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Biju Janata Dal

The Biju Janata Dal which is termed as BJD in short is a popular regional political party of Orissa in India. It is named after the legendary former Chief Minister and architect of modern Odisha, late Sri Biju Patnaik.

This party was established on 26 December 1997. Presently Naveen Patnaik who is the son of previous state chief minister Biju Patnaik manages the party activities.

Party has great philosophy in secularism and value-based politics, and ideal commitment to the development of Odisha and its people. Much of the fame and electoral success of the party is accredited to Sri Naveen Patnaik's reflection as a principled and true leader. .....
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Biju Janata Dal News

Odisha Congress Working President quits party to join BJD

Posted On : Jan 16,2019,    3:44 pm
Bhubaneswar, Jan 16 (IANS) In a major setback for the Congress ahead of elections in Odisha, state Working President Naba Kisore Das on Wednesday resigned from the party to join the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD). View More..

BJD not part of Mahagathabandhan: Odisha CM

Posted On : Jan 09,2019,    2:16 pm
Bhubaneswar, Jan 9 (IANS) Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said his party will not be a part of Mahagathabandhan, a grand alliance of opposition parties. View More..

Odisha's major parties take to street with farmers at centre

Posted On : Jan 08,2019,    4:28 pm
Bhubaneswar, Jan 8 (IANS) The three major political parties in Odisha - the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party -- on Tuesday took to the streets with an eye to gain the sympathy of farmers ahead of 2019 elections. View More..

Need more time to decide on Mahagathbandhan: Naveen Patnaik

Posted On : Jan 08,2019,    4:14 pm
New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) BJD leader and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said he wanted more time to decide on joining 'Mahagathbandhan', the grand alliance of opposition parties, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. View More..

Trade strike affects normal life in Odisha

Posted On : Jan 08,2019,    12:48 pm
Bhubaneswar, Jan 8 (IANS) The two-day nationwide strike called by various trade unions in protest against the Centre's anti-labour policies affected normal life in Odisha on Tuesday. View More..

Left unions to begin nationwide strike on Tuesday

Posted On : Jan 07,2019,    9:22 pm
New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) The Left affiliated Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) will begin its two-day nationwide general strike on Tuesday to protest against "anti-labour, anti-people and anti-national policies" of the Modi government. View More..

LS passes bills on right to education, personal laws

Posted On : Jan 07,2019,    5:42 pm
New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Monday passed "Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018" and "The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018" amid uproar created by the opposition on various issues. View More..

Speaker suspends four more MPs, LS adjourned for day

Posted On : Jan 07,2019,    5:28 pm
New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) The Lok Sabha was on Monday adjourned for the day after witnessing three brief pre-lunch and one post-lunch session adjournments due to protests by the Samajwadi Party and Congress members over a CBI probe against former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on alleged illegal mining, and the Rafale fighter jets issue. View More..

NDA may fall 15 seats short of majority, says survey

Posted On : Jan 06,2019,    1:50 am
New Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance at the Centre may fall nearly 15 seats short of the magic mark of 272 in the 543-seat Lok Sabha, if elections are held now, says the India TV-CNX opinion poll. View More..

Lok Sabha passes three Bills

Posted On : Jan 04,2019,    10:18 pm
New Delhi, Jan 4 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Friday passed three Bills, including The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018, to provide legal backing to voluntary seeding of biometric Aadhaar ID with mobile numbers and bank accounts after the Supreme Court barred mandatory use of the 12-digit unique identifier by private firms. View More..

BJD to protest for higher MSP for paddy

Posted On : Jan 04,2019,    5:30 pm
New Delhi, Jan 4 (IANS) All MPs and MLAs of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will stage a one-day 'dharna' here on Tuesday to demand higher MSP for paddy. View More..

If government is honest, it should be ready for JPC: Shiv Sena in LS

Posted On : Jan 02,2019,    11:08 pm
New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) The BJP's ally Shiv Sena on Wednesday sought clarification from the ruling party in Rafale fighter jet deal, saying: "if the government is honest, then it should be ready for a JPC probe." View More..

