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Odisha man who hosted BJP president Amit Shah joins BJD.(HT Photo)

Odisha man who hosted BJP chief Amit Shah for lunch last year joins BJD

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 01:19 PM IST
Nabin Swain who had offered Amit Shah lunch joined the Biju Janata Dal. Shah was in Odisha’s Ganjam district last year while he was starting the ‘Mission 120 programme’.
BJP president Amit Shah accused bureaucrats of stalling development and fixing BJD’s rivals.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)
BJP president Amit Shah accused bureaucrats of stalling development and fixing BJD’s rivals.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT Photo)

Bureaucrats to pay the price if they don’t stop their corrupt activities: Amit Shah in Odisha

Hindustan Times, Puri | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON SEP 24, 2018 11:03 PM IST
In an apparent dig at officials close to Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik, BJP president Amit Shah said they must remember that no government is permanent.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan waves at the crowd at a public meeting after the inauguration of Jharsuguda airport in Odisha, Saturday, September 22, 2018.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan waves at the crowd at a public meeting after the inauguration of Jharsuguda airport in Odisha, Saturday, September 22, 2018.(PTI)

PM Modi targets BJD and Congress with corruption charges at rallies in Odisha, Chhattisgarh

Hindustan Times, Jharsuguda/Raipur | By Debabrata Mohanty and Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2018 12:03 AM IST
Says both the parties ignored needs of people for their own interests.
Former Biju Janata Dal MP Baijayant Jay Panda(HT File Photo)
Former Biju Janata Dal MP Baijayant Jay Panda(HT File Photo)

Jay Panda’s chopper seized for flying over Odisha’s Chilika lake, former MP says ‘they can’t stop me’

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneshwar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2018 01:09 PM IST
Baijayant Jay Panda, who quit the BJD in May, said the charge was a brazen attempt to stop him from moving around. The Chilika lake is an eco-sensitive zone with a no-flying restriction.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi (R) and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar during 'Bharat Bandh' protest called by Congress and other parties against fuel price hike and depreciation of the rupee, in New Delhi on Monday, Sept 10(PTI)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi (R) and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar during 'Bharat Bandh' protest called by Congress and other parties against fuel price hike and depreciation of the rupee, in New Delhi on Monday, Sept 10(PTI)

The ruling laddoo or the opposition jalebi?

Hindustan Times | By Sujata Anandan
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2018 12:49 AM IST
BJD MP Bhartruhari Mehtab said the party would maintain distance from both BJP and Congress and would not align with any part.y(PTI)
BJD MP Bhartruhari Mehtab said the party would maintain distance from both BJP and Congress and would not align with any part.y(PTI)

BJD will keep distance from BJP and Congress, says party leader Bhartruhari Mehtab

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2018 09:37 AM IST
Bhartruhari Mehtab, BJD’s Lok Sabha floor leader, said the party thought its support for the NDA nominee Harivansh in the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman polls would bring good sense on the UPA.
Odisha BJP leaders admit that after BJD’s support to the NDA deputy chairman candidate for Rajya Sabha, Naveen Patnaik’s stature as kingmaker has gone up.(PTI/File Photo)
Odisha BJP leaders admit that after BJD’s support to the NDA deputy chairman candidate for Rajya Sabha, Naveen Patnaik’s stature as kingmaker has gone up.(PTI/File Photo)

BJD’s support for NDA in Rajya Sabha leaves Odisha BJP confused, Congress sees glimmer of hope

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2018 06:26 AM IST
BJD’s support from a position of equidistance from NDA helped Harivansh Narayan Singh get 125 votes in Rajya Sabha but in the process Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has managed to take the sting out of the BJP’s concerted attack on him.
Newly-elected deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh Narayan Singh takes charge at his office at Parliament.(PTI)
Newly-elected deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh Narayan Singh takes charge at his office at Parliament.(PTI)

