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The seat was vacated by chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who retained Hinjili the other seat he had won in the assembly elections in May this year.(PTI Photo)

Assembly by-polls 2019: BJD all set to retain Bijepur seat with record margin

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2019 01:27 PM IST
At the end of 16th round, Sahu had bagged 120984 votes while the BJP’s Gadtia got 33611 votes and Congress’ Dilip Panda 5047 votes.
Rita Sahu of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is ahead in Bijepur assembly seat in Odisha after two rounds of counting of votes.(HT file photo)
Rita Sahu of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is ahead in Bijepur assembly seat in Odisha after two rounds of counting of votes.(HT file photo)

Assembly bypolls 2019: BJD candidate ahead in Odisha’s Bijepur, seat Naveen Patnaik vacated

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2019 11:09 AM IST
This is also the first time the BJD and the BJP have locked horns after the April-May 2019 assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Odisha
A file photo of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat(HT PHOTO)
A file photo of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat(HT PHOTO)

RSS to hold meeting of highest policy-making body for the first time in Odisha

Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2019 09:22 AM IST
Political observers point to the significance of the timing of the RSS meeting in Odisha, coming at a time when the BJP is making rapid strides and has emerged as the main opposition party in the state.
BJD MLA Manohar Randhari was seen washing feet of sanitation workers at a Swachh Bharat function.(Photo: Screengrab/ HT Video)
BJD MLA Manohar Randhari was seen washing feet of sanitation workers at a Swachh Bharat function.(Photo: Screengrab/ HT Video)

Odisha MLA washes feet of sanitation workers with turmeric water, video goes viral

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneshwar | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON SEP 30, 2019 07:13 PM IST
In the video, Randhari, a MLA from Dabugam assembly constituency of Nabarangpur district, was seen washing the feet of sanitation workers at a Swachh Bharat awareness function on Sunday.
The BJD president had won two seats in the last assembly elections.(PTI image)
The BJD president had won two seats in the last assembly elections.(PTI image)

BJD names Rita Sahu as Bijepur bypoll candidate

Bhubaneswar | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 09:04 PM IST
Sahu had contested a by-election in 2018 as the ruling BJD candidate and won the Bijepur seat after death of her husband and then Congress MLA Subal Sahu.
File photograph of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supporters celebrating the party’s Lok Sabha election results,.(HT PHOTO)
File photograph of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supporters celebrating the party’s Lok Sabha election results,.(HT PHOTO)

BJD MP slaps new party member in public, apologises after Naveen Patnaik’s rebuke

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2019 11:39 PM IST
BJD MP Chandra Shekhar Sahu was seen on a video slapping Sangram Sahu, a former Youth Congress president of Gajapati district during his induction into the BJD at a ceremony in Paralakhemundi town on Tuesday.
The ruling party jumped to defend Naveen Patnaik government’s demolition drive around the Jagannath temple on Friday(ANI Photo)
The ruling party jumped to defend Naveen Patnaik government’s demolition drive around the Jagannath temple on Friday(ANI Photo)

Citing Akshardham attack of 2002, Biju Janata Dal defends demolition around Jagannath temple

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2019 08:34 AM IST
The BJD has hailed the demolition drive that generated political heat as a ‘bold and laudable’ move for the purpose of crafting better security infrastructure around the Jagannath temple
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik chaired the executive committee meeting of the ruling Biju Janata Dal on Sunday.(HT PHOTO.)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik chaired the executive committee meeting of the ruling Biju Janata Dal on Sunday.(HT PHOTO.)