Stinking bio-toilets: Need foolproof method to improve system, Railways told

Posted On : Jan 01,2019,    3:20 pm
New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) After the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), a parliamentary panel has now taken note of the problem of stinking and choked bio-toilets in trains and sought measures for their improvement. View More..

Anti-BJP parties come together but unlikely to form Federal Front (2018 in Retrospect)

Posted On : Dec 30,2018,    12:10 pm
New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) The anti-BJP front gained currency this year in the wake of BJP's defeats in Kairana, Phulpur and Gorakhpur parliamentary by polls in Uttar Pradesh by the coming together of SP, BSP and RLD and as 2018 winds up the parties are now emboldened to go for the kill against BJP in the coming Lok Sabha polls. View More..

Lok Sabha approves proclamation of President's Rule in J&K (Intro Roundup)

Posted On : Dec 28,2018,    11:34 pm
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Friday approved the proclamation of President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir with opposition parties demanding installation of a popular government while the Centre asserting that it was committed to a "democratic process" and ready to hold Assembly elections in the troubled state. View More..

LS discusses imposition of President Rule in J&K, Centre blames Nehru for state's situation (Roundup)

Posted On : Dec 28,2018,    10:22 pm
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) For the second consecutive day, the Lok Sabha on Friday ran its full session amid uproar over various issues, with lawmakers allowing discussion on President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir and the government introducing the Jallianwala Bagh Bill. View More..

CPI-M raises Women's Reservation Bill in LS, seeks early passage

Posted On : Dec 28,2018,    2:16 pm
New Delhi, Dec 28 (IANS) The Communist Party of India-Marxist on Friday raised a demand in the Lok Sabha to immediately pass the long pending Women's Reservation Bill and also staged a protest outside Parliament over the issue. View More..

Lok Sabha passes triple talaq bill amidst opposition walkout (Roundup)

Posted On : Dec 27,2018,    8:48 pm
New Delhi, Dec 27 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a controversial bill that criminalises the practice of triple talaq among Muslims, amidst walkout by the Congress and the BJP ally AIADMK as opposition parties attacked the government saying the measure was aimed at political gains in view of the coming general elections. View More..

BJP appoints election incharges for 17 states, Zadafia gets UP

Posted On : Dec 26,2018,    9:38 pm
New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) In a series of crucial appointments ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP on Wednesday appointed election incharges for 17 states and notably assigned Gordhan Zadafia -- who was the Gujarat Home Minister during the 2002 riots -- the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to the lower House of Parliament. View More..

Shah appoints election incharges for 17 states, Zadafia appointed in UP

Posted On : Dec 26,2018,    6:14 pm
New Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) Preparing for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP on Wednesday appointed election incharges for 17 states assigning former Gujarat Minister Gordhan Zadafia, once a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the crucially-important state of Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to the Lower House of Parliament. View More..



About Biju Janata Dal

   Biju Janata Dal History

The Biju Janata Dal which is termed as BJD in short is a popular regional political party of Orissa in India. It is named after the legendary former Chief Minister and architect of modern Odisha, late Sri Biju Patnaik. This party was established on 26 December 1997. Presently Naveen Patnaik who is the son of previous state chief minister Biju Patnaik manages the party activities. Party has great philosophy in secularism and value-based politics, and ideal commitment to the development of Odisha and its people. Much of the fame and electoral success of the party is accredited to Sri Naveen Patnaik's reflection as a principled and true leader. The election symbol of the Biju Janata Dal, as accepted by the Election Commission of India, is the "conch which is turned right". Naveen Patnaik works on the principle of helping poor section. He devised and executed developmental policies and schemes for the people of Odisha. Odisha is a backward state with reference to development therefore chief minister Naveen Patnaik is devoted to bring utmost benefits to the people of the state, across all caste, class and religion. The BJD's major ideology is populism and social democratic system, annihilates the evil forces in the state and party is committed to bring about technical, social and educational development and symbolizing power. Though, the Biju Janata Dal has partaken in several ruling alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party both at the Centre and in Odisha, it was one of the main professedly secular parties of the National Democratic Alliance. BJD has a secular and democratic outlook and it has always taken a firm and unambiguous stand against collective forces.

