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Bye Elections in Odisha for Assembly Seats

The bye-polls for the two Rajya Sabha seats in Odisha will be held on July 3. The by-elections are held due to the election of party leaders Sashi Bhushan Behera and Rabinarayan Mohapatra to the assembly in the recent elections. Hence the two seats were left vacant after they left their Rajya Sabha membership.

Former Odisha ministers A U Singhdeo and Bhupinder Singh have filed their nomination as BJD candidature. Singhdeo filed his nomination for the seat left by Mohapatra, which has almost four years of its tenureleft. Singh filed his papers for the seat left by Behera with almost two years of its term left. BJD which has 117 legislators in the 147member assembly is in a strong position for the bye-polls.

Odisha Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014

As per poll predictions, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) grabbed seats from 21 seats. Odisha, earlier known as "Orissa" gives a
political ground to many leaders. There are 21 parliamentary and 147 assembly constituencies in the state. Among 21 Lok Sabha seats, five seats are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes and three for the Scheduled Castes. Few of the major political parties in Odisha are Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Indian National Congress (INC), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD). Presently, the government of the state in Odisha is run by BJP alliance and is headed by the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The 2009 Lok Sabha elections were won by the BJD. The assembly and the 2014 Lok Sabha elections took place simultaneously in the state. There were many Member of Parliament (MPs) such as former Union Ministers Srikant Jena and Arjun Sethi, Baijayant Panda, Bhatruhari Mahtab, Tathagat Satpathy etc who contested in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The polls took place in two part different phases and the average voter turnout was recorded at 68%. The opinion and the exit polls expected that BJD would bag and continue its stronghold in the state.

The fourteenth Vidhan Sabha election took place in 2009 and the Biju Janata Dal emerged the winner, despite separating from the NDA after an 11-year partnership. It won the election by conquering 103 seats out of the total 147. Naveen Patnaik is the current Chief Minister of Odisha and is quite popular among people for his work.

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Quick facts for Odisha Elections About Odisha Elections Main Political Parties of Odisha
The regional parties of Odisha The registered unrecognized parties of Odisha State Legislative Assembly of Odisha
List of Chief Minister in Odisha List of Governors in Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha
Party Wise Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 Latest News And Update PCs and ACs Elections Results of Odisha
Important dates of Odisha Bye Election Cabinet Ministers of Odisha

Odisha, earlier known as Orissa, is a state in eastern coast of India by the Bay of Bengal. It is the 11th largest populated state of India. The Lok Sabha election in Odisha will take place on 21 parliamentary constituencies, among which five (Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Nabarangpur, and Koraput) are reserved for STs and three (Jajpur, Bhadrak, and Jagatsinghpur) are for SCs. The main political parties in the state are the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the Indian National Congress (INC), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Communist Party of India, and others.

Quick facts for Odisha Elections

Parliamentary Constituencies
Assembly Constituencies 147
Ruling PartyBiju Janata Dal
Opposition PartyIndian National Congress
Chief MinisterSh. Naveen Patnaik
GovernorShri S. C. Jamir
Chief Electoral OfficerDR. MONA SHARMA
AddressChief Electoral Officer, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha

Odisha Election History

Orissa, or Odisha as it is presently called, is an eastern Indian coastal state, situated by the Bay of Bengal. With Bhubaneswar as its capital, the 11th largest populated state of the country, Orissa, is bounded by Jharkhand to the north, Andhra Pradesh to the south, West Bengal to the east and Chhattisgarh to the west. The present name of Orissa is fairly recent, as part of the British administrative setup. Orissa has been known by different names from the ancient times, most common among them being Kalinga, as derived from the Mahabharata and Puranas; Utkala, derived from texts such as Raghuvamsa and Brahma Purana; and Udra-desha or Odra-desha, meaning a particular tribe residing in this region.

