Northeast India Clipings

A Monthly Compilation of Clippings

Regional Politics, JAnuary 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

BJP keen on poll pact with AGP


BJP keen on poll pact with
AGP(AST_30_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 29 – The BJP is enthused
by its performance in the Panchayat polls in Assam, with the party revealing
that preliminary discussions were on with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) to explore
the possibility of forging a poll pact. “Despite heavy rigging by the Congress
Party, the BJP has done reasonably well in the Panchayat polls. Our candidates
have lost by narrow margins in several seats, confirming that ruling Congress
Party has indulged in massive rigging,” alleged BJP State unit president, Ramen
Deka.
Deka who is here to participate in the BJP’s National Council meeting, said the
BJP has won an impressive number of wards in the State, indicating that the
Party has over -whelming support at the grass-root level. “Our vote percentage
has certainly increased,” Deka commented. The BJP State unit president and his
team had a meeting with the party national president, Rajnath Singh to discuss
poll strategy for the State. One of the crucial issues was identifying new
partners ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. In keeping with the strategy of the
central leadership, the State unit too has decided to get in election mode.

….more….

Move on to change
funding pattern(AST_30_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 29 – The Northeast States
may finally get some respite, with Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh
Prasad Singh proposing to move the Union Cabinet to endorse his Ministry’s
proposal to change the funding pattern to 90 per cent grant. The Minister is
shortly moving a Cabinet Note in this connection. The matter is expected to come
up for Cabinet approval soon, said Singh, talking to newsmen on the sidelines of
the Social Editor’s Conference that got underway here today.
However, the Minister said the main hurdle has been cleared and he does not
foresee any major problems. “The Planning Commission is not opposed to the
proposal now, though the matter got delayed because of some objections in other
areas,” said the Union Minister. The long-pending requests of the NES have been
hanging fire since NDA regime’s days. A major cause for the delay was because of
the objections raised by the Planning Commission. After several rounds of
discussions between the Chief Ministers of the NES and the Central Government,
the impasse seems to have been resolved.
….more….

Work on rural
schemes in State dismal(AST_29_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 28 – Contrary to its claims, Assam Government has
slipped on several counts in implementation of the rural development schemes.
Assam has been named among States recording the lowest credit mobilisation and
disbursal. A status report brought out by the Union Rural Development Ministry
is bad news not only for Assam but all the eight North Eastern States. The
report brought out in form of a ‘background note’ was released at the National
Conference of Project Directors of District Rural Development Agencies (DRDA)
that was inaugurated by President, Pratibha Patil, here this morning.
Though percentage of credit mobilisation has increased from 32.96 per cent to
79.33 per cent, yet the rate of increase in credit mobilisation is below than
expectation. Credit mobilisation is poor in Assam (42.72), Arunachal Pradesh
(21.81), Manipur (20.82), Meghalaya (10.63), Mizoram (18.56), Nagaland (6.97)
and Sikkim (41.42) (per cents), besides other States. ….more….

BJP seeks new allies in
NE(AST_29_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 28 – To checkmate the Congress Party’s growth in the
North-east, the BJP has re-worked its strategy and is scouting for new partners
in the region. BJP national president, Rajnath Singh confirmed this, while
addressing the meeting of the National Council, here this morning. “To increase
our political strength in the North Eastern States, we need to toil hard in sync
with the unique situation there. For this, we must also endeavour to jointly
work with other partners who subscribe to similar political beliefs,” he said.

As reported earlier, a meeting of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) held
last week had endorsed plans to look for new partners. They were alliance
partner in the ousted DAN Government in Nagaland. In Assam, BJP is closely
monitoring activities of AGP and a section of the leadership is keen to woo back
the regional party into its fold.
The meeting being attended by Council members from all-over the country, was
addressed by top Central leaders of the Party, besides the Chief Ministers of
the BJP-ruled States. The Party also adopted a resolution, pledging to reserve
33 per cent seats for women. ….more….

