Assam polls: Sushmita Dev supposedly to resign from Congress over seat sharing deals with AIUDF

Former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta is also in talks with senior Congress leaders: Ripun Bora

Assam polls: Sushmita Dev to quit Congress? Rift in Congress over seat-sharing with AIUDF

Guwahati: Even before Congress released its first candidate’s list for the Assembly elections, there has been internal strife among the party leaders and workers.

Amid the high political drama in poll-bound Assam, Congress leader Sushmita Dev has reportedly tendered her resignation to Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi over seat-sharing deals with AIUDF.

Dev walked out from the Congress meeting at Hotel Taj Vivanta in Guwahati, informed party sources.

Sushmita Dev is reportedly going to meet Sonia Gandhi on Saturday to discuss the matter. Sources in the party said that she might tender her resignation if the talks don’t yield any positive result.

On the other hand, some of the top political leaders have left the BJP and joined the Congress, expressing their displeasure at not getting tickets from the BJP.

Former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta is also in talks with senior Congress leaders, informed Ripun Bora, Assam Pradesh Congress president.

“Prafulla Kumar Mahanta has contacted us, however, we won’t make any comments as of now,” said Ripun Bora.

Meanwhile, party insiders from Congress informed, South Karimganj MLA Siddique Ahmed is likely to tender resignation from his constituency.

This is a developing story.

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Armed Robbers open fire in Cachar, 16 injured, shifted to SMCH

At least 16 people were injured in a firing incident at Burunga area in Kalain under Cachar District on Wednesday.

A gang of 20 to 25 armed robbers barged into the residence of one former Army jawan identified as Aji Uddin in the midnight hours and looted gold ornaments and cash rupees worth Rs 1 lakh (approx) at the gunpoint.

The unidentified miscreants then opened fire at the people who came to the rescue of the former army jawan.

Aji Uddin including several other local people received bullet injuries in the firing incident and was shifted to Silchar Medical College Hospital for better treatment.

 The condition of former jawan Aji Uddin was reported critical.

On the other hand, taking the opportunity of the darkness, the armed robbers managed to flee from the spot.

The incident sparked a sensation in the entire Cachar District.

Meanwhile, angry locals protested and blocked the National Highway for several hours.

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Assam-Mizoram Border issue remains to be Active! Does GoI care about this? An Exclusive Interview with Sushmita Dev

"It was really shocking to witness Mizo civilians carrying guns in their hands in the broad daylight," says Sushmita Dev

Silchar: Amid the longstanding unrest at the border areas of Mizoram Assam in Cachar, the All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev expressing her concern demanded an immediate solution to the issue.

She also claimed that the people in her district are fearful; hence, appealed before the Government of India along with both state governments (Assam and Mizoram) should solve this border issue as soon as possible.

Looking into the situation, Midage also contacted Sushmita Dev over the phone recently.

In an exclusive interview with Midage, Sushmita claimed that despite both the State Governments going into a dialog there has been no solution in this case.

“Government of India has intervened into the matter, but to what extent? We don’t know!” asked Sushmita.

She further narrates, “It was really shocking to witness Mizo civilians carrying guns in their hands in the broad daylight in front of the Mizoram police, and the Government agency didn’t react!”

On being asked about her reaction on whether there is any nexus between arms smugglers and civilians in the area? She said, “I cannot speculate on smuggling activities of arms or if there is any nexus or not. But, the question is if civilians are carrying weapons in front of the police, what does this signify?”

“See, I am not here to describe which border areas are disturbed and which are not, but