While campaigning in Chirang ahead of the Assembly Elections in Assam, Home Minister Amit Shah vowed to fulfil every single promise made in Bodo agreement before 2022 “for a peaceful Assam”. “Rahul Baba is in Assam as a tourist nowadays. He says Badruddin Ajmal is Assam’s identity. You tell me if Ajmal is Assam’s identity or Bhupen Hazarika, Upendra Nath & Shankar Dev. Black Mountain Badruddin Ajmal can’t be Assam’s identity,” the Home Minister said.
In order to prevent the AGP and the Congress simultaneously, we have strategically put up candidates for friendlies against Raijar Dal in some constituencies. Unlike what people are saying this kind of friendlies is nothing new in politics. We have so many instances where parties put up dummy candidates. In fact, in the last Assembly election in 2016 in order to defeat Dhurubajyoti Gogoi in the Duliajan Assembly constituency, 10 dummy candidates from the Ahom community were made to fight the polls. These friendlies are nothing but part of the larger strategy.
…in the Assam government, there is a Shakuni Mama-like leader and a Dhritarashtra. Both of them and the BJP have betrayed the people of Assam. The ‘Dhritarashtra’ who was at one time called ‘Jatiya Nayak’ (people’s leader) betrayed the six ethnic communities whom he had promised inclusion in the Scheduled Tribes list. But did not do so. Shakuni Mama who runs a corrupt government that only cheats people.
BJP is not a political party in Assam … (it) is functioning like a mafia organisation running syndicates of ‘supari,’ fish, coal, land. In the prime minister’s election rallies you must have noticed he sometimes takes the name of one in some meetings or the name of the other at other times. Their remote controls are in Delhi. BJP has not been able to decide who will be the chief minister. They are not able to respect their own chief minister and spell out the name. If there is no stability and unity in the party, then how will it give a stable government to people? Which chief ministers did he refer to… was it late Tarun Gogoi who worked tirelessly for the development of the state, gave employment to youth, introduced 30 per cent reservation for women in jobs and 50 per cent seats in panchayats, improved road connectivity, economic progress, protected Assam’s culture and heritage? As soon as the BJP returned to power at the Centre they made the Citizenship (Amendment) Act into a law. Police were unleashed on the anti-CAA protestors and five youths lost their lives.
In the last 5 years, we have given a new pace to the development of Assam. This time, every vote that the NDA candidates give to us and our allies would be a vote for the rapid development of Assam. The strength given to the NDA will energize the self-reliance of Assam. Every vote the NDA gets, will further increase employment opportunities here. Who can forget the day when the Congress was in the center and also in Assam! At that time, neglect was also double because the people of Assam had no hearing in the state, nor at the Cenre. Now that the NDA government is at the Centre and the NDA government is also in the state, the power of double engine is pushing Assam forward. Now, highways are being constructed with double efforts, because the state government is also connecting Assam with the country and the central government too.
Another question during the Congress rule was that how will Assam and India’s pride–the Rhinos be saved from the hunter-gatherers brought up by the Congress? Now, BJP’s, NDA government has sent poachers of Rhino behind the bars. Now it has been decided. BJP government will come for the second time in Assam. NDA government will be again formed in Assam. Assam will get double engine ki sarkar.
Priyanka Gandhi alleged that PM Modi is sad about a tweet by a 22-year-old woman but not for the flood-ravaged people of Assam
Launching a frontal attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday alleged he is sad about a tweet by a 22-year-old woman but not for the flood-ravaged people of Assam. A day after Modi raised the toolkit issue and alleged Congress conspiracy in it at a poll rally in Chabua in Assam, the daughter of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, lamented that Modi was silent on peoples’ suffering during perennial floods. Last year’s flooding of the Brahmaputra during the pandemic affected some 2.8 million people.
Top Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has teared into the ranks of the BJP over the issue of rising unemployment in Assam. Priyanka Gandhi, who is in Assam on a two day tour for election campaigning slammed the BJP Governments both at the Centre and the State for the rising rate of unemployment. Taking a dig at the BJP-AGP alliance, Priyanka Gandhi said that AGP is no longer Asom Gana Parishad, it is rather “Dilli Gana Parishad”. “Even the Asom Gana Parishad has been converted to Dilli Gana Parishad. The elephant once is now a bhigi billi (terrified cat),” Priyanka Gandhi said.