Northeast to unravel its hidden
wonders on Republic Day
(AST_21_1_k8)
 NEW DELHI, Jan 20 – More in news because of insurgency, the Northeastern
states will go all out to showcase the flora and fauna as also their rich
archaeological and cultural heritage in their tableaux participating in the
Republic Day parade.
Capturing the beauty of the region’s wildlife, its magnificent architectural
heritage and diverse socio-cultural traditions, the northeastern states of
Tripura, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh are all set to roll their fascinating
tableaux down the majestic Rajpath as part of the Republic Day Parade in the
Capital on Saturday morning. Meghalaya, which is the home to some of the
exquisite varieties of butterflies in the world, will present its float titled
‘Butterflies of Meghalaya’. ….more….

Adivasi blockade(AST_25_1_k8)
 KOLKATA, Jan 24: Five Adivasi outfits, led by Jharkhand Disom Party,
have called an indefinite rail-cum-road blockade in Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand,
Orissa, Chhattisgarh and the Andamans from January 27, demanding among others a
national probe into the November 24 violence and granting of ST status to the
tribals of Assam and the Andamans. – PTI

Panel to stick to earlier
draft(AST_7_1_k8)

From Kalyan Barooah
 NEW DELHI, Jan 6 – Buoyed by the Supreme Court’s order vacating the Gauhati
High Court’s stay on the delimitation process in the four north-eastern States,
the Delimitation Commission has convened a meeting of the Associate Members on
January 12, landing the political parties of Assam in a quandary. To the
discomfiture of the State’s political parties, which had boycotted delimitation
process, the Commission has decided to stick to the old draft. The draft was the
bone of contention and had been unanimously rejected by the representatives of
the political parties, leading to a logjam before the Gauhati High Court stayed
the realignment of constituencies in the four States of Assam, Arunachal
Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland.
Chairman of the Delimitation Commission Justice Kuldip Singh told newsmen here
that the work in the four North Eastern States has already begun and that he
expected it to be completed by mid-February. A source in the Commission has
further ruled out the possibility of preparing a new draft, opting to go ahead
with the final draft. ….more….

 


Prez nod to Armed Forces Tribunal
Bill(SHT, 8-1-k8)


New Delhi
:
President Pratibha Patil has given assent to the Armed forces Tribunal Bill,
paving the way for setting up of the country’s first ever rederessal forum to
adjudicate on litigation of cases pertaining to men in arms. To start with, the
Tribunal will start functioning with a Bench in the capital. It will comprise
three judicial and three administrative members. The Tribunals have been
empowered to hear all appeals against Court Martial sentences and adjudicate in
service matters. It will also have powers to grant bail to any person accused of
an offence and in military custody. (PTI)

 


CDR
in NE remains lowest in country(SHT, 8-1-k8)


NEW DELHI:

Despite constant criticism, the
credit-deposit ratio (CDR) of banks in the North Eastern region remained lowest
in the country, according to official sources here on Monday.The incremental CDR
in North East India registered a decline from 31.2 per cent in March 1997 to
26.8 per cent in March 2003, according to Reserve Bank’s report on Trend and
Progress of Banking in India, 2007. A similar trend was witnessed in the central
and eastern regions, the report said.

The regions that fared best were the
west and the south, while north India saw fluctuations in this period.The CDR,
which is the proportion of loan-assets created by banks from the deposits
received, is an indicator of credit absorption in a particular area. ….more….


BJP
forms poll panel, eyes NE(SHT, 9-1-k8)


New Delhi:

Taking the party to the election mode
ahead of polls in nine states and a possible early Lok Sabha election next year,
the BJP on Tuesday set up a 19-member Central Election Management Committee to
work out strategy and explore ways of forming state specific alliances with
smaller parties to expand the base of the NDA.

The panel, headed by BJP president
Rajnath Singh, followed an informal decision taken at a meeting at the party’s
Prime Ministerial candidate LK Advani’s residence on December 29, which was
attended by the top party leaders. ….more….

 



Delimitation: ‘Problem states’ to be left out(SHT, 10th January
2008)


New Delhi
:
Government is coming out with an ordinance soon to exclude ‘problem states’ from
the delimitation process as the exercise of redrawing constituencies has got a
green signal in most of the states.Authoritative sources said that the
government would arm itself with powers not to notify delimitation of a
particular state and the decision to this effect has been taken recently.

