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BJP Eases Off 75+ Leadership :MP Bijoya Chakravarty
 Bhupen Goswami (24/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakravarty can take comfort that she is not denied ticket for any other reason but for her age as the BJP stuck to the original plan of easing off leaders who are above 75. Mrs. Chakravarty is 85 and many like her have been gracefully eased off from the party and the leadership have also accepted that. The 91-year-old L K Advani was eased off from Gandhi Nagar where Amit Shah is contesting and now Speaker Sumitra Mahajan may find the axe as she is 76 . She has been winning from Indore since 1989. Besides Mr Advani, several senior MPs like Bhagat Singh Koshyari, 76, from Nainital and BC Khanduri, 85, from Pauri in Uttarakhand are left out, while Shanta Kumar, 84, the MP from Kangra in Himachal Pradesh announced his retirement. Another veteran, Murli Manohar Joshi may also be dropped from his constituency Kanpur . Similarly in Jharkhand, senior BJP leader Kariya Munda (84), representing Khunti, is being dropped in favour of former chief minister Arjun Munda from that constituency. In Bihar, Hukum Dev Narayan Yadav, 79, has already expressed his desire to retire from active politics. The BJP today announced his son, Ashok Yadav’s name as a candidate from Madhubani, the constituency of Yadav senior. Another BJP veteran, Kalraj Mishra from Deoria in Uttar Pradesh, is over 75 and has already told his party that he will not be contesting. This is noteworthy that two senior leaders and ministers in the Narendra Modi cabinet, Sushma Swaraj and Uma Bharti, have declined to contest citing health reasons. Both are however in their sixties.
Ram Madhav Asks Opposition To Contest Election From Pakistan “HimantaDenied Ticket Because His Burden is Greater Than Amit Shah and Modi
 Bhupen Goswami (24/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav on Sunday asked the oppositions to contest elections from Pakistan. While addressing the media in State BJP office in Guwahati, Madhav also said that the oppositions do not have any real issue in this election. “The opposition is fighting a clueless battle. They are supporting the derogatory statements made by the leaders of our neighbouring nation regarding our armed forces,” said the senior BJP leader, adding, “Moreover oppositions are questioning the credibility of our armed forces and their tweets are getting retweeted by the users of Pakistan.”Slamming the Congress for its alleged alliance with AIUDF in Assam, BJP Northeast in-charge, Madhav said, “As far as Assam is concerned, Congress has come to an unholy alliance with AIUDF in the State and people of Assam will reject this unholy alliance.” Speaking on the issue of party’s decision of not letting Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to contest the LS polls, Madhav said that the leaders of the party have given the responsibility to Himanta Biswa Sarma to strengthen the party’s base in the North East.Ram Madhav, on a visit to Guwahati ahead of the ensuing Lok Sabha elections in the state, has claimed that the party will win all ten seats it will contest in during the ensuing Assembly elections in Assam. But all is not well within the party ranks in the state as there have been murmurs of growing dissatisfaction among party workers due to the denial of ticket to Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Amit Shah’s justification that Biswa Sarma has been denied a ticket because of his duties as NEDA Convenor also has not been well-received as Shah himself is contesting from Gandhinagar, despite being the BJP in-charge of all 543 seats in the country. Responding to this particular query from an InsideNE reporter, Ram Madhav said: “It means that Himanta Biswa’ Sarma’s burden is even bigger than Amit Shah’s as he has to contend with five Governments in the region. Moreover, we needed his time and his energy for candidates of all Northeast. Apart from elections, Modi has accorded a special status to Northeast as he wants to develop the region exponentially. Keeping development of the Northeast region in mind, the party has taken this decision.” In regards to the party’s prospects in the Northeast, he said that the BJP’s anti-Congress forum, the NEDA, had also set some specific goals for itself. “We have assured the Prime Minister that NEDA parties will give him at least 20 out of 25 seats. In Arunachal too, in both the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, we have a good chance of winning and I am confident that we will have an elected BJP Government in the state. In Manipur too, we will do well. In Nagaland, we are supporting the NDPP, and I am positive that they will do well.” Ram Madhav also informed that PM Modi will again come to the Northeast next week and again twice in April. Amit Shah will also come to the Northeast to campaign for the BJP before the elections.
Sex scandal : Union Railway Minister Rajen Gohain’s Wife Breaks Down, Blames Media
 Bhupen Goswami (23/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Union Railway Minister and Nagaon MP Rajen Gohain’s Wife Rita Nath Gohain today broke down and alleged that vicious attack on Rajen Gohain on his “sexapades” by the television channels has brought trouble within family and caused great anxiety. She pleaded all not to raise ”sensitive” issues which has harmed her and her family. ” We live in a family and in a society. If you keep showing these sensitive materials in TV and discuss it in a panel discusson it cause us great trouble” she said while speaking to media. In fact it already cost Rajen Gohain his Nagaon seat, which he won for four consecutive terms. He also opened his mouth against media and expressed frustration over non declaration of ticket in the Nagaon constituency. This is noteworthy that Mr. Gohain is a fighting a case of alleged rape in the Guwahati High Court and next date of hearing is March 25. He already informed media that due to non clearance of his name from the rape case, he could not be renominated for the Lok Sabha election. He had proposed his wife Rita Nath Gohain’s name as a contender but BJP high command has not yet decided about the constituency as at midnight last Pallab Lochan Das’s name was cleared for Tezpur seat. Now Nagaon is the only constituency of Assam where BJP has not declared its candidate. Nagaon is going to poll on April 18 and last date of filing nomination paper is April 1.
Sex scandal : Union Railway Minister Rajen Gohain’s Wife Breaks Down, Blames Media
 Bhupen Goswami (23/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Union Railway Minister and Nagaon MP Rajen Gohain’s Wife Rita Nath Gohain today broke down and alleged that vicious attack on Rajen Gohain on his “sexapades” by the television channels has brought trouble within family and caused great anxiety. She pleaded all not to raise ”sensitive” issues which has harmed her and her family. ” We live in a family and in a society. If you keep showing these sensitive materials in TV and discuss it in a panel discusson it cause us great trouble” she said while speaking to media. In fact it already cost Rajen Gohain his Nagaon seat, which he won for four consecutive terms. He also opened his mouth against media and expressed frustration over non declaration of ticket in the Nagaon constituency. This is noteworthy that Mr. Gohain is a fighting a case of alleged rape in the Guwahati High Court and next date of hearing is March 25. He already informed media that due to non clearance of his name from the rape case, he could not be renominated for the Lok Sabha election. He had proposed his wife Rita Nath Gohain’s name as a contender but BJP high command has not yet decided about the constituency as at midnight last Pallab Lochan Das’s name was cleared for Tezpur seat. Now Nagaon is the only constituency of Assam where BJP has not declared its candidate. Nagaon is going to poll on April 18 and last date of filing nomination paper is April 1.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections: Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani Slams BJP-RSS In Guwahati
 Bhupen Goswami (23/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections, Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani on Saturday criticized Narendra Modi led BJP government as well as the RSS in Guwahati. Taking part at the National Youth Conclave organised by Axom Nagarik Samaj at Pragjyoti Cultural Complex in Guwahati, Mevani said, “I am not a Chowkidar, but I am Jignesh Mevani and a service provider to the public.” Attacking the RSS, the MLA said, “The RSS shouts slogans like Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata Ki Jai, but they have no contribution to the freedom movement of the country.” “The Centre has spent Rs. 3,000 crore to install the statue of Sardar Patel, but have not paid monthly salaries to the workers employed at the Statue of Unity and compelled them to go on strike. Also several hospitals in Gujarat do not have basic MRI, CT-Scan machines,” Mevani said. Speaking on the occasion, another youth leader, N Sai Balaji also took a dig at RSS and said, “The organisation has embraced the ideologies of Mussolini and Hitler.” He also slammed Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for latter’s remarks regarding Jinnah. Criticizing the government for sedition charges against Dr. Hiren Gohain, Balaji said, “As Gohain has opposed the CAB, the police registered cases of sedition against Gohain and others.” Apart from Mevani and Balaji, KMSS chief Akhil Gogoi, AJYCP leader Palash Changmai and various others also spoke on the programme.
