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EC slaps notice on Assam minister

Guwahati: The Election Commission has issued showcause notice to Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for allegedly making communal remarks in an election rally against BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Sarma, who is state Health and Family Welfare, made some “objectionable remarks” during an election rally in Tezpur on March 29, an official release said on Saturday. Sarma, who is also the state Education [Full Article...]

Modi pro-industrialists and anti-farmers: Rahul

Guwahati:  Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday reiterated that the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was pro- industrialists and did not bother much about the poor farmers. Addressing a party’s election rally in Nagaon , a hub of agriculture and horticulture products in Central Assam, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that the Congress party would continue with its pro-poor policies while appealing to [Full Article...]

Modi asks young voters to canvass for a strong government in Centre

Guwahati: The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday called upon the voters in the age group of 18-28 years not only to vote for a strong government in New Delhi but also turn canvassers to persuade others vote for a strong government in New Delhi. Addressing three back-to-back massive election rallies at Bongaigaon, Mangaldoi and Nagaon in Assam’s poll bound constituencies of [Full Article...]

70 per cent polling during re-poll in 34 polling booths

Itanagar:  Over seventy per cent voting was recorded in Arunachal Pradesh during re-polling conducted in 34 polling stations across the state on Saturday. The re-polling which started at 6 am ended at 2 pm in a peaceful note without any incidents of violence, election office sources said. The Election Commission has ordered re-polling in 34 polling stations in the state where polling was suspended [Full Article...]

Enthusiastic independent candidates in northeast poll fray

Imphal: A large number of independent candidates are in the poll fray in the northeast, with half of the aspirants in Assam having no party affiliation. In Assam, of the total 170 candidates in 14 parliamentary constituencies, as many as 65 are independent candidates. In Outer Manipur constituency, there were 18 candidates, of whom four were independents. In Tripura, of 25 candidates, four filed [Full Article...]

70 per cent voting registered in Inner Manipur election

Imphal: About 70 per cent vote was polled on Thursday for the Inner Manipur Parliamentary seat. Voting began at 0700 hours and concluded officially at 1600 hours. Though the turnout was slightly low during the early hours, it picked up as the day progressed. There was slight drizzle sporadically. However, the final tally will increase as voting still continued in some polling stations. All [Full Article...]

Irom Sharmila not allowed to vote

Imphal: Human rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a fast for 13 years against a special, stringent anti-terror act in Manipur, was on Thursday not allowed to vote in the Lok Sabha polls as per law. “Under Section 62 (5) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, a person confined in jail cannot vote,” an Election Commission official told IANS. [Full Article...]