Top Assam Election News 2021
Assam recorded 1,33,239 cases of crime last year, up from 1,21,609 cases in 2020
The Governor also highlighted that during the last 85 years, Assam Legislative Assembly witnessed many historic debates and the passing of several important legislations to bring about transformative changes in the lives of the people of the state.
Amid the COVID crisis, Assam was the only state showing a positive growth rate while many states showed negative growth.
The by-election to the Upper Assam seat saw 96, 250 votes cast on March 7, with 71.76 electors exercising their franchise out of a total electorate of 1, 33, 227.
“Contravention of this ban shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both,” a statement issued by Assam chief electoral officer Nitin Khade said.
The ceremony will be held at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi.
AGP President Atul Bora said the coalition of AGP with BJP and United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) will be intact for all elections to local civic bodies.
BJP candidates Phanidhar Talukdar, Rupjyoti Kurmi and Sushanta Borgohain are leading in Bhabanipur, Mariani and Thowra seats respectively.
Eight candidates each are in the fray in Gossaigaon and Bhabanipur, six in Tamulpur, five in Thowra, and four in Mariani.
The fate of 31 candidates was sealed in the EVMs in 1,176 polling station throughout the five constituencies.
Voting has been peaceful in the five seats – Gossaigaon, Bhabanipur, Tamulpur, Mariani and Thowra.
Bye-election in Gossaigaon and Tamulpur were necessitated due to death of the sitting MLAs, while the incumbents of Bhabanipur, Mariani and Thowra resigned from their seats to join the ruling BJP.
As is apparent from our recent travel, the Raijor Dal has gained massively in terms of ground presence compared to our last travel.
Debabrata Saikia said Ashok Singhal had indulged in unconstitutional activities and appealed to the Election Commission to bar him from further campaigning.
Congress alleged that the Chief Minister has been openly patronising a system of governance where development will not be possible if the MLA is not from the ruling party.
The candidates who withdrew their nomination include three from Tamulpur constituency and five from Gossaigaon, said a press release from the state election department.
The list of names was approved by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, an Assam Pradesh Congress Committee release said.
A high-level meeting between APCC chief Bhupen Borah and AJP president Lurinjyoti Gogoi and General Secretary Jagadish Bhuyan took place earlier in the day.
As per the Government of India Drought Manual-2016, the Department has observed a drought-like situation in 5 districts, namely Golaghat, Hojai, Kamrup Rural, Karbi Anglong and West Karbi Anglong.
Though the demand for pork is high in Assam along with other northeastern states, the region depends on Punjab, Haryana, for supply of pigs.
Her tiff with state Congress leadership widened after the central NDA government brought the Citizenship Amendment Act.
The Congress, which was in power for 15 years in Assam since 2001, formed the ‘Grand Alliance’ with AIUDF, BPF, CPI(M), CPI, CPI(ML), AGM, RJD, ANP and JPP.
The saffron party heads the state government with the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) as its allies.
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