Orissa has a rich and varied political tradition. Starting from the ancient times, Odisha (Orissa) was the abode of a number of significant dynasties such as the dynasty of king of Kalinga Srutayudha, who joined the Kaurava camp in the Kurukshetra War, as given in the epic theMahabharata. Orissa was istorically more important during the later period of the Mauryans, when in 261 BCE, the great king Ashoka made war in Kalinga, which in turn changed his life from a blood-thirsty warrior king, to one who practiced and preached the non-violent, Ahimsa path as dictated in Buddhism. The state experienced its golden age during the rule of Ganga dynasty, such as king Anantaverma Chodagangadeva in the 11thcentury AD. In fact, the construction of the famous Jagannath Temple was started by him. In the Mughal period, Orissa was a contested terrain, as in the last decade of the 16thcentury, Akbar wrested Orissa from the Afghans and made the state an important centre of Mughal power. In the British period too, a number of political struggles for independence were executed in this land, such as the historic fight to reunite the two administrative portions of the state. From the ancient times, thus, Odisha (Orissa) has remained politically active.

Orissa's political prominence was heightened during the post-Independence era, especially after it was granted complete statehood in 1950. The singular rise of the Congress party in the state as the only secular, progressive force in Orissa was countered by the gradual rise of Biju Patnaik and his son Naveen Patnaik, who formed the Biju Janata Dal, which has gained the majority for the last three consecutive terms. The BJP has also made its presence in the state felt, and is considered an important political party in Odisha (Orissa).

Orissa has its own judiciary (Delhi High Court), legislature (the Legislative Assembly) and executive council of Ministers, with the Chief Minister at the head. Orissa has a 147-member strong Vidhan Sabha. There are national as well as regional political parties in the state, although the political scene is dominated by the Congress. Naveen Patnaik, President of the Biju Janata Dal, continues in the office of the Chief Minister of Orissa presently, owing to his welfarist schemes for the people. Former Chief Minister of Odisha, S.C. Jamir, who was sworn in as Governor in March 2013, holds the incumbent office.

Political Parties of Odisha

Every election, the two dominant political parties in Odisha are the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD). The prominent leaders who have been the most important in the politics of Odisha are Harekrushna Mahatab of Congress, Biju Patnaik of BJD, Janaki Ballabh Patnaik of the Congress, Naveen Patnaik of BJD, and Nabakrushna Choudhary of the Congress. There are 147 Parliamentary constituencies in Odisha. The national parties in Odisha, as at present, are:

The regional parties are:

  • BJD - Biju Janata Dal
  • JMM - Jharkhand Mukti Morcha
  • AITC - All India Trinamool Congress
  • JD(U) - Janata Dal(United)
  • LJP - Lok Jan Shakti Party
  • RSP - Revolutionary Socialist Party
  • SP - Samajwadi Party

The registered unrecognized parties of Odisha are:

  • AJSUP - AJSU Party
  • BJSH - Bharatiya Jan Shakti
  • BOP - Bira Oriya Party
  • CPI(ML)(L) - Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (Liberation)
  • IJP - Indian Justice Party
  • JDP - Jharkhand Disom Party
  • JHKP - Jana Hitkari Party
  • JKP - Jharkhand Party
  • KOKD - Kosal Kranti Dal
  • KS - Kalinga Sena
  • LSP - Lok Satta Party
  • OCP - Odisha Communist Party
  • OMM - Odisha Mukti Morcha
  • RPD - Rashtriya Parivartan Dal
  • RPI - Republican Party of India
  • RPI(A) - Republican Party of India (A)
  • RWS - Rashtrawadi Sena
  • SAMO - Samruddha Odisha
  • SWJP - Samajwadi Jan Parishad

