Jagi Mangat Panda, MD of Odisha's No 1 TV news channel and wife of Naveen Patnaik's bete noire Jay Panda, alleges that 20 false cases have been registered against OTV channel.
OTV channel is owned by the family of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s friend-turned-foe Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda, who joined BJP.
Taking to Twitter, BJP leader Baijayant Jay Panda wrote that he was travelling on Sunday and therefore missed the "radar-Modi" controversy.
In the 19 years that Naveen has been in power, no leader has won a direct election after falling out with the BJD supremo.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik accused former BJD MP Jay Panda of spreading rumours about his ill-health.
Panda, a four-time member of Parliament, was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kendrapara constituency of Odisha in 2014. He was suspended from the BJD for "anti-party activities" on January 24, 2018.
There is little doubt that Panda is a good ‘catch’ for the saffron party in Odisha ahead of the elections.
Panda met BJP chief Amit Shah and joined the party at its office in the national capital.
Behind Naveen’s soft exterior lies a shrewd, clinical politician who is not necessarily nice. So the outrage over Iyer-Mitra’s detention should be directed against Naveen.
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra had allegedly made derogatory remarks against Odisha’s Konark temple during a recent trip to the state in the company of Baijayant Jay Panda, former MP of the ruling BJD.
Baijayant 'Jay' Panda, who had flown in his own helicopter along with Abhijit Iyer-Mitra and another Delhi-based journalist last week, had strong alibis backed with documentary evidence to disprove the police case.
Journalist Abhijit Iyer-Mitra is in the eye of a storm for a series of tweets and statements that make fun of Odisha, its people and some of the revered symbols of Odia pride like the Sun Temple and the Lord Jagannath temple in Puri.
Was the move prompted by politics rather than any real concern for ecology? Clearly, there is more to the case than meets the eye.
Panda was suspended from the party in January as the BJD said the lawmaker from Kendrapara targeted the party for not nominating him for chairmanship of the standing committee of Finance due to conflict of interest.
The party has accused him of concealing the fact that he is a paid employee and working as Vice-Chairman in IMFA
Instead of BJP gloating over the prospect that Jay Panda might join its ranks, it should rather be worried that Naveen can cause a big exodus from the party in the state
Jay Panda targeted party for not nominating him for Chairmanship of the standing committee of Finance due to conflict of interest as vice-chairman of IMFA: BJD
The police have reportedly assured that action will be taken if there are complaints lodged by the victims and that CCTV footage will be looked into.
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