While the government has not named
the states to be covered by the ordinance, it is expected that it would be
applicable to Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Jharkhand.It is
unclear whether the assembly elections in Karnataka due by May this year would
be held as per redrawn constituencies but government sources believe that
delimitation process would be implemented after that elections. ….more….

 


BJP
candidates’ list in one week(SHT, 10th January
2008)


New Delhi
:
Boosted by the elections results in Gujrat and Himachal Pradesh, BJP is bracing
up for assembly elections in the North-East, but declaration of list of
candidates would take some time, sources said.

Talking to The Shillong Times,
Khrien Riju, MP from Aruanchal Pradesh who is dealing with the region, said that
selection of candidates for the three poll-bound states in the region would have
to wait for declaration of election dates by the Election Commission. Meanwhile,
EC sources said right now the Commission was busy with election preparations in
Karnataka. ….more….

 



Centre defers delimitation exercise in 4 N-E states, Jharkhand(SHT, 11-1-k8)

Next polls under redrawn constituencies(SHT,
11-1-k8)


NEW DELHI:

Next elections will be held in constituencies redrawn by the delimitation
exercise under a decision taken by the Union Cabinet today.

The Cabinet adopted an ordinance to
defer the delimitation exercise in Jharkhand and four north eastern states–
Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

The delimitation process has been
completed for 3,726 assembly constituencies and 513 Lok Sabha constituencies in
the rest of the country. For it to become operational in time for the 2009
general elections, a Presidential order has to be issued.

The amendments to the Delimitation
Act, 2002, approved by the Union Cabinet, would take care of the concerns
expressed by the delimitation exercise in the four North Eastern states of
Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh due to the situation prevailing
there, Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi told reporters here.
….more….

 


EC
may announce NE poll schedule this week


NEW DELHI:

The Election Commission is expected
to announce this week the schedule for assembly polls in Meghalaya, Nagaland and
Tripura, marking the beginning of a series of electoral exercises in ten states
during the year.

The term of the present assemblies in
Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura will expire on March 10, 13 and 19 respectively.
Assembly polls in Karnataka will follow closely as they have to be held by May
but there is still lack of clarity on whether they would be held as per the
existing arrangement or on the redrawn constituencies. ….more….

 



Rahul prepares for campaign in N-E(SHT_19_1_k8)


NEW DELHI:

Ahead of his visit to three
poll-bound states of the North-East Congress leader Rahul Gandhi held a
discussion with North East Congress Coordination Committee (NECCC) on the
election strategy.

Mr Gandhi’s visit will be separate
from that of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who will be the other star
campaigner for the elections in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland, according to an
NECCC release issued here on Friday. However, the exact dates of his visit to
the region are yet to be finalised.Mr Gandhi evinced keen interest in the state
of affairs of the party in the region, the release issued by NECCC said. During
the discussion with NECCC general secretary Shariff Laskar, he discussed the
strategy to retain power in Meghalaya and bring back the party from opposition
ruled Tripura and Meghalaya. ….more….

State CS in race for AI top
job (SHT_24_1_k8)

NEW DELHI: With a possible change in political scenario in Meghalaya,
the topmost echelon of bureaucracy in the State might also see a change with the
Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee’s name figuring for much coveted Chairman and
Managing Director’s post in Air India. The post of CMD is also falling vacant
with the present incumbent V Thulasidas retiring on March 31 this year.
Incidentally, Thulasidas, former Chief Secretary of Tripura, belonged to North
East cadre of IAS officers.

The contenders for the hot seat at the post-AI merger, the National Aviation
Company of India Limited (NACIL), offer quite a variety ranging from advocates
to senior officials from the Civil Aviation Ministry itself besides a bunch of
prominent civil servants, according to reports here. The aspirants include
besides Chattarjee, IAS official K Jairaj, Arvind Mayaram, Joint Secretary,
Department of Economic Affairs; Prabhat Chander Chaturvedi, DG, Employees State
Insurance Corporation, formerly Uttar Pradesh Joint Secretary, Civil and SN
Mohanty, Principal Secretary in the Andhra Pradesh Government. Additional
Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) Amar Pratap Singh, who has
earlier done a stint as Vigilance Director in the pre-merger Indian Airlines and
T Radha Krishnan, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Chhattisgarh are also
among applicants. ….more….

