BIJU JANATA DAL

  • Voting begins for Kandhamal LS bypoll amid tight security 1 week ago

    Phulbani: Voting began for by-election to Odisha's communally sensitive Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency where an estimated 11.4 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. Amid tight security, polling commenced at 7 am in the Maoist-hit constituency spread over Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Ganjam and Boudh districts. The bypoll was necessitated following death...
  • BJD supports Modi's viewpoints on Indian Muslims, says Jay Panda September 20, 2014

    In an interview to CNNIBN, Biju Janata Dal member Jay Panda said that he supported Modi's view points in the interview the PM gave. "We support what PM has said about Indian Muslims," said Panda. ...
  • Odisha's most wanted Naxal leader Sabyasachi Panda arrested from Ganjam July 18, 2014

    Ganjam: Top Naxal leader and Odisha's most wanted man Sabyasachi Panda has been arrested from the Ganjam district in Odisha. He had been on the run for over a decade. Panda faces over 30 charges of murder, including that of VHP leader Laxmananda Saraswati and his four disciples in Kandhamal...
  • Odisha CM meets Modi, says he won't offer support to BJP in Rajya Sabha June 2, 2014

    New Delhi: State leaders are reaching out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek central aid for their states. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik met the Prime Minister on Monday. Patnaik said that the Biju Janata Dal will play a constructive role but won't offer issuebased support to the NDA in...
  • Odisha: Naveen Patnaik sworn in as the Chief Minister for the fourth straight term May 21, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday was swornin as Odisha Chief Minister for the fourth straight term. Governor SC Jamir administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 67yearold leader at a ceremony attended by hundreds of party leaders, workers, officials and journalists at the Raj...
  • Yet to decide on extending support to NDA: Naveen Patnaik May 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Biju Janata Dal, a former ally of the BJP, may join back the NDA camp to help in government formation at the Centre, indicated a party leader. The BJD has demanded special state status for Odisha in exchange of its support to the NDA. BJD leader Pravati Tripathi said...
  • Naveen Patnaik hints at the formation of Third Front post polls March 31, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has hinted at forming a Third Front after the elections. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Patnaik said he was confident of the BJD doing well in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Following is the transcript of the interview: Jajati Karan: What is...
  • BJD releases third list for polls, fields Jina Hikaka from Koraput March 18, 2014

    Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal has released its third list of candidates for the 21 Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats in Odiasha. Former Odisha CM from Congress Girdhar Gamang's wife Hema Gamang will contest from the Laxmipur assembly seat in the Koraput district on a BJD ticket. Hema left...
  • Modi a murmur in Odisha, Rahul doesn't strike a chord: BJD's Arkesh Singh Deo March 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The Biju Janata Dal has kept its options open, party leader Arkesh Singh Deo, the son of BJD founding member Anang Udaya Singh Deo, told IBNLive.com on Tuesday when asked about the party's strategies for Lok Sabha elections. "We are equi-distant. All our options are open," the 27-year-old said...
  • Kings & Queens: Can Naveen Patnaik be the kingmaker in 2014 polls? February 28, 2014

    Watch the political journey of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his role in the coming Lok Sabha elections. ...
  • Left trying to forge tieup with regional parties: Karat January 30, 2014

    CPIM on Thursday said Left parties were in consultation with various regional parties to forge a tieup after the Lok Sabha elections in order to give an effective alternative to people. The Left parties were in consultation with various regional parties like the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, JD(U) in Bihar,...
  • Poll tracker: BJP wave in Jharkhand, Bihar; TMC, BJD lead in WB, Odisha January 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is the most preferred choice of the voters for the post of PM in Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha. LoknitiIBN national election tracker predicts that BJP is the leading party in Bihar and Jharkhand. In West Bengal and Odisha,...
  • Odisha poll tracker: BJD likely to win 1016 seats, Congress 39 January 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who is seeking his fourth consecutive term in the simultaneous polls for the Lok Sabha and Assembly is still going very strong. The state has 21 Lok Sabha seats and the Naveen Patnaikled Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is expected to maintain its lead...
  • Odisha rape case: Political parties protest over minor girl's death, allege negligence August 9, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: The 14yearold girl who was gangraped and then set on fire, in Kendrapara district of Odisha succumbed to her injuries on Thursday. The death of the rape victim immediately sparked off violent protests in Bhubaneswar with Congress workers trying to break open the gate of the Odisha Health Minister...
  • Congress to expose Odisha's rice subsidy scheme July 3, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: The Congress' Odisha unit on Tuesday said it will launch a state wide campaign from July 11 against the Biju Janata Dal government over the "irregularities" in the subsidized rice scheme in the state. Party unit president Jayadeb Jena said the Naveen Patnaik government has claimed to be providing 25...
  • Will rise of a Third Front of nonCongress, nonBJP leaders spell doom for India? June 12, 2013