BJD to begin membership drive from Sep 2, plans to double number of members

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2019 07:20 PM IST
BJD currently is the biggest political party in Odisha with 47 lakh members. The main opposition BJP that has 36 lakh members is currently on an enrolment drive to increase the membership to 50 lakh.
Pralhad Joshi said floor coordination became crucial in pushing through the crucial provisions related to Jammu and Kashmir on the last two days of the session that ended on(ANI Photo)
Pralhad Joshi said floor coordination became crucial in pushing through the crucial provisions related to Jammu and Kashmir on the last two days of the session that ended on(ANI Photo)

‘For Article 370 move, personal calls to senior opposition leaders helped clinch majority vote’: Pralhad Joshi

New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 11:40 AM IST
Pralhad Joshi said, “This bill was brought on {August} 5th and 6th. There were so many bills like MV {motor vehicle} bill which was passed in the extended time... it was not just because of 370... Because of huge pendency, we were forced to extend.”
Parliament live blog.(PTI)
Parliament live blog.(PTI)

Parliament Live Updates: Amit Shah to table anti-terror bill in Rajya Sabha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2019 01:48 PM IST

Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is expected to table the Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Dam Safety Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha on Wednesday for consideration and passing.Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri is likely to move The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 for consideration.Rajya Sabha is likely to see Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Home Minister Amit Shah moving The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, and The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019, respectively, for consideration and passing.Narendra Modi led NDA government at the Centre secured Rajya Sabha’s clearance for the historic bill with support from the BJD, walkout by JD-U and AIADMK. The triple talaq bill was passed by the Lok Sabha last week.Amit Shah hailed the approval of triple talaq bill by Parliament and said the Modi government is dedicated to protecting women’s rights and ensuring their empowerment.:

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT photo)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT photo)

Patkura election result: Naveen Patnaik’s longtime bête noire to lose crucial Odisha assembly poll

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 02:28 PM IST
The Patkura verdict brings an end to the two-decade-long battle between Naveen Patnaik and 69-year-old Mohapatra, his principal bête noire.
Congress’s floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, in reply, said that most of the scheme are UPA-era ones.(HT Photo)
Congress’s floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, in reply, said that most of the scheme are UPA-era ones.(HT Photo)

Coming soon, geo-tagging for MGNREGA cards

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Madhukalya
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2019 09:53 PM IST
Tomar also said that under the Gramin Sadak Yojana, which was initiated by former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 31,000 km of roads have been built already, and the second phase aims to build 50,000 km, while the third phase will cover 1.5 lakh km.
The state has over 600,000 women’s SHGs, with an estimated 7 million members. Bisoyi is credited for starting at least 100.(Dhamini Ratnam/ HT Photo)
The state has over 600,000 women’s SHGs, with an estimated 7 million members. Bisoyi is credited for starting at least 100.(Dhamini Ratnam/ HT Photo)

‘Will provide all the help farmers need’: Aska MP Pramila Bisoyi

Hindustan Times, Aska/New Delhi | By Debabrata Mohanty and Dhamini Ratnam
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2019 07:42 AM IST
Pramila Bisoyi won the Aska parliamentary seat on a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) ticket in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer-turned-corporate honcho and then entrepreneur, Ashwini Vaishnaw was on Friday elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Odisha as BJP candidate(HT Photo)
Former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer-turned-corporate honcho and then entrepreneur, Ashwini Vaishnaw was on Friday elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Odisha as BJP candidate(HT Photo)

BJP’s Ashwini Vaishnaw elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Odisha

Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2019 09:31 AM IST
After being declared elected, Vaishnaw said he would not behave like a politician and would be a brother to people.
The bypolls were conducted to the three vacant seats after BJD’s Achyuta Samanta, Pratap Keshari Deb and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik resigned from the Rajya Sabha following their election to the Lok Sabha and the state assembly.(HT Photo)
The bypolls were conducted to the three vacant seats after BJD’s Achyuta Samanta, Pratap Keshari Deb and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik resigned from the Rajya Sabha following their election to the Lok Sabha and the state assembly.(HT Photo)

Paswan, three others elected in RS bypolls

Patna/Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2019 10:43 PM IST
The Lok Janshakti Party chief, Paswan, has been elected to the Upper House in a bypoll necessitated by the resignation of his cabinet colleague Ravi Shankar Prasad, who got elected to the Lok Sabha from the Patna Sahib seat in the general elections.
Former IAS officer Ashwini Vaishnaw on Saturday formally joined the BJP at its state party office.(HT PHOTO)
Former IAS officer Ashwini Vaishnaw on Saturday formally joined the BJP at its state party office.(HT PHOTO)

