Top Assam Election News 2021
After spending a week in Rajasthan, some claim they were holidaying after weeks of campaigning, while others say they went to seek blessings at the Ajmer Sharif Dargah.
The parties demanded that the returning officers be directed to ensure video recording of the counting tables and the process of carrying the EVMs from the strong room to the counting hall.
Asked who the BJP candidates were, Barbhuiya, the AIUDF General Secretary, said, "The names cannot be disclosed now. You will know after May two (the day) the results are declared."
Senior BPF leader Pramila Rani Brahma told EastMojo that she is still in Kokrajhar and was not aware of the whereabouts of others.
AGM said the videography of the counting will ensure transparency in the counting process.
The votes cast on April 1 for these booths are to be considered "void" and repolling will take place on April 20 (Tuesday) from 7 am to 6 pm.
On Friday, the Congress reportedly shifted 20 of its candidates to Rajasthan, while 22 candidates of AIUDF have also moved out of Assam.
Citing the example of Bihar where postal ballots were counted late at night leading to several discrepancies, Bora urged the EC to take steps to ensure vote counting be clean and clear in Assam.
Controversy erupts in Tinsukia over an order related to 'compulsory wearing of masks' signed by additional dist magistrate before polls on March 24 but surfacing online only on April 7
Fight against BJP’s resources the biggest challenge: Congress MP Sushmita Dev in exclusive interview
In an exclusive interview with political analyst Bishal Paul, she talked about her party’s strategy in the Barak Valley, the anti-CAA narrative, and much more.
Parag was one of the four SVEEP icons for state elections along with actor Kopil Bora, singer Anindita Paul and para- cyclist Rakesh Banik.
Voters wearing masks seen queuing up outside polling booths, maintaining distance by standing in marked circles across the 12 districts in lower Assam where voting is underway
'Today is the last phase of elections in Assam. I appeal to all my sisters and brothers to vote in large numbers to strengthen the democratic process,' said Priyanka Gandhi in a Facebook post
Assam has registered a voter turnout of 53.23 per cent till 1 pm in the third phase of the state assembly polls.
Polling began at 7 am to decide the fate of 337 candidates, including senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, his five cabinet colleagues and state BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass
Electricity, road connectivity, basic amenities in Dhandhariya village far from seeing light of the day.
Electricity connections, which were also totally cut off for these people, were never restored.
In the Muslim-majority areas of lower Assam where Bengal-origin Muslims constitute the major number, the locals are upset about BJP’s communal politics.
In a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer, BJP said that Congress is promoting its "5 guarantees campaign on platforms like Facebook, violating Section 126 of the RP Act, 1951."
YI Guwahati has collaborated with 24 leading brands in Guwahati to offer the exclusive discount on their products and services from April 6 to 8.
At least 1,347 complaints were received online through the cVigil app and 1,466 were received offline through Form B9 and 947 of the complaints received online have been already disposed off.
The police officer was part of a patrolling team that had gone to minister Pramila Rani Brahma's residence on Sunday night to disperse a crowd
Assam’s health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claims that there aren’t any COVID-19 cases in the state at present.
As the incident came to light, the District Election Officer suspended five poll officials of the booth, set up at 107(A) Khotlir LP School, and proposed a repoll.
As per the order issued by CEO Nitin Khade on Sunday night, Deka was placed under suspension with immediate effect till the completion of the inquiry.
A source said they were waiting for the list from Mohanbari airport to figure out the state from which the person, who tested positive at the airport, was returning.
The BJP minister said: Those who are making fun on my statement on mask, must come to Assam and see how we have contained COVID-19 compared to other states along with impressive recovery of our economy.
The incident of theft at the office of the Election Officer was reported during the morning of Saturday, as per an official statement.
The election in Tamulpur will be held on April 6 in the third and last phase of the Assam assembly polls.
The people of Assam know that the NDA government will not take any step which is against their interest, minister Anurag Thakur said.
Congress said it is convinced that "BJP is rattled, which is why it is resorting to treachery to win the elections."
During this period, the possession/ distribution/ sale of liquor is completely prohibited.
In a letter to Assam CEO, APCC President Ripun Bora listed out instances where EVMs were unattended, found in non-requisitioned vehicles, malfunctioned etc.