You were promised that your Chief Minister would be Assamese – Priyanka Gandhi addressing rally at Khumtai (Assam)
Your decision this elections would either secure the future of your children or break Assam. You were promised that your Chief Minister would be Assamese. You were promised that your Chief Minister would run a strong government. But what did you get instead? You got two Chief Ministers. When anti-CAA protests were at its peak in Assam, why didn’t he felt sorry? Where Assam was burning, why didn’t he felt sorry? Why didn’t he appeared before you? Why didn’t he apologised then? In the last election, BJP promised to provide 25 lakh jobs. Did you get those jobs? No. You were told that Clause 6 of the Assam Accord – which protects your culture – will be implemented. Has that happened yet? No.
Can the BJP please clarify whether they plan to implement CAA in Bengal but not in Assam – Gaurav Gogoi
The BJP has promised implementation of CAA in its manifesto in West Bengal. Can the BJP please clarify whether they plan to implement CAA in Bengal but not in Assam? In other words, do they agree with the Congress’s Guarantee of a law that would nullify CAA in Assam?
While PM Modi addressed a rally in Assam’s Chabua, Rahul Gandhi was in poll-bound state’s Jorhat district. He hit out at the NDA government and said, “During UPA govt, gas cylinders’ cost was Rs 400, now under NDA, it is Rs 900. Who benefits from this? Not the poor, only India’s 2-3 industrialists. Their taxes, loans are waived off while nothing is being done for you”.
NDA govt has built solid foundation for Assam’s development in the last 5 years – PM Modi during Chabua rally in Assam
You know very well what was the condition of the bridges on the Brahmaputra here five years ago. Leave the new bridges, the ones that were started by the Atal ji’s government years ago were also halted by the Congress governments. We completed these projects quickly. NDA govt has built solid foundation for Assam’s development in the last 5 years. Congress and its allies want to cash in on this & loot Assam. Hence, you must be cautious & remember that Congress would put anyone at stake for their benefit.
A toolkit has been circulated that will defame Assam’s tea. Congress party supports these toolkit makers & then has the audacity to ask for votes in Assam. Can we forgive them? I was pained to see that Congress party, who ruled the country for 50-55 years, supports those who want to ruin reputation of India’s tea. Will you forgive such a party? Should they be punished or not?
Though Congress symbol is there in the document, actually it is the people’s manifesto. It contains the aspirations of the people of Assam. We are aware that the RSS and BJP are attacking diverse cultures of this nation. Attacking our languages, history, our way to thinking, our way of being. So this manifesto provides a guarantee that we will defend the idea of the state of Assam.
Indian National Congress (INC) leader Rahul Gandhi released the party manifesto Saturday, ahead of the Assam assembly election 2021. Key promises made include monetary compensation for housewives across the state, an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act law and an increase in wages for tea plantation workers.
Ahead of assembly polls in Assam, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday expelled 15 of its leaders, including former deputy speaker Dilip Kumar Paul for a period of six years for going against the party decision and contesting the polls as independents. BJP state general secretary Rajdeep Roy said the party’s Assam chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass has approved the disciplinary action with immediate effect.
BJP wants to run Assam from Nagpur (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Headquarters). They want outsiders to come and (take over) take what is yours as they took your airport. We want to run Assam from Assam only. Our Chief Minister will work after listening to the people of Assam and would have nothing to do with Nagpur. During the floods, you (the voter) cannot give him anything so he does not come but during elections, you can give him votes, so he comes.
Democracy is declining. Youth are unemployed, farmers are protesting, CAA is there. We can’t ask the people of Assam to forget their culture, language if they come to Delhi. People from different cultures, languages, religions make up India. One force, born in Nagpur, trying to control the whole country. If the country’s future (students) cannot openly talk to the Prime Minister, then there is no doubt that something somewhere is wrong.
Top Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi will be in Assam and give a final push to the party’s campaigning in the State ahead of the Assembly elections. Priyanka Gandhi will be in Assam on March 21 and 22. Priyanka Gandhi will be in Assam on a two-day tour of the State for election campaigning. According to reports, Priyanka Gandhi will be holding rallies in Jorhat, Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam.
