In a big development, which further proved the strong involvement of Chhattisgarh Government in panchayat polls in Odisha, Lokesh Kawadia, Secretary of BJP NGO Cell, has been arrested by Kalahandi Police on the allegations of distributing cash during panchayat polls.
Lokesh was detained by the cops in Thuamula, Rampur in Kalahandi district last evening. The police have seized 4 vehicles (including 3 bearing Chhattisgarh number plates) and Rs 2.11 lakh cash from him.
8 other associated of Lokesh, have been arrested too. The cops have confirmed the cash distribution in the area by the BJP leaders.
A Sarpanch candidate of Paruabhadi gram panchayat in Kuchinda block of the district and one of his supporters died after their motorcycle hit a roadside tree at Patrapali village under Kuchinda police limits late on Tuesday.
The deceased Sarpanch aspirant has been identified as Mani Pradhan (35) and his supporter Sudhir Patel (40), both from Paruabhadi.
The incident occurred while the duo was returning to their village after having dinner at a ‘dhaba’ near Patrapali.
Though they were rushed to Kuchinda Sub-Divisional Hospital by the locals, doctors declared them brought dead.
The election, scheduled to be held in the gram panchayat on February 21, has been countermanded following the death of the Sarpanch candidate. The election for the posts of Zilla Parishad member, Panchayat Samiti member and ward members, however, will be held as per schedule.
Kuchinda Sub-Collector Chanchal Rana said they will inform the State Election Commission about the death of the candidate and the Commission will announce the new schedule of the election.
The three-tier panchayat polls in Odisha began Monday amid cases of poll violence reported in different parts of the state. The state is scheduled to hold the Panchayat elections in five phases between February 13 and February 21. The timing of polling is 7 am to 12:00 pm. On polling days, counting of votes starts from 1 pm till the completion. The first phase polling was held in 188 Zilla Parishad seats spread over 65 blocks in 29 districts where 716 candidates contested.
Gram Panchayat Elections in State of Odisha in Year 2017:
Panchayat Election Posts:
Sarpanch, Panch, Ward Members, Zila Parishad Members and Others
Total number of seats:
The State Election Commission (SEC) had in December announced the dates for elections to the Panchayati Raj bodies. Elections are to be held for 853 zilla parishad members, 6,802 sarpanches, 6,801 panchayat samiti members and 92,052 ward members. Half the seats have been reserved for women.
First phase: February 13
Second Phase: February 15
Third phase: February 17
Fourth phase: February 19
Fifth phase: February 21
The three major political parties contesting the panchayat polls in Odisha are BJP, Congress and the ruling BJD.
Number of Eligible Voters
At least 2.6 Crore people will vote in the ongoing odisha panchayat elections.
First phase results:
Despite the ruling BJD deploying a huge line-up of filmstars for a month-long campaign, opposition BJP posted stunning results in the first phase of panchayat polls, winning or leading in at least 68 of the 188 zilla parishad seats. BJD, meanwhile, managed an impressive show in nearly 100 seats. The BJP, which won just 36 of the total 854 zilla parishad seats in the 2012 panchayat polls, seems set to do better with four more rounds of polling remaining till February 19. 71 per cent of the 58,28,446 voters exercised their franchise in the first phase of polls.
The zilla parishad seats are contested on party symbols. Although BJD was expected to do well, BJP sprang a surprise, sweeping the zilla parishad election in Mayurbhanj, Bargarh and Kalahandi districts. It is likely to replace the Congress as the Number 2 party in phase one. Congress won around 20 zilla parishad seats.
Expenditure limits for candidates had been raised earlier, according to which a person running for the zilla parishad could spend up to Rs 2 lakh, while the limit for a sarpanch or samiti candidate was set to Rs 80,000.
Candidates filed their nominations from January 11 to 17 and the papers were verified on January 18.
The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has urged Sambalpur Collector to provide at least two acres of land at a strategic location in the district for developing common biomedical waste management facility. The facility will be developed to facilitate treatment and disposal of biomedical waste generated from the hospitals of Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balangir, Bargarh and Sonepur districts.
An SPCB official said Sambalpur has been considered as model district under the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s Global Environment Facility project for managing bio-medical waste generated from hospitals in the region in an environmentally sound manner.
A common biomedical waste management facility should be developed at Sambalpur to provide service to hospitals in five districts of the region, he said and added that though the Collector was asked to provide a patch of land at the earliest, no communication has been received so far.
A sports startup, aimed at football, is trying to introduce matured global practices in grooming talent through a business model, in association with corporates in India. The startup, part of Ekalavya Sports and Skill Development, owned by former national football player Kalyan Chaubey, with 21 years of footballing, sold-off his two houses to finance the Rs 12.5 crore mega football academy at Sambalpur, Odhisa. “We are trying to bring in global practices for grooming talent for soccer at Sambalpur. In order to make the project sustainable, we are looking at shaking hands with corporates,” Chaubey told PTI. With advent of Indian Soccer League (ISL) there is a severe crisis for quality players for the game and we have devised a business model for corporates which ranges from branding a football academy to sponsorships of players, he said. According to him, the Sambalpur facility is possibly Indias largest football academy both in terms of area and facilities. The academy can accommodate 90 players in a year. “But we will groom 30 to 40 semi-skilled 19-year-old players engaged in under 19 clubs for free,” Chaubey said. “They would be selected through our internal selection process. We would train them for two years to turn them ISL ready professional players while the rest can get training as per pay and play model,” Chaubey said. “Considering these players command the minimum annual fee as players in ISL, corporates will able to make healthy profit from tranfer fees for sponsoring these free players during the training period besides branding,” Chaubey said. In India, sponsoring players for transfer-fees when they turn professional players, is a new concept, he said. In order to strengthen its technical capabilities, the academy is negotiating with a top global soccer club to sign an agreement. Dialogues are on and in an advanced stage, he said.
Chaubey also said they are also open to offer co-owner rights of the academy and already holding discussion with a few corporate entities in this regard. PTI BSM SBN MM SSC SSC