In Odisha, BJD-BJP consensus candidate for Rajya Sabha bypoll joins BJP

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2019 10:05 PM IST
On Friday evening, the BJP had announced Vaishnaw’s name as its candidate for one of the three Rajya Sabha seats that fell vacant following the resignation of BJD MPs Achyut Samanta, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and Pratap Deb.
Indian Muslim women rest inside Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi.(AP file photo)
Indian Muslim women rest inside Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi.(AP file photo)

NDA makes a point with triple talaq bill in House

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 22, 2019 12:04 AM IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party, which leads the NDA, has 75 MPs in the current Rajya Sabha of 236 members, and needs the support of at least 44 more MPs to get the bill passed.
Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced that his party will support BJP candidate and former bureaucrat Ashwini Vaishnaw for one of the vacant Rajya Sabha seats from Odisha.(PTI file photo)
Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced that his party will support BJP candidate and former bureaucrat Ashwini Vaishnaw for one of the vacant Rajya Sabha seats from Odisha.(PTI file photo)

BJD says will back BJP candidate in Rajya Sabha bypoll

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON JUN 22, 2019 12:02 AM IST
By-election to three Rajya Sabha seats in Odisha has been necessitated by resignation of Achyuta Samanta, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and Pratap Keshari Deb.
Sasmit Patra, the BJD candidate, has been the BJD spokesperson for over two years. Son of former Christian leader Swarupananda Patra, Sasmit has been BJD’s most visible face onTV channel debates.(Twitter)
Sasmit Patra, the BJD candidate, has been the BJD spokesperson for over two years. Son of former Christian leader Swarupananda Patra, Sasmit has been BJD’s most visible face onTV channel debates.(Twitter)

BJD announces two names for Rajya Sabha polls

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2019 11:55 PM IST
At Naveen Niwas this evening, Patnaik announced the name of Amar Patnaik, a former principal accountant general of Kerala and West Bengal and now BJD’s IT cell head as one of the BJD candidates.
Sahoo’s older brother Parameswar said at Khuntuni some BJD workers put up the Green Party flag with the image of a conch on top the tricolour-draped coffin while offering flowers.(HT Photo)
Sahoo’s older brother Parameswar said at Khuntuni some BJD workers put up the Green Party flag with the image of a conch on top the tricolour-draped coffin while offering flowers.(HT Photo)

BJD under fire over party flag on coffin of Odisha jawan killed in Pulwama

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2019 03:39 PM IST
Ajit Sahoo of 44 Rashtriya Rifles was killed when militants attacked the bullet and mine-proof patrol vehicle with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Arihal village of Pulwama district.
The convention of the Lok Sabha for the past many years has been that while the ruling side appoints their own MP as the Speaker, it offers the deputy Speaker’s role to the Opposition camp.(HT Photo)
The convention of the Lok Sabha for the past many years has been that while the ruling side appoints their own MP as the Speaker, it offers the deputy Speaker’s role to the Opposition camp.(HT Photo)

Naveen Patnaik in Delhi, all eyes on deputy Speaker nominee for Lok Sabha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2019 07:44 AM IST
A BJD leader said Patnaik is scheduled to meet Modi on June 10. “It would be a courtesy call. Patnaik may raise some issues related to Odisha.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. (Photo by Arabinda Mahapatra / Hindustan Times)(Arabinda Mahapatra)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. (Photo by Arabinda Mahapatra / Hindustan Times)(Arabinda Mahapatra)

Naveen Patnaik keeps ministers on tight leash, wants a monthly report card

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2019 08:39 PM IST
The chief minister’s office said the 21 cabinet ministers and ministers of state have been asked to report about the progress and the steps taken by the seventh day of every month.
In a first, a 25-year-old engineering graduate from Odisha has become the youngest Member of Parliament to the 17th Lok Sabha.(Amarendra Dhal/Facebook)
In a first, a 25-year-old engineering graduate from Odisha has become the youngest Member of Parliament to the 17th Lok Sabha.(Amarendra Dhal/Facebook)

