to fight 2014 election in Assam
December 11: Buoyed by the impressive show in the
Delhi Assembly elections, the Assam unit of Aam Aadmi
Party (AAP) today announced that it would fight the 2014
general election in the state.
party said it would offer a “change” against the
“corrupt and divisive” policies of the ruling
Congress and the Opposition All India United Democratic
Front (AIUDF), the BJP and AGP.
Delhi, voters in Assam are frustrated with the corrupt
politics of the Congress. At the same time, the present
Opposition parties have failed to provide them with an
alternative. We will try to fill up that vacuum and
offer the aam aadmi an opportunity for change,” the
joint coordinator of the party’s state unit, Bhaben
Handique, said here today.
party, however, said it had not yet decided how many
seats of the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state it
is organising a convention here soon on alternative
politics in Assam where the party leaders — Arvind
Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav and Ajit Jha — will take
AAP, at present, has eight district units in the state
— Tinsukia, Darrang, Dhemaji, Sivasagar, Jorhat,
Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj — and it is gearing
up to form its units in rest of the districts.
it contests the 2014 polls, the AAP would have to fight
the bastion of Congress, which is not only ruling the
state for the third straight term, but had won in seven
Lok Sabha constituencies in 2009.
BJP had won four seats following its alliance with the
AIUDF, which banks mostly on minority votes, at present
has one Lok Sabha MP. The AGP and BPF have one Lok Sabha
AAP today claimed that the Delhi impressive show would
boost its activities and chances in Assam too.
the Delhi results, many leaders belonging to the
Congress and BJP have contacted us and are willing to
join us. But we have told them that AAP is not a party
for power and money but for sacrifice and change in
systems. We are in touch with some non-political and
prominent persons in the state for their support,”
Gurpreet Singh, another leader of the party, said.
party had recently appealed former Meghalaya governor
R.S. Mushahary, veteran journalists D.N. Bezbaruah and
D.N. Chakraborty to join it.
party hoped that the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS),
which has also been fighting against for a “change in
system” and a federal structure of governance, would
also support it.
the KMSS and we share many ideologies and it has not
started their political wing, we hope its members and
supporters will vote for us,” Handique said.
spokesman and state forest minister Rakibul Hussain,
however, hoped that his party would win more seats in
Assam in the Lok Sabha polls. (TTNE)
militants injure 3, attack police radio station
December 11: Three people, including a police
commando were injured and a radio station of the
Meghalaya police was attacked today by Garo National
Liberation Army (GNLA) militants in three different
locations in Meghalaya's Garo Hills region.
said the attacks by the GNLA was in retaliation to the
security forces successfully capturing the general
headquarters of the GNLA at Durama near Adugre village
in East Garo Hills district yesterday.
employees of the Indian Oil Corporation - Nobo Hajong
and Biswajeet Saha --were injured when GNLA militants
opened fire at them in the petrol pump station at
Chasinggre village," West Garo Hills Superintendent
of Police, Mukesh Kumar Singh, said.
cash counter of the petrol pump station which is in
the outskirts of Tura, the district headquarters of West
Garo Hills, was also damaged after the militants lobbed
a grenade, he said.
no one was injured in the grenade attack, he said.
marauding militants later opened indiscriminate firing
at the repeater station of the Meghalaya Police Radio
Organisation nearby Chasinggre village damaging the
communication sets, Mr Singh said.
GNLA militants also hurled a grenade at the repeater
station before they left. However, none of the MPRO
officials were injured in the unprecedented attack, he
another retaliatory attack, the GNLA militants ambushed
a convoy of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) commandos
at Pathargittim in South Garo Hills district.
constable Donboklang Jana was critically injured in
the attack and was airlifted to Shillong by a helicopter
from Williamnagar, the district headquarters of East
Garo Hills. Meanwhile, police have intensified its
combing operation in Garo Hills following the attacks by
the GNLA militants.
Thanhawla elected CLP leader in Mizoram
December 11: The Mizoram Congress Legislature Party (CLP)
on Wednesday formally elected Lal Thanhawla as its
leader paving the way for his becoming the state chief
minister for the fifth time.
Ralte a Congress legislator said that the election of
Lal Thanhawla at the Congress Bhavan here as the CLP
leader was unanimous.
meeting, the CLP also elected Home Minister R
Lalzirliana who is the Vice President of the state PCC,
as Deputy Leader and Sports Minister Zodintluanga as
Thanhawla, who was chief minister in the outgoing
ministry, will hold the post for the second consecutive
has been elected to the Mizoram assembly for the ninth
time since 1978.
the state Protocol department officials said that the
swearing-in ceremony of the new government led by Lal
Thanhawla would be held at the Raj Bhavan at 11 am on
burnt for carrying sand from banned areas
December 11: A truck was burnt by a mob at Sekmai here
today for allegedly collecting sand and stone from the
area and transporting it.
bodies of the area under the aegis of Sekmai Protection
Committee (SPC) had imposed a ban on quarrying
activities in Sekmai River to check the environmental
hazards since June 1.
truck was burnt down for defying the ban. The owner of
the truck was from the same area.
to the SPC, due to excessive quarrying of sand and stone
from Sekmai river all the surrounding villages were
facing water and environmental problems.
Committee reminded that the Supreme court had on August
3, asked all to stop activities that will affect the
asks Assam to act over abduction, killing incidents
December 11: As a fallout of the recent reports of
abductions and killings in Assam, the Centre has asked
the state government to do the status check on the
current situation in the state. In the last five months
15 people have been abducted from the Bodoland
Territorial Areas District.
incidents have spread panic across the region and the
families are now living in fear.
we don't to talk. We have lost one family member. We
don't want to lose anyone else. There are children. They
will create trouble. We are fine," said Pardub, a
Banu's 25 year-old-son Shahidul was abducted in July and
has not been traced till now.
tried calling but the phone is switched off," Banu
fingers are being pointed towards the militants
belonging to the NDFB-Songbijit faction, who almost has
a free hand in the areas along Bhutan and Arunachal
basically resort to kidnapping, abduction of petty
businessmen from far flung areas and where they have
influence in areas bordering Bhutan areas, they indulge
in kidnapping," said SN Singh, IG Law.
is the same region which witnessed violence in 2012. As
the Centre has asked the Assam to act on the issue,
people are hoping that the state government will
intensify the action against militancy beyond the knee
jerk reactions. (Agencies)
militants killed in Manipur
DECEMBER 11: Three suspected Kuki militants were on
Wednesday killed in an encounter with a combined team of
police commandos and 21st para troopers personnel in
Manipur's interior Thoubal district, police said.
security personnel who were patrolling Nongpok
Keithelmanbi area were fired upon by suspected Kuki
National Front (Nonlun) faction militants in the early
hours on Wednesday.
security personnel returned the fire during which the 3
militants were killed, the sources said.
security forces from the district headquarters in
Thoubal have rushed to the spot.
reports from the district headquarters said that the
exchange of fire was still continuing. (PTI)