HIGHLIGHTS| BJP wins majority in Odisha Assembly with 74 seats; no record term for Naveen

The ruling BJD has asserted that the party would form the government in Odisha with a two-thirds majority by winning at least 110 of 147 assembly seats in the State.
Celebrations at BJP state party office in Bhubaneswar as the party wins the assembly elections.
Celebrations at BJP state party office in Bhubaneswar as the party wins the assembly elections. (Photo| Special arrangement)
Summary

Odisha, which has been a bastion of Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD), will be witnessing a tough fight with the BJP as the saffron party aims to make massive inroads in the state, both in terms of the Assembly and General elections.

The ruling BJD asserted that the party would form the government in Odisha with a two-thirds majority.

If re-elected, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, who has been in the role for 24 years, would assume power for the sixth term. He may go on to become India’s longest-serving Chief Minister, surpassing former Sikkim CM Pawan Kumar Chamling’s record.

What exit polls forecasted

AS BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik seeks mandate for a record sixth consecutive term as the chief minister of Odisha, the BJP stands in the way.

Will the saffron party put a break to the 25 year-old regime of the BJD or the Naveen Patnaik juggernaut roll on? The exit polls project BJP may make clear gains but all eyes are on the counting to begin.

It was a fight between BJD’s development agenda versus BJP’s ‘outsider’ campaign.

The BJP campaign mostly focused on bureaucrat-turned-politician VK Pandian and his complete control of the government and party. The saffron party promised to restore “Odia Asmita” (Odia pride) by freeing Odisha government of outside influence.

This time, Naveen has contested from two seats, Hinjili in Ganjam district and Kantabanji in Balangir district. The result from Kantabanji will be keenly watched.

While most of the exit poll projections have given a clear edge to the BJP in the LS elections, there were mixed forecasts on the assembly results.

The India Today-Axis My India exit poll’s projections point towards a hung assembly while the ruling BJD seems to have an edge in the predictions of Jan Ki Baat. But both the exit polls have predicted huge gains for BJP.

Key candidates to look out for

BJD CANDIDATES:

Naveen Patnaik (Hinjili and Kantabanj), Aswini Kumar Patra (Jaleswar), Barsha Singh Bariha (Padampur), Rita Sahu (Bijepur), Snehangini Chhuria (Attabira), Dipali Das (Jharsuguda), Sarada Prashad Nayak (Rourkela), Rohit Pujari (Sambalpur), Niranjan Pujari (Subarnapur), Sunil Mohanty (Puri), Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak (Mahakalapada)

BJP CANDIDATES:

Suresh Pujari (Jharsuguda), Shankar Oram (Biramitrapur), Jayanarayan Mishra (Sambalpur), Mohan Charan Majhi (Keonjhar), Pradipta Kumar Naik (Bhawanipatna), Upasana Mohapatra (Brahmagiri), Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh (Nayagarh), Sisir Mishra (Hinjili), Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh (Nayagarh), Arabinda Dhali (Jayadev), Sidhant Mohapatra (Digapahandi), Dilip Kumar Ray (Rourkela)

Dharmendra Pradhan confident of win

Speaking to news agency ANI, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, “Today was the last day of elections in the country. We are confident that under the leadership of PM Modi a strong government will be formed. BJP will form the government in Odisha for the first time"

Is Pandian Naveen Patnaik's successor ? 

Even as the BJP has made Odia Asmita (Odia Pride) the party's main campaign issue by targeting Tamil Nadu-born former bureaucrat-turned political leader VK Pandian for running the show in the state, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik made it clear that he (Pandian) is not his successor.

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Naveen Patnaik's health a matter of concern for state politics?

There have been rounds during the election campaign from BJP about Naveen Patnaik's health. Is his health a concern for the party?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised questions about CM Naveen Patnaik's health. He also said if the party was voted to power, he would constitute a committee to ascertain the reason behind the "sudden" deterioration of the health condition of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, hinting at a "conspiracy" behind it.

However, hitting back at BJP for making his health condition their major campaign issue in this election, Naveen Patnaik accused the party and its leaders of spreading complete lies about him.