State Legislative Assembly of Odisha

Orissa has a unicameral legislature. The Orissa Legislative Assembly or the Vidhan Sabha is the law-making highest body in the state, as part of the parliamentary system of representative democracy. The Orissa Vidhan Sabha along with the Secretariat is situated in the capital city of Bhubaneswar. It was first formed in May 1950. There is a total of 147 Assembly constituencies in Orissa Legislative Assembly which is represented by 147 MLAs or Members of Parliament. 146 candidates are elected while one member is nominated from the Anglo-Indian community. Out of them, 90 Assembly seats are reserved for General candidates, 24 seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates and 33 Assembly seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribe contestants. The term of the Legislative Assembly is 5 years, if it is not dissolved sooner. Periodic elections are held to elect members of the Vidhan Sabha. There are three sessions of the Orissa Legislative Assembly - budget, winter and monsoon. The Governor is the Nominal Head of the state, nominated by the President of India. The Chief Minister is the head of the government, vested with real executive powers. The Chief Minister is also the head of the MLAs. The present Speaker of the Orissa Vidhan Sabha is Pradip Kumar Amat from the Biju Janata Dal. While Naveen Patnaik is the Leader of the House, representing the BJD, Bhupinder Singh of the Congress is recognized as the Leader of Opposition in the Orissa Assembly. The current Legislative Assembly, which is the 14th Assembly of the Orissa Vidhan Sabha, was elected in May 2009. At the national level, Orissa is represented by 21 Members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha and 10 Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha.

List of Chief Minister in Odisha

Sl.No.Name of Chief MinistersFromToParty
1Naveen Patnaik2 June, 2014 PresentBJD
2Naveen PatnaikMay 21, 20092 June, 2014 BJD
3Naveen PatnaikMay 16, 2004May 21, 2009BJD
4Naveen PatnaikMar 5, 2000May 16, 2004BJD
5Hemananda BiswalDec 6, 1999Mar 5, 2000INC
6Giridhar GamangFeb 17, 1999Dec 6, 1999INC
7Janaki Ballabh PatnaikMar 15, 1995Feb 17, 1999INC
8Biju PatnaikMar 5, 1990Mar 15, 1995JD
9Hemananda BiswalDec 7, 1989Mar 5, 1990INC
10Janaki Ballabh PatnaikMar 10, 1985Dec 7, 1989INC
11Janaki Ballabh PatnaikJun 9, 1980Mar 10, 1985INC
12(President's rule)Feb 17, 1980Jun 9, 1980N/A
13Nilamani RoutrayJun 26, 1977Feb 17, 1980JNP
14(President's rule)Apr 30, 1977Jun 26, 1977N/A
15Binayak AcharyaDec 29, 1976Apr 30, 1977INC
16(President's rule)Dec 16, 1976Dec 29, 1976N/A
17Nandini SatpathyMar 6, 1974Dec 16, 1976INC
18(President's rule)Mar 3, 1973Mar 6, 1974N/A
19Nandini SatpathyJun 14, 1972Mar 3, 1973INC
20Biswanath DasApr 3, 1971Jun 14, 1972Independent
21(President's rule)Jan 11, 1971Apr 3, 1971N/A
22Rajendra Narayan Singh DeoMar 8, 1967Jan 9, 1971SWA
23Sadashiva TripathyFeb 21, 1965Mar 8, 1967INC
24Biren MitraOct 2, 1963Feb 21, 1965INC
25Biju PatnaikJun 23, 1961Oct 2, 1963INC
26(President's rule)Feb 25, 1961Jun 23, 1961N/A
27Harekrushna MahatabMay 22, 1959Feb 25, 1961INC
28Harekrushna MahatabApr 6, 1957May 22, 1959INC
29Harekrushna MahatabOct 19, 1956Apr 6, 1957INC
30Nabakrushna ChoudhuryFeb 20, 1952Oct 19, 1956INC
31Nabakrushna ChoudhuryMay 12, 1950Feb 20, 1952INC
32Harekrushna MahatabApr 23, 1946May 12, 1950INC