Sonia to visit NE next
month(SHT_24_1_k8)

NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi will campaign for her party
in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura after the completion of nomination process in
all these states.She will be camping for two days each in Meghalaya and Nagaland
while the star campaigner will be available in Left Front-ruled Tripura only for
one day, according to AICC general secretary in-charge of Meghalaya and Nagaland,
Margarat Alva. ….more….

Meghalaya yet to finalise
BPL list; credit mobilisation 2nd lowest in NE(SHT_29_1_k8)

Rural devp picture dismal
in North-East (SHT_29_1_k8)

New Delhi:
Report card of all the eight north-eastern states on rural
development, specially on DRDA front, projects a dismal picture.All the eight
states have recorded lowest credit mobilisation and disbursement, according to
the status report brought out by the Union Rural Development Ministry.The report
was released at the National Conference of Project Directors of District Rural
Development Agencies (DRDA) inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil here on
Monday. ….more….



Polls as per delimitation plan
(NPT_6_1_k8)


NEW DELHI, JAN 5:

Despite vociferous protests by a
section of the political class, delimitation of Lok Sabha and assembly
constituencies will soon be a reality with Karnataka being the first state to go
to polls, possibly by April, with a changed electoral map. According to The Time
News Network, the notification of the delimitation commission’s report is
expected soon after the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs
to move ahead on recasting constituencies in keeping with the 2001 census.

According to the report, the number
of SC seats in Lok Sabha will go up from 79 to 85 and ST from 39 to 46.
Similarly, for the assemblies, SC seats will increase from 555 to 610 and ST
from 527 to 545. But CCPA has decided that certain states like Jharkhand,
Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Assam will be delinked from the
delimitation process. This means that the exact increase in reserved category
seats is still not entirely clear. ….more….

 



Delimitation likely by May
(NPT_9_1_k8)

 New Delhi,
Jan 8 (IANS):
A mammoth exercise that will redraw almost all parliamentary
and state constituencies in India is waiting to be implemented if and when
President Pratibha Patil assents.The nationwide effort follows the
recommendations of the Fourth Delimitation Commission, which seeks to make more
or less uniform the voter population of all constituencies and may be
implemented by May.

On Monday, a Supreme Court bench
headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan gave the government four weeks to
reply to a petition by NGO Delhi Study Group, seeking implementation of the
commission’s recommendations.If the suggestions are implemented by May, the
string of assembly elections scheduled for this year will be fought according to
new maps – a prospect that is making many veteran politicians uneasy.
….more….

 


Cabinet defers delimitation in
Asom, 3 NE States
(SEN_11_1_k8)
 New Delhi, Jan 10: The Union Cabinet today deferred the delimitation
exercise in four North-eastern States — Asom, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal
Pradesh — and Jharkhand by approving amendments to the Delimitation Act 2002.
The amendment would take care of the concerns expressed by the delimitation
exercise due to the situation prevailing there, Information and Broadcasting
Minister PR Dasmunsi said.
It was felt that due to the various situations prevailing in the Northeastern
States, including Asom, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA)
decided to let it remain as it is for now, he told reporters after the Cabinet
meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. One of the objectives of the
Delimitation Commission is to ensure that the number of seats is not decreased
if not increased, he said adding the exercise has been completed in 25 States.
….more….

 ‘ID
card not mandatory’
(SEN_8_1_k8)
New Delhi, Jan 7: Facing flak on the issue of photo-identity cards in
the capital, Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna today did a u-turn on the matter,
saying carrying of ID proof by the denizens would not be mandatory. PTI

EC declares poll dates
(TEL_15-1-k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 14:
The Election
Commission today announced the dates for Assembly elections in Tripura,
Meghalaya and Nagaland.Chief election commissioner N. Gopalaswami said elections
would be held in Tripura on February 23, in Meghalaya on March 3 and in Nagaland
on March 5. Election commissioners Navin Chawla and S.Y. Quraishi were also
present. The fate of several national and regional parties will be decided for
180 Assembly seats in these three states.