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Counting of votes will be done in 70 centres across Odisha

The Election Commission has made elaborate preparations for counting of votes for 21 the Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly seats in Odisha.

Counting will be held in 70 centres throughout the state starting at 8 am today, officials said.

More than 67,000 ballot units, along with 1.47 lakh postal ballots for Lok Sabha elections and 1.46 lakh for assembly elections, will be tallied across the 70 centres.

Counting halls have been air-conditioned due to the heatwave, with power generators on standby, CCTVs installed, and fire fighting teams stationed.

Counting begins

Vote counting for the 147-member Odisha Legislative Assembly has started.

Visuals from BJD headquarters in Bhubaneswar as counting of votes in the state is underway

BJP leads in two assembly seats, BJD ahead in one assembly seat

BJP was ahead in two assembly in Odisha, while the BJD was leading in one assembly seat, as per initial trends.

BJP candidate Jayant Kumar Sarangi was leading in Puri assembly segment over his nearest rival Sunil Mohanty of the BJD, an election official said.

BJP candidate Jagannath Pradhan was also leading over his BJD rival and sitting MLA Ananta Narayan Jena in Bhubaneswar-Central assembly seat.

BJD candidate Depali Das was leading over her BJP rival Tankadhar Tripathi in Jharsuguda assembly seat.

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan is leading with 658 votes

BJP leading in 21 seats, BJP leading in 10 seats and Congress in four seats

 BJP ahead on 28 seats, BJD not far behind

In Odisha, BJP has made strong gain in 28 seats while the ruling BJD is leading on 18 seats.

Congress has made gains on two constituencies.

BJP's Jayant Sarangi has taken lead from Puri Assembly seat

BJD's Dipali Das has taken lead from Jharsuguda Assembly seat

Congress' Satyashiv Das has taken lead from Bhograi Assembly seat

Trends from 43 seats show BJP leading

The latest ECI trends showcase the BJP leading on 14 of the 43 seats, for whom the data is currently available.

Other leads are as follows:

Biju Janata Dal: 24

Congress party: 5

CPI(M): 1

Independent: 1

Neck-to-neck contest between BJP, BJD

There is stiff competition between the BJP and BJD. At present, the Saffron Party is leading in 57 seats, and BJD in 38 seats.

Trends from 58 seats show BJP leading

The latest ECI trends showcase the BJP leading on 58 seats, for whom the data is currently available.

Other leads are as follows:

Biju Janata Dal: 42

Congress party: 10

CPI(M): 1

Independent: 1

BJP takes lead with 67 seats

Early leads amid the ongoing counting of votes in the Odisha Assembly show that the BJP is leading with 67 seats, while Chief Minister Naveen Biju Janata Dal is trailing with 48 segments. Meanwhile, the Congress is leading with 12 seats against the CPI(M) and the JMM's 1 each.

BJP leading in 74 Assembly seats, BJD in 46 and INC in 13 seats

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik trailing in Kantabanji Assembly

 Trends at this minute

The current trend shows that the saffron party is leading in 73 seats including Bargarh, Kalahandi, Balangir, Puri, Sambalpur and Keonjhar, while the ruling BJD is leading in 50 seats and congress is leading in 13

BJP MP candidate Dharmendra Pradhan leading with 20,195 votes

BJP MP candidate Dharmendra Pradhan leading with 20,195 votes

Dharmendra Pradhan (BJP): 91445

Pranab Prakash Das (BJD): 71250

Nagendra Pradhan (INC): 14456

Naveen Patnaik Leads in Hinjili and Kantabanji, BJP Still Ahead in 76 Seats

The Odisha Assembly election results are set to be declared today. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the second longest-serving Chief Minister in India's history, is leading in both Hinjili and Kantabanji. If his Biju Janata Dal (BJD) wins today, the 77-year-old will make history by securing a sixth consecutive term as Chief Minister.

BJP likely to form new government

The Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to form the government in the state with a lead of 76 seats. BJD can be the opposition party this time.

