KOHIMA: Former Nagaland chief minister and NDPP candidate Neiphu Rio elected unopposed after his sole rival and NPF candidate in the Northern Angami constituency C Angami withdrew his nomination on Monday. Rio, the NDPP-BJP alliance chief ministerial candidate received certificate from the returning officer in the evening. Altogether 192 candidates are contesting in the February 27 assembly polls in the north eastern state.
GUWAHATI: RSS is born and brought up purely for social cause and it wants to spread its culture and vision among millions of the people living in this country. This was more or less of what Mohan Bhagawat said as the RSS chief was addressing a mammoth rally in Guwahati on Sunday. In his speech, the Sangh chief flanked by many of his Assam leaders and BJP leaders and legislators said the time has come to respect the country’s diversified culture which will stand tall on this planet.
Many BJP leaders and ministers, nearly two dozen titular tribal kings and Vaishnavite monastery heads shared the dias as nearly 50,000 people poured in the first ever huge RSS rally in the premier north eastern city. BJP general secretary who holds the charge of the party’s North east affairs Ram Madhav was prominent among those who were spectators dressed in RSS uniform.
Dressed in the sangh unifom thousands of people from the far flung areas thronged the Khanapara venue in the morning and helped the organizers make the event a success. Talking to www.assamtimes.org, the organizers said that thousands of the Guwahati based sympathizers have provided the participating people with food of their own. Senior BJP leaders and Union minister Rajen Gohain, stateministers Himanta Biswa Sarma, Ranjit Dutta nearly 70 MLAs, MPs attended the meeting.
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said that the resources full Assam have lakhs of poor people.
In his address at the huge rally at the Veterinary College Playground on Saturday, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate said that the Centre has not done enough to develop Assam and other north eastern state.
“You have sent the country’s prime minister from your state. But what he has done ? He has precious little for you,” said Modi.
The Central Assam AIIMS Demand Committee ( CAADC ), an umbrella organisation of several organisations demanding for AIIMS in Central Assam, has announced a three hours rail blockade from 9 a.mon Friday next at Chaparmukh in support of its demand for setting up of the proposed AIIMS like institution in Assam at Raha. The Committee has also decided to resume its protest movement stronger in the coming days.
Speaking with this correspondent on Tuesday, a source in the Central Assam AIIMS Demand Committee said, “ The state government incorporated some irrelevant points on the draft that would be send to the central government which we unanimously opposed. Since then the state government showed total negligence remaining silent on the draft issue and had stopped any further correspondence with us. This has disappointed us all and due to this attitude of the state government we are compelled to go for the Rail blockade programme."
It might be mentioned here that the Central Assam AIIMS Demand Committee put on hold its all agitational programmes coming to a resolution on July 19 after a discussion with the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal that the government will prepare a draft with full participation of the leaders of the AIIMS Demand Committees, highlighting their concerns and proposals and send a letter to the Central government to do the needful. But the AIIMS Demand Committee alleged that the state government tried to divert the issue adopting names of some new places demanding setting up of AIIMS in the draft other than Raha.
Assam: The Accord, The Discord – Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty