ex-MP Baijayant joins BJP

Bhubaneswar: Former Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda joined the BJP on Monday. “Nine months of introspection & widespread consultations w/colleagues & public. Grateful for support recd from all over. On auspicious #MahaShivratri I’ve decided to join @BJP4India & work under the leadership of @narendramodi Ji to serve Odisha & India to the […]

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