Debabrata Mohanty (for Info only, not official)

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Debabrata Mohanty

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    ... Just half a dozen months short of its 20 year existence, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) had gone from strength to strength till the party’s dream run came to an abrupt end in February 2017 when the BJP won 297 zilla parishad seats, up from 36 in 2012. While the BJD lost about 150-odd seats that it had won in 2012 polls, the main opposition Congress lost almost half its seats and came a poor third with 60 seats. Though the BJD finished no 1, it’s the stupendous rise of the BJP that is the talking point in Odisha. With the party on a high after it swept the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the ruling BJD is now worried as BJP president Amit Shah has set his sights on Odisha, just over two years ahead of the assembly polls in 2019. The TINA factor that has so far worked for Naveen is now gone as BJP’s young Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan is increasingly being seen as a credible alternative. Pradhan’s success in the Ujjwala scheme has only bolstered his claim as a possible alternative to Naveen. ...

    Indian Express on April 4, 2017, 9:33 p.m.

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    ...While Bandhugano and Narayanpatna blocks of Koraput district – a former stronghold of Maoists — have been wrested from the Maoists some months ago after several successful operations, the Maoists in Malkangiri are now facing the heat. Bejengi area, the place where the meeting was taking place last night and which was surrounded by the police this morning, is the last bastion of the Maoists in southern Odisha. Maoists used this as a safe zone from where they have launched attacks on either side of the border, the last one being in 2008 when they sunk a motorboat carrying Greyhound jawans in Balimela reservoir of Malkangiri that left 38 including 35 Greyhound jawans dead. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 24, 2016, 1:35 p.m.

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    ...WATCH VIDEO | 18 Maoists Killed In Encounter In Odisha While Bandhugano and Narayanpatna blocks of Koraput district – a former stronghold of Maoists — have been wrested from the Maoists some months ago after several successful operations, the Maoists in Malkangiri are now facing the heat. Bejengi area, the place where the meeting was taking place last night and which was surrounded by the police this morning, is the last bastion of the Maoists in southern Odisha. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 24, 2016, 1:35 p.m.

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    ...Express photo In July 1985, Phanas Punji a tribal woman in Khariar block of undivided Kalahandi district had sold her two-year-old sister-in-law Banita to a blind man in neighbouring Bolangir district for Rs 40, just enough for her to buy 3 kg of rice to save her two little ones.The incident that seared the conscience of a nation brought the horrors of Kalahandi as the poverty bowl of India. ...

    Indian Express on Aug. 27, 2016, 6:24 p.m.