Enforcement & Regulatory Authorities made cumulative seizures of Cash, Liquor, Narcotics & Jewellery worth Rs 75 crores in Assam so far
As the countdown begins for the first phase of the Assam Assembly election scheduled on March 27, enforcement and regulatory authorities have made cumulative seizures of cash, liquor, narcotics and jewellery worth Rs 75 crores. From February 26 to March 18, 2021 cash amounting to Rs. 16.14 crores have been seized and liquor worth Rs. 19.21 crores have been confiscated, the ECI said in a statement. Gold, silver ornaments valued at Rs. 2.82 crores have also been seized; drugs worth market value Rs. 30.30 crores and freebies (cigarettes, black pepper, etc.) amounting to Rs 6.63 crores have been seized.
Assam has witnessed positive changes across various sectors over the last 5 years – Prime Minister Narendra Modi
In a tweet, PM Modi said, “Will be in Assam tomorrow, 18th March. Looking forward to being among the people of this great state during the rally in Karimganj. Assam has witnessed positive changes across various sectors over the last 5 years. NDA seeks people’s blessings to continue the development agenda.” While the BJP is running a campaign to end the running Trinamool Congress’ 10-year rule in Bengal, it is working to retain power in Assam.
The atmosphere is very positive. There is pro-incumbency in Assam. We saw it happen at the national level under PM Narendra Modi. During the previous 30- 35 years, there used to be the concept of anti-incumbency, Modiji overcame that era and moved on. We are beginning to see it at the state level. This is not only my opinion but has been corroborated by all surveys and by thousands of people with whom I interacted with.
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha’s working president and Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren will campaign in poll-bound Assam and West Bengal. It has been decided by the party that Hemant will campaign for Congress candidate in Assam and for TMC candidate in Bengal.
Newly floated Raijor Dal have announced the list of candidates for the third phase of Assam assembly polls
The United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), an ally of the ruling BJP, the Bodo Peoples Front (BPF), a part of the Grand Alliance of eight parties, and the newly floated Raijor Dal have announced the list of candidates for the third phase of Assam assembly polls on April six. The UPPL announced its second list of eight candidates which includes former Rajya Sabha MP, founder UPPL president Urkhao Gwra Brahma from Chapaguri (ST), prominent businessman Manaranjan Brahma from Kokrajhar West (ST) constituency and former ABSU general secretary Lawrence Islary from Kokrajhar East (ST) constituency.
My view is that a specific news channel in Assam conducts an online survey on who will be the next Chief Minister of Assam. The channel has included my name in the possible list. Even after I have clarified that AIUDF team will never accept the post of Assam Chief Minister. I don’t know if there is any political motive behind the publicity done like this. But I want to make it clear once again that I do not have the desire to become the Chief Minister. Expressing my affection and gratitude to the supporters of AIUDF party. Also want to express this, our party believes in the development of Assam and the unity of the people of Assam. We want to do that through the Mahajotbandhan. Our party is definitely due to the huge support of the people in the Mahajot government. Will be a partner. I will myself as a representative of the people of Dhubri, along with my constituency, I will serve Assam and North-East
In the early 80s, the Congress got alienated from the people of Assam. It took the party 25 years, first with Hiteshwar Saikia and then Tarun Gogoi, to rebuild Congress in Assam, but by aligning with Ajmal, they have pushed the party back by another 50 years. Our question is, you have five guarantees, you have Rahul (Gandhi), Priyanka (Gandhi Vadra), so why do you need Ajmal? In this election, our issue is not with the Congress. Our question is how can the Congress align with a migrant who has not even fully adopted the Assamese culture? Did anyone see Ajmal during Bihu? This election is entirely against Ajmal.
Election Commission has decided to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at all the Polling Stations in the upcoming assembly elections in four states and Union territory. This decision to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at all the Polling Stations decision was taken with a view to enhance the transparency and credibility of the election process. In order to ensure transparency, EVMs/VVPATs are randomized twice using EVM Management System (EMS) while being allocated to an Assembly Constituency and then to a polling booth ruling out any fixed allocation.
For 60 years, Congress leaders only indulged in corruption and so for the last five years, we had to fill up pot-holes, repair roads and convert double lane highways to four and six-lanes. It is the BJP which has a mission and the Congress is only interested in commission. It is the Prime Minister who through his initiatives has joined Assam and the Northeast with Mainstream India. The people of the state has the responsibility of electing BJP candidate Nabakumar Doley from this seat on March 27 and we assure you that the government will complete all pending works in the next five years.
