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  • Naveen Patnaik had raised a few eyebrows by supporting the Centre’s Citizenship Ammendment Bill (now an Act) in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. A few days later, he announced that his party, the Biju Janata Dal, which has supported most of the Narendra Modi government’s bills, would not support the National Register of Citizens.

    The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 has nothing to do with Indian citizens, it only deals with the foreigners.

    Outside the NDA fold, BJD has emerged as BJP’s most prominent ally. In June, Patnaik surprised everyone by backing BJP’s Rajya Sabha candidate Ashwini Vaishnav despite his party having the numbers to send a third BJD nominee to the House. Now, Patnaik-led BJD has decided to support the government on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

    The influential Jajpur MLA, Pranab Prakash Das has been appointed General Secretary (Organisation) a position that the regional party, in power since the last 19 years, did not have until now.

    Naveen Patnaik, for the first time in his long twenty years in government, had contested from two seats during the simultaneous state and general elections earlier this year.

    A look at audit reports for the last financial year made available by the Election Commission, which must mandatorily declare income from electoral bonds under a separate head, reveals that Biju Janata Dal received Rs 213.5 crore as contributions via electoral bonds route.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said in Rajya Sabha that people's hearts can be won by political parties even without rushing to the Well of the House to register their protest on various issues.

    Bijoy Mohapatra, a founder member of the BJD, has lost every election since he left the party nearly two decades ago.

    Senior BJD leader Bhartruhari Mahtab, whose party supported the Bill in Parliament, expressed in his dissent note, which is annexed to the JPC report that, “the present Bill contravenes the provision of the principal Act and goes against the spirit of Assam Accord.. This will open floodgates thereby accentuating discontent among the people of Assam.”

    While Lok Sabha MP Rabindra Kumar Jena, whose factory and offices had been raided by the CBI, will contest once again from Balasore.

    Pinaki Misra won the Puri Lok Sabha seat for the straight third time, defeating BJP’s Sambit Patra.

    The newly elected Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Member of Parliaments (MPs) met Odisha Chief Minister and party chief Naveen Patnaik in Odisha’s Bhu...

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