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Odisha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: 37.64% voter turnout recorded till 1pm

Odisha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Around one crore voters are eligible to cast their votes across 10,882 booths in the fourth and final round of polls.
Voters wait in queues to cast their vote for the elections in Odisha on Saturday. (CEOodisha - X)
Voters wait in queues to cast their vote for the elections in Odisha on Saturday. (CEOodisha - X)

Odisha Elections 2024 LIVE Updates: Polling commenced for six Lok Sabha constituencies and 42 assembly seats in Odisha on Saturday morning, amid tight security. Voting began at 7 am in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, and Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha seats, along with the 42 assembly segments that constitute these parliamentary constituencies....Read More

Around one crore voters are eligible to cast their votes across 10,882 booths in the fourth and final round of simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state.

In all, 36,000 security personnel and 72,000 polling officials have been deployed for this round of twin polls in the state. 394 contestants are competing for the 42 assembly segments.

Several prominent leaders' fates will be decided in this phase, including Odisha assembly Speaker Pramila Mallik, government chief whip Prashant Muduli, BJP Odisha unit president Manmohan Samal, BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda, six Odisha ministers, and four sitting MPs.

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June 1, 2024 1:48 PM IST

Is VK Pandian 'controlling' BJD? Naveen Patnaik responds

Odisha chief minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo Naveen Patnaik on Thursday refuted the speculation that ex-bureaucrat VK Pandian is his successor. He said his successor will be chosen by the people of Odisha. "I have said repeatedly that the successor will be decided by the people of the state. That is the natural result of these things," Patnaik said in an interview to news agency ANI.

June 1, 2024 1:46 PM IST

37.64% voter turnout recorded till 1pm

37.64% voter turnout recorded till 1pm

June 1, 2024 1:28 PM IST

Odisha's Chief Electoral Officer N B Dhal said voting has been peaceful so far

Odisha's Chief Electoral Officer N B Dhal said voting has been peaceful so far in the 10,882 polling booths, barring some reports of EVM glitches, which were mostly resolved or the machines replaced in some cases.

He said by the ECI has replaced 79 ballot units (BU), 106 control units (CU) and 233 VVPATs. The voting was smooth in all the places..

Till 11 am, around 22.64 per cent of the over 99.61 lakh voters exercised their franchise, officials said.

Balasore recorded the highest turnout of 27.66 per cent, followed by Kendrapara (24.03), Jagatsinghpur (23.01), Mayurbhanj (22.25), Bhadrak (21.50), and Jajpur (17.10), they said.

June 1, 2024 1:13 PM IST

In Odisha, BJP tries to make inroads in BJD stronghold

The only Lok Sabha constituency of Odisha that did not fall to the massive sympathy wave for Rajiv Gandhi in 1984 election, coastal Kendrapara has always been an important seat for anti-Congress politics in the state. Having sent former chief minister Biju Patnaik to Lok Sabha in 1984 -- the only Janata Party candidate to win from Odisha that year -- the constituency has since remained a bastion of the larger Janata Parivar, from the Janata Party to the Biju Janata Dal.

June 1, 2024 12:29 PM IST

Odisha registers 22.64 pc turnout till 11 am in 6 Lok Sabha seats, 42 assembly segments

Odisha registered around 22.64 per cent voter turnout till 11 am in six Lok Sabha constituencies and 42 assembly segments where polling is underway in the last phase of simultaneous elections in the state on Saturday, officials said.

An elderly man collapsed while standing in a queue in a polling booth in Iswarpur in Nilagiri assembly segment in Balasore district. He was taken to a hospital, where doctors declared him dead, they said.

One person was also injured in a group clash outside a polling booth in Gop area in Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha seat.

Voting started at 7 am in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur parliamentary constituencies along with 42 assembly segments falling under these Lok Sabha seats.

Odisha's Chief Electoral Officer N B Dhal said voting has been peaceful so far in the 10,882 polling booths, barring some reports of EVM glitches, which were mostly resolved or the machines replaced in some cases.

June 1, 2024 12:23 PM IST

Two die in Odisha as state votes in the last phase of polling

A polling official and an elderly voter died as voting began for the final phase of 42 Assembly seats and 6 Lok Sabha seats in Odiha as 22.64 % of the 99.6 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 11 am.

Officials said booth level officer Manoranjan Sahu passed away in Fatepur polling both of Binjharpur Assembly constituency minutes after he felt pain in his chest. He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Similarly, an elderly voter named Surendra Mohanty passed away in booth no 159 of Ishwarpur grampanchayat of Nilagiri assembly constituency in Balasore district.

Officials said high humidity was proving to be a problem in coastal districts as many voters complained of uneasiness while standing in the queue.

Of the 99.61 lakh voters, the highest in any phase, around 50.88 lakh are men, 48.72 lakh women and 687 third gender electors. They would decide the fate of 460 candidates contesting in the final phase of election for both assembly and Lok Sabha polls.

BJP’s former Union minister Pratap Sarangi, national vice-president Baijayant Panda; BJD’s Sudam Marndi, Lekhashri Samantsinghar Congress’ Srikant Jena and JMM’s Anjani Soren are prominent among the 66 Lok Sabha candidates in the fray. In Assembly polls, BJD’s ministers Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak and Preetiranjan Ghadei, BJP state president Manmohan Samal and Congress’ former state president Niranjan Patnaik are among the 394 candidates in the Assembly elections.