BJP Politics in North East : Amit Shah Can, Himanta Can Not Contest !
 Bhupen Goswami (23/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The North-East Democratic Alliance or NEDA is a political coalition that was formed on May 24, 2016 by Bharatiya Janata Party along with regional political parties of North East India like Naga People's Front, Sikkim Democratic Front, People's Party of Arunachal, Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People's Front in Northeast India. The motive of the new political front was to protect the interest of the people of the region as well as uniting non-Congress parties in Northeast India. Himanta Biswa Sarma was appointed as the convenor of the front.Lok Sabha Election 2019 : The BJP wanted to convert this 'political alliance' into an electoral alliance for the general election. Things, however, didn't go as planned.Recently, many regional forces like the UDP of Meghalaya and NPF of Nagaland have joined the NEDA. In Sikkim, the BJP formed a pre-poll alliance with the main opposition party - the SKM. But the regional party dumped the BJP. In Tripura, ally IPFT has fielded candidates against the BJP.Amit Shah will manage 543 Lok Sabha seats and still contest Gandhi Nagar Lok Sabha constituency but Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma cannot because he has to take care of 25 Lok Sabha constituencies of the North East. This reasoning of the BJP high command has not gone down well amongst the BJP state leadership and ground level workers but more evident in Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency where there was a spontaneous enthusiasm forgetting someone “Assamese” to vote. The cultural capital of Assam, Tezpur has not had a Lok Sabha representative from mainstream Assamese community since 1998 when Ishwar Prasanna Hazarika briefly represented the constituency. The constituency has 33 per cent Assamese and 11 per cent Nepali voters but yet out of last 7 MPs, 5 are Nepalese. “Honestly I am very much disappointed that he would not be contesting. I do not understand politics. But all I want to know if Amit Shah can contest why not Himanta Biswa Sarma. What is to manage so much in these 25 setas?” said Anjan Bhagawati from Jamuguri. This is also the question amongst the BJP men. There is not much to do in NEDA. In Mizoram and Meghalaya, the BJP are a fringe player and their participation in Lok Sabha is symbolic. In 4 states, they have their own government and already a robust mechanism is in place. So it was an easy job, Dr Sharma. So the questions are – Was it a political or technical reason? If it is political? Dr Himanta Biswa’s Sharma’s exceptional rise and a groundswell of support is a threat to many including Ram Madhav to Amit Shah and Narendra Modi. The Amit Shah-Narendra Modi duo is known for disliking of regional strong players and especially if they are young. There are talks that Dr Sharma’s wing was clipped and then panned to exploit his election network by making some soft statement through Twitter to soften up Dr Sharma. This method was already used and Dr Sharma seems to have lapped it both personally and through his controlled local media of Assam. If It is technical? If it is a technical owing the Shrada scam it is even more delicate. The BJP has realized that CAB was not going to stick on Bengal political wall and Sharada has to be revived. In this plan, Dr Sharma is a big thorn as his name figure prominently in his long complaint letter of accused Sudipto Bose. Although Assam media has been fed that Dr Shrama has been given clean shit by CBI, the truth is that the CBI has not filed the final charge sheet of Sharada yet. So BJP did not risk him by giving a ticket and then making a Union Minister and giving enough ammunition to Opposition to rock their boat for the next 5 years. Dr Sharma’s signature gung ho body language during an election was missing although he appeared by the side of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at Dibrugarh yesterday for the filing of nomination papers of Rameshwar Teli. A go-slow Dr Sharma is a piece of bad news for BJP as he has all the network.
5 former Manipur MLAs quit Congress, float regional party
 Bhupen Goswami (22/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Within a day of Congress President Rahul Gandhi kick-starting the party's election campaign in Manipur, five former party MLAs and many workers quit the party on Thursday and joined a regional outfit. RK Anand, who was defeated in the last assembly elections, will now contest the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha constituency as a candidate of the North East India Development party. Another former Congress MLA N. Bijoy, who did not make it in the last elections, is the president of this regional party. The three other former MLAs are K Sarat, I Ibohal and E Chand. However, the state Congress unit made light of their exit. State Congress chief Gaikhangam told media persons that the five had already resigned from the party. Noting that some of them had applied for party ticket for the Lok Sabha polls, he said that they were apprehensive that they may not get the ticket and their resignations are purely for self-interest. Congress workers in the Oinam block also resigned en masse and announced that the office was closed down, block president L Angou announced. The activists said that during his two-day visit, Gandhi had nothing to say about the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 or the framework agreement signed with the Nagas but "merely came for electioneering".While Bijoy served as vice-president of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), Anand was the general secretary. All the five Congress leaders submitted their resignation letter this morning, following which Bijoy was appointed as the chief of the NEIDP in Manipur. The names of the candidates for the Lok Sabha elections were also announced.
Earthquake Hits Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (22/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : A mild intensity earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale today jolted the state. The tremors were felt at around 8:01 pm, this evening. The epicenter of the quake is said to be at East Garo hills in Meghalaya.No damage or casualties have been reported so far.The tremor was felt in six northern districts of West Bengal as well as the metropolis and its surrounding districts, officials said. There were no reports of loss to life or damage to property till the report was filed.
