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Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik named the number two in the party on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Naveen Patnaik makes young MLA Pranab Prakash Das number two in BJD

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2020 11:30 PM IST
Patnaik made the announcement at the party headquarters in Bhubaneswar on the occasion of the 104th birth anniversary of former chief minister Biju Patnaik.
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Patnaik’s legacy extends far beyond the realm of politics and governance(HT Archives)
Patnaik’s legacy extends far beyond the realm of politics and governance(HT Archives)

Why the late Biju Patnaik deserves a Bharat Ratna| Opinion

By Amar Patnaik
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2020 09:33 PM IST
Honour the freedom fighter, aviator, modern Odisha’s architect, and a symbol of fierce courage and patriotism
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A Guwahati-bound IndiGo flight from Hyderabad was forced to make an emergency landing on Sunday at Bhubaneswar airport this morning after a “mentally-unstable” passenger created a mid-air ruckus, officials said.(Gurminder Singh /Hindustan Times)
A Guwahati-bound IndiGo flight from Hyderabad was forced to make an emergency landing on Sunday at Bhubaneswar airport this morning after a “mentally-unstable” passenger created a mid-air ruckus, officials said.(Gurminder Singh /Hindustan Times)

Man tries to open IndiGo plane door mid-air, forces emergency landing

By Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2019 10:50 PM IST
Airport officials at the Biju Patnaik airport said soon after the IndiGo flight 6E 462 left Hyderabad at 4:50 am, a 20-year-old passenger named Irshad Ali started creating a ruckus.
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BJD President and Odisha Chief minister Naveen Patnaik flashes the victory sign after party's victory in Odisha assembly and Lok Sabha elections, in Bhubaneswar, Thursday, May 23, 2019.(PTI)
BJD President and Odisha Chief minister Naveen Patnaik flashes the victory sign after party's victory in Odisha assembly and Lok Sabha elections, in Bhubaneswar, Thursday, May 23, 2019.(PTI)

From art lover to five-time CM, Naveen Patnaik is leader for all seasons

By Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 07:56 AM IST
His lack of proficiency in Odia — the state was the first in the country to be carved out on the basis of language— has never been a stumbling block in his popularity. Since then, Patnaik has never looked back.
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Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik is attempting to win the assembly polls record fifth time.(HT file photo)
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik is attempting to win the assembly polls record fifth time.(HT file photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: UPA or NDA, Naveen Patnaik relevance can’t be undermined

By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 07:36 AM IST
In 2014, he bucked a nationwide Modi wave to win a record 117 of the 147 seats in the state assembly polls and 20 seats of the 21 seats in Lok Sabha polls.
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From a privileged dynast to a regional strongman, Naveen Patnaik is part of a constellation of state leaders who offer a counter narrative to the one nation, one party, one leader chant(Arabinda Mahapatra/Hindustan Times)
From a privileged dynast to a regional strongman, Naveen Patnaik is part of a constellation of state leaders who offer a counter narrative to the one nation, one party, one leader chant(Arabinda Mahapatra/Hindustan Times)

Can the Naveen model counter Modi?

By Rajdeep Sardesai
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 10:26 AM IST
Even if a United Front-like 1990s experiment appears unlikely in case the BJP fails to achieve its 2014 performance, don’t rule out a greater role for the regional supremos in any post-May 23 ruling dispensation
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Jay Panda was the BJD MP from 2009 till he resigned in 2018. For the first time, he is contesting in a BJP jersey.(HT Photo)
Jay Panda was the BJD MP from 2009 till he resigned in 2018. For the first time, he is contesting in a BJP jersey.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Jay Panda faces star power in high-profile battle

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, Kendrapara
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2019 08:22 AM IST
The road to Kendrapara is littered with posters of Anubhav Mohanty’s latest flick, “Biju Babu”. Although Mohanty claims the film has nothing political about it, the timing of the film’s title and that Mohanty is contesting from an area considered the legendary Biju Patnaik’s ‘karambhumi’ is too obvious to ignore.
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Veteran politician and BJD’s candidate from Patkura Assembly constituency in the currently underway elections, Bed Prakash Agarwal passed away today in a Bhubaneswar-based private hospital while undergoing treatment.(HT Photo)
Veteran politician and BJD’s candidate from Patkura Assembly constituency in the currently underway elections, Bed Prakash Agarwal passed away today in a Bhubaneswar-based private hospital while undergoing treatment.(HT Photo)

