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Once the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls were announced, the Modi-Shah duo led a BJP blitzkrieg against Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik’s citadel with the slogan of a double-engine sarkaar stretching the 73-year-old chief minister’s all available resources.(ANI)

Assembly Elections 2019: For Naveen Patnaik, PM Modi-led BJP blitzkrieg may be tough to conquer

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 07:58 AM IST
In 2019 the suave Patnaik was up against PM Narendra Modi and his party who more than matched his party’s resources. Much before the state went to polls, PM Modi and his lieutenant and BJP president Amit Shah had Odisha on their radar along with Bengal.

Assembly election results highlights: ‘I want to congratulate Smriti Irani, take good care of Amethi,’ says Rahul Gandhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 02:28 AM IST

Will Pawan Chamling, India’s longest serving chief minister, continue to occupy the hot seat in the tiny Himalayan state of Sikkim, or will PS Golay, once Chamling’s most trusted man, edge him out him is the question being asked all around the state.With exit poll predictions not providing a clear picture, one will have to wait till Thursday when the results of Sikkim’s 32 assembly seats and the lone Lok Sabha seat would be announced along with the election results for the entire country.Click here for election results 2019 live updatesThe Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Monday said it would support any party or combination forming the next government at the Centre if they agree to settle some of the long pending issues of Odisha.BJD spokesman Amar Patnaik said chief minister Naveen Patnaik has already made BJD’s position clear when he launched the party’s electoral campaign from Nayagarh district in March this year.Follow updates here:

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s BJD has made special category status a major political since the day it was first elected to power in 2000.(HT PHOTO)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s BJD has made special category status a major political since the day it was first elected to power in 2000.(HT PHOTO)

Ahead of results day, BJD says will support any party that agrees to its demands

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2019 10:29 PM IST
The Biju Janata Dal said it would support any party or combination forming the next government at the Centre if they agree to settle some of the long pending issues of Odisha.
In stronghold, BJD faces a strong challenge(PTI)
In stronghold, BJD faces a strong challenge(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: In stronghold, BJD faces a strong challenge

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 19, 2019 11:50 PM IST
News24-Today’s Chanakya gave BJP 11 to 17 seats. ABP News-Nielsen and Times Now-VMR predicted 12 seats for the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD)..
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT file photo)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT file photo)
Voters queue up to cast their votes at a polling station Odisha’s Kandhamal, which went to polls on April 18 , the second phase of seven-phase Lok Sabha elections 2019.(HT file photo)
Voters queue up to cast their votes at a polling station Odisha’s Kandhamal, which went to polls on April 18 , the second phase of seven-phase Lok Sabha elections 2019.(HT file photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Direct BJP-BJD fight in 4 of 6 Odisha seats voting in phase four

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2019 06:00 PM IST
In the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019, more than 9.5 million voters in the 6 Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly constituencies are eligible to cast their votes in 10792 polling booths
In his 22 year-long political career Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has alway been on the ruling side. This summer, can Odisha’s most famous bachelor continue this dream run?(Arabinda Mahapatra)
In his 22 year-long political career Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has alway been on the ruling side. This summer, can Odisha’s most famous bachelor continue this dream run?(Arabinda Mahapatra)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Can Odisha’s famous bachelor continue dream run?

Bhubaneswar/ New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2019 05:07 AM IST
Naveen Patnaik’s rivals, at least some, see him in awe (others accuse him of whimsy) and his own colleagues find him enigmatic and immune to the many perks of power politics.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik went around several villages in the constituency in a specially-designed campaign bus invoking Odia self respect and recounting how the place was the karmabhoomi of his late father Biju Patnaik.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT PHOTO)
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik went around several villages in the constituency in a specially-designed campaign bus invoking Odia self respect and recounting how the place was the karmabhoomi of his late father Biju Patnaik.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT PHOTO)

On last day of campaign, Naveen Patnaik, Baijayant Panda sweat it out in Kendrapara

Hindustan Times, Kendrapara | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2019 05:08 PM IST
In the 2019 polls, the constituency has gained maximum interest as a proxy war is being fought between chief minister Naveen Patnaik and his bete noire Panda, though officially the BJD candidate is Odia film star Anubhav Mohanty.
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

Hindustan Times, Kendrapara | By Saubhadra Chatterji
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.
There are 61 candidates in the fray in the Lok Sabha seats and 356 candidates in assembly constituencies.(ARABINDA MAHAPATRA/HT PHOTO)
There are 61 candidates in the fray in the Lok Sabha seats and 356 candidates in assembly constituencies.(ARABINDA MAHAPATRA/HT PHOTO)

Odisha registers 61% voter turnout in third phase, polling official dies

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2019 08:23 AM IST
The state is hosting simultaneous elections to the 147-member Assembly, in addition to 21 Lok Sabha constituencies.
In the phase 3 Lok Sabha election in Odisha, Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is in a direct fight with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).(HT file photo)
In the phase 3 Lok Sabha election in Odisha, Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is in a direct fight with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).(HT file photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Direct BJP-BJD fight in phase 3 polls in six seats in Odisha