BJP Releases Candidates List For Arunachal, Sikkim Assembly Polls and LS polls Candidates For Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (22/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The BJP has released its 2nd list of 6 candidates for the 60-member assembly elections scheduled to be held in the frontier state Arunachal Pradesh on April 11.Meanwhile, the ruling party has announced its first candidates list for the Sikkim Assembly polls.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections in Assam. The general election to be held in seven phases across the country, begin April 11 and the counting of the votes will be held on May 23.Guwahati: Queen Ojha Mangaldoi: Dilip Saikia Lakhimpur: Pradan Baruah Dibrugarh: Rameswar Teli Jorhat: Tapan Gogoi Silchar: Rajdeep Roy Karimganj: Kripanath Mallah Diphu: Haren Singh Bey
Journalist Chakrapani Parashar Stabbed,NUJI and JAA condemned attack on Journalist
 Bhupen Goswami (22/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : n a horrific incident, journalist Chakrapani Parashar has been stabbed on Thursday around 10 pm in one of Guwahati’s busy areas, namely Ganeshguri. According to reports, Parashar, who works for a regional news channel, has been stabbed by a restaurant owner and now is admitted at the GNRC Hospital, Guwahati.Allegedly, the journalist had a quarrel with the owner of Albar Eats in the morning after which the owner of the restaurant had been looking for Parashar to stab him with a dagger. On finding him at night, the owner stabbed him twice. Four people including the owner has been detained by the Dispur Police. Those detained are – Bhabesh Das, Nitin Sarma, Niraj Ahmed and Sayed Ali Ahmed.: National Union of Journalists India,( NUJI ) and Journalists Association of Assam (JAA) vehemently condemned the brutal attack on Guwahati city based Journalist Chakrapani Parasar and demanded exemplary punishment of the culprits involved in the crime. In a press release Bhupen Goswami, National vice president NUJI, Dhirendra Nath Chakravarty, President JAA and Dalim Phukan, General Secretary JAA , expressed serious concern over the rise of crime against journalist in the state and demanded the government to introduce the Journalist Protection Act in the state. It may be mentioned here that JAA has been fighting with the government for introducing the Journalist Protection Act which will ensure the safety and security of the scribes. In this regard, JAA has already submitted memorandum to the Governor of Assam on January 31 last. The rising attack on scribes is a matter of serious concern where the government remained as a mute spectator added the press release. The journalist organisation demanded the government to bear the medical treatment cost of Chakrapani Parashar who is battling for life in the hospital.The journalists Association of Assam JAA,has presented a memorandum to Prime Minister of India with Chief Minister of Assam demanding a comprehensive Journalist Protection Act for journalists' protection. There is need for a comprehensive Act with clear provisions of registering complaints in police stations on intimidation, attack or torture of journalists," JAA demanded immediate enactment of a Journalist Protection Act.They also demanded that investigation of the attacks on their fellow colleagues should be carried out by senior police officers equal to the SP or ACP rank and the culprits must sternly be punished. JAA and NUJI has requested all journalists and literary persons to support the respective demands.
BJP Ministers, MLAs Join NPP In Arunachal
 Bhupen Goswami (20/03/2019)
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 Guwahati : The BJP is having a tough time in Arunachal Pradesh as two Ministers and six MLAs on Monday joined the National Peoples Party (NPP) and will contest in the Assembly election due next month.Amongst them. the state home minister Kumar Waii and tourism minister Jarkar Gamlin while the six legislators were denied tickets by the BJP.“We will not just fight the elections but will form an NPP government in the state,” Waii vowed after joining the party. Besides the eight BJP MLAs, a legislator of the Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA) and 19 other saffron party leaders also joined the NPP.The NPP, which is ruling Meghalaya along with the saffron party as an alliance partner, has decided to field 40 candidates in the Arunachal Pradesh assembly polls which will be held simultaneously with Lok Sabha elections in the state.The NPP will go it alone in the poll but NPP state unit spokesperson Mutchu Mithi, however, said the party might go for post-poll alliance if required. The party may field candidates in the Lok Sabha seat also.
Congress doesn't believe in "cultural imperialism" PMO is now Publicity Minister's Office : Rahul Gandhi in Imphal
 Bhupen Goswami (20/03/2019)
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 Guwahati : Congress president Rahul Gandhi arrived here on to campaign for his party for the coming Lok Sabha election. On Wednesday morning, Rahul will interact with students at the Manipur Film Development Society (MFDC) auditorium inside the historic Palace Compound. Around noon, he has a poll rally in the nearby Hapta Kangjeibung ground. AICC general secretary Luizinho Faleiro, Gaikhangam, Okram Ibobi Singh and senior party legislator TN Haokip has share the dais with Rahul during the rally. Rahul Gandhi said the Congress doesn't believe in "cultural imperialism" and it is of the view that one part of the country should not rule other parts as each state has its own voice which should be respected. He said Wednesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has relegated the PMO to a "Publicity Minister's Office" by indulging in "mediocrity" in a highly sophisticated country.Gandhi, who arrived in Imphal on Tuesday evening from Arunachal Pradesh, was interacting with the students of Manipur State Film Development Society in the state capital."The Prime Minister's Office is now Publicity Minister's Office," Gandhi told the students.He said the Congress doesn't believe in "cultural imperialism" and it is of the view that one part of the country should not rule other parts as each state has its own voice which should be respected.However, this was not the case with the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre."Every part of the country should be allowed to express itself. The BJP-RSS combination wants to impose one idea and crush other ideas. Their heavy-handedness is seen whenever there are protests," he said.On the Northeast, Gandhi said tackling job crisis and increasing connectivity in the region is is his party's priority."In our view, the region is a potential manufacturing hub. In the agri sector, food and vegetables are being wasted here due to shortage of storage space. Food processing industries can be set up in Manipur," he said.
MoU Between Gauhati University and Oil India Limited
 Bhupen Goswami (19/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Gauhati University and Oil India Limited (OIL) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Gauhati University on 19 th March, 2019 to extend the facility of Technology Incubation Centre at Gauhati University as part of Flagship National Programme of Start Up India. Gauhati University has already constituted a Technology Incubation Centre (TIC) which is working towards fostering industry- academia linkages and formulating an ecosystem for startups and incubator. The Registrar, Gauhati University, Prof. Nani Gopal Mahanta was the signatory on behalf of Gauhati University while Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, OIL , Dr. Rahul Dasgupta, signed on behalf of Oil India Limited. The MoU signing event was attended by Dr. Mridul Hazarika, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Gauhati University, Deans, Director GUIST, Coordinator, IQAC, Prof Parag Phukan, Prof K. K. Sarma, Coordinator, GUTIC etc. Mr. M. C. Nihalini, C.G.M R&D, D.R. Banerjee, C.G.M. & Asset Manager -W, N. Mathur CGM CoEES, S. Yamdo, GM Resv CoEES, R. Goswami CGM-PHQ, S. Goswami GM Operations PHQ were among other who attended the event. The MoU has been an outcome of the Industry Academia Interaction Programme held at Gauhati University in April, 2018 with the initiative of Shri Utpal Bora, CMD-OIL and Dr. Mridul Hazarika, Vice Chancellor, Gauhati University.
Guwahati Garchuk Police Arrested 7 Dacoits
 Bhupen Goswami (19/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Garchuk police busted a highway robbery gang and arrested seven dacoits who had looted the people for long period. Police have recovered an i10 bearing number(As 01 5898), gold ornaments, many bike keys,weapons in possession from them.According to the reports, the robbery gang involved several incidents of looting people.It is also reported that the gang had looted the house of retd. colonel Kashung Suleman on 15 March. Following a tip-off, a police team of Garchuk police station headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police(ACP) Pranjal Bora launched an operation at Baksa, Shimala and many areas of Guwahati. The arrested dacoits were identified as Gumsher Basumatary and Mahanta Brahma of Baksa district, Ganesh lama from Garchuk, Shankar Karmakar from Nagaon, Rantu Barman hailing from Bhabanipur, and Ankur Rabha from Kalaigaon.