He was on Friday initially barred from campaigning related activities till April 4 for allegedly making threatening remarks against Bodoland People's Front chief Hagrama Mohilary.
Addressing an election rally in Bodoland Territorial Region's Baksa district, the prime minister said people of the state have rejected violence for development, peace, unity and stability.
Hailing from a flood prone area, Ashraful Islam, the Raijor Dal candidate from Jania constituency of Barpeta, believes that people will vote against communal hatred and manipulation for the sake of votes.
Sarma said the INC did not have "any locus-standi to lodge a complaint against the undersigned as the person concerned Sri Hagrama Mahilary or his party, till date, has not lodged any complaint…"
IPS officer Veera Venakata Rakesh Reddy shall be posted with immediate effect as the new Superintendent of Police of Goalpara district, which will go to polls in the third and last phase on April 6.
ECI has barred him from holding any public meetings, processions, rallies, road shows, interviews and public utterances in media etc. in connection with ongoing elections for 48 hours from immediate effect.
The incident took place at number 215 Raja Pukhuri LP School in Kalaigaon on Thursday night.
She announced the cancellation of her poll campaign in Assam on Friday, in Tamil Nadu on Saturday and in Kerala on Sunday.
APCC urged the CEO to take necessary action against Hazarika and to disqualify his candidature from the present state election and issue directions for filing an FIR/complaint against him.
The Election Commission on Friday suspended four poll officials and ordered fresh voting in Assam's Ratabari seat after election officials were found inexplicably transporting an EVM in a BJP candidate's car.
Cachar district DC Keerthi Jalli confirmed "an incident" and said the administration is waiting for a detailed report from the polling station at 463 Madhya Dhanehori LP School of Sonai constituency.
BPF is an ally of the opposition Congress in Assam, where two out of the slated three-phased poll got over on Thursday.
Although the Rabha Hasong Council Act and Rabha Accord was signed in 1995, the Rabhas never found any protection like Dimasas, Bodos and Karbis under the Sixth Schedule of the constitution.
AICC spokesperson Gourav Vallabh said that the Congress-led Grand Alliance is on track to achieve its target of winning 101 seats in the elections.
The Congress had approached the EC alleging that Himanta Biswa Sarma had threatened to send BPF's Hagrama Mohilary to jail by misusing the NIA.
Gogoi had suffered a stroke on Monday morning and was brought to Sanjeevani Hospital in Dibrugarh from her Sivasagar residence.
There have been speculations that the CAA rules have been kept in abeyance because of the polls in Assam where a large section, especially in the Brahmaputra Valley, have been opposed to the law.
Over 73.44 lakh voters are eligible to cast their votes in the second phase of the election. Of them, 37,34,537 are male voters and 36,09,959 are female voters, while 135 are third gender voters.
During the 2016 state polls, central and state agencies had seized goods worth less than Rs 20 crore.
When you’re weak at the top, many leaders think they can get away with indiscipline. That sense was missing in the last 4 years in the Assam unit.
Taking a swipe at Ajmal for claiming that the "lock and key (AIUDF symbol) of forming the next government in the state is in his hands, Shah said the people would decide who will run Assam.
Accusing the Congress of spreading false propaganda, he said that the opposition party always exploited the minorities as a vulnerable vote bank and played with their sentiments.
The Congress-led Grand Alliance, if voted to power, will fulfil the five guarantees it has given to the people of the state, he said.
The second phase of state elections will decide the fate of 345 candidates in 39 seats going to polls on April 1.
According to the affidavits of the three candidates, the total net worth of the Barak valley's powerful Roy family has been estimated to be at Rs 142.57 crore.
The notices were sent to the newspapers following a complaint filed by the Congress party alleging that the advertisement violated a directive of the ECI.
The Congress has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
The ECI's instructions, specific to Assam, had prohibited the dissemination of any form of prediction related to poll results between 7 am of March 27 till 7.30 pm of April 29.
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Women have been campaigning for independent candidate Pranab Doley even before he received a ticket to contest in the Assam polls.
The RGI in a letter suggested to the state government to terminate the services of "surplus staff" and hand over the workload to government staff.
As many as 47 constituencies are voting in the first phase today. The next two phases are scheduled for April 1 and April 6.
