Odisha Assembly

  • Polavaram issue sparks protest in Odisha Assembly July 14, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The controversial Polavaram dam issue sparked protests inside and outside Odisha assembly on Monday with ruling BJD MLAs disrupting house proceedings and their party colleagues organising a 12-hour 'hartal' in four southern districts. The treasury bench members demanding cancellation of the dam project, the bill on which had been passed...
  • Marandi re-elected deputy speaker of Odisha assembly June 16, 2014

    Bhubaneshwar: Senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Sananda Marandi was re-elected the deputy speaker of the Odisha assembly on Monday. The three-time legislator was elected unopposed by a voice vote after his name was proposed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as no other candidate was fielded by any other political party...
  • Odisha: Niranjan Pujari named as BJD candidate for Speaker May 24, 2014

    BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik on Saturday proposed the name of former minister Niranjan Pujari for the post of Speaker of the 15th Odisha Legislative Assembly. "It has been decided that Niranjan Pujari will be the Honorable Speaker of the Assembly," Patnaik told reporters. Putting an end to all speculations, Patnaik proposed Pujari's...
  • Modi congratulates Patnaik, Chamling for winning assembly elections May 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Chief Ministers Pawan Chamling of Sikkim and Naveen Patnaik of Odisha for winning the assembly elections. "My congratulations to Naveen Patnaik on being sworn in as Odisha (chief minister). My best wishes and support for Odisha's development journey," Modi tweeted. BJD president Patnaik...
  • Naveen Patnaik to take oath as Odisha Chief Minister on Wednesday May 20, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha Raj Bhavan is all set to conduct the swearing-in ceremony of the new council of ministers under the leadership of Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday, a Governor's Secretariat release said. "The swearing-in ceremony of the new council of ministers led by Sri Naveen Patnaik will be held on May 21...
  • BJD's landslide victory in Odisha, wins 20 of 21 Lok Sabha seats May 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The BJD headed for a landslide victory in Lok Sabha elections in Odisha. Naveen Patnaik led-BJD won 20 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats while the BJP managed to win one seat and the Congress got a duck in the state. BJD candidate and sitting MLA Jhina...
  • Odisha: BJD wins 20 seats, BJP gets 1 May 17, 2014

    New Delhi: 3:00 pm: In an impressive show, BJD is surging ahead in 20 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, while BJP is leading in one seat, according to trends available till 3:00 pm. Veteran Congress leader and former chief minister Giridhar Gamang is...
  • Odisha: 1 dead, 4 injured in post-poll related violence April 20, 2014

    Kendrapara: One person died and four others suffered serious injuries in a post-poll related violence between the BJD and Congress workers on Sunday in Kendrapara district of Odisha. In a separate incident, a block development officer (BDO) was beaten up by political workers after he was found with demo EVM...
  • Odisha: None turn up to vote in 8 booths in Maoist-hit areas April 17, 2014

    Though there was peaceful repolling in 15 booths in Maoist-hit Chitrakonda Assembly seat in Odisha's Malkangiri district on Thursday, no votes were cast in eight polling stations mostly due to fear, official sources said. No votes were polled in the seven booths in cut-off areas of Balimela reservoir -- Andrapalli, Sanyasiguda,...
  • Campaign ends in Odisha for Lok Sabha and Assembly seats April 15, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Campaigning ended on Tuesday in 11 Lok Sabha and 77 Assembly seats in Odisha for the second and last phase of polling for the elections on April 17. The fate of 98 candidates, including 11 women would be decided in the Lok Sabha elections and that of 747 candidates,...
  • No Maoist threat to polling in April 17 in Odisha April 15, 2014

    There was no Maoist threat in the second and last phase of polling in Odisha for 11 Lok Sabha constituencies and 77 Assembly seats on April 17, while stringent security was in place, state election officials said on Tuesday. "There is no Maoist threat though pockets of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Jajpur...
  • 186 candidates in Odisha facing criminal cases April 13, 2014

    As many as 186 candidates for 77 assembly seats which are going to polls in Odisha in the second phase on April 17 have declared criminal cases against them, according to a report of Odisha Election Watch (OEW). Of the 747 candidates, 186 have declared criminal cases against them, constituting about...
  • Hectic campaigning for last phase polls in Odisha April 13, 2014

    As the last phase of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha drew closer, political heavyweights crisscrossed the constituencies going to polls on April 17. Bigwigs of different political parties are touring the 11 Lok Sabha and 77 Assembly seats, located mostly in coastal and north Odisha, to woo voters. Odisha...
  • Lok Sabha elections: Odisha registers over 67 pc polling till 6 pm April 10, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha registered over 67 per cent polling till 6 pm in the first of the two-phased simultaneous elections to the 10 Lok Sabha and 70 Assembly seats in the Maoist belt of the state. Earlier, voting ended in 54 of the 70 Assembly constituencies of Odisha that went to...
  • Odisha: Polling to be webcast in Ganjam district April 9, 2014