We’re not against the word ‘Congress’, but against its Policies – BJP National President JP Nadda in poll-bound Assam’s Sonitpur
We’re not against the word ‘Congress’, but against its policies. What have they done in 7 years? There’s one guarantee that there’ll only be scams if Congress comes to power. It’s up to you whether you want a guarantee of scams or a guarantee of development. Sixty months of Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP govt were more impactful than Congress’ 60 years. Construction of Bhogibheel bridge kept getting delayed but under Modi Ji & Sonowal’s leadership, the bridge was built.
Union Minister Smriti Irani asked at an election rally in Assam’s Nagaon district on Saturday how the Congress party, which was not able to construct toilets for the poor in the region, would make the future of Assam? Without naming former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, Irani said, “There are some tall leaders of Congress from Assam and they even became the PM. But, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) came to Assam only during Narendra Modi”s tenure.” Assam will go to the polls between March 27 and April 6 in three phases to elect 126 members of the legislative assembly. The counting of votes will be done on May 2.
The Congress can go to any length to win an election. It has aligned with Badruddin Ajmal’s AIUDF in Assam, the Muslim League in Kerala and the Indian Secular Front in Bengal. Assam cannot be safe in the hands of Ajmal. People of Assam can decide who is more concerned about their welfare — Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Badruddin Ajmal.
Give us another five years and we will also be able to solve the problem of infiltration – Amit Shah in Assam
Five years ago, I, as BJP president, had promised to make Assam ‘andolan mukt’ (agitation-free) and ‘aatankbad mukt’ (militancy-free). We have fulfilled our pledge, and there is no longer any agitation or militancy in the state. Assam is experiencing peace and development. Give us another five years and we will also be able to solve the problem of infiltration. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already taken several initiatives to improve the lives and working condition of the tea garden worker.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be on a two-day visit to poll-bound Assam and West Bengal from Sunday. The BJP said Shah will address two public meetings at Margarita and Nazira in Assam on Sunday. He will then leave for Bengal where he will hold a road show in Kharagpur in the evening. On Monday, Shah will address public meetings at Jhargram and Ranibandha in West Bengal before flying to Guwahati where he will address a Town Hall programme. Shah and BJP president J P Nadda are also expected to meet the family members of 129 party workers in West Bengal who were allegedly killed in political violence in the last few years.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar said in Baramati on Sunday that the BJP only has chances of winning assembly elections in Assam. Assembly polls are due to begin in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry from March 27 onwards.
With electioneering picking up pace in West Bengal and Assam ahead of first poll polling on March 27, Home Minister Amit Shah will campaign in the two states on March 14, 15. On March 14, he will hold a roadshow in Kharagpur and will address two rallies in the state a day later. The rallies will be held in Jhargram and in Ranibandh in Bankura district.
Days before the Assam assembly election, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received a big blow when its spokesperson Phani Pathak resigned from the primary membership of the party on Saturday. Pathak was an election ticket aspirant and he was hoping to get a ticket from the Patacharkuchi assembly constituency. Pathak had joined the party in 2011 and since then he has been working relentlessly for the party in the constituency. However, the party overlooked Pathak and gave the ticket to Dass and this miffed the BJP spokesperson and he tendered his resignation.
Ahead of the Assam assembly elections, Shiladitya Dev who had quit the BJP earlier this week has returned to the party’s fold. Shiladitya Dev had resigned after he was denied a ticket to contest in the upcoming polls. Following his return to the saffron camp, Dev has decided to opt out from contesting the elections. Moreover, Assam minister and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma and BJP National General Secretary Dilip Saikia met Mr Dev at his home on Friday. After resigning from the party Dev also announced that he will contest the election as an independent candidate. However, on Saturday he declared that he would sit out this three-phase election.
Hojai MLA Shiladitya Dev, who resigned from the party earlier this week after he was denied an election ticket at the ensuing polls, returned to the party fold. After resigning from the party Dev also announced that he will contest the election as an independent candidate. However, on Saturday he declared that he would sit out this three-phase election. “I cannot let the Congress-AIUDF alliance win and dominate. Hence I have decided to stay along with the BJP- which is my party,” Dev said. He further said that he belongs to the BJP by heart and soul and at no cost can he allow Congress to win as this will “lead to AIUDF dominance as both parties are in alliance”.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will start campaigning for the BJP in poll-bound Assam from Sunday when he will address four rallies in Biswanath and Golaghat districts, sources said. Singh’s two of these rallies will be in tea gardens and one in Gohpur, a historical place connected with the Quit India movement. The defence minister will address a rally at Dergaon in Golaghat district where he will campaign for the BJP’s Assam ally AGP candidate Bhabendra Nath Bharali. Singh is expected to address a large number of rallies in Assam during his multiple visits to the state in the next one month.
