Top Assam Election News 2021
The 10 fresh fatalities increased the COVID-19 death toll to 5,029 while the number of active cases in the state is 16,250.
AIUDF MLA Aminul Islam's controversial remark was made on an agricultural project in Darrang district, which was mentioned in the budget tabled in the assembly last week.
An undercurrent of disbelief among these two ethnolinguistic groups for centuries is still visibly surviving. The attempt to assuage partition victim ‘Hindu Bengalies’ through the offer of CAA has only added flare to this chaos.
The Assam Budget 2021-22 has seen the highest ever allocation to Capital Expenditure in the history of the state – at 21.5%
Ajanta Neog, the state's first woman finance minister, presented a Rs 566 crore deficit budget for 2021-22.
IPR Minister Pijush Hazarika said the government does not have any mechanism to cross-check the circulation figure stated by the management of the papers.
According to a highly-placed source, currently, only 16 doctors are working full-time in the hospital.
BJP President Bhabesh Kalita made the comment while welcoming several top functionaries of the Assam Congress, including former MLA Charan Basumatary, into the BJP fold.
Former Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, was rewarded for his stellar performance in Assam with the Cabinet rank.
Born on October 31, 1962 in Mulukgaon in Dibrugarh district to Jibeswar and Dineswari Sonowal, Sarbananda is a bachelor and a devout follower of Assam's renowned Vaishnav saints Sankardeva and Madhavdeva.
Raijor Dal has the daunting task of organising a party that goes beyond the constituency of Sivasagar and establish itself as a progressive regional party that it claims to be.
The former All India Mahila Congress office-bearer hoped that she will be able to work in the interests of the people as a BJP member.
Assam Congress leader Ripun Bora also asked where the BJP leaders were when Assam was ravaged by floods in 2017 and 2018.
For the women struggling to repay the heavy cost of the microfinance loans, BJP's assurance for a waiver came as a ray of hope.
The Assam Congress chief said the party performed on expected lines in lower Assam and Barak Valley, but "totally failed" in the constituencies of upper Assam.
The assigned ministers will also prepare a plan for infrastructure development in their respective districts and identify resources for employment generation.
State Congress said that the CM's comment is extremely unfortunate as society is still fighting against the stigma on mental health issues.
The most important factor behind the victory of Akhil Gogoi which superseded all others were the voters of the constituency of Sivasagar.
With no other nomination, pro-tem Speaker Phani Bhusan Choudhury announced Daimary as the new speaker and handed over the charge to him.
The swearing-in ceremony of all the elected members of the 126-MLA House was conducted by eight-time legislator Phani Bhusan Choudhury.
Gogoi said, "This is an insult to the democracy and the people of Sivasagar. Their representative is being manhandled within the premise of the Assembly."
Due to the resurgence of the tide of regionalism, the young leaders, who would conventionally join established parties like Congress and AGP, found an alternative in the new regional parties.
Tribes like the Misings, often ally with the ruling party, hoping that such association would enable them to get the rights that they have been demanding for decades.
While the Congress failed to realise that Sarma had become a formidable figure in the politics of Assam, the BJP took great advantage of the situation and banked on the mastery of Sarma to win elections.
PM Modi visited Bangladesh in March on his first trip to a foreign country since COVID-19 hit and held extensive talks with PM Sheikh Hasina.
12 of the 14 recently sworn-in ministers are crorepatis, according to a report by Assam Election Watch. In fact, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is the richest of all with assets worth Rs 17.27 crore.
The visit comes after Sarma assigned different districts to his new cabinet of ministers to monitor the COVID-19 situation and ensure guidance to the district administration.
Sarma also instructed the department to expedite the release of funds for welfare schemes, a government release said.
This is not a bail and Gogoi has been granted permission only to attend the oath taking ceremony, his lawyer said.
The portfolios will be officially handed in first cabinet meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday at 6 pm
Along with chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, 13 other legislators were also sworn-in as ministers amid strict COVID-19 protocols.