List of Governors in Odisha

Sl.No.Name of GovernorsFromTo
1S. C. JamirMar 9, 2013Incumbent
2Murlidhar Chandrakant BhandareAug 21, 2007Mar 9, 2013
3Rameshwar ThakurNov 18, 2004Aug 21, 2007
4M. M. RajendranNov 15, 1999Nov 17, 2004
5Dr. C. RangarajanApr 27, 1998Nov 14, 1999
6K.V. Raghunatha ReddyDec 13, 1997Apr 27, 1998
7Gopala RamanujamFeb 13, 1997Dec 13, 1997
8K.V. Raghunatha ReddyJan 31, 1997Feb 12, 1997
9Gopala RamanujamJun 18, 1995Jan 30, 1997
10B. Satya Narayan ReddyJun 1, 1993Jun 17, 1995
11Prof. Saiyid Nurul HasanFeb 1, 1993May 31, 1993
12Yagya Datt SharmaFeb 7, 1990Feb 1, 1993
13Prof. Saiyid Nurul HasanNov 20, 1988Feb 6, 1990
14Bishambhar Nath PandeAug 17, 1983Nov 20, 1988
15Cheppudira Muthana PoonachaSep 1, 1982Aug 17, 1983
16Justice R.N. Mishra (Acting)Jun 25, 1982Aug 31, 1982
17Cheppudira Muthana PoonachaNov 4, 1980Jun 24, 1982
18Justice S.K. Ray (Acting)Oct 1, 1980Nov 3, 1980
19Cheppudira Muthana PoonachaApr 30, 1980Sep 30, 1980
20Bhagwat Dayal SharmaSep 23, 1977Apr 30, 1980
21Harcharan Singh BrarFeb 7, 1977Sep 22, 1977
22Justice Shiva Narayin Sankar (Acting)Apr 17, 1976Feb 7, 1977
23Akbar Ali KhanOct 25, 1974Apr 17, 1976
24Justice Gatikrishna MishraAug 21, 1974Oct 25, 1974
25Basappa Danappa JattiNov 8, 1972Aug 20, 1974
26Justice Gatikrishna MishraJul 1, 1972Nov 8, 1972
27Sardar Jojendra Singh(Acting)Sep 20, 1971Jun 30, 1972
28Dr. Shaukatullah Shah AnsariJan 31, 1968Sep 20, 1971
29Dr. Ajudhia Nath KhoslaSep 12, 1966Jan 30, 1968
30Khaleell Ahommed (Acting)Aug 5, 1966Sep 11, 1966
31Dr. Ajudhia Nath KhoslaSep 16, 1962Aug 5, 1966
32Yeshwant Narayan SukthankarJul 31, 1957Sep 15, 1962
33Bhim Sen SacharSep 12, 1956Jul 31, 1957
34P. S. Kumaraswamy RajaFeb 10, 1954Sep 11, 1956
35Saiyid Fazl AliJun 7, 1952Feb 9, 1954
36M.Asaf AliJul 18, 1951Jun 6, 1952
37V.P. Menon(Acting)May 6, 1951Jul 17, 1951
38M.Asaf AliJun 21, 1948
39Dr. Kailash Nath KatjuAug 15, 1947Jun 20, 1948
40Sir Chandulal Madhavlal TrivediApr 1, 1946Aug 14, 1947
41Sir Howthorne LewisApr 1, 1941Mar 31, 1946
42Sir John Austen HubbackDec 8, 1938Mar 31, 1941
43George Townsend Boag (Acting)Aug 11, 1938Dec 7, 1938
44Sir John Austen HubbackApr 1, 1936Aug 11, 1938