Four days after BJP minister Sum Ronghang joined the Congress after denied ticket, the opposition party on Thursday nominated him to contest the forthcoming Assam Assembly polls from his Diphu constituency. A Cabinet minister and a former chief executive member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Ronghang had quit BJP after being denied a ticket and joined Congress last Sunday. Ronghang’s name was among the 11 sitting MLAs excluded by BJP in the list of party candidates. The saffron party had announced a list of 70 candidates on March 5 and, instead nominated Bidya Sing Engleng for the Diphu seat.
Raijor Dal’s President Akhil Gogoi decided to withdraw his candidature from Mariani Assembly constituency
Newly-floated regional party Raijor Dal’s president Akhil Gogoi has decided to withdraw his candidature from the Mariani Assembly constituency. Akhil Gogoi has taken the decision to withdraw his candidature from Mariani seat with a view to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party said. Mariani will go to the Assam Assembly elections 2021 in the first phase, scheduled to be held on March 27, 2021. After the withdrawal of the candidature by Gogoi, there will be a direct contest between Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi and BJP candidate Ramani Tanti.
BJP to Field 4 Candidates from Minority Community in Muslim-Majority Jania, Jaleswar, Baghbar & Salmara South Seats in Assam
NDA will fight 12 Muslim majority seats in lower Assam, where migrant Muslims form the biggest group. BJP will field four candidates from the minority community in Jania, Jaleswar, Baghbar and Salmara South seats. BJP leaders believe that migrant Muslims will lean towards the party in this election as they have benefited from government schemes in the state. These seats have always been a stronghold of Congress or AIUDF.
Some elements with vested interests are trying to derail the Congress-AIUDF alliance – Badruddin Ajmal
This is a 100 percent fake video. Some elements with vested interests are trying to derail the Congress-AIUDF alliance. They will fail in their attempt. I am in touch with my lawyers. I will file a case against them. Let them keep talking about me. I don’t care. I’ll keep talking about jobs and price rise. The people of Assam aren’t fools to fall for this.
“They have nothing to show in terms of work, that’s why they keep trying to divert public attention by attacking me,” All India United Democratic Front leader Badruddin Ajmal told media, in response to the attacks against him by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a section of the media. Earlier this week, a video which was later found to be doctored, went viral showing Ajmal as saying that “India will become an Islamic nation”. Responding to the allegations, Ajmal said that these are “attempts to break the AIUDF-Congress alliance.”
People of Assam have found a suitable performing government … They are very happy with the developmental work of our government … They are convinced that only BJP-led NDA government can provide security, peace and development. “These commitments were fulfilled in the last five years of our regime. That is why people are eagerly waiting for the polling days to come.
There was no inter-state boundary talks with Assam due to COVID-19 pandemic – Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday said there was no inter-state boundary talks with Assam due to COVID-19 pandemic but assured that his government will pursue the matter with the new government after the election in that state. Sangma, who was speaking in the House, informed that several development projects undertaken by both governments at the disputed areas have been stopped. He assured to look into the demand by Opposition members to stop the alleged illegal construction of a transit camp by the Assam government at Khanapara in the border district of Ri Bhoi in Meghalaya.
When we are in Government, then we do not Project any Name for the CM Post – Ranjeet Kumar Dass, BJP Assam
BJP will not announce the chief ministerial candidate before the Assam polls and a decision in this regard will be taken by its Parliamentary Board at the time of forming the next government, the saffron party state unit president Ranjeet Kumar Dass said on Monday. “When there is no government, then the CM name is projected. When we are in government, then we do not project any name for the CM post,” Dass told in a media interview.
The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), led by Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, has released its first list of candidates for 16 candidates for the ensuing Assam Assembly elections 2021. According to the list of candidates, signed by AIUDF president Maulana Badruddin Ajmal and general secretary (organization) Aminul Islam, Sirajuddin Ajmal will contest from Jamunamukh seat. AIUDF is a partner of the grand alliance, led by Congress. The other parties of the grand alliance are CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML), Anchalik Gana Morcha and BPF.