    Several regional parties such as the TMC, the BJD and the AIADMK have declared that the time has come for a Third Front of nonCongress and NONBJP parties to emerge. ...
  • JD(U), BJD have responded to call for a federal front: Mamata June 12, 2013

    The calls for a third front have grown louder ever since reports of a likely split between the BJP and the JD(U). ...
  • BJD's rally for special status to Odisha reaches Delhi today June 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The Biju Janata Dal will on Wednesday push the Centre to grant a special category status to Odisha. The party is holding a 'Swabhiman Samabesh' at the Ramlila Maidan on Wednesday, which will be a culmination of the BJD's 'Swabhiman Yatra'. The campaign for a special status has...
  • Rahul, Modi not fit to be PM, it's time for the Third Front: Odisha CM June 11, 2013

    New Delhi: As the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party battle it out over the coal scam and internal crisis, Third Front leaders are stepping up. Speaking to IBN18 EditorinChief Rajdeep Sardesai, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told CNNIBN that both Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra...
  • BJD accuses Centre of neglecting special status demand June 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Naveen Patnaikled Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Monday accused the Centre of playing politics in fund allocations to states and neglecting Odisha's long pending demand for special category status. "Getting special category status is the genuine rights of the state. It is not a mercy, but the right...
  • Odisha chit fund scam: BJP rejects Cong demand for CBI probe May 17, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: With investors across Odisha demanding action against the chit fund companies which duped them of crores of rupees, opposition BJP and Congress on Friday respectively demanded judicial probe and CBI investigation into the matter. "As one chief of an accused chit fund company has said that some ministers and MLAs...
  • Jayadev, Sukhdeo to head Congress in Odisha, Jharkhand May 14, 2013

    New Delhi: The Congress on Monday appointed Jayadev Jena and Sukhdeo Bhagat as new state unit chiefs of Odisha and Jharkhand, respectively, said a party statement. According to a statement issued by Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi, Jena will replace Niranjan Patnaik as chief of the party's Odisha unit. Jena is...
  • Pyarimohan Mohapatra floats Odisha Janamorcha April 9, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's former political advisor and Rajya Sabha MP Pyarimohan Mohapatra launched his political party, Odisha Janamorcha on Tuesday. Mohapatra had allegedly tried to topple the Patnaik government in May 2012 but had failed and was expelled from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD). Earlier in January, stepping...
  • Odisha: Outrage after govt officer beats up Posco protestor February 5, 2013

    Bhubaneswar: Footage of a man protesting the Posco steel plant being beaten by a government land officer in Odisha has triggered outrage with activists and politicians on February 5 demanding strong action against the culprit. Sangram Mohapatra, a land officer with the staterun Orissa Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO), was...
  • FDI in retail: DMK will protect small traders, says Kanimozhi October 5, 2012

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been pushing for a notrust motion in Parliament over FDI in retail. On Thursday, she appealed to UPA partners to quit the alliance over retail FDI. While the Samajwadi Party is buying time, the DMK has made its antireforms stand clear. Meanwhile, Biju Janata Dal...
  • Too early for federal front: BJD on Mamata's remark September 27, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee pushed for a front of regional parties, her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik on Thursday described the proposal as too early. "About Mamata Banerjee's proposal, it is still early days for the third front in our country... it's early days," Patnaik told...
  • Odisha violence: Cong leader Tytler booked September 8, 2012

    Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Police on Saturday filed a case against state Congress incharge Jagdish Tytler for the mob violence outside the Assembly on Thursday. Tytler and six others were booked for attempt to murder, rioting and damage to public property. The police has arrested 34 people so far in connection with...
  • 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...
  • Coalgate: Third Front emerging amidst protests? August 31, 2012

    New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party (SP), the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Left have joined hands in their protest against the coal blocks allocations, thus sending feelers of the emergence of a Third Front. The parties are expected to protest over the issue at Parliament Gate on Friday. Sources say that...
  • Live: Counting of votes in VP elections begins August 7, 2012

    New Delhi: 6.00 pm: Counting of votes for the Vice Presidential elections begins. 3.30 pm: As many as 600 electors from an effective electoral college of 787 members of Parliament had cast their vote by 1 pm, Hamid Ansari's election agent and senior advocate Pravin Parekh said. 2.30 pm: Brisk polling...