June 1, 2024 11:24 AM IST

Vote to elect strong Govt to ensure internal security, maintain pace of development: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday appealed to people to cast their franchise in "unprecedented numbers" to elect a strong government again to ensure the internal security of the country and to maintain the pace of development.

Shah's appeal comes through his 'X' handle as polling commenced for the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections at 7 am on Saturday in 57 constituencies across seven states and one Union Territory (UT).

"I appeal to all voters to vote in unprecedented numbers in the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections. It is essential to elect a strong government again to ensure the internal security of the country and to maintain the pace of development. Create a government that has not only made the country self-reliant but has also instilled confidence in every citizen. Let us vote with full enthusiasm for a developed India and inspire others to do the same," Shah posted on 'X'.

June 1, 2024 10:52 AM IST

Elderly man in Balasore district dies while standing in queue to cast his vote

Elderly man in Balasore district dies while standing in queue to cast his vote. Though he was rushed to hospital, doctors declared him dead on arrival.

June 1, 2024 10:45 AM IST

Odisha polls: Key candidates in fray

Assembly Speaker Pramila Mallik, the government's chief whip Prashant Muduli, Odisha BJP chief Manmohan Samal and BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda are among the candidates in the fray.

June 1, 2024 9:54 AM IST

7.69% voter turnout recorded till 9am

7.69% voter turnout recorded till 9am

June 1, 2024 9:41 AM IST

Odisha set for final phase of polls in BJD's stronghold of coastal region

Over 99.61 lakh voters will decide the fate of 460 candidates in six Lok Sabha seats and 42 assembly segments in the coastal region of Odisha on Saturday amid prevailing hot and humid weather conditions, officials said.

A straight fight is expected between the ruling BJD and the opposition BJP in the coastal region, where voting will be held from 7 am to 6 pm in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha seats.

A total of 66 candidates are in the fray in the Lok Sabha seats and while 394 candidates will contest the assembly segments in the fourth phase of simultaneous polls in the eastern state.

June 1, 2024 9:05 AM IST

Odisha Congress expels Publicity Committee Chairman Sanjay Tripathi for 'anti-party activities'

Odisha Congress on Friday expelled its Publicity Committee Chairman Sanjay Tripathi from the party for six years over "indiscipline and anti-party activities."

The action comes a day before the last phase of voting of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

"AICC has approved the expulsion of Sanjay Tripathi with immediate effect from Indian National Congress for six years due to indiscipline and anti-party," Odisha Congress President Sarat Pattanayak said in a release on Friday.

Earlier Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday exuded confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party will win all 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha and also form the government in the state

June 1, 2024 8:29 AM IST

Congress will uproot BJD-BJP combine in Odisha: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, implying that the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is in cahoots with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Thursday claimed that the Congress will uproot the BJD-BJP partnership in Odisha as it did in Telangana, “where the Bharat Rashtra Samithi was working for the BJP”. Read more

June 1, 2024 8:12 AM IST

Let's make our democracy more vibrant and participative: PM Modi tells voters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged people to vote in large numbers as polling for the last phase of Lok Sabha elections and Odisha assembly elections began.

"Together, let's make our democracy more vibrant and participative," the prime minister said on X.

Polling is being held in 57 seats, including in all constituencies of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh besides a few in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand.

June 1, 2024 7:38 AM IST

Key candidates in this phase

Several prominent leaders' fates will be decided in this phase, including Odisha assembly Speaker Pramila Mallik, government chief whip Prashant Muduli, BJP Odisha unit president Manmohan Samal, BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda, six Odisha ministers, and four sitting MPs.

June 1, 2024 7:38 AM IST

BJP writes to Odisha CEO to investigate misuse of Mission Shakti premises in Balasore

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has written to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha, seeking immediate investigation and action on reported suspicious activity involving bribery and misuse of the State Government's Mission Shakti premises at Remuna block in Odisha's Balasore district.

"On 31-05-24, a report of suspicious activity was brought to light involving the office of Mission Shakti. The MLA candidate of the BJP promptly arrived at the scene and informed the flying squad of the same. Upon their arrival, three SHG women who were present in the Mission Shakti office fled the premises. During the subsequent investigation, the flying squad recovered a bag containing lakhs of rupees intended to unduly influence voters," the Odisha unit of the BJP said in the complaint to the CEO.

The Odisha BJP asked the CEO to conduct an immediate and comprehensive investigation to identify the government officials involved in this incident and determine their level of participation in aiding the political party.

June 1, 2024 7:36 AM IST

Voting for 6 LS segments and 42 assembly seats begins in Odisha amid tight security

Polling commenced for six Lok Sabha constituencies and 42 assembly seats in Odisha on Saturday morning, amid tight security, a poll official said.

Voting began at 7 am in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara, and Jagatsinghpur Lok Sabha seats, along with the 42 assembly segments that constitute these parliamentary constituencies.

Polling will continue till 6 pm as there are no Maoist-hit zones under these Lok Sabha seats, the official added.

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