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2019 07:12 AM IST
The fight in these parliamentary constituencies is directly between the BJP and ruling BJD with the Congress nowhere in the picture. While the BJP seems to have an edge in Bhubaneswar, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar Lok Sabha seats, the BJD seems to be ahead in Cuttack, Puri and Sambalpur
The BJD’s candidate for the Pipili assembly constituency in Odisha’s Puri district, Pradeep Maharathy, was arrested on Monday.(Pradeep Maharathy Pipili Delanga/Facebook)
The BJD’s candidate for the Pipili assembly constituency in Odisha’s Puri district, Pradeep Maharathy, was arrested on Monday.(Pradeep Maharathy Pipili Delanga/Facebook)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJD candidate arrested for leading attack on EC team in Odisha

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 04:29 PM IST
Pradeep Maharathy has been charged under several sections of Indian Penal Code including an attempt to murder, assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty, wrongful restraint and rioting and Section 123 of the Representation of People’s Act.
Elections to the Puri Lok Sabha constituency will be held on April 23 in the third phase and Patra is pitted against BJD’s Pinaki Mishra and Congress candidate Satya Prakash Nayak, a journalist-turned-politician.(HT PHOTO)
Elections to the Puri Lok Sabha constituency will be held on April 23 in the third phase and Patra is pitted against BJD’s Pinaki Mishra and Congress candidate Satya Prakash Nayak, a journalist-turned-politician.(HT PHOTO)

BJP nominee Sambit Patra croons Telugu song to woo voters in Puri

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2019 11:02 PM IST
Campaigning in Telugu-dominated Penthakata area in Puri on Friday evening, Patra started crooning ‘Telusa Manasa’, the Telugu version of evergreen Hindi hit number Tum Mile Dil Khile from the Hindi movie Criminal.
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

Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
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.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at an election rally.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT file photo)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at an election rally.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT file photo)

Lok Sabha election 2019: BJD dominates 4 out of 5 Odisha constituencies voting in second phase

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2019 03:50 PM IST
In the last Lok Sabha election, the BJD had registered a landslide victory with 20 out of 21 seats in its kitty and the BJP just one.
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?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore, 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
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik is the son of former CM Biju Patnaik, and while he is a bachelor with no family members in politics, his party depends on a number of other influential families.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT File Photo)
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik is the son of former CM Biju Patnaik, and while he is a bachelor with no family members in politics, his party depends on a number of other influential families.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Family ties influence Odisha politics

Hindustan Times, Sambalpur | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2019 07:11 AM IST
Cutting across political spectrum, family lines are a dominant factor of Odisha’s electoral politics. Experts say many of these families have huge tracts of lands and fat purses, and therefore, come with formidable resources.
No one is a permanent enemy or friend in the age of coalition politics(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
No one is a permanent enemy or friend in the age of coalition politics(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Opinion | Political opportunism rules the day

By Shashi Shekhar
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 08:56 AM IST
People are disillusioned by declining political standards, hence the rise in NOTA votes
Four parliamentary and 28 assembly constituencies are voting in the first phase of the Lok Sabha election on Thursday in Odisha, where Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has held the fort for nearly two decades now.(HT Photo)
Four parliamentary and 28 assembly constituencies are voting in the first phase of the Lok Sabha election on Thursday in Odisha, where Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has held the fort for nearly two decades now.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha election 2019: In first phase, BJD will look to retain seats in 3 constituencies

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2019 02:17 PM IST
In the first phase, 26 candidates are in the fray for the four Lok Sabha seats and 191 are contesting for the 28 assembly seats. A total of 60,03,707 voters are eligible to cast their votes that will determine the fate of candidates of the ruling BJP and opposition BJP and Congress.
Police seized the car and investigating about source, ownership and purpose of the money being carried in the car, they said(ANI)
Police seized the car and investigating about source, ownership and purpose of the money being carried in the car, they said(ANI)

Lok Sabha election 2019: EC team seize Rs 2 lakh cash from BJD candidate’s vehicle

Bhawanipatna, Odisha | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2019 07:52 PM IST
The unaccounted cash was seized from the vehicle of Pradip Kumar Dishari, the BJD candidate contesting from Lanjigarh assembly segment by the flying squad of the ECI.
Sudarshan Lohar blows a whistle as he moves door-to-door while canvassing for votes.(HT Photo)
Sudarshan Lohar blows a whistle as he moves door-to-door while canvassing for votes.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha election: Allotted whistle as poll symbol, Odisha candidate blows it hard for votes

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2019 01:12 PM IST
Sudarshan Lohar, who was allotted a whistle as an election symbol last week, is trying to make the most of the opportunity by blowing it as he moves door-to-door while canvassing for votes.
Earlier in January, Patnaik had appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accord the special category status to Odisha.
Earlier in January, Patnaik had appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accord the special category status to Odisha.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJD files police complaint against BJP for cheating Odisha on special status