Political activities of party

In the 1998 general elections, Biju Janata Dal grabbed nine seats. Naveen was popular as Minister for Mines. During 1999 general elections, BJD won 10 seats. BJD had a coalition with BJP in Odisha and it also supported the NDA in the centre since 1998 till 2009 when Mr Naveen Patnaik decided to break the association and moved alone in the 2009 general elections.BJP said that this immature decision was the unfaithfulness of Naveen Patnaik.In the 2000 and 2004 elections, the party won huge number of seats in the state legislative assembly in partnership with BJP. In 2004 elections the party grabbed 11 Lok Sabha seats. In 2009 the BJD left the BJP for both the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections due to difference in seat sharing. In 2009 lok sabha election, BJD won 14 seats and secured strong 108 legislative seats out of 147 seats in assembly election of 2009.Naveen Patnaik stepped down as Minister of Mines and left the Lok Sabha after the BJD-BJP success in the Assembly elections in 2000 and was sworn as the Chief Minister of the state. Mr. Patnaik also won second and third terms as Chief Minister of Odisha in 2004 and 2009 state elections correspondingly.

Prominent leaders of the BJD

The leaders of the Biju Janata Dal, who are the national supervisory of the party are many. Naveen Patnaik is president of Biju Janata Dal and he is Chief Minister in the state of Odisha at present. He was avowed in as the Chief Minister in 2000, and held this post for the second and third terms, in 2004 and 2009. He was a former Union Minister of Mines during the NDA government. His mild gesture, stand against dishonesty and "pro-poor policies" made huge fans in Odisha, and has voted him to power in the last three successive terms. Naveen Patnaik is a gentleman, a thinking politician and more over a person with a genuine interest in solving the problems of the state. He is the only ruler, who is not mired with any scandal, which had severely dogged the previous Congress regimes. Baishnab Charan Parida is the spokesperson of BJD and a member of the Rajya Sabha, representing Odisha in the Upper House of Parliament. Dilip Tirkey is the Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and he was honoured with the Padma Shree in 2004, Tirkey is also high level hockey player. He represents Odisha as a member of the BJD in the Upper House of Parliament.Arjun CharanSethi is a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and represents the BJD from the Bhadrakelectorate in the 15thLok Sabha. Bhartruhari Mahtab is Member of Parliament and represents the BJD from the Cuttack constituency in the 15thLok Sabha.Pinaki Mishra is a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabhaand represents the BJD from the Purielectorate in the 15thLok Sabha. Sidhant Mohapatra is Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and elected from the Berhampur constituency in the 15thLok Sabha.Baijayant 'Jay' Panda is a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and represents the BJD from the Kendrapara constituency in the 15thLok Sabha.Renubala Pradhan is a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Pradhan is female members of the BJD and represents Odisha in the Upper House of Parliament.

Manifesto

In the manifesto of the Biju Janata Dal, Mr.Patnaik affirmed that the party would provide free electricity to farmers as well as farm loans at interest rate as low as three percent. The manifesto also include that party is committed to generate job opportunities for millions of youth males and females. BJD is looking forward for rapidly developing industrial sector in the state and measures would be taken for building additional industries around mega projects and renewal of ill industries. The party has effectual policies to eradicate poverty and improve infrastructures. The manifesto also added that technical education institutes would be established in all block headquarters. Reforms will be done in education sector and computer education will be provided in all schools with internet facilities. The party manifesto announced that it would start one full-fledged hospital for every 5,000 people. BJD has comprehensive plans in health arena also.

