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 community. 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 regular 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 while 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 four 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 the Kanas area. The investigation is underway to check extra details,” Das stated. The recovery 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. Download The Times of India News App for Latest City News.
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 programs. “People were recommended to solid their vote through cognizance programmes. Ideally, 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 fall 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 around 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. Download The Times of India News App for Latest City News.
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 wielded widespread impact. 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 three customers in Brajamohan’s store, and all of them came 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 the “Narasingha Mishra zindabad” getaway. His day starts at 6.30 am and ends close to midnight. A light breakfast of chakli is all it takes to get him going. By eight.30 am, he’s out of the home on his campaign trail. He travels using the automobile and at times walks, preventing and assembly people inside the manner.
“Even after ruling the country for 19 years, BJD did not offer the people simple wishes. A massive segment of people is deprived of safe drinking water. The problem is especially acute in Balangir. The Narendra Modi-led BJP authorities did no longer hold their 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 contests the meeting election, his son Samarendra is a Congress candidate from the Balangir Lok Sabha constituency. At instances, a son accompanies his 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 using the Congress leader in 2014. This became the equal 12 months Narasingha had a surgical heart 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 has diabetes. However, that doesn’t forestall him from sipping tea and lassi at roadside stalls, much to doctors’ dismay. “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 a fantastic 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. Rakesh 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,” Rakesh says.