Bhubaneswar | By Asian News International
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2019 04:12 PM IST
In its complaint, the BJD also said that it is disappointed with the fact that the BJP has not addressed the issue of special category status to the state in its manifesto, police said.
A TV channel airing news of the electoral battle in 2019 implies that the video was shot on April 2.(Screengrab from the video)
A TV channel airing news of the electoral battle in 2019 implies that the video was shot on April 2.(Screengrab from the video)

To quell rumours about Naveen Patnaik’s health, BJD releases CM’s work-out video

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar: | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2020 11:52 PM IST
In a video posted on Twitter and trending under the hashtag #NaveenTheJetEngine, Patnaik wearing a half-sleeved black T-shirt and a black trouser, is seen jogging and exercising inside the corridors of Naveen Niwas, his residence near the Biju Patnaik International Airport.
TOPSHOT - An Indian election official (R) puts indeliable ink on the finger of a voter before she casts her ballot in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections at a polling station in Bangalore on May 12, 2018. Voting in a key Indian state opened May 12 amid dirty tricks claims by the two leading parties after nearly 10,000 voting cards were seized by election authorities. The opposition Congress party, which has dominated India's politics in the seven decades since independence, is fighting to retain control of its last major state, Karnataka, amid a fierce onslaught by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist party. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN(AFP)
TOPSHOT - An Indian election official (R) puts indeliable ink on the finger of a voter before she casts her ballot in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections at a polling station in Bangalore on May 12, 2018. Voting in a key Indian state opened May 12 amid dirty tricks claims by the two leading parties after nearly 10,000 voting cards were seized by election authorities. The opposition Congress party, which has dominated India's politics in the seven decades since independence, is fighting to retain control of its last major state, Karnataka, amid a fierce onslaught by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist party. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN(AFP)

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: BJD will aim to retain Kandhamal seat in Odisha

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 03:20 PM IST
Voting will be held in Kandhamal on April 18 and the result will be declared on May 23.
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

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
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.
Ghaziabad India - March 14, 2019: A view of an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT), at DM office, in Ghaziabad, India, on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The members of the federation of association of apartment owners will request contesting candidates to give affidavits which will include time line of the works which the candidate promises in their area.(Sakib Ali / Hindustan Times)
Ghaziabad India - March 14, 2019: A view of an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT), at DM office, in Ghaziabad, India, on Thursday, March 14, 2019. The members of the federation of association of apartment owners will request contesting candidates to give affidavits which will include time line of the works which the candidate promises in their area.(Sakib Ali / Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Odisha’s Sambalpur is a BJD bastion

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 03:12 PM IST
Sambalpur will witness polling on April 23 and counting of votes will take place on May 23.
New Delhi, India - Feb. 7, 2015: People waiting in a long queue to cast their vote during the Delhi Assembly Elections, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, February 7, 2015. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India - Feb. 7, 2015: People waiting in a long queue to cast their vote during the Delhi Assembly Elections, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, February 7, 2015. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: BJD has ruled Odisha’s Keonjhar for two terms

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 02:55 PM IST
Keonjhar will witness polling in the third phase on April 23 and votes will be counted on May 23.
Dumka , Jharkhand, INDIA – December 20: Voters queue waiting to cast their votes on 5th phase election of Jharkhand assembly poll for Santhal Praganna at a polling booth in Dumka on Saturday December 20, 2014(Hindustan Times)
Dumka , Jharkhand, INDIA – December 20: Voters queue waiting to cast their votes on 5th phase election of Jharkhand assembly poll for Santhal Praganna at a polling booth in Dumka on Saturday December 20, 2014(Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Odisha’s Bhubaneswar has been under BJD for 20 years

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 02:44 PM IST
Bhubaneswar will vote on April 23 in the third round of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election. The result will be declared on May 23.
Greater Noida, India - February 11, 2017: Voters begin casting their vote in Jewar constituency, in Greater Noida, India, on Saturday, February 11, 2017.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Greater Noida, India - February 11, 2017: Voters begin casting their vote in Jewar constituency, in Greater Noida, India, on Saturday, February 11, 2017.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: BJD has its hold over Odisha’s Puri since 1998

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 03:09 PM IST
The Puri Lok Sabha constituency goes to polls in the fourth phase on April 29. The votes will be counted on May 23.
Patna, India - January 18, 2019: An electoral officer demonstrates the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during the review meeting of poll preparedness of the state for the upcoming general elections, in Patna, Bihar, India, on Friday, January 18, 2019. (Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Patna, India - January 18, 2019: An electoral officer demonstrates the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) during the review meeting of poll preparedness of the state for the upcoming general elections, in Patna, Bihar, India, on Friday, January 18, 2019. (Photo by Parwaz Khan / Hindustan Times)(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha 2019 constituency: Will BJD retain its hold over Odisha’s Dhenkanal?

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 02:51 PM IST
The Dhenkanal Lok Sabha seat will go to polls in the third phase of election on April 23. The votes will be counted on May 23.
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