Assam’s Sivasagar district will have 18 all women polling stations in the upcoming state Assembly election
Assam’s Sivasagar district will have 18 all women polling stations in the upcoming state Assembly election, an official said to media. The Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, Sivasagar through an order issued on Saturday has selected six all women polling stations each for three Assembly constituencies Amguri, Thowra and Sivasagar – going to the polls during the first phase of the election on March 27, the official said.
The BJP has announced its first list of candidates for Assam Assembly elections. The BJP Announced candidates for 70 seats. As many as 11 sitting MLAs have been denied ticket. Among the big names, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will contest from the Majuli constituency. Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will contest from his current constituency Jalukbari. On the other hand, Assam State BJP president Ranjeet Dass will contest from Pathacharkuchi constituency.
Akhil Gogoi’s Raijor Dal to field candidates in only 18 of the 86 seats in the first two phases of the assembly election in Assam
Jailed peasant leader Akhil Gogoi’s Raijor Dal is ready to make a ‘supreme sacrifice’, as the new regional party said it is going to field candidates in only 18 of the 86 seats in the first two phases of the assembly election in order to stop the division of anti-BJP votes. Nevertheless, the internal differences in the alliance spilled out into the open on Saturday, with Raijor Dal, in a news conference, declared their candidates in several seats where AJP announced the names of its nominees just a day before. In Bihpuria, Dhing and Rangapara constituencies, both the allies have fielded candidates.
Four sitting Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) MLAs including former two time chief minister Prafulla Kr Mahanta have been denied tickets to contest the upcoming Assam Assembly elections. Apart from Mahanta, the AGP, an alliance partner of the BJP, has decided not to give tickets to Lakhimpur MLA Utpal Dutta, Naharkatia MLA Naren Sonowal and Kamalpur MLA Satyabrata Kalita.
“I stand with the anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) forces.” This was stated by former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta. Prafulla Kumar Mahanta arrived at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati on Friday evening. Saying that he stands alongside the anti-CAA forces, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta hinted at the revival of the Asom Gana Parishad-Progressive (AGP-P). The AGP-P was floated by Prafulla Kumar Mahanta in 2005 after his expulsion from the AGP by the party’s leadership.
Jailed peasants’ rights activist Akhil Gogoi will contest the Assam Assembly elections from Sivasagar constituency as Raijor Dal candidate
Jailed peasants’ rights activist Akhil Gogoi will contest the Assam Assembly elections from Sivasagar constituency as a candidate of his newly-formed party Raijor Dal. The 126-member Assam Assembly will go to polls in three phases on March 27, April 1, and April 6. The counting of votes will take place on May 2. Raijor Dal working president Bhasco De Saikia confirmed Gogoi’s constituency while announcing a list of 17 candidates for the first two phases of the election. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi began their Assam poll campaign from Sibsagar.
Congress party on Saturday dismissed the reports that All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev has resigned from the party amid differences over the seat-sharing arrangement for the Assam polls. Several media reports claimed that Dev has resigned from the party as she was unhappy with the seat-sharing formula between the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) for the upcoming Assembly elections in Assam.
We want to make it clear that Ms Sushmita Dev has not resigned from the party – Congress Party Spokesperson Bobbeeta Sharma
It has been brought to the notice of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee that a speculative news about resignation of President, All India Mahila Congress Ms Sushmita Dev is doing the rounds on television and web portals. We want to make it clear that Ms Sushmita Dev has not resigned from the party.
Congress party on Saturday dismissed the reports that All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev has resigned from the party amid differences over the seat-sharing arrangement for the Assam polls. Congress MP from Nagaon Pradyut Bordoloi also rubbished the reports and said: “She is very much with us. She is a very indispensable part of Congress. She is a very respected leader of our party.” Earlier, Dev reportedly walked out of a Congress meeting called to discuss the list of candidates at a city hotel, party sources said. Supporters of the women’s wing chief also demonstrated against Congress leaders who favoured allotting more seats to AIUDF in the Barak Valley, PTI reported.
Hiren Gohain has resigned from the post of advisor of Assam’s regional party Raijor Dal (RD). Gohain has released a statement on the matter stating, “Akhil’s Gogoi last decision goes against my long-time belief. As such, I am resigning as an advisor from the Raijor Dal.” This comes a day after RD President Akhil Gogoi wrote a letter to all opposition parties which read, “I have consciously kept AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) away from uniting because we cannot afford to accommodate another communal and fundamentalist party to get rid of communal and fascist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). If we partner with this party, we will be morally, politically, and ideologically weak. BJP and AIUDF are two sides of the same coin.”