Sarma on Sunday was unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party and the NDA Legislature Party.
The swearing in of the new ministry is likely to be held on Monday at the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra.
Sarma joined the BJP from Congress in 2016, months before the state assembly elections and is seen by many as the spearhead of the party.
Seven days after the emphatic victory, the BJP is likely to pick the state Chief Minister today.
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were on Friday called to New Delhi by the BJP central leadership apparently over new govt formation
The ruling NDA has 11 out of the 75 winning candidates with criminal cases.
The recent landslide victory for the BJP in Assam elections for the consecutive second term, setting aside issues like the CAA and NRC, is down as much to data science in politics as it is to various political permutations and combinations.
The electoral result in the constituencies influenced by the two communities have remained unchanged since the 2016 elections.
Asom Gana Parishad unanimously elected President Atul Bora as the leader of its Legislature Party and Working President Keshab Mahanta as the Deputy leader.
BJP's incumbent CM Sarbananda Sonowal and his powerful ministerial colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma are seen as the most obvious contenders for the top job.
The journey of Hussain, the son of a farmer, from a village in Barpeta to the legislative assembly, has been anything but smooth.
In an age when every other contestant had never-ending access to social media, Gogoi had to depend on his mom Priyoda Gogoi to take his message to his constituents.
The saffron party alone won 60 constituencies, the same as in 2016, while its ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) got nine, five less than what it did during the last polls, according to the Election Commission.
Jailed Raijor Dal President Akhil Gogoi, who contested as an independent, won the Sibsagar constituency by defeating his nearest BJP rival Surabhi Rajkonwari by 11.878 votes.
BJP state president Ranjeet Kumar Dass also thanked every party worker, state and national leaders of the party for their hard work and sacrifice for this result
Singh, who was BJP's co-incharge for Assam, said a significant feature of this spectacular decisive mandate is that BJP's margin of victory has remained the same or possibly improved in spite of it being the ruling party for five years.
The Congress leader's remarks came soon after the Congress failed to win back states of Kerala, Assam and Puducherry and fared poorly in West Bengal.
In the outgoing government of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma held portfolios of education, health, finance and public works department (PWD).
All India Congress Committee national general secretary Jitendra Singh said the trends so far will be reversed in the next two to four hours
BJP is leading in 62 seats, and its partners Asom Gana Parishad is ahead 10 and United People's Party Liberal in 7 constituencies
We are coming back to power with our partners AGP and UPPL, said Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal amid initial trends of Assam poll results
On investigation, it was found that the unused EVM which had been kept in reserve on polling day, had inadvertently found its way to the counting venue. The release said no votes had been polled on the machine.
Assam Assembly Elections 2021 were held for 126 constituencies in three phases: March 27, April 1 and April 6.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on Friday that Centre is facilitating the procurement of more than 5 lakh doses for the state in May.
While the exit poll suggests that BJP alone would win 70 seats, its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People's Party Liberal (UPPL), are predicted to win eight and five seats, respectively.
In letter to EC, Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora claimed that lack of safety of a strong room and EVMS were noticed in several constituencies in Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh and Goalpara districts
Voting for Assam elections took place over three phases, with poll turnouts in the three phases well above 75% in all three phases.
Candidates or their agents who have received both the doses of Covid-19 vaccine can enter the counting hall on May 2 when votes for Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu will be counted
Expressing concern at the rising number of cases in Assam, IMA state President Dr Satyajit Borah said that people must get themselves vaccinated without any hesitation.
The decision has been taken to check the spread of coronavirus, sources said.
An oxygen plant in Bhutan's Samdrupjhonkar will supply 50 MT of the gas and there are plans to revive another plant at Digboi which was lying defunct for the last ten years, Sarma said.
Expressing concern that some people have been flouting the COVID-19 guidelines, Sonowal called on them to mask up, use sanitisers and maintain hygiene.
Sarma's tweet stands in stark contrast from his stance earlier in the month, when he had famously said that there was need to wear masks in Assam.
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.