News Post - Live, Latest and Breaking news from Assam & India. The new Assamese News Portal on Politics, Business, International news, Bollywood and much more http://www.newslivetv.com/ Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:43:04 +0530 News Post en-gb Repoll in 37 Arunachal booths on April 19 http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/repoll-in-37-arunachal-booths-on-april-19.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/repoll-in-37-arunachal-booths-on-april-19.html The Election Commission has ordered repolling in 37 polling stations of Arunachal Pradesh after the election process in these booths was suspended on April 9 following reports of violence....
ITANAGAR: The Election Commission has ordered repolling in 37 polling stations of Arunachal Pradesh after the election process in these booths was suspended on April 9 following reports of violence.

Many electronic voting machines (EVMs) were also damaged in these booths.

The commission, in its order on Tuesday, announced that the affected booths will go to the polls again on April 19.

Voters will be able to exercise their franchise from 6 am to 2 pm, an election office notification said here on Wednesday.

While repolling will be held in 12 booths in the remote Kurung Kumey district which covers the three assembly constituencies of Palin, Tali and Koloriang, 11 polling stations covering three assembly seats (Bameng, Chayantajo and Seppa West) in East Kameng district will also see repolling.

East Kameng witnessed post-poll violence which forced the commission to replace the district electoral officer.

In Upper Subansiri district, repolling will be held in 9 booths under three constituencies-Daporijo, Raga and Dumporijo, the notification said. In West Siang district, repolling will be held in four booths falling under the Along West assembly constituency. One booth in the Panging assembly constituency in East Siang district will also go to the polls again on April 19, the notification added.

The state election authority has decided to deploy adequate CRPF personnel in all the polling booths to ensure peaceful polls. Senior police officers will be deployed at Palin, Raga, Koloriang and Seppa to assist the district election machinery, the notification said.

The district electoral officers and SPs have been instructed to opt for preventive arrest of those who may intimidate voters and try to create mischief, the notification added.

Meanwhile, BJP has opposed repolling in Sodrik polling station under the Raga assembly constituency in Upper Subansiri district.

In a letter written to the CEO, the party said repolling in the booth was unjustified as the actual polls were held there peacefully.

BJP alleged that the presiding officer of the Sodrik polling station was forced to change his report by the returning officer (RO) after pressure was exerted on him by ministers camping at Daporijo.

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Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Repoll-in-37-Arunachal-booths-on-April-19/home/lok/sabha/elections/2014/news/Repoll-in-37-Arunachal-booths-on-April-19/articleshow/33834575.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:30:00 +0530
EC to probe poll rigging charges against CPM in Tripura http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/ec-to-probe-poll-rigging-charges-against-cpm-in-tripura.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/ec-to-probe-poll-rigging-charges-against-cpm-in-tripura.html Sources said the EC had taken serious note of the allegations and a high-level team will soon visit the state to interact with all concerned before reaching a conclusion....
AGARTALA: The Election Commission (EC) will probe into allegations of electoral malpractice on April 7 and April 12 in various booths in Tripura by cadres belonging to the ruling CPM, said a senior official of the state election department.

Sources said the EC had taken serious note of the allegations and a high-level team will soon visit the state to interact with all concerned before reaching a conclusion.

All opposition parties on Tuesday jointly demanded repolling in the state's two Lok Sabha constituencies after video footage from some polling booths showed rampant proxy voting. The opposition parties demanded the expulsion of state chief electoral officer (CEO) Ashutosh Jindal and legal action against him for abetting the ruling CPM while conducting the poll process.

They also expressed serious resentment over the role of ECI in conducting fair election in Tripura as well as not responding to the complaints by the opposition in regard to violation of model code of conduct by CPM cadres.

Video footage and photographs of booth capturing and group voting in the presence of polling officials and the micro observer were aired on local television channels, triggering controversy among political parties. Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee accused the EC and Jindal of failing to discharge their duties honourably, adding that the poll officials had been working for CPM since the last assembly elections in the state which recorded a voter turnout of 94%. The Left won 50 seats.

TPCC spokesperson Ashok Sinha said the organization had forwarded photographs of more than one person voting in a polling compartment in the 2013 assembly polls, but the EC had not taken any action.

"We have complained to the EC many times about manipulation of electoral rolls, illegal favouring and booth capturing during last year's assembly polls but no steps were taken," said Sinha.

He added that Congress, along with other opposition parties in the state, did not dare to depute polling agents in half of the polling stations fearing their safety. Congress polling agents were threatened to leave the stations in the first half of polling and most of the stations remained empty since morning, he said. Till 3 pm, the polling percentage was 60, but it climbed up to 84 within an hour, he added.