Biju Janata Dal contribution in politics

Biju Janata Dal emerged as regional party and played significant role in enhancement of state citizens. It has done several works in political arena of the nation. The BJD has made efforts for overall development of women and children in the state, through education and empowerment. In its effective policy, a 50% reservation has been made for women in the Odisha Municipalities. It has executed several schemes for women and children, for example the 'MamataYojna', 'Mission Shakti', 'Tupti', 'NuaArunima' and the very vital 'Self Help Group Energy Franchisee Arrangement (SEFA) Program'.Government is very concerned for the development & empowerment of ST/SC/ SEBC & Minorities. It has successful implemented Forest Rights Act.

Odisha is basically an agricultural state therefore the farmers of Odisha are main pillar of the state. The Biju Janata Dal government began a separate agricultural budget for the farmers, enhanced the budget allocation for agriculture from rupees 2,000 crores to rupees 7,000 crores. Biju Janata Dal implemented range of schemes to ensure agricultural loans at a nominal 2% rate of interest such as the 'Biju Krushak VikasYojna' and the 'Biju Krushak KalyanYojna'. Odisha is the first state in India to organize animal health camps, operating in more than 12 districts and treating more than 24 lakh animals so far.The BJD administration also executed effectual programs foryouths tomake certain youth-led development in the state. In the scheme of 'Biju Yuba SashaktikaranYojna', the youth of the state were provided free laptops and other financial supports such as internship programs within the government offices. Biju Janata Dal took initiative in enhancing infrastructure in the state. BJD government implemented the 'BijuSethuYojna' and the 'Gopabandhu GraminYojna', for constructing new bridges for rural connectivity within the state. Electrification of many un-electrified villages has been speeded up in the state, by installing many power-stations in the state. BJD government also worked in food sector. Government initiated significant food security system in the state, in which 60 lakh beneficiaries is to be given rice at rupee one per kilogram. The BJD government also provided homes to poor people who were affected in the many cyclones and floods hitting the state of Odisha.

Sri NavinPatnaik had made commitment to public for corruption Free State and in order to make the management transparent and corruption-free, Odisha government ratified to take away uneven assets of corrupt employees. Odisha Right to Public Services Act, 2012 in Odisha is an excellent proposal by the State Government to ensure corruption-free public service delivery. The law allows the populace to demand public services as a right and also includes a provision for penal action against officials failing to provide the services within the stipulated time.The main concept is to create a demand for services, and to provide citizens with a platform for getting their grievances redressed in a time bound manner. E-dhaRani Project is to make the land registration process easy and transparent, an e-project 'e-dhaRani' launched successfully in all 177 registration offices.

Under the headship of Mr.Patniak, the State has emerged as a good public health form for whole nation, especially for maternal and child care. Odisha has also accomplished substantial success to combat communicable diseases like polio, leprosy and tuberculosis. Government launched various Schemes for Health Services to all. Biju Gramin Swasthya Seba Sibir is a GHealth camps organized effectively at 100 places in all Assembly Constituencies and health assistance provided to 2 lakh patients living in rural areas. Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF)is a Health Assistance cover to BPL families. Mobile Health Unit (SwasthyaSanyogAbhiyan) is a health assistance provided to 32000 patients living in distant and unreachable areas by activating 101 mobile health units. 108 Ambulance service is launched on March 5th, 2013 that has been successful in terms of providing free of cost quality life-saving emergency ambulance.

Fundamentally, BJD believes in secular ideology and in this reference, image of Navin Patnaik is considered as clean and responsible for huge success of party. Party's positive attitude toward industrialization created good image among people. It also advocates tribal, minorities and poor section of society. Sri Navin Patnaik has always promised to make government more receptive and sensitive to the hopes and aspiration to the people. The members of Biju Janata Dal party stormed out to mark their complaint for not having given sufficient time to have a word on the Lok pal bill. In 2014 election, Navin Patnaik said that the ruling Biju Janata Dal might be a part of the proposed Third Front.

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