The
announcement comes even as Nagaland is under President’s rule and under the
shadow of an “emergency” imposed by a parallel government of the militant
National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah). President’s rule was
imposed on January 4 while the NSCN (I-M) imposed its “emergency” on Sunday
under the “provisions of the Yehzabo (constitution)” which was approved
by its Bangkok-based chairman Isak Chishi Swu. ….more….

 


Will
camp-in-Delhi tactic work for Manipur(TEL_7_1_K8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 6:
Public pressure
works on elected representatives and pressure from the latter works on political
bosses.After Nagaland, there may be changes in neighbouring Manipur it
appears.On January 4, President’s rule was imposed in Nagaland. By January 10,
the Congress leadership will decide on a change of leadership in Manipur.In both
cases, the tactic from the state party units has been to camp in Delhi and
prevail upon the national leadership. If Naga legislators’ pressure tactics
worked after a fortnight in the national capital, the Manipuri legislators have
been waiting in vain for two months

Even Congress
workers from Tripura have been camping here to resolve a leadership crisis
within the party in the CPM-ruled state. Fifteen Manipur legislators have been
camping here since November, insisting on the removal of Okram Ibobi Singh as
chief minister. The 16th MLA, state Congress president Gaikhangam, will arrive
late tonight. Last February, the Congress romped home with 30 seats and Ibobi
Singh began a second stint as chief minister. But rebellion started in a few
months and even Gaikhangam resigned from the cabinet. Three other ministers are
also supporting the rebels…….more….

 

Problem
‘States’ to escape delimitation exercise(SEX_10_1_k8)

New Delhi, Jan 9 : Government is coming out with an Ordinance soon to
exclude ‘problem States’ from the delimitation process as the exercise of
redrawing constituencies has got a green signal in most of the
States.Authoritative sources said that the Government would arm itself with
powers not to notify delimitation of a particular State and the decision to this
effect has been taken recently.
While the Government has not named the States to be covered by the Ordinance, it
is expected that it would be applicable to Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam,
Manipur and Jharkhand.It is unclear whether the Assembly elections in Karnataka
due by May this year would be held as per redrawn Constituencies but Government
sources believe that delimitation process would be implemented after that
elections. ….more….

Poll dates for 3 NE States
announced
(SEN_15_1_k8)
New Delhi, Jan 14: Assembly elections in three northeastern States of
Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland will be held on February 23, March 3 and March 5
respectively, the Election Commission today announced. Tripura and Meghalaya
will have counting on March 7 and Nagaland on March 8, Chief Election
Commissioner N Gopalaswamy told reporters. Nominations will open in Tripura on
January 30, in Meghalaya on February 8 and in Nagaland on February 9. In Tripura,
the last date for filing of nomination is February 6, while scrutiny will take
place on February 7 and the last date for withdrawal is February 9. ….more….

Barbora first PVSM winner
from North-east
(SEN_26_1_k8)
NEW DELHI, Jan 25: Major Dinesh Raghu Raman of 34 RR will be
conferred the Ashok Chakra posthumously by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at
the Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath tomorrow, while IAF’s Western Air
Command’s AOC-in-C Air Marshal Pranab Kumar Barbora is among the Param Vishist
Seva Medal (PVSM) winners — PVSM is the highest peacetime military Presidential
award. Barbora is the first from the North-east to receive this award.
….more….

Sonia, PM, Rahul to
campaign in NE
(SEN_26_1_k8)
From our Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Jan 25: After consecutive defeats in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh,
the Congress is embarking on an image make-over by harnessing the services of
party general secretary Rahul Gandhi for the ensuing Assembly polls in the three
north-eastern States of Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura. Rahul Gandhi and his
close lieutenant, North-East Congress Committee general secretary S Uzaman
Laskar, have reportedly had a closed-door
meeting to effectively chalk out an election strategy to be followed for the
three States with Rahul laying stress on the party’s strategy to retain power in
Meghalaya and wresting power in Nagaland and Tripura. Rahul is likely to meet
the North-east youth leaders of the party soon, though the exact dates of his
visit to the region is yet to be finalized, party sources added. ….more….

 

 

 

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