At a mega rally of the Congress party in Tezpur, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi launched the ‘5 Guarantee’ campaign for the 2021 Assam assembly elections. The party is undertaking five ‘Guarantees’ for the election. These are: (1) a law that nullifies the CAA; (2) 5 lakh government jobs; (3) raising tea workers’ wages to Rs 365; (4) free electricity up to 200 units per household; and (5) Rs 2,000 monthly income support to all housewives. ‘This election is an election of trust. The people of Assam were cheated by a party five years ago that promised them 25 lakh jobs but gave them CAA instead. The Congress party is not making empty promises but undertaking 5 guarantees,’ Priyanka Gandhi said.
Congress is now saying ‘Assam Bachao’ by joining hands with Badruddin Ajmal – Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP
During the Congress regime in Assam, their only scheme was lungi. At that time, the Congress government meant lungi, dhuti and xuta [yarn]. They thought more about lungi. They woke up seeing a lungi and slept thinking about lungi. The Congress is now saying ‘Assam Bachao’ [Save Assam] by joining hands with Badruddin Ajmal and his party AIUDF, but the party doesn’t need to talk about ‘Assam Bachao’ as [Prime Minister] Narendra Modi and the BJP are here to save Assam.
You [Congress] are coming to save Assam along with Badruddin Ajmal. Can Badruddin Ajmal save Assam? The people of Assam remember how the Ram temple was attacked and demolished by Babur 500 years back. People also remember that the historic Kamakhya temple was demolished by the commander of Sultan, Kalapahar and Batadrava Than; the birthplace of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardev was encroached by Ajmal Vahini. The Congress, who killed the one-horned rhinos in Kaziranga, now comes out to save Assam. Don’t worry about saving Assam. You should think about saving yourselves in Bangladesh.
Assam Elections: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra plucked tea leaves, interacted with tea garden workers
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra plucked tea leaves, interacted with tea garden workers and visited the house of one for a meal during the second day of her visit to the poll-bound state of Assam on Tuesday. Dressed in a saree, she was equipped for plucking tea leaves with a basket on her back balanced by a band on her head. In photos and videos shared in media, Vadra is seen plucking tea leaves and interacting with the tea garden workers in the northeastern state’s Biswanath district.
The life of tea garden workers is full of truth and simplicity and their labour is valuable for the country. Today, I got to know about their work and families and understood the struggles of their work. I will not forget the love and intimacy I got from them.
We will provide Rs 2,000 per month to all the housewives as ‘grihini samman’ – Priyanka Gandhi at a rally in Tezpur, Assam
We will provide Rs 2,000 per month to all the housewives as ‘grihini samman’. The woman working in tea gardens will be provided Rs 365 per day. We’ll create 5 lakhs new govt jobs. These are not promises but guarantee. When our party comes into power, a law will be enacted to ensure that CAA is not implemented here. 200 units of electricity will be given free of cost every month.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will visit Assam on Monday (March 1) to campaign for party candidates for upcoming Assembly election. People aware of the development told Hindustan Times that Vadra will first visit the Kamakhya temple, a well-know pilgrimage site in Guwahati, and then proceed to other cities for campaigning. Vadra will be campaigning in other parts of upper Assam, including Tezpur, where she will address a rally on March 2. She will be in the state for two days.
2, 31,86,362 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming elections – Assam Chief Electoral Officer
Assam Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khare has said that 2, 31,86,362 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the forthcoming elections. Of the total, 5,05,874 are in the age group of 18-19 years, while the number of ‘Doubtful’ or ‘D voters’ stands at 1,08,596. While there has been an overall increase of 32,38,672 voters compared to the 2016 polls, the total electors aged over 80 years this time is 2,90,677.
The symbol of a “ship” has been allotted to the newly formed Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) for the three-phase assembly elections in Assam. Addressing a press conference here, AJP president Lurinjyoti Gogoi said the Election Commission of India (ECI) allotted the party symbol to the regional party on Saturday. “We will fight the polls with the symbol of a ship. Ship signifies our economy, culture, civilisation and trade along the Brahmaputra.