Cabinet Ministers of Odisha

MinistriesName of Minsiter
Chief Minister, General Administration, Home, Water Resources, Works & any other Department specifically not assignedShri Naveen Patnaik
Finance, Public EnterprisesShri Pradip Kumar Amat
Co-operation, ExciseDr. Damodara Rout
Industries, School & Mass EducationShri Debi Prasad Mishra
Agriculture, Fisheries & Animal Resources Development.Shri Pradeep Maharathy
Revenue & Disaster Management.Shri Bijayashree Routray
Forest & Environment, Parliamentary AffairsShri Bikram Keshari Arukha
Women & Child Development, Planning & Co-ordinationSmt.Usha Devi
S.T. & S.C. Development, Minorities & Backward Classes WelfareShri Lalbihari Himirika
Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Public Grievances and Pension AdministrationShri Jogendra Behera
Rural DevelopmentShri Badri Narayan Patra
Housing & Urban DevelopmentShri Pushpendra Sing Deo
S.T. & S.C. Development (Tribal Welfare)Shri Sudam Marndi
Ministers of State, S.T. & S.C. Development (Scheduled Caste Welfare),W.& C.D.(Mission Shakti)Smt. Snehangini Chhuria
Ministers of State, Rural Development (Rural Water Supply)Dr. Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy
Ministers of State,W.& C.D.(Disability Welfare)Shri Pranab Prakash Das
Steel & Mines, Labour & Employees' State InsuranceShri Prafulla Kumar Mallik
Commerce & TransportShri Ramesh Chandra Majhi
Health & Family Welfare, Information & Public RelationsShri Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak
Panchayati Raj, LawShri Arun Kumar Sahoo
Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare, Employment and Technical Education & TrainingShri Sanjay Kumar Das Burma
Sports & Youth ServicesShri Sudam Marndi
Tourism & CultureShri Ashok Chandra Panda
Energy, Information TechnologyShri Pranab Prakash Das
Higher Education, Science & TechnologyDr. Pradeep Kumar Panigrahy
Handlooms, Textiles & Handicrafts.Smt. Snehangini Chhuria

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha

The chief electoral commissioner of Odisha state election commission is Dr. Mona Sharma. She is an IAS officer of the 1989 batch. She is also the ex-officio Commissioner-cum-Secretary to the government.

Address and Contact details:
Dr. Mona Sharma, IAS
Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Cooperation Department Govt. of Odisha
Phone: 0674-2536994
Fax: 0674-2536958

Orissa Latest News And Updates

CBI raids TMC MP Tapas Paul home, 42 other Rose Valley locations
March 04, 2015 04:40 PM
Probing a multi-crore rupee chit fund scam, the CBI on Wednesday conducted raids at 43 locations of the Rose Valley Group across the country, including the home of Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul. "In an ongoing investigation, searches are being conducted at 43 locations across the country including 27 in West Bengal, 7 in Tripura and 1 location each in Odisha, Assam, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu," said a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) official. "Apart from offices, searches are being conducted at the residential premises of Rose Valley Group chairman Gautam Kundu, managing director Shibamoy Dutta and then directors of the group including Abir Kundu, Ramlal Goswami, Ashok Kumar Saha and present Lok Sabha MP Tapas Paul," added the official. Source: IANS
Seven Congress workers held for blocking Patnaik's cavalcade
February 20, 2015 11:59 AM
At least seven workers of the opposition Congress party were arrested in Bhubaneswar for blocking Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's cavalcade in Bhubaneshwar, police said on Friday. "We have arrested seven people. They all are Congress workers. We are likely to arrest a few more in the incident soon," Deputy Commissioner of Police Satyabrata Bhoi said. Patnaik was on his way to Utkal University in the city to attend the annual function of its students' union on Thursday when dozens of activists of Congress' youth and student wings waylaid his convoy near Keshari Talkies. Shouting anti-government slogans, some of the protestors also waved black flags, and hurled eggs on the chief minister's vehicle. Patnaik was, however, escorted by the police safely from the spot without any damage to his vehicle. Source: IANS
Congress raps Odisha over Nabakalebar festival projects
February 09, 2015 10:55 AM
The Congress on Sunday rapped the Odisha government over tardy progress in the preparation of Nabakalebar festival. The festival of Lord Jagannath is scheduled to be held in July in Puri where the government expects a congregation of about 50 lakh devotees. "It seems that the state government is not serious about the festival. There is no progress in communication facilities and basic amenities for people who throng Puri. No steps have been taken, though the chief minister claims of personally supervising the work," Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Prasad Harichandan said at a conference Bhubaneshwar. Harichandan said that the construction of infrastructure projects are going at a snail's pace and could not be completed in time for the festival. Senior Congress leader Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohaptara said that as no strict timeline is followed for completion, all projects, including sewerage, railway line, foot-overbridge, bus terminal, electrification, are running behind schedule. Source: IANS
Threat to blow up Odisha assembly, CM's house
February 06, 2015 10:06 AM
Police Bhubaneshwar received an anonymous letter on Thursday that threatened to blow up the Odisha assembly, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's residence and the state BJP headquarters. The postcard that landed a day before the start of the assembly budget session prompted police to fortify the state capital in order to prevent any untoward incident during the session. The postcard was addressed to the chief of the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissionerate. It threatened to blow up the three places with timer bombs, police said. Director General of Police Sanjiv Marik said that all precautions were being taken to protect the purported targets. Deputy Commissioner of Police Satyabrat Bhoi has been assigned to inquire about the sender and the motive. Security was tightened in the capital city on Thursday. Source: IANS
BJP accuses BJD of resorting to violence
January 19, 2015 04:44 PM
The Odisha state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday accused the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of resorting to violence against its workers. Arun Singh, in charge of the BJP's affairs in Odisha, alleged that such acts were being carried out due to the party's rising popularity in the state. “The ruling party is in a desperate situation after the successful visit of BJP national president Amit Shah. It has now resorted to violence and is assaulting our party workers on finding that the popularity of BJP is rising in the state,” Arun Singh told media persons in Bhubaneshwar. He cited some instances where the BJD workers allegedly assaulted the BJP activists in the state. Source: IANS