During the COVID pandemic, the BJP government and the BJP karyakartas worked in close coordination with each other.
According to reports, Tulsi Khanikar was stationed at Hajowa Lower Primary School polling station in Upper Assam when he complained of chest pain and uneasiness.
An estimated 25.88 per cent of the total 81.09 lakh electors exercised their franchise till 11 am in 47 constituencies of Assam where polling is underway with strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols in Phase-I of elections on Saturday.
The Congress-led 'Mahajot' alliance is seeking to wrest power from the BJP in Assam, which is voting in three phases starting on Saturday.
Long queues were seen outside polling booths with voters and election officials adhering to COVID-19 protocols.
The surge also came at a time when state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters during election rallies that there is nothing to worry about COVID-19 in Assam.
The first voter at the model polling station in Batadraba was welcomed with a gamusa and a plant sapling.
To find out how realistic it is, Team EastMojo went to Majuli, the largest inhabited river island in the world that has been shrinking year-after-year due to annual floods.
Ajay Tati is all set to contest the Assam Assembly elections from Rangapara constituency as a candidate of the newly formed AJP – the Assam Jatiya Parishad.
As per Gogoi's affidavit submitted along with his nomination paper, he does not have any cash in hand and has deposits of Rs 60,497 in two bank accounts.
Addressing the denizens of Assam via a video message, the veteran Congress leader expressed gratitude to the state for enabling him to serve the country.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said appropriate laws and policies will be put in place to strengthen Assamese culture and civilisation.
Without naming PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister alleged that decisions for Assam are taken by two persons sitting in Delhi.
Assam police used our favourite childhood video game Super Mario, to spread awareness on voting safely.
This will ensure effective randomisation of manpower deployment and total neutrality, a statement issued by the Assam Police Headquarters said.
According to ATTSA leaders, Teli and Phukan were campaigning at the residence of a tea worker in Gopaneri, which falls under the Digboi constituency.
The development, 48-hours ahead of the first phase of the assembly elections, assumes significance as the voters will come to know which party stands where amid their tall claims and promises.
Both Congress and the BJP have pulled all stops to counter each other's claims on their respective contribution to the tea industry.
You can look for your name in the voters' list in two ways – search by details, or search by Epic.
Chouhan, while addressing an election rally at Palasbari said Assam witnessed development only after the BJP-led government came to power in the state in 2016.
The Assam Assembly election will be held in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6.
The BJP is repeating its older promise of making floods disappear from Assam by planning river infrastructure ahead of Assam elections. Ground realities tell us something else.
Assam witnessed violent protests against the CAA in 2019 and five persons lost their lives. The protestors saw the law as a threat to their cultural identity and livelihood.
Congress after analyzing all sectors of the Assam economy and the government, has come to the conclusion that that there are several government posts currently lying vacant.
This constituency has had many legends of its own in the past. From being represented by legendary musician Bhupen Hazarika between 1967-1972 to often giving chances to Independent candidates (as many as five times since independence).
The BJP has pledged to protect the political rights of the people of Assam through a delimitation exercise. The ruling BJP is seeking re-election and is facing the grand alliance led by Congress in the state.
"We urged all political parties to give ticket preference to a Bengali-speaking candidate but we have been neglected," said All Assam Bengali Yuva Students Federation's general secretary Bijay Chanda.
Gaurav Gogoi said the party became like an orphan after the demise of his father but his ideas and goodwill among the people are the driving force for him as well as his colleagues.
Shah said the Congress' tie-up with the AIUDF will be a factor in the BJP-led alliance's win in the Assam assembly polls as voters will back the saffron party decisively.
Addressing an election rally in Assam, Singh said the BJP government has started electronic surveillance across the Indo-Bangla border in Assam to stop infiltration from the neighbouring country.
Tea garden workers constitute roughly 17 percent of Assam’s population. This largely marginalised community are said to be influential in as many as 40 Assembly constituencies.
The Assam Election Watch and the Association for Democratic Reforms have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all the 345 candidates contesting in the polls to be held on April 1.
The RTI activist also alleged that he was offered Rs 20 crore to start an NGO by leaving the peasant body Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and work against conversion of Assamese people into Christianity.
Of the 362 candidates who filed their nominations, the papers of 17 were rejected while 22 withdrew their candidatures.