NEDA Is In Shambles, BJP Worried,Ram Madhav Proximity Hit Himanta Hard
 Bhupen Goswami (19/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :The BJP’s much vaunted North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) is in shambles as almost all of its constituents, barring Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) are fighting on their own in their home turf. Led by National Peoples Party (NPP), Sikkim Peoples Party (SPP) and Mizo National Front (MNF), the three dominant ruling powers of Meghalaya, Sikkim and Mizoram various constituents are going on their own. This cost Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma’s dream of going to Parliament and becoming a Union Minister as he was now entrusted by the BJP top leadership to take care of the NEDA as it’s convenor.Almost every constituent is not want to be seen very close to the BJP. In Meghalaya Donkupar Roy’s United Democratic Party (UDP), IPTF of Tripura has also decided to put up candidates. The biggest blow came from the NPP and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma had been working with a vengeance to expand NPP base outside of his own state Meghalaya. This has created further panic for the BJP, as they would like to present NEDA as pre-election allies rather than post-poll alliance. Especially for this BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav and Himanta Biswa Sarma have been given the responsibility to stitch together the NEDA. Accordingly, a meeting was also convened at Guwahati on March 12 but the majority of the constituents have already opened their shops to taste the water instead of coming together and fighting as NEDA.The proximity to Ram Madhav has hit Himanta Biswa Sharma hard in the ticket selection process, as the former does not enjoy pink of the relationship with the top duo of the BJP and Sharma got the cold shoulder. The BJP high command was not happy to see Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma’s name as a sole candidate for Tezpur and after snubbing him mildly, put him as an in charge of the North East. But everyone was asking the question of how come this could happen? Why Himanta Biswa Sharma’s name came before the CEC without having the green signal of the High Command?The cat was let out of the bag by the BJP state president when he informed that it was done at the instruction of Ram Madhav who in turn informed the state party bosses that Central Election Committee had given the green signal. Actually, the CEC was in complete darkness about Himanta Biswa Sharma’s game plan through Ram Madhav. This is well known in the BJP inside the circle that Ram Madhav maintains a frosty relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. Mr Ram Madhav is not even an MP although he is in charge of Jammu & Kashmir and North East India. But within the state BJP, the exclusion of Himanta Biswa Sharma has stirred up an honest nest as the majority of his supporters are demoralized as none of his core supporters got Lok Sabha ticket, as his boss Sarbananda Sonowal coolly snatched majority tickets for his supporters.
Northeast Campaign : Congress will restore special category status to Arunachal, other Northeast states Rahul Gandhi said at Itanagar
 Bhupen Goswami (19/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Congress President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to be in Itanagar on Tuesday to kick start the party’s campaign for Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura. He is expected to address an election rally in Arunachal Pradesh’s Itanagar.Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said his party will restore the special category status to Arunachal Pradesh and other states in the northeast if elected to power. There are some states in the country which require special status because of their "unique problems and difficulties" such as connectivity, terrain, infrastructure, Mr Gandhi said at an election rally.I met with youth who got shot at. So many people killed. What was it for? Why was it necessary for them to shoot? They try to oppress people who disagree with them. He (PM Modi) had promised he would get jobs and money, but instead he took money and jobs away. When demonetization was brought in, after that public came to know GST means Gabbar Singh Tax. He tells people I am cancelling Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 note. For Modi development means demonetisation said Rahul Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi said during the Congress rule at the Centre, Arunachal Pradesh and other Northeast states used to enjoy special category status.Arunachal Pradesh has a special place in the heart of the Congress party and "we would like to have a 'dil ka rishta' with the people of the state", he said. Gandhi said the Congress will not allow the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be passed in Rajya Sabha because the bill is "detrimental" to the people of the northeast. "We will not allow the suppression of the people of Northeast," Gandhi said. The Congress party will never attack the language, culture, customs and tradition of Arunachal Pradesh and other NE states, he said. Election to the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats will be held on April 11.
Northeast Campaign : Congress will restore special category status to Arunachal, other Northeast states Rahul Gandhi said at Itanagar
 Bhupen Goswami (19/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Congress President Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to be in Itanagar on Tuesday to kick start the party’s campaign for Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura. He is expected to address an election rally in Arunachal Pradesh’s Itanagar.Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said his party will restore the special category status to Arunachal Pradesh and other states in the northeast if elected to power. There are some states in the country which require special status because of their "unique problems and difficulties" such as connectivity, terrain, infrastructure, Mr Gandhi said at an election rally.I met with youth who got shot at. So many people killed. What was it for? Why was it necessary for them to shoot? They try to oppress people who disagree with them. He (PM Modi) had promised he would get jobs and money, but instead he took money and jobs away. When demonetization was brought in, after that public came to know GST means Gabbar Singh Tax. He tells people I am cancelling Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 note. For Modi development means demonetisation said Rahul Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi said during the Congress rule at the Centre, Arunachal Pradesh and other Northeast states used to enjoy special category status.Arunachal Pradesh has a special place in the heart of the Congress party and "we would like to have a 'dil ka rishta' with the people of the state", he said. Gandhi said the Congress will not allow the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be passed in Rajya Sabha because the bill is "detrimental" to the people of the northeast. "We will not allow the suppression of the people of Northeast," Gandhi said. The Congress party will never attack the language, culture, customs and tradition of Arunachal Pradesh and other NE states, he said. Election to the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats will be held on April 11.
1.2 LAKH D-VOTERS IN ASSAM ,Election Commission will take Action Against Candidates for not ‘ADVERTISING’ Criminal Records
 Bhupen Goswami (18/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Chief Election Officer Mukesh Sahu on Monday said that action will be taken by the Election Commission against candidates holding criminal records who do not publish advertisements of their criminal records at least three times as per the new Election Commission directives. Addressing the media, Mukesh Sahu said, “We will make sure that they publish the advertisement and if they do not publish the advertisement, we will inform the Election Commission and the EC will take the necessary action.” It may be mentioned that the Election Commission of India (ECI) has introduced a new rule for the Lok Sabha elections this year that the candidates holding any criminal record will have to publish advertisements of their criminal record at least three times in the media (print/ electronic). It is to be seen which candidates violate the guidelines and face the wrath of the Election Commission.Meanwhile Mukesh Sahu on Monday briefed the media on the various issues related to Lok Sabha elections 2019. Sahu further ascertained that there are a total number of 1.2 lakh ‘D-voters’ in the state, which a drastic increment since the last elections in the state. Sahu also confirmed that those whose names were not included in the final NRC draft could still vote if their names were in the electoral rolls. Addressing the media, Mukesh Sahu said, “There are 1.2 lakh D-voters in the state. The electoral roll is finalized on the last date of nomination so any correction in the electoral roll will be reflected in the last date of nomination and anything after that will not be visible as per electoral rule which will differ in each of the phases of the election. Those whose names have been left out in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) but are in the electoral roll will be able to vote in this election.” The official also stated that there will be street shows arranged as a part of the awareness campaign before the elections.
