Bhubaneswar: Poll officials in Puri district on Sunday seized electronic devices on suspicion that the articles were being taken for distribution amongst voters in Kanas place of the district. This is the first example of digital items seizure during the election season in Odisha. However, police and ballot officials have seized quite a few coins and liquor at everyday intervals across different districts.
“We obtained records that a car was transporting fridges, mixer grinders, and television units in Kanas place. Our flying squad intercepted the automobile. The driving force did not give exceptional answers whilst requested about the transport of the goods. We strongly apprehend that the kitchen and domestic home equipment were meant for wooing voters,” Puri district collector and returning officer Jyoti Prakash Das informed TOI.
Sources stated 4 refrigerators, ten mixer grinders, four tv sets, and a few induction cookers had been seized from the vehicle. “We exceeded over the electronic goods to the police. Prima facie, we’ve discovered that the goods had been supposed to be introduced to a self-help institution in Kanas area. The investigation is underway to check extra details,” Das stated. The recuperation of the devices came a day after poll officers seized almost Rs 16.Seventy-five lakh in coins in Puri district on Saturday.
The Puri Lok Sabha seat in conjunction with Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar and Sambalpur and the 42 assembly segments beneath them will visit polls on April 23.
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Koraput: The disputed gram panchayat of Kotia — to which each Odisha and Andhra Pradesh lay declare — under Pottangi block of the district recorded a high turnout of 74.77 in line with cent on Thursday. In 2014, it had registered a turnout of around 25 in step with cent.
The district administration attributed the high turnout to voter focus programmes. “People were recommended to solid their vote through cognizance programmes. It is ideal that a big wide variety of human beings have voted,” stated collector (Koraput) K Sudarshan Chakravarty.
Officials said the Koraput management had installation polling booths at Kotia, Ganjeipadar, Phagunosenari, Taupadar, Madkar, Ranasinghe, Talokanti, GamesRadar and Thuria for 5,420 voters of the 28 villages of the panchayat. Twenty-one of the villages falls in the border dispute among the two states.
While the very best turnout of 83.27 in keeping with cent became recorded at the sales space at Tolokanti, the one at Ronasingh recorded the lowest turnout of 18.21 consistent with cent.
Describing it as a healthy signal for democracy, Gadadhar Parida, convener of a social employer known as Amo Kotia and previous collector of Koraput, stated, “People coming out of their houses and taking component in the balloting procedure is an effective signal. It will beef up our democratic manner. Through our company, we had additionally campaigned in Kotia and entreated the human beings to take part inside the elections.”
The Andhra authorities had opened two voting centers for the disputed villages at Neridivalasa and several villagers were visible vote casting for the neighboring state. Odisha’s sales space at Ronasingh changed into round six kilometers away from Neridivalasa and many people favored balloting on the booth nearer home.
While Kotia falls under the Pottangi assembly constituency and Koraput Lok Sabha seat in Odisha, it is a part of the Araku Lok Sabha seat and Salur meeting seat in Andhra.
Political observers stated the possession of dual voter ID playing cards with the aid of most of the people in the 21 disputed villages turned into a clear violation of the Representation of People Act, 1951. “The Election Commission needs to look at the problem,” said an analyst.
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Balangir: His stroll belies the truth that he is seventy-nine, the second oldest candidate in the fray after eighty three-year-old Ved Prakash Agrawal (BJD). A veteran of many battles, with now not a single hair out of the region, the Congress chief hits the marketing campaign trail within the dust and heat of Balangir.
Narasingha Mishra is searching for re-election from this western Odisha town and is not inclined to take possibilities. A former law minister, he changed into the chief of opposition inside the outgoing meeting and wields widespread have an impact on. But he never shall we that show while extending his hand to the human beings.
“How is your enterprise, Brajamohan?” he asks a grocery store proprietor as he reaches the Palace Line Market at 10 in the morning. There had been 3 customers in Brajamohan’s store and all of them come out to fulfill Narasingha.
“You desired me to contest. So right here I am. Despite non-cooperative BJD authorities right here, we have finished lots for Balangir,” he tells them as chants of “Narasingha Mishra zindabad” get away.
His day starts at 6.30am and ends close to midnight. A light breakfast of chakuli is all it takes to get him going. By eight.30 am, he’s out of the home on his campaign trail. He travels by means of the automobile and at times walks, preventing and assembly people inside the manner.
“Even after ruling the country for 19 years, BJD has did not offer simple wishes to the people. A massive segment of people is deprived of secure drinking water. The problem is especially acute in Balangir. The Narendra Modi-led BJP authorities did no longer hold its promise either. Where is Modi’s promise of Rs 15,000 in each bank account?” Narasingha tells a gathering at Bibhutipada. “Bless me another time. And for the MP seat, vote for Congress too,” he appeals.
While Narasingha is contesting the meeting election, his son Samarendra is Congress candidate from the Balangir Lok Sabha constituency. At instances, a son accompanies father all through campaigning. Narasingha is up towards teen Arkesh Narayan Singhdeo, the scion of Balangir royal circle of relatives and son of BJD veteran A U Singhdeo, whose prevailing streak become cut brief by means of the Congress leader in 2014. This became the equal 12 months Narasingha had a heart surgical treatment. But that has infrequently decreased his agility.
“During campaign days, I infrequently take rest in the afternoons. If the campaign is on the town, I come home for lunch and lie down for a half-hour,” he says.
The Congress chief incorporates dozens of water bottles and his medicines with him. He additionally takes the occasional chew from biscuits throughout the day. He is diabetic, however, that doesn’t forestall him from sipping tea and lassi at roadside stalls, much to the consternation of doctors. “One can’t continually listen to a physician’s recommendation when one is in public existence. They do no longer apprehend public sentiment, however, I do,” he quips.
He is an amazing chef. The nation needs him. He must win, no matter which celebration receives a majority in the meeting. Saroj Kumar Mohanty
To his supporters, Narasingha is extra than a flesh-presser. “He instills self-belief most of the humans. He is a charismatic leader,” says Ashish Sarkar, a businessman.
His rival is extra near his son’s age. Arkesh says he has not anything non-public towards Narasingha. “But it’s political combat among events. I am looking for a vote on BJD’s development plank,” Arkesh says.