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BJP crosses majority mark

The BJP has crossed the majority mark in the Odisha Assembly polls and is currently leading in 76 seats.

A party in Odisha's Legislative Assembly requires 74 seats to win. The BJP has never been in power in the state.

Naveen Patnaik trails in Kantabanji

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is currently trailing in the Kantabanji constituency as counting of votes for the Assembly polls is currently underway.

Patnaik is trailing by 7,984 votes against his BJP rival Laxman Bag, who is leading the polls by 9,142 ballots, as per Election Commission data.

Incumbent MLA, Santosh Singh Saluja of the Congress, is at a distant third with 2,420 votes.

BJP inches close to halfway mark in Odisha

As of now, the BJP has a lead of 75 seats with BJD having 57 leads, Congress 13, CPI-M one seat lead and INDI Alliance two seats lead.

CM Naveen Patnaik trailing

With BJP inching closer to win, Odisha CM Patnaik is trailing behind. With a lead of 57 seats the CM is trailing from Kantabanji by 521 votes after 2nd round of counting.

BJD's Manorama Mohanty leading in Narla seat

At Narla Assembly seat, BJD's Manorama Mohanty is leading with 27,059 votes while OPCC president Bhakta Charan Das is trailing at 22,224 votes and BJP's Aniruddha Padhan is at 3rd spot

BJP wins 56 seats and is leading in 22; BJD wins 39 seats, Congress wins 9

BJD wins 39 seats and is leading in 12.

Congress wins 9 seats and is leading in 5.

Three independent candidates win.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) - CPI(M) is leading in one seat.

Celebrations begin in BJP office at Bhubaneswar

PM Modi congratulates Odisha victory, says "no stone will remain unturned" in fulfilling promises

CM Naveen Patnaik trailing by over 10,000 votes in Kantabanji

BJD chief and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is trailing by over 10,000 votes in Kantabanji from his rival Laxman Bag of BJP at the end of 20 rounds.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan addresses partymen at BJP headquarters after party's huge win in Odisha

BJP leader and Lok Sabha candidate Baijayant Panda reaches the state party office in Bhubaneswar.

BJP candidate Rupu Bhatra wins in Kotpad assembly constituency

BJD's Nalini Pradhan wins from Athmallick assembly seat by margin of more than 15,000 votes.

CM Naveen Patnaik is trailing behind BJP's Laxman Bagh in Kantabanji Assembly seat

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BJP's Suresh Pujari wins Brajarajnagar seat

BJP's Suresh Pujari wins Brajarajnagar Assembly seat by winning 81,542 votes against his nearest rival Alaka Mohanty of BJD who polled 54,960 votes after all the 19 rounds of counting.

CM Naveen Patnaik is back, leading in both Hinjili and Kantabanji seats

In the Hinjili seat, the chief minister is leading by 24,045 votes against his BJP rival Sisir Kumar Mishra. Similarly in Kantabanji assembly seat, the chief minister has now established a lead of 27,667 votes over his BJP rival Laxman Bag.

Agriculture Minister and BJD's Athagarh candidate Ranendra Pratap Swain is leading with 37,240 votes.

Higher Edu Minister & BJD's Mahakalapada Assembly candidate Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak trailing behind BJP's Durga Prasan Nayak.

Congress' Samarendra Mishra leading in Balangir Assembly segment, BJD's Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo trailing with 14,939 votes

BJP's Kanak Vardhan Singhdeo is leading with 22,452 votes in the Patnagarh Assembly segment.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wins Hinjili Assembly seat by 4,636 votes

BJP gets majority in Odisha Assemby by winning 74 seats in the 147-member House

The BJP stormed to power in Odisha by dethroning the BJD which has been in power for the last 24 years.

The BJP won 78 seats in the 147-member Odisha Assembly and the BJD has won 51 seats.

Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik won from the Hinjili seat by defeating his nearest BJP rival Sisir Kumar Mishra by 4,636 votes.

The Congress has won 14 seats while the CPI(M) has won one seat.

Independent candidates won in three assembly seats.

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