Even though the BJP government is vocal on sabka saath, sabka vikash at meetings and in writings, the skyrocketing prices of all commodities have exposed its anti-people stance. This is glaringly visible now that the corporate-friendly BJP government has no concern for the commoners. Or else, it would have taken some measures to bail out the common people from the wreath of high prices.
Now rice is sold at Rs 45 per kg against Rs 25 in April, 2016. The percentage of rise in price is 80. At present per kg of pulses (dal) is Rs 88 against Rs 45 in April 2016, and the rise is 95.56 per cent. Mustard oil is sold at Rs 160 per litre now against Rs 90 in April 2016, and the rise is 77.78 per cent. Onion is sold at Rs 40 per kg now against Rs 20 in April 2016. The rise in price is 100 per cent. Potato is sold at Rs 32 per kg now against Rs 22 in April 2016, and the rise in price is 45.45 per cent.
We’re hopeful that people of State will give a befitting reply to BJP in this Assembly election – Lurinjyoti Gogoi
AJP (Assam Jatiya Parishad) president Lurinjyoti Gogoi has said that the people of the State have been facing a tough time due to hike in prices of all essential commodities, besides that of fuel and construction materials. Challenging the ruling coalition in the State, Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, “We’re hopeful that the people of the State will give a befitting reply to the BJP in this Assembly election.” Meanwhile, the Kamrup (M) district unit of the AJP took out a procession from Lachitghat at Machkhowa to the office of the Deputy Commissioner against the exorbitant rise in prices of all essential commodities.”
The convoy of Lurinjyoti Gogoi, the president of the newly floated Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP), was on Sunday came under attack allegedly by supporters of the BJP in Nalbari district ahead of the assembly election. The police said that investigation into the matter has started. Though no one was injured in the incident which took place in Kalag area, one car of the convoy was damaged, AJP spokesperson Ziaur Rahman claimed.
ABP C-Voter Opinion Poll suggests that BJP is most likely to return to power in Assam Assembly polls with saffron party expected to bag 42 per cent vote share. Meanwhile, Opposition Congress might get 31 per cent vote share in the Assembly polls, while other parties and independent candidates can get 27 per cent vote share. In 126 member Assam Assembly, BJP is most likely to get somewhere between 68-76 seats which is a massive range to sweep the elections. On the other hand, Congress stands second in the race with 43-51 seats.
Assam has 1.08 lakh D or doubtful voters who will not exercise their franchise in the voters forthcoming assembly polls
Assam has 1.08 lakh D or doubtful voters who will not exercise their franchise in the voters forthcoming assembly polls to be held in three phases on March27, April one and April six, Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade said on Saturday. The figure of D-voters has decreased in comparison to the number of 1.13 lakh provided in the state assembly last year. The Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora during his visit to the state in January had said that the names of those persons not figuring in the National Register of Citizens(NRC) but is there in the electoral roll can exercise their franchise. Doubtful voters are those persons who are identified during electoral roll revision as D-voters, cases of which are pending with the Foreigners Tribunals or declared as foreigners by the Tribunal.
Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) has joined mahagathbandhan ahead of the Assam Elections 2021. The mahajath consisted of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC), All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Liberation, and the Anchalik Gana Marcha (AGM). Bodoland People’s Front has now joined the alliance. The grand alliance was formed in January with Congress, AIUDF, Communist Party of India, CPI (Marxist), CPI (Marxist-Leninist) and Anchalik Gana Morcha. BPF president Hagrama Mohilary, the former chief executive member (CEM) of Bodoland Territorial Council (now Bodoland Territorial Region), made the announcement on Saturday.
Assembly Elections Assam: State will go to polls in three phases on 27th March and 1st and 6th April
Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be held between 27th March and 29th April. The counting of votes in all the four states and one Union Territory will take place on 2nd of May. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the poll schedule in New Delhi last evening. Assam will go to polls in three phases on 27th March and 1st and 6th April. Following the announcement, while talking to the Media persons the Chief Election Officer of Puducherry Mr. Shurbir Singh said that since the number of voters per booth has been restricted to 1000 by the ECI, 607 new booths have been set up taking the total number of booths from 952 to 1559. In view of the Covid 19 pandemic, the polling time been increased by one hour. Counting of votes will be held on 2nd May. Only 2 persons and 2 vehicles will be allowed along with the candidate for filing nominations. And only 5 volunteers will be allowed to undertake door to door campaign for the candidate.