BJD candidate and former Odisha finance minister passes away

By Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2019 01:58 PM IST
The 83-year-old Agarwal, the only Marwari politician in BJD, had been unwell for the past few days and was admitted to a private hospital in the city after his condition deteriorated.
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Sure, the BJP did win Darjeeling on its own in West Bengal in the 2009 Lok Sabha election, but this was with the support of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM).(AP FILE PHOTO)
Sure, the BJP did win Darjeeling on its own in West Bengal in the 2009 Lok Sabha election, but this was with the support of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM).(AP FILE PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Will TMC, BJD rethink strategy to stave off BJP poll challenge?

By Roshan Kishore | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2019 07:47 AM IST
Naveen Patnaik formed the BJD after the death of his father Biju Patnaik in 1997. The BJP and the BJD had pre-poll alliances in the 1998, 1999 and 2004 Lok Sabha elections, and won 16, 19 and 18 out of the 21 PCs in the state
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Mumbai, India - February 21, 2017: People cast their vote during the BMC elections at Ghodapdeo in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times)(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)
Mumbai, India - February 21, 2017: People cast their vote during the BMC elections at Ghodapdeo in Mumbai, India, on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/Hindustan Times)(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Odisha’s Aska is BJD’s pocket borough

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 05:23 PM IST
Aska will vote on April 18 during the second round of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election. The result will be declared on May 23.
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Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has kept his promise to name women candidates on 33 per cent Lok Sabha seats in the state.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has kept his promise to name women candidates on 33 per cent Lok Sabha seats in the state.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

Lok Sabha election: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik fulfils promise, names women candidates on 33% seats

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 04:21 PM IST
Odisha chief minister and Biju Janata Dal chief Naveen Patnaik has named women candidates for seven of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
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Double-candidature is an indulgence and insurance the weightiest and venerated leaders across parties have bought over the years.(PTI)
Double-candidature is an indulgence and insurance the weightiest and venerated leaders across parties have bought over the years.(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: The rights and wrongs of double candidatures in elections

By Vinod Sharma | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2019 06:29 AM IST
The hullabaloo over the possibility of Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi fighting from two seats is nothing but a tactic tailored to paint the rival side as lacking in confidence. At stake is ascendancy in public perception.
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When credible women candidates are backed by mainstream parties, there is no reason why women voters won’t pick them.(Deepak Sharma/HT)
When credible women candidates are backed by mainstream parties, there is no reason why women voters won’t pick them.(Deepak Sharma/HT)

BJD’s decision to reserve seats for women is great but it’s half the job done

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2019 07:42 AM IST
To strengthen the quality of polity and governance, parties must choose women candidates who have a good track record, not just those who ride on family backing and monetary power. And one important pool of representatives that they must tap is the panchayat segment
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Tathagata Satpathy is a four-time MP from Dhenkanal in Odisha.(HT PHOTO)
Tathagata Satpathy is a four-time MP from Dhenkanal in Odisha.(HT PHOTO)

BJD lawmaker to quit electoral politics, says 13-yr-old son convinced him

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2019 08:28 PM IST
Tataghata Satpathy, said he was leaving electoral politics following the wish of his 13-year-old son.
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The ruling Biju Janata Dal in Odisha unveiled a programme to seek public opinion on Tuesday.
The ruling Biju Janata Dal in Odisha unveiled a programme to seek public opinion on Tuesday.

After Congress and BJP, BJD now seeks public opinion on poll manifesto

By Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2019 12:53 PM IST
BJD chief Naveen Patnaik said members of the party’s women wing will visit households and hand over forms to collect the views over the government’s performance and their expectations from it.
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Janata Dal (Secular)leader Danish Ali on Friday said former president Pranab Mukherjee was being awarded the Bharat Ratna as he had visited the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Janata Dal (Secular)leader Danish Ali on Friday said former president Pranab Mukherjee was being awarded the Bharat Ratna as he had visited the RSS headquarters in Nagpur.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Bharat Ratna for former president Pranab Mukherjee as he visited RSS headquarters: JD(S) leader

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2019 02:29 PM IST
Ali added that there were more deserving candidates than the former president Pranab Mukherjee in the field of politics, like Biju Patnaik and Kanshi Ram, who had worked for the masses.
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