    The Ganjam district administration has decided to webcast polling in 19 selected booths in various Assembly constituencies. "Polling would be webcast from at least 19 booths where broadband facility by the BSNL is available," District Collector Prem Chandra Chaudhary said. The main objective of the webcast was to prevent illegal activities like...
  • Odisha: Security stepped up for polling in Maoist-hit areas April 9, 2014

    With over 50 of the 70 Assembly seats going to polls on Thursday in Maoist-hit areas of Odisha, the Election Commission has stepped up security measures with 156 companies of central paramilitary forces and around 27,000 policemen besides three helicopters. Maoists have given a poll boycott call in certain pockets. Altogether...
  • Odisha: LS, Assembly polling to start on Thursday April 9, 2014

    The first of the two-phase simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly election in Odisha will be held on Thursday to elect representatives from 10 Parliamentary and 70 Assembly constituencies. The constituencies are spread over in the western and southern areas of Odisha. There are 98 candidates, including former Congress chief ministers Giridhar...
  • Naveen, Raman, Hemant campaign in western Odisha April 8, 2014

    With a day left for electioneering to end for the first phase polls in 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats in Odisha, three chief ministers on Monday extensively campaigned for their respective party candidates in Sundergarh district. While the ruling BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held seven...
  • AAP not to put up candidates for assembly polls April 8, 2014

    New Delhi: With AAP fielding over 425 candidates across the country for the Lok Sabha elections, the party will not be in a position to contest the assembly polls in four states due to lack of resources. Odisha, Andhra Pradesh (Telangana and Seemandhra), Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh will go to...
  • Odisha passes Lokayukta Bill, becomes first state to enact the law February 15, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Meeting the three-month deadline set by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the State Assembly on Friday passed the Odisha Lokayukta Bill, 2014 with provision of keeping Chief Minister, ex-Chief Ministers, other ministers and public servants under the purview of a 6-member anti-corruption panel. The Bill, introduced in the Assembly on February...
  • Odisha Lokayukta Bill passed in Assembly February 14, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Meeting the three-month deadline set by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the State Assembly on Friday passed the Odisha Lokayukta Bill, 2014 with provision of keeping Chief Minister, ex-Chief Ministers, other ministers and public servants under the purview of a 6-member anti-corruption panel. The Bill, introduced in the Assembly on February...
  • Odisha: Assembly adjourned again over Mohanty issue March 26, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Assembly was adjourned for the second day on Tuesday over demands for the arrest of former law minister Raghunath Mohanty. Mohanty and his family members are facing charges of dowry torture of his daughter-in-law. His son was arrested a few days back. But the former minister has not...
  • Odisha: 50 injured as college teachers clash with police February 22, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: At least 50 persons, including women, were injured when private college teachers and security personnel fought a pitched battle in front of the Odisha assembly in Bhubaneswar on Friday, the police said. The Mahatma Gandhi Marg virtually turned into a battlefield after the police used water canon and tear gas...
  • Odisha: Lady constable recovers, police file FIRs September 7, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: The woman constable, who was on Thursday beaten up by Congress workers outside the Odisha Assembly in Bhubaneswar, is recovering in a city hospital. Meanwhile, the Odisha Police have registered six FIRs in connection with the violent protests. The police have also arrested as many as 33 people in the...
  • Uproar in Odisha Assembly over coalgate September 7, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: Pandemonium rocked the Odisha Assembly on Friday as Congress MLAs raised a furore over the action taken against party workers by the police as they protested outside the Assembly a day earlier over coal blocks allocations. The state Congress has been demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, saying...
  • Are political rallies being reduced to goondaism? September 6, 2012

    Protests over coal blocks allocation turned violent in Odisha when several thousand Congress workers clashed with police. ...
  • Cong workers, police clash near Odisha Assembly September 6, 2012

    Bhubaneshwar: Protests over coal blocks allocation turned violent in Odisha when several thousand Congress workers clashed with police outside the state Assembly in Bhubaneshwar. The Congress workers were demanding the resignation of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik alleging that he recommended people for allocation of coal blocks. Police lathicharged the Congress...
  • MLAs clash with marshals in Odisha Assembly March 14, 2012

    New Delhi: There was pandemonium in the Odisha Assembly on Wednesday as the House witnessed what seemed like a wrestling match right at the Speaker's podium. Opposition Congress MLAs tussled with the security staff after creating a disruption during question hour. The MLAs were protesting against the state government's declaration of drought...