Dama Babu may rejoin BJD if party president wishes, says son

Bhubaneswar: Paradip MLA Sambit Routray on Friday said that his father Damodar Routray, who has joined BJP after being expelled from BJD in September last year, can make a comeback to the ruling party if the party supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wishes. “I think my father is not happy after joining BJP,” Sambit […]

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New Modi team: Dharmendra, Pratap sworn in as Union Ministers

Bhubaneswar: Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi from Odisha were sworn in as Cabinet Minister and Minister of State (MoS), respectively in the second Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pradhan, a member of the Rajya Sabha, held the Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister in Modi’s first Government. Pradhan, 49, represents […]

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Bhubaneswar snaps its 21-year-old ties with BJD, picks Aparajita Sarangi

Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, on Thursday, snapped its 21-year-long relationship with the Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD). IAS officer-turned-politician Aparajita Sarangi is now the MP of Bhubaneswar. She defeated former Mumbai Commissioner of Police and BJD nominee Arup Patnaik by over 23,000 votes. Bhubaneswar has been the citadel of the ruling […]

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PM Modi congratulates Naveen for yet another victory

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for yet another victory in Odisha. Patnaik set to become the Chief Minister of Odisha for a record fifth consecutive term, which would make him one of India’s longest-serving Chief Ministers. “Congratulations to Naveen Babu for yet another victory in […]

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Naveen Patnaik most suitable to be Prime Minister: BJD

Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is most suitable person to become the Prime Minister of the country, claimed party vice-president Surjya Narayan Patro here on Friday. The statement came at a time when Patnaik is once again in demand with both NDA and UPA leaders trying to get him […]

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Naveen invites PM Modi to witness BJD Govt’s swearing-in ceremony

Balasore: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his election rally Kendrapara, had stated that he would visit Odisha again after dislodging the BJD Government, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday made an “humble request” to the former to attend his swearing-in ceremony as a “guest”. “Prime Minister […]

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Amit Shah to address public meetings in Odisha on April 27

Bhubaneswar: BJP national president Amit Shah will address public meetings in Mayurbhanj and Jajpur on April 27, informed party spokesperson Golak Mohapatra. He also informed that Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh will hold public meetings in the State on April 24 and 25, respectively. The BJP heavyweights will campaign for the party candidates […]

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At Sambalpur BJP rally, Modi exudes confidence of forming Govt at centre & Odisha

Sambalpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday exuded confidence that BJP would form Governments at the Centre and in Odisha. “The recently-concluded first phase polls in Odisha clearly indicate that BJP will again come to power in Centre and it will form Government in Odisha too this time. People are supporting us because they want […]

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Four candidates file papers for Khandapada Assembly polls

Bhapur: A total of four candidates, including three nominees from the BJD, the Congress and the BJP, have filed nomination papers to contest elections from the Khandapada Assembly constituency. While BJP candidate Siddhartha Sekhar Singh and Independent candidate Dusmant Kumar Swain had filed nominations earlier, BJD nominee and Rajya Sabha member Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and […]

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