How opposition squandered support of regional parties in Rajya Sabha elections

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2018 09:55 AM IST
For the past month, all calculations by the anti-NDA camp had indicated that it would need the BJD’s support to win the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman election. Yet, NCP was asked to reach out to Naveen Patnaik at the last moment. By the time he did, PM Modi had already spoken to him and secured his support.
Naveen Patnaik extended his supported to the NDA candidate after Amit Shah and PM Modi called him seeking support.(HT Photo)
Naveen Patnaik extended his supported to the NDA candidate after Amit Shah and PM Modi called him seeking support.(HT Photo)

In Naveen support to NDA, his BJD the big loser, says Congress

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2018 11:23 PM IST
BJD defended the move saying their support for Harivansh Narayan Singh was in fact for Janata Dal (United).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Patnaik over phone to seek his support for the deputy chairman’s election, according to people familiar with the matter.(HT File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Patnaik over phone to seek his support for the deputy chairman’s election, according to people familiar with the matter.(HT File Photo)

PM’s phone call to Naveen Patnaik signals thaw in frosty BJP-BJD relations

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2018 08:39 AM IST
The BJD‘s likely support to NDA candidate in the election for Rajya Sabha deputy chairman is the third sign in recent weeks of a new warmth in the otherwise frosty relationship between Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s party and the BJP.
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) members walk out of the Lok Sabha during a debate on 'no-confidence motion' in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on July 20.(PTI Photo)
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) members walk out of the Lok Sabha during a debate on 'no-confidence motion' in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on July 20.(PTI Photo)

No-confidence motion: Fence sitters in Parliament help govt in floor test

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2018 12:01 AM IST
The BJD’s move is a classic reflection of Naveen Patnaik’s political style. He is a ferocious, even if understated political warrior, back in his home state.
The no-confidence motion puts the Narendra Modi government to test, and the numbers may shift yet again once swing parties – particularly the AIADMK and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi – make their preferences public.(PTI)
The no-confidence motion puts the Narendra Modi government to test, and the numbers may shift yet again once swing parties – particularly the AIADMK and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi – make their preferences public.(PTI)

House arithmetic after BJD and Shiv Sena keep away from no-confidence vote

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prashant Jha
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2018 02:59 PM IST
The National Democratic Alliance, which faces a no-confidence motion, began the day with 312 votes. However, with the Shiv Sena walking out, its strength has come down to 294 members.
The BJD’s move is a classic reflection of Naveen Patnaik’s political style. He is a ferocious, even if understated political warrior back home in the state.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT Photo)
The BJD’s move is a classic reflection of Naveen Patnaik’s political style. He is a ferocious, even if understated political warrior back home in the state.(Arabinda Mahapatra/ HT Photo)

BJD walks out ahead of no-confidence motion in blow to opposition

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prashant Jha
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2018 12:00 PM IST
Bhartuhari Mahtab, BJD leader in the Lok Sabha said neither the ten years of the UPA nor the four years of the NDA government benefited Odisha, and since this debate was not relevant for the state and its people, they saw little point in participating in it.
BJD president Naveen Patnaik has already issued a whip asking all the 19 party MPs in Lok Sabha to remain present during the debate in Parliament.(PTI File Photo)
BJD president Naveen Patnaik has already issued a whip asking all the 19 party MPs in Lok Sabha to remain present during the debate in Parliament.(PTI File Photo)

BJD to reveal stand on no-confidence motion in Parliament tomorrow

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2018 07:30 PM IST
The BJD Parliamentary Party discussed the no-confidence motion in New Delhi on Thursday but could not decide on the party’s stand.
Baijayant Panda said was targeted and humiliated in the BJD.(File Photo)
Baijayant Panda said was targeted and humiliated in the BJD.(File Photo)

Was targeted and humiliated in the BJD: Baijayant Panda

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2018 10:11 AM IST
Baijayant Panda resigned from the BJD last month. In January this year, the party suspended Panda from its membership for alleged “anti-party activities”.
Biju Janata Dal lawmaker Baijayant Jay Panda.(HT FIle Photo)
Biju Janata Dal lawmaker Baijayant Jay Panda.(HT FIle Photo)

