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Focus on Odisha border disputes, political violence — BJP firms up strategy to target BJD govt

With an eye on forming next govt in Odisha, BJP draws up roadmap that includes talking up Modi govt's achievements at the Centre, pointing out issues in CM Naveen Patnaik's govt.
Farmers protest at Delhi's Ghazipur border (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Allies step up pressure on BJP to end deadlock with farmers, party says ‘treading cautiously’

JD(U) says govt should include MSP in laws, while AIADMK wants farmers’ concerns to be addressed and JJP in Haryana has urged the govt to add a line on MSP in the laws.
Jagi Mangat Panda, the managing director of the regional news channel Odisha TV (OTV) | Twitter: @JagiPanda

OTV owner Panda accuses Patnaik govt of vendetta over ‘false cases’, police deny witch-hunt

OTV is owned by Jagi Mangat Panda, the wife of BJP vice-president Baijayant Panda, Naveen Patnaik's former BJD colleague.
File photo of BJD MLA Umakanta Samantray |

BJD MLA booked by Odisha police for attending funeral despite being Covid positive

MLA Umakanta Samantray had attended the funeral of BJD leader Pradeep Maharathy on 4 October. The case was registered under various sections of the IPC and Epidemic Diseases Act.
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At its 250th session, Modi and Manmohan spar over Rajya Sabha’s system of checks & balances

PM Modi says there’s a difference between checking & clogging, but predecessor Manmohan Singh says no law should be passed in haste or amid heightened emotions.
Ashwini Vaishnaw files nomination papers for bypolls to three Rajya Sabha seats of Odisha at the state assembly in Bhubaneswar. | ANI Photos

The ex-IAS officer who is bringing Narendra Modi and Naveen Patnaik together

Ashwini Vaishnaw is an IIT-Kanpur alumnus who was private secretary to late PM A.B. Vajpayee in 2004. Modi called up Patnaik for his support to send Vaishnaw to Rajya Sabha.
BJD MLA Saroj Meher (File Photo) | Facebook

BJD MLA Saroj Meher arrested for ‘punishing’ an engineer, making him do sit-ups

Odisha Police arrested Saroj Meher based on an inquiry into a video that purportedly shows him forcing a PWD engineer to do sit-ups in public. 

Case registered after BJD MLA Saroj Meher forced PWD engineer to do situps in public

MLA Saroj Meher received flak after a video, purportedly of the incident, was posted on social media. The engineer also claimed that the MLA directed a senior to slap him.
File photo of Naveen Patnaik | @Naveen.odisha/Facebook

Naveen Patnaik set for 5th term as CM, Odisha governor invites him to form govt

Naveen Patnaik is slated to be sworn in as the chief minister of Odisha for a record fifth consecutive term on 29 May.

BJP gets a solid foothold in Odisha but Naveen Patnaik retains state

New Delhi: Without breaking from tradition, Odisha has once again voted for the same party in the assembly as well as the Lok Sabha elections held simultaneously. But the BJP has made solid inroads in the eastern state, leading in eight of Odisha's 21 Lok Sabha seats. Four-term chief minister Naveen Patnaik of the Biju Janata Dal continues to be popular, and has again managed to buck anti-incumbency. At 8:30 pm, the party was leading in 113 of the 146 assembly seats. However, in the Lok Sabha elections, the BJD’s dominance faced a serious challenge from the BJP, with the ruling party leading in 13 seats — down from the 20 it won in 2014. The BJP was also leading in 21 assembly seats, up from 10 in the last elections, while the Congress has been reduced to a marginal player, leading in only 9 assembly seats. In 2014, the BJD had won...