Orissa Lok Sabha Election Results 2014 - Party wise

Shown below are the number of seats won by BJP, INC, AAP and others in Orissa Lok Sabha Elections 2014.

Orissa 2014 Party Wise Results

Shown below is the list of winner/runnerup candidates of all parliamentary constituencies ofOrissa with their party name and symbol along with the votes secured by each candidate.

Aska WinnerLadu Kishor Swain
Runner upLoknath Rath
Puri WinnerPinaki Misra
Runner up Sucharita Mohanty
Kendrapara WinnerBaijayant Panda
Runner upDharanidhar Nayak
Kandhamal WinnerHemendra Chandra Singh
Runner upHarihar Karan
Kalahandi WinnerArka Keshari Deo
Runner upPradipta Kumar Naik
Dhenkanal WinnerTathagata Satpathy
Runner upRudra Narayan Pany
Bhadrak WinnerArjun Charan Sethi
Runner upSangram Keshari Jena
Mayurbhanj WinnerRama Chandra Hansdah
Runner upDr. Nepole Raghu Murmu
Berhampur WinnerSidhanta Mohapatra
Runner Up-----------
SambalpurWinnerNagendra Kumar Pradhan
Runner Up-----------
Bhubaneswar WinnerPrasanna Kumar Patasani
Runner upPrithiviraj Harichandan
Bargarh WinnerPrabhas Kumar Singh
Runner upSubash Chouhan
Jagatsinghpur WinnerKulamani Samal
Runner upBibhu Prasad Tarai
Cuttack WinnerBhartruhari Mahatab
Runner up Aparajita Mohanty
Nabarangpur WinnerSri Balabhadra Majhi
Runner Up-----------
Bolangir WinnerKalikesh Narayan Singh Deo
Runner up Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo
Jajpur WinnerRita Tarai
Runner Up-----------
Sundargarh WinnerJual Oram
Runner upDr. Dillip Kumar Tirky
Balasore WinnerRabindra Kumar Jena
Runner upPratap Chandra Sarangi
Koraput WinnerJhina Hikaka
Runner upDr. Giridhar Gamang
Keonjhar WinnerSakuntala Laguri
Runner upAnanta Nayak

Last Updated on September 23, 2014

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