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Sarma-Gogoi patch up raises poll hopes

A sudden patch-up between Tarun Gogoi and Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma seems to have revived the hope of Congress hardly a year ahead of the assembly polls.

Sources available with Assam Times say that the chief minister is believed to have been in constant touch with his former cabinet colleague for the last couple of days to refurbish the image of the ruling party. Even Gogoi is keen to re-induct Dr Sarma in his council of ministers shortly.  

The duo have mended the differences acting on a slew of suggestions they received from the editor in chief of a satellite news channel. The top journalist is further learnt to have tapped KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi to sharpen the attack on BJP.

The former powerful minister has already started taking on Sarbananda Sonowal over the SAF Games. Dr Sarma dared Union sports minister to uplift the sports infrastructure.  

According to senior party leaders, “Dr Sarma has come out to rescue the chief minister who has drawn no less criticism for his doubtful sincerity on the sports event.” 

Apart from his scathing attack on BJP, the KMSS leader has also agreed to field some of his candidates to mar BJP’s poll prospects. It would take time for Akhil Gogoi to implement the strategy as the ruling party has yet to ascertain the Achilles hills. 

“Once the roadmap is finalised KMSS would indirectly help us elect our candidates. His role will help us divide the anti Congress sentiments. KMSS will pull support from traditional AGP voters along with a section of people who have lost faith on BJP after the Centre’s faux pas in the Indo-Bangla land deal and big dams,” said a senior Congress leader who refused to be named.  

The ruling party further hopes to strike advantage of the internal bickering in BJP apart from the non performance of the Asom Gana Parishad. 

Only after these equations, the chief minister agreed to contest the next assembly polls early next year despite the age hurdle. 

“If the party manages to cross the halfway mark it would be able to retain power with support from either BPF or AIUDF. Then Dr Sarma would be allowed to play a high voltage role in the Congress legislative party where dissidence is already over,” said another senior Congress leader.    

Thus the ruling party is preparing a blueprint to keep BJP at bay in the next assembly polls since AGP is no longer a party to be reckoned with.  

 

 

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Protest against AFSPA

2 Nov 2015 - 10:57pm | AT News

North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS), in discussion with Irom Sharmila, organized a twelve-hour hunger strike to mark the 15th year of her heroic struggle against Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) on Monday. It is to be noted that on November 2, 2000 a terrible tragedy shook the state of Manipur when 10 civilians were shot dead by paramilitary forces at a local bus-stop in Malom, Manipur. Among the deceased was an 18-year old National Bravery Award winner. The massacre triggered angry protests across Manipur and led to Irom Sharmila going on her epic fast a few days later. Justice, however, continues to be denied in the case of the Malom massacre and many other such cases. Meanwhile, Irom Sharmila continues to be heckled by cases filed against her and periodic arrests. NEFIS has hence pledged to take forward the nation-wide struggle against the draconian and anti-people Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

NEFIS successfully organized the twelve-hour hunger strike across various cities, among which were Kokrajhar, Karbi Anglong, Delhi, Gwalior, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Kokrajhar (Assam), etc. A sit-in protest along with the hunger strike was organized at KDSA Volleyball Ground(Kokrajhar) today where large numbers of NEFIS members, Students from different communities, as well as representatives from various progressive and democratic organizations collected to condemn the enforcement of the long abused Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Professors from various colleges too supported the hunger strike. Students representing different communities called for a collective struggle against this draconian law.

It should be noted that AFSPA has been enforced in parts of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as in the North East states where it is serving as a useful weapon for the Indian State to curb the democratic rights and freedom of the people of these regions. Under the draconian provisions of AFSPA the government's judgment on why an area is found to be ‘disturbed’ is not subject to judicial review. Similarly, there can be no prosecution, suit or any other legal proceeding against anyone acting under this law, except with the sanction of the Central Government. Moreover, this controversial law provides dangerous impunity to the armed forces for detaining, using lethal force and entering and searching premises without warrant. Since armed soldiers trained in combat and in war have no training in civilian law or policing procedures, atrocities under AFSPA are inevitable and are growing. Hence, NEFIS demands that AFSPA should be repealed at the earliest from all states, thereby ending the miseries of the people.

AFSPA has been condemned nationally and internationally by all democratic and justice loving people. Even certain government-appointed commissions (including the recent Justice Verma Committee) and human rights organizations have pressed for the withdrawal of the Act. The continued enforcement of the Act has ensured continued protests. This is why NEFIS’ call for a hunger strike on 2nd November elicited a phenomenal response. At its Kokrajhar and Karbi Anglong sit-in protests, NEFIS called upon all the different communities of the North East, as well as people across the country to raise a unified struggle against AFSPA.

EM stresses on scientific livestock rearing

22 Apr 2012 - 10:21pm | Anup Biswas

To take the stock of the on going Govt. Pig cum Poultry Farm project at Sontila 15 KM from Haflong, the Executive Member, incharge veterinary etc. Sri Parkanta Warisa etc. visited on Friday.


To avoid health hazard being threatening of occurrence of communicable disease from livestock and poultry to human as the farm was located in the thick populated area in the middle of Haflong town, the farm was shifted to Sontilla area.


The area at Sontilla measuring about 35 bighas is very suitable for the farm Firstly- the communication which is very important for transport of output and input of the farm better than other place who also having source of water the highly requirement for the farm. Secondly-the climate at Sontilla is very suitable for piggery & poultry farming and for which the department hope that the farm will be more fruitful in various side.


The department aiming very high to increase the production of the farm which will be benefited for the public as well as the Govt. since there is no such farm in this district till date. Besides Pig & Poultry Farming, hatchery would be available and moreover, Cattle demonstration will be provided in future. Also the department will be providing good quality of livestock & poultry feed through Feed Mixing Plant at a reasonable price. Thus the department hoped that in near future by constructing dam to retain water, Duckery farming will also be possible.


EM, Warisa, expressing satisfaction over the on going work progress disclosed that once this project completed, the people of Dima Hasao in general and people of Sontila will be benefited in regards to their sustained economy, since most of the tribal people are in practice of rearing of livestock traditionally. There fore this scientific and high yielding method of rearing live stock will make them economically self sufficient.




Curfew relaxed in Goalpara

15 Feb 2013 - 5:39pm | AT News
There seems to be some let up in the overall situation in Goalpara. Indefinite curfew in Krishnai and Mornoi areas of the district was relaxed on Friday with no fresh incidents reported from the district where counting of panchayat election votes took place.
Curfew was relaxed from 6 AM to 8 PM even as the Army deployed since the panchayat poll day on February 12 was carrying out flag marches in the sensitive areas of the district.
The situation in the district turned violent on poll day with 20 people killed in police firing, arson and clashes.
The RHJAC has been demanding holding of the RHAC polls ahead of the panchayat hustings as the village and panchayat committees would undermine the authority of the Autonomous Council.
 

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said the state government would recommend a CBI enquiry into the incidents.