Separate elections give space to regional parties to find their political voice. It seems inappropriate to subjugate the people’s mandate at the local level to the whims of the politics beyond, writes former CEC Dr. S.Y. Quraishi
Unlike in West Bengal where the BJP is in fast forward mode to knock out Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, the Narendra Modi government is at peace with Naveen Patnaik's BJD in Odisha. The political calculations post the Lok Sabha elections are eloquently clear
Barring notable exceptions like ex-Trinamool leader Mukul Roy or former Congressman Himanta Biswa Sarma, several top politicians like SM Krishna and Daggubati Purandeswari have been shunted by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo
With neither BJP-led NDA nor the Congress-led UPA sure of forming the government, a fractured verdict on May 23 will bring regional parties into focus. The possibilities are manifold with every party expected to extract their pound of flesh
The issue was raised by Congress Legislature Party leader Narasingha Mishra, who accused Ashwini Vaishnav, a former IAS officer, of being hand in glove with the mining mafia, as well as a beneficiary of discretionary quota (DQ) scam in Odisha.
The development indicates growing warm vibes between the two parties after the BJP ran a strong campaign against the BJD in the recent Lok Sabha and assembly polls, emerging as the main challenger to CM Naveen Patnaik's party.
Ajit Kumar Sahoo, a jawan who hailed from Dhenkanal district in Odisha, was critically injured in an IED blast in Pulwama on June 17 and later succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at the hospital on June 18.