‘Hurt and unhappy’ Biju Janata Dal MP Jay Panda resigns from party

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2018 12:09 AM IST
The BJD lawmaker was suspended from the party for alleged anti-party activities in January.
Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the Odisha BJP will highlight 48 achievements of the BJP-led government at the Centre in its four years of rule.(PTI/File Photo)
Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the Odisha BJP will highlight 48 achievements of the BJP-led government at the Centre in its four years of rule.(PTI/File Photo)

Ahead of Modi visit, Odisha BJP to ‘chargesheet’ BJD over 36 corruption cases

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2018 08:25 AM IST
Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the BJP’s chargesheet would list the cases of corruption of the BJD government in its last 18 years of rule, including the multi-crore mining and chit fund scams.
The biggest factor in Odisha politics is 71-year-old chief minister Naveen Patnaik.(PTI File Photo)
The biggest factor in Odisha politics is 71-year-old chief minister Naveen Patnaik.(PTI File Photo)

Can BJP headwind breach Naveen Patnaik’s citadel in Odisha?

Hindustan Times | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2018 08:53 AM IST
While the BJP appears to have withdrawn into a shell after the by-poll defeat, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has stepped up his efforts to connect to the masses.
File photo of Biju Janata Dal MP Baijayant Panda.
File photo of Biju Janata Dal MP Baijayant Panda.

BJD MP Baijayant Panda booked on charge of filing incorrect poll affidavit

Press Trust of India, Kendrapara | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2018 10:26 PM IST
Panda represents Kendrapara Lok Sabha constituency and was suspended by BJD in January for alleged anti-party activities.
Niranjan Patnaik was recently appointed party chief of Congress in Odisha.(HT Photo)
Niranjan Patnaik was recently appointed party chief of Congress in Odisha.(HT Photo)

Congress leaders also responsible for party’s decline in Odisha: Niranjan Patnaik

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2018 07:54 AM IST
Newly-appointed Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik says he will work to end party factionalism in the state.
Niranjan Patnaik has been appointed president of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee.(Photo: @NPatnaikOdisha/Twitter)
Niranjan Patnaik has been appointed president of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee.(Photo: @NPatnaikOdisha/Twitter)

Congress revamps Odisha unit, appoints Niranjan Patnaik as new chief

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2018 10:34 PM IST
Niranjan Patnaik made a comeback to the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president’s post from which he was removed a year before the 2014 elections.
The Mahanadi river, which runs 851 km before draining into Bay of Bengal, fuels lower riparian Odisha’s economy and agriculture. The river courses through at least 20 of Odisha’s 30 district.(File Photo)
The Mahanadi river, which runs 851 km before draining into Bay of Bengal, fuels lower riparian Odisha’s economy and agriculture. The river courses through at least 20 of Odisha’s 30 district.(File Photo)

Odisha accuses Centre of dragging feet on Mahanadi tribunal with eye on Chhattisgarh polls

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON APR 12, 2018 01:27 AM IST
BJD legislators turned the heat on the BJP-led central government in the assembly over the Mahanadi tribunal, accusing it of conspiring against Odisha.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar after the party candidate Rita Sahu won the Bijepur by-election(PTI)
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar after the party candidate Rita Sahu won the Bijepur by-election(PTI)

When change matters, can Congress make the difference in Odisha?

UPDATED ON APR 04, 2018 08:57 AM IST
The state will hold its assembly polls next year, concurrently with the parliamentary elections. If the Grand Old Party remains complacent, 2019 could see a bipolar fight between the ruling BJD and the BJP
Five corporators of Berhampur Municipal Corporation were also among those who put in their papers.(HT File Photo)
Five corporators of Berhampur Municipal Corporation were also among those who put in their papers.(HT File Photo)

Several senior Congress leaders quit party in Odisha

Press Trust of India, Berhampur (Odisha) | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 30, 2018 08:58 PM IST
Those who quit the party include former Union minister Chandra Sekhar Sahu, Odisha PCC secretary Bikram Kumar Panda and district Congress committee president Bhagaban Gantayat, sources said
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