Hima Das Wins 400m In Federation Cup
 Bhupen Goswami (18/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Hima Das returned to her winning days as she won the 400m event in the Federation cup with 52.88 secs leaving M R Poovamma of Karnataka (53.15) and Sarita Ben of Gujrat 53.23. This was a classic return to form after six weeks of lay off due to her examination. In her first race of the year on March 8 at the 3rd Indian Grand Prix, she came fourth in the 3rd India Grand Prix. This time at Patiala, where the Federation cup was being held, Hima scored 54.45 in the heats and then improved to 53.40 in the semi final and yet remained in the fourth position when she took position for the final.But in the final she blazed the track and was clear ahead of her rival M R Poovamma by leaving her one and half stride behind. Hima will now focus on the Asian Athletics championship to be held at Doha from April 26. However Hima is still nowhere near her best timing as she won the silver in the Jakarta Asian Games with a timing of 50.79 secs Her coach Galiana hopes that if she can keep her focus on then the she could slice away some micro seconds from her best but still it will be way to go to quality to be in the Tokyo 202 Olympics. With today’s run, she also qualifies to take far in the Doha Asian Athletic Championship where the qualifying mark is 52.75 secs.
CBI Arrests Senior Assam Forest Official Diganta Gogoi
 Bhupen Goswami (18/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Two Indian Forest Service (IFS) officials, including Assam’s Diganta Gogoi have been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday for bribing an official of environment ministry.Diganta Gogoi was posted in Port Blair and the other arrested officer- Tarun Johri was posted in Arunachal Pradesh. Both of them were posted as chief conservators of forest. They were arrested by the CBI for bribing Rs. 20 thousands to an official of the environment ministry. Earlier, CBI on Saturday night raided the residence of IFS Diganta Gogoi in Guwahati and seized various documents related to the case.A CBI officer said that Johri had contacted the environment ministry officer and asked him to get the approval of the ministry of environment and forests for making changes in the date in Gogoi’s service record as a chief conservator. “We had received a complaint from the MoEF official after the officer received the bribe. The CBI teams arrested Johri from Delhi while Gogoi was arrested from Port Blair. Searches were conducted at the Delhi residence of Johri. Another team conducted searches at Gogoi’s residences in Guwahati and Port Blair. We have registered a case. Investigation is on,” HT quoted a CBI spokesperson as saying. Johri, who was arrested late Saturday night, was produced before a city court on Sunday. The court remanded him to judicial custody till March 19. Gogoi, arrested on Sunday from Port Blair, will be brought to Delhi on a two-day transit remand on Monday. The two seniors IFS officers are from the 2001 AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories) cadre. Johri was the conservator of forests in the Delhi forest department. CBI officers said Johri had offered to help his friend and batchmate, Gogoi by bribing the ministry official.
CBI Arrests Senior Assam Forest Official Diganta Gogoi
 Bhupen Goswami (18/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Two Indian Forest Service (IFS) officials, including Assam’s Diganta Gogoi have been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday for bribing an official of environment ministry.Diganta Gogoi was posted in Port Blair and the other arrested officer- Tarun Johri was posted in Arunachal Pradesh. Both of them were posted as chief conservators of forest. They were arrested by the CBI for bribing Rs. 20 thousands to an official of the environment ministry. Earlier, CBI on Saturday night raided the residence of IFS Diganta Gogoi in Guwahati and seized various documents related to the case.A CBI officer said that Johri had contacted the environment ministry officer and asked him to get the approval of the ministry of environment and forests for making changes in the date in Gogoi’s service record as a chief conservator. “We had received a complaint from the MoEF official after the officer received the bribe. The CBI teams arrested Johri from Delhi while Gogoi was arrested from Port Blair. Searches were conducted at the Delhi residence of Johri. Another team conducted searches at Gogoi’s residences in Guwahati and Port Blair. We have registered a case. Investigation is on,” HT quoted a CBI spokesperson as saying. Johri, who was arrested late Saturday night, was produced before a city court on Sunday. The court remanded him to judicial custody till March 19. Gogoi, arrested on Sunday from Port Blair, will be brought to Delhi on a two-day transit remand on Monday. The two seniors IFS officers are from the 2001 AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories) cadre. Johri was the conservator of forests in the Delhi forest department. CBI officers said Johri had offered to help his friend and batchmate, Gogoi by bribing the ministry official.
Congress mukt” Northeast : BJP seals alliances in Northeast, aims 22 seats
 Bhupen Goswami (16/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The most important factor for the BJP’s dramatic rise in the Northeast is the simple fact of it being in power in Delhi. The Northeastern states are small, deficit-ridden states and they need a friendly government at the Centre to keep them afloat. And when the government at the Centre has a clear goal of snatching the region from the grip of its bête noire, the Congress, changing colour to saffron becomes a necessity for survival. How Women’s Reservation Remains A Bumpy Ride To Nowhere the BJP National general secretary, Ram Madhav, said the image of the Narendra Modi government as a strong and decisive government, one that gets things done, played a role. People were fed up of the Congress’s status quoist orientation. The energy and enthusiasm that the BJP brought to these elections and its employment of election professionals to run surveys and manage its messaging, helped.Speaking with media the BJP National general secretary, Ram Madhav, said said that unlike the RSS, the BJP is unashamedly interested in winning elections and gaining power. Sharing the dais with a slew of BJP ministers from the Northeast and RSS leaders, he was in a triumphant mood. The previous year, the BJP had won the assembly election in Assam, the most populous state in the Northeast. Manipur followed in 2017. The book, The Last Battle of Saraighat, is a chronicle of how these victories were won.Even last month, the BJP wasn’t too keen to work with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which had walked out of the alliance government in Assam over the Citizenship Amendment Bill. But now it has not only promised a re-look of the Bill, factoring in regional concerns, fears and aspirations, it has also got back the AGP on the table for the Lok Sabha elections, hoping that commitment would cascade in assuaging its other allies in the Northeast and arrest a drift. It is a masterstroke of negotiation, which was led by BJP general secretary and Northeast in-charge Ram Madhav, that the party was able to break the AGP top leadership, even offer gubernatorial sops to founder-leader and the still adamant Prafulla Mahanta and get the Bodoland People’s Front on board. The BJP, which has been assiduously building a constituency in the Northeast by fast-tracking development as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Look-east policy, is seeking an electoral insurance from the region lest there be some slippage in the heartland, battling as it is popular discontent on livelihood issues. But the Bill, proposing to grant citizenship to Hindu refugees from across the border, has undone all that as any migrant influx is detrimental to Ahom identity and the socio-economic rights of indigenous people over their land. Meghalaya and Mizoram have been up in flames, too, over the Bill and the BJP has realised that it cannot alienate the region it has so carefully stitched up with its priorities. Besides, it has also understood that its “national security” narrative after the Balakot strikes, while working in North India, would not cut much ice in the Northeast, which would rather negotiate local gains for a mandate. So it took the central party several rounds of persuasion, with talks led by State minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, to revive a flagging friendship and go in for seat-sharing.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has finalised its alliances in the Northeast, setting a target of winning at least 22 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats from eight states of the region, party general secretary Ram Madhav claimed on today. Mr. Madhav, the BJP’s incharge of the Northeast, held a series of discussions in Guwahati on midnight and sealed the alliances with the Asom Gana Parishad, Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF), Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), National People’s Party, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party and the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha. The alliances have been finalised under the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s political coalition with the regional parties of the region. “This alliance has the potential of winning not less than 22 out of 25 seats in the region and play an important role in seeing Modi-ji as the PM once again,” Mr. Madhav posted on Facebook. On Tuesday, Mr. Madhav had met Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma. Mr. Madhav also met a delegation of the AGP, the led by party president Atul Bora, and finalised reunion of the former allies. “It was a hectic day of parleys yesterday in the North East. Sustained negotiations at Dimapur and Guwahati with different senior leaders. Have finally sealed the alliance and electoral understanding between the BJP and all major parties in the North East,” he added in the post. “The BJP, NPP, NDPP, AGP and BPF will fight together in Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh with the mission of defeating Congress party at the hustings. In Tripura, the BJP will fight the elections together with IPFT, our alliance partner,” Mr. Madhav said. In Sikkim, BJP’s alliance will be with the main opposition party, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, he added. “While the Opposition is still talking and talking about ‘Mahagatbandhan’ (grand alliance), we already have ours in place in the North East and the rest of the country. The NDA is a much stronger coalition today than before,” Mr. Madhav said.