Lok Sabha election results 2019: BJD’s Chandrani Murmu, 25, becomes youngest Member of Parliament

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 12:50 PM IST
Chandrani, a greenhorn in politics, reportedly says she would like to come up to the expectations pinned on her by the youth and women besides the tribals in her region.
Pattanayak, a businessman, unsuccessfully contested from Pipili Assembly constituency in the 2019 polls, losing to BJD’s Pradeep Maharathy by a margin of 15,787 votes. (Image used for representational purpose).(ANI PHOTO)
Pattanayak, a businessman, unsuccessfully contested from Pipili Assembly constituency in the 2019 polls, losing to BJD’s Pradeep Maharathy by a margin of 15,787 votes. (Image used for representational purpose).(ANI PHOTO)

In Puri district, miscreants hurl bombs at BJP candidate’s house

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 09:30 PM IST
BJP’s candidate for Pipili assembly constituency, Ashrit Pattanayak was at his residence in Kamakantia village of Puri district when an unidentified man hurled bombs at his main door. The main gate of the house as well as a portion of the door was damaged in the incident, officials said.
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal on Friday accepted the resignation of chief minister Naveen Patnaik and his Council of Ministers to enable him to form a new government.(HT PHOTO)
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal on Friday accepted the resignation of chief minister Naveen Patnaik and his Council of Ministers to enable him to form a new government.(HT PHOTO)

Naveen Patnaik to be elected leader of BJD legislature party on May 26

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 08:49 AM IST
BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said after the election of 72-year-old Patnaik as leader of the Legislature Party, a decision on the possible date of swearing-in would be taken. The party is toying with the idea of holding the swearing-in on either on May 27 or 29.
BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra lost against BJD candidate and SC lawyer Pinaki Mishra in Puri, while its candidate Bishweswar Tudu of the BJP won against BJD’s Dr Debashis Marandi in Mayurbhanj.(HT Photo)
BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra lost against BJD candidate and SC lawyer Pinaki Mishra in Puri, while its candidate Bishweswar Tudu of the BJP won against BJD’s Dr Debashis Marandi in Mayurbhanj.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha election 2019: A spurt from 2014 polls, saffron party makes impressive gains in east coast

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 01:03 AM IST
BJD remained the dominant party, winning 14 seats, though its tally was six less than the previous general elections.
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

Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
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.
Odisha chief minister Biju Patnaik won both the Hinjili and Bijepur assembly constituencies against his nearest BJP candidates by huge margins.(Arabinda Mahapatra)
Odisha chief minister Biju Patnaik won both the Hinjili and Bijepur assembly constituencies against his nearest BJP candidates by huge margins.(Arabinda Mahapatra)

Assembly election results 2019: Naveen Patnaik set to join elite ‘5-term’ club

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 12:15 PM IST
The BJP seems set to be the main opposition party in the Odisha assembly with its candidates leading in 24 seats while Congress was leading in just six seats.
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.(Arabinda Mahapatra / HT File Photo)
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.(Arabinda Mahapatra / HT File Photo)

Naveen Patnaik wins record fifth term in Odisha as BJP makes impressive gains

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 10:26 PM IST
Assembly Elections Results 2019: He is on the path to joining the ranks of Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling and West Bengal’s Jyoti Basu as five-time CM.
The 2019 Lok Sabha and assembly elections have been the toughest electoral battles for Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President Naveen Patnaik.(PTI)
The 2019 Lok Sabha and assembly elections have been the toughest electoral battles for Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President Naveen Patnaik.(PTI)

Naveen Patnaik’s BJD takes lead over BJP in Lok Sabha polls in Odisha

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 10:48 AM IST
After steamrolling the opposition for 19 years, the BJD is facing a serious challenge from the BJP in Lok Sabha elections in Odisha.
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