Echoing Congress, BJP, Trinamool Congress, Tripura Progressive Gramin Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have also criticized the EC for 'failing to ensure fair election in the state'. The parties demanded re-election and action against Jindal.

Addressing separate press conferences, they alleged that EC deployed paramilitary forces in urban areas whereas rural booths were guarded only by state police.

"We do not recognize this election as it was manipulated by EC officials," said BJP state president Sudhindra Dasgupta, adding that adequate proof of electoral malpractice had been sent to Delhi.

Meanwhile, CPM refuted the allegations, stating, "The allegations are baseless and ridiculous. Congress and other opposition parties of the state remained completely detached from the people. Hence, they could not understand the mandate of the people."

Tripura recorded a voter turnout of 84.84%, the highest-ever Lok Sabha polling percent in the state since 1952.

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Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/EC-to-probe-poll-rigging-charges-against-CPM-in-Tripura/home/lok/sabha/elections/2014/news/EC-to-probe-poll-rigging-charges-against-CPM-in-Tripura/articleshow/33834585.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:31:00 +0530
Youth Cong leader shot dead by constable http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/youth-cong-leader-shot-dead-by-constable.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/youth-cong-leader-shot-dead-by-constable.html A Youth Congress leader, who had gone to lodge an FIR, was shot dead by a police constable inside Guijan police outpost in Tinsukia district on Tuesday night....
DIBRUGARH: A Youth Congress leader, who had gone to lodge an FIR, was shot dead by a police constable inside Guijan police outpost in Tinsukia district on Tuesday night.

Describing the chain of events, Tinsukia additional SP Lamhao Dungel on Wednesday said Kartik Das, a local Youth Congress leader, accompanied by four others, had gone to the police outpost at 9.40 pm to register a FIR pertaining to a clash between two parties in the nearby Natunbasti area five days ago.

Asking his companions to wait outside, Das went to meet outpost in-charge Mohan Shyam Sinha. As he was discussing the incident with Sinha, the sentry on duty, constable Thaneswar Phukan, suddenly barged into the room and angrily questioned Das why he was spoiling their Bihu celebrations. Phukan, who was allegedly drunk, then suddenly fired at Das with his service rifle. "The victim was hit in the chest by a single bullet of .303 rifle. He was immediately taken to Tinsukia Civil Hospital where he was declared dead. We have arrested the accused constable, while the outpost in-charge has been suspended," said ASP Dungel.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Youth-Cong-leader-shot-dead-by-constable/articleshow/33834604.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:33:00 +0530
Cops keep vigil on flow of illegal arms in BTAD http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/cops-keep-vigil-on-flow-of-illegal-arms-in-btad.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/cops-keep-vigil-on-flow-of-illegal-arms-in-btad.html A number of Bodo insurgent groups and the anti-talks faction of the banned National Democratic Front of Boroland's I K Songbijit (NDFB-S) faction are active in the region....
GUWAHATI: With a week to go for the final phase of Lok Sabha election in the state, the administration is concerned over the use of illegal weapons in the state's Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD), which is known to be the hotbed of Bodo ultras. Election is scheduled to be held in BTAD that falls under Kokrajhar (ST) LS seat on April 24.

A number of Bodo insurgent groups and the anti-talks faction of the banned National Democratic Front of Boroland's I K Songbijit (NDFB-S) faction are active in the region.

IGP (BTAD) L R Bishnoi said, "More than 90% licenced arms in BTAD have been collected following the Election Commission's safety norms. The rest will be collected in a day or two."

The official number of licenced arms in the region is much lower than in other parts of the state with only 1,301 weapons in the four districts of Chirang, Baksa, Kokrajhar and Udalguri. Chirang and Baksa have the lowest number of licenced arms with just 123 and 140 weapons, respectively. Kokrajhar and Udalguri have 737 and 301 registered arms, respectively.

However, the use of illegal weapons by Bodo ultras and some activists of political parties are worrying the administration.

"In Baksa district, at least 29 illegal arms have been seized so far, besides several grenades and explosives. We have intensified our operation against NDFB (S) and police have succeeded in eliminating at least five ultras. Incidents of violence among political parties are also worrying us," Bishnoi said. In Chirang, police have so far seized two AK-56 guns, two pistols and two grenades, he added.

At least six cases of violence between supporters of Bodoland Peoples' Front and Bodoland Peoples' Progressive Front have been reported in the last few days.

Bishnoi said, "Besides the existing force, eight additional companies of security forces have already been deployed in BTAD. Of them, four are in Baksa, two in Udalguri and one each in Chirang and Kokrajhar."

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Cops-keep-vigil-on-flow-of-illegal-arms-in-BTAD/articleshow/33834613.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:33:00 +0530