Sex Tapes Forced Union Railway Minister of State Rajen Gohain not to contest LS elections
 Bhupen Goswami (16/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Union minister Rajen Gohain, known to be close with the BJP leadership and RSS manages to enlist wife Rita Gohain in expected list of candidates for Lok Sabha polls.Union Junior Railway Minister Rajen Gohain today admitted that sex tapes had stopped him from becoming the first MP to win five consecutive times. As he announced his departure from Lok Sabha fray from the BJP, he candidly admitted before media that it was the sex tape which had forced him to take the decision. Mr Gohain is a four-time consecutive MP and the fifth term was a distinct possibility till a sex tape surfaced followed by a case of sexual abuse against him. Although the lower court exonerated him, the higher court has not yet absolved him.“As the date of the next hearing is March 25 and the next date is the last date of filing nomination papers if for some reasons case gets delayed it will be a problem for my party to select and prepare a new candidate at that late stage. So I decided to opt out he said. What he did not say was that he sidestepped only after ensuring the ticket to his wife Rita Nath Gohain. “As there is a criminal case going on against me, I have decided not to contest the elections,” said Gohain. “I do not want to hamper my party by contesting this election,” he further added. The sex tape surfaced about a year back since then it has continued to haunt the veteran MP. Although he denied the charges, a sexual abuse case was slapped on him. There were, in fact, two sex tapes, one a video of Gohain in adulterous position and another an audio tape of he threatening the husband of the victim for going to press. The BJP in all probability will bestow the ticket of the prestigious Tezpur parliamentary seat to state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Likewise, murmurs were doing the rounds that Rajen Gohain’s candidature is also uncertain and new face Rupak Sharma may contest from Nagaon. Earlier, Gohain had gone on record while expressing his displeasure over the developments in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. He was even heard talking to media that it will be ‘really unfortunate’ if he was denied the ticket. He also said in public that he had brought Rupak Sarma into politics. He had even claimed earlier that more majority of the grassroots workers in the constituency will not cooperate with a new candidate.
BJP Drops Half Of Their MPs In Assam, Tezpur MP RP Sharma Set To Join Other Political Party
 Bhupen Goswami (16/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The BJP has dropped half of their existing MPs in Assam as list of the BJP candidates are being released by tonight, forcing one to resign, two to surrender and another still clinging for last minute miracle in ticket distribution. The BJP dropped Jorhat MP Kamkhya Prasad Tasa, Union minister Rajen Gohain, Tezpur MP R P Sharma and likely to drop veteran Bijoya Chakravarty. Only from the old BJP Ramen Deka is likely to survive. Kamakhaya Tasa and Rajen Gohain have surrendered and R P Sharma resigned in humiliation while Bijoya Chakrvarty is still hoping of securing a ticket using the window of women quota. She is 79. Kamakhaya Tasa and Rajen Gohain addressed media today and informed and they would abide by the party decision. The party insiders have said that he bargained the seat for his wife at the last moment. But the loud mouth R P Sharma could not digest the humiliation of his name not being forwarded in the panel for Tezpur seat and announced his resignation through social media. The BJP is bringing in Tapan Gogoi in place of Tasa, Rajen Gohain’s wife Rita Nath Gohain in place of her husband and Himanta Biswa Sharma in place of R P Sharma. The BJP list has complete Himanta Biswa Sharma stamp all over as he could put most of his men in all the 14 Lok Sabha constituency and obvious choice for the plum ministry if he wins an BJP voted to power. Union Minister of State for Railway Rajen Gohain fought hard and when the four time MP was sure of losing the seat, he lobbied hard for his wife Rita Nath Gohain. Although till last night the deal was to get ticket to Nagaon MLA Rupak Sharma and get Rajen Gohain’s son elected through the seat to be vacated by Rupak Sharma. But Gohan found the proposition fraught with risk and pitched hard for his wife, who is a long term BJP local level leader and perfectly fit into to the women quota and thus by shutting out Bijoya Chakravarty from the race to get the Guwahati ticket through Women quota. The actual list is being announced by tonight as AGP leaders are also meeting the BJP leaders beside the Party President Amit Shah to talk out about the three candidates they are putting in. AGP is putting up Moni Madhab Mahanta in Koliabor, Bhupen Ray in Barpeta and Zaved Islam in Dhubri. The AGP has tough time in all three constituencies and their best bet is in Koliabor where too Moni Madhab Mahanta have been facing popular ire of the people as he ditched AASU only three days back to contest Lok Sabha election in AGP ticket. He was the vice president of the ASSU as well as brother of AGP Minister Keshab Mahanta.On other hands Ram Prasad Sharma, sitting Lok Sabha MP from Tezpur Lok Sabha constituency, resigned from the primary membership of BJP this morning. The BJP leader broke down during an interview with our reporter in New Delhi. The miffed BJP veteran RP Sharma is planning to join a national political party soon, but he didn’t reveal the name of the party. He said, “I may contest election or not, but it is clear that I will join a national political party. It may be Congress or some other political parties”. MP Sharma said that “Really feel pained in my heart for those old Assam Pradesh BJP workers; who were most neglected in the Party by the new intruders in the Party.” The MP said that the old guards of the party who have been toiling for decades are now most neglected and ill treated. It may be mentioned that the Assam Pradesh BJP sent multiple names for all 14 seats except for Tezpur from where finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is expected to contest. “After serving the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) for 15 years and the BJP for 29 years. I felt greatly insulted when my name did not find place in panel set up by the state BJP committee. Even, CM Sarbananda Sonowal hadn’t suggested my name.” RP Sharma added. A couple of days ago, RP Sharma said that it will not be easy for Himanta Biswa Sarma to win the constituency. He also added that he is the only person, who can manage the victory from the said constituency.
Chaos In Office, CRPF Deployed : Unhappy With Alliance, AGP Workers Protest Across Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (16/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Security has been beefed up at the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) office in Ambari, Guwahati amid the rising protest by its workers across the State. The party workers in Jorhat, Nagaon, Tezpur, Dhakuakhana have staged protest against the leaders of the regional party and shouted slogans against their decision to contest the coming LS polls along with BJP. Jorhat workers of the party threw the portraits of Atul Bora, Keshab Mahanta and Phanibhusan Choudhury out of their office in protest against the alliance. Also party workers from Lakhimpur have also decided not to co-operate BJP candidate in the coming Lok Sabha elections.Meanwhile, Lachit Bordoloi, who resigned the regional party following the announcement of alliance with BJP in the LS polls, has announced to launch another regional party in a press conference. Similarly, former Minister Girindra Kumar Baruah resigned from the executive member of party on Saturday.Heated situation in the AGP office in Ambari, Guwahati after several party workers on Saturday staged protest against the party leaders’ decision of contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections along with BJP. AGP worker Sushil Deka attacked the protesters including women, which worsen the situation. Deka claimed that the protesters were from the Congress party.Later, police and CRPF arrived at the spot to control the situation. Police also arrested Sushil Deka for allegedly attacking the protesters.
SDF again won the comfortable majority :Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, Sikkim No alliance BJP with SKM for Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the State
 Bhupen Goswami (15/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The ruling Sikkim Democratic Front(SDF) has termed the pre-poll alliance between Sikkim Krantikari Morcha(SKM) and BJP against the interests of the people of the state. "SKM has made itself a puppet on the strings of Delhi. It has ignored the aspirations and wishes of Sikkimese peope,"the party said in a statement. "By forging a pre-poll alliance with BJP they have auctioned the expectations of Sikkimese people and have caused harm to their future. We have different identity, special social and political significance. No one should commit mistake of sacrificing history of Sikkim and aspirations of public,"SDF said. "SDF has been preserving the identity and history of Sikkim and rights, preventing dilution of Old Laws of Sikkim. Regional party, joining hands with a national party, cannot focus on local issues and cause harm,"it added.The BJP on Friday forged an alliance with opposition Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) to contest the coming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the State. The details of seat sharing between the two parties would be announced soon, BJP’s Sikkim in-charge Nitin Nabin said. SKM president P.S. Golay and BJP’s North-East in-charge Ram Madhav finalised the alliance in New Delhi, he said. “The two parties have decided to form an alliance for the upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha polls in Sikkim,” Mr. Nabin, who was present during the meeting between Mr. Golay and Mr. Madhav, said over phone from New Delhi. In an identical post on Facebook and Twitter, Mr. Madhav announced that the two parties joined hands for the polls and described the SKM as the “main opposition party” in Sikkim. Elections will be held simultaneously for the 32-member Assembly and the lone Lok Sabha seat in Sikkim on April 11. In the 2014 Assembly election, the SKM had won 10 seats but now it has only two MLAs in the House. Seven of the MLAs had defected to the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) in 2015, while Mr. Golay was disqualified from the membership of the Assembly in 2016, following his conviction for a year in a corruption case. The ruling SDF did not want to comment on the SKM-BJP alliance. “We have nothing to say on this issue as of now,” SKM spokesperson K.T. Gyaltsen said. On the SDF’s status in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Mr. Gyaltsen said his party continues to be a part of the coalition at the national level. The BJP’s Sikkim in-charge, however, denied this. “No...the SDF is not part of the NDA,” Mr. Nabin said. The SDF, led by the country’s longest serving Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, has 29 MLAs in the Assembly.The SDF again won the comfortable majority in Sikkim in the 2019 Assembly elections. now the SKM will not the major opposition party to challenge the SDF's supremacy in the state.The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) under Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling said.
First bank in India to launch this service : State Bank of India (SBI)launched to introduces cardless ATM withdrawals with YONO Cash
 Bhupen Goswami (15/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : SBI introduces cardless ATM withdrawals with YONO Cash .YONO SBI India’s first integrated Omni-channel banking & lifestyle platform launched ’YONO Cash’ for card less withdrawal of cash at over 16,500 SBI ATMs across the country. The launch of YONO Cash makes SBI the first bank to offer this service in the industry. The ATMs enabled for this service will also be termed as YONO Cash Point. The bank expects YONO Cash to up the ante on customer delight by virtue of its security feature and the convenience of card less cash withdrawals. Customers can initiate the cash withdrawal process on the YONO app and set a six digit YONO Cash pin for the transaction. They will also get a six digit reference number for the transaction on their registered mobile number via SMS. The cash withdrawal has to be completed within the next 30 minutes at the nearest YONO Cash point using both PIN and the reference number received. Speaking on the launch, Shri.Suni| Kumar Tandon,CGM, SBI North Eastern Circle said, “YONO Cash is yet another step by the bank towards our goal of maximizing convenience and enhancing banking experience for our customers. The initiative will also address their concern of using debit card at the ATMs for cash withdrawals by eliminating possible risk associated with it. This feature on YONO is designed to help its users withdraw cash without a physical debit card. Through YONO, our endevaour is to create a digital universe by integrating the entire transactions ecosystem under one platform in the next 2 years. YONO SBI is a big leap forward for improving the way in which people consume financial and lifestyle services in the country. It is the first comprehensive digital banking platform to offer customized products and services from 85 e-commerce players. YONO SBI launched in November 2017, has turned one and continues to witness overwhelming responses from its users. As of February, 2019, YONO has over 18 million downloads with 7 million + active users. YONO can be accessed through Android and iOS powered mobile phones, and on the web through a browser, allowing for a seamless omni-channel customer experience. SBI is all set to launch more features on YONO in coming years to make customers’ life easier.First bank in India to launch this service .Card less cash withdrawal through YONO from 16500 SBI ATMs o YONO Cash enabled ATMs to be termed as YONO Cash Point. Eliminates the risk of skimming and cloning, Secured transaction with 2 factor authentication .
BJP Promises CAB In Presence Of AGP : AGP-BJP Leaders’ Say On Alliance
 Bhupen Goswami (15/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Assam BJP leaders on Friday said that the party’s stand regarding the subject of much-debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will remain same if the party once again comes back to power. The remarks came during a joint press meet of AGP and BJP at State BJP office in Guwahati. Addressing the press meet along with the leaders of AGP, Assam BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We have already made it clear that we will bring another CAB if voted to power. Our stand on the bill will remain same.” He also said that though there was objection from the AGP side on the CAB, it could be resolved through discussions after the elections are over. Meanwhile, AGP president during the press meet also said, “We might have different principles, but we have to resolve them through discussions.” He also said that the regional party once again wants Narendra Modi to become the Prime Minister and a Congress-free India. Notably, AGP had ended the tie with BJP on January 7 over Centre’s move to pass the CAB in Lok Sabha.AGP president Atul Bora on Friday denied commenting on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill issue saying, “There is nothing new to tell about the issue, as Himanta Biswa has already spoken on the matter.” Leaders of AGP and BJP were addressing a joint press conference at Assam BJP office in Hengrabari on their alliance for the coming Lok Sabha Election.AGP President Atul Bora said, We have come here following BJP’s invitation. There is nothing new in AGP-BJP alliance. Earlier, we were in alliance in 2001, 2009 and in 2016. We have identified the main enemy of the people of Assam. We might have different principles, but we have to resolve them through discussions. We once again want Narendra Modi as our Prime Minister. The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday called a joint press meet and announced that a delegation of the BJP party along with its allies will fly to New Delhi to meet BJP President Amit Shah to discuss seat sharing. The biggest question relating to the AGP-BJP reunion is the parties’ disagreement over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The AGP party had broken off from the alliance in apparent protest against the BJP’s move to enact the Bill but after months of drama, the party is back where they initially were, in alliance with the BJP. This begs the question: what is the secret understanding that the two parties have reached? Himanta Biswa Sarma and even party President Amit Shah have declared the return of the Bill if the BJP is able to hang onto the throne at the Contre. Politics aside, how does the AGP expect to stay true to their ideology of ‘regionalism’ if the Bill is passed? On being questioned about the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned that the main motive of today’s meeting was the Lok Sabha elections. “We want that with the entire North East we are able to elect Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister for the second time.” Adding that there are lot many issues other than the Citizenship Bill, he said, “BJP’s stand for the Bill is fixed and AGP has not diluted their stand as well. We have already mentioned that through consensus and consultation we will bring out the required modification into the Bill. We will talk on something that grows the point of unity. Here, Narendra Modi is a point of unity for today’s meet. We will sit and discuss the Citizenship Bill after the Lok Sabha election.” Speaking about the future course of action to be taken with regards to the alliance, he said: “The initial discussion of AGP-BJP alliance was taken in presence of Ram Madhav and a delegation of both the party will fly to New Delhi to meet Amit Shah. On March 17, there will be a meeting with all the allies of the BJP party. We will organize a joint political meeting at all the 14 constituencies of Assam especially in places where AGP and BJP have a stronghold. AGP president Atul Bora and BJP state president Ranjit Dass will address the people in those constituencies. In Upper Assam- Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Kaliabor, Lakhimpur, and Tezpur, Gana Shakti president Paramananda Chayengia will join us. We will visit Mangaldoi, Kokrajhar, and Koliabor, where BTC Chief Hargrama Mohilary or MP Biswajit Daimary will join us. In Nagaon, Ramankanta Deuri and Tiwa community will be joining the meeting. And in Dhubri and Guwahati constituencies, Tangkeswar Rabha will join in.”
AGP-BJP Celebrating The ‘Visit’ Ritual,AGP Suspends Member For Speaking Against The Alliance
 Bhupen Goswami (15/03/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : After announcing alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections, leaders of both AGP and BJP are now busy in visiting each other’s offices. Following the visit of BJP leaders including Assam BJP president Ranjeet Dass, Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, MP Kamakhya Tasa and prabhari of Assam BJP Mahendra Singh to AGP office in Ambari, Guwahati on Thursday; several AGP leaders on Friday visited Assam BJP office at Hengrabari in the city. AGP president Atul Bora, Ministers Keshab Mahanta and Phanibhusan Choudhury, Kamala Kalita, Ramendra Narayan Kalita, Satyabrata Kalita and Pradip Hazarika visited State BJP office on Friday.According to reports, there are some discontents among cadres of AGP and BJP in various districts of Assam. Notably, former CM and AGP founder-president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta has also expressed his displeasure over the alliance. Meanwhile, both the parties will address a joint press conference at the BJP office in Guwahati in a while.On other hands The leaders of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) have suspended its one of the executive member- Pranab Goswami on Thursday for allegedly talking against the recent alliance between AGP and BJP.AGP General Secretary Kamala Kalita on Thursday sent a letter to Goswami and informed that he has been suspended from the post of Executive Member of the party for speaking against the alliance in front of media. Kalita also informed Goswami that he has been suspended from primary membership of the party for a year. Notably, there are some discontents among members of both AGP and BJP in various districts of Assam. Also former CM and AGP founder-president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta has expressed his displeasure over the alliance.
Woman Files Rape Complaint Against Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu
 Bhupen Goswami (14/03/2019)
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 Guwahati : A young woman has accused the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu of rape charges.According to reports, the woman had first registered a complaint in the National Commission for Women however, based on the verdict of the lower court, the commission rejected the complaint.Now, the women has filed an application to hear her case either in the Delhi High Court or the Supreme Court. The alleged victim has also applied to provide her security and protection.The woman has alleged that Khandu and three of his acquaintances had raped her in Tawang Circuit House in 2008.It may be noted that the woman’s accusation just days before the elections is quite crucial.According to reports woman from Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district approached the National Commission for Women (NCW) on Thursday with a complaint that she had been gang-raped by three persons, allegedly including the name of incumbent state Chief Minister Pema Khandu, eight years ago. Filing a complaint through her lawyer under Section 10 of National Commission for Women Act, the lady has accused Khandu, Phurpa Lama Thumpeen Tashi, a teacher of the Tawang Higher Secondary School and Dorjee Wangchu of gang raping her in the month of July 2008. “I have suffered immense mental agony for endless time before gathering courage to lodge complaint against them at the Itanagar women police station, said the victim. She said in her complaint that she was a resident of Dorzeling Village in Arunachal West Siang District and had come to Tawang District in search of a job, and if not a job, to explore the possibility of starting a business in mobiles and laptops. She has claimed that she came into contact first with Phurpa Lama, who in turn asked her to meet a “few powerful persons” at the Tawang Circuit House. In her complaint before the NCW, she has claimed that she was given a cold drink with some intoxicant that made her unconscious. “I was given some intoxicant mixed with cold drink which rendered me senseless. I was repeatedly gang-raped by above named persons. When I came back to senses, I saw the man who was raping me at that time. He introduced himself as Colonel Pema Khandu. When I tried to resist, he slapped me hard…..”She said that it took her seven years to gather courage to file a complaint against Khandu and others.She claimed that she had filed two FIRs, one in December 2015 and the other in January 2016, in the Itanagar Women Police Station, but came away disappointed, as the officer in charge refused to register the FIRs. She said that even the Superintendent of Police failed to act on her complaint. She also said that the court of the chief judicial magistrate has dismissed her complaint as being without merit.Rashmi Bhati, the victim’s lawyer, told mediapersons, “My client has levelled allegations of rape against Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu. It is a 2008 incident. She had approached police and court who did not register her complaint. We have given her complaint to the women’s commission. The victim was and is very scared. This courageous woman has filed her complaint before National Commission for Women in Delhi.”Meanwhile, NCW Chairperson said, "The NCW has received a complaint in this regard. The Commission is going through the documents, and it will be seeking a legal advice, since the matter was dismissed by a court in Arunachal Pradesh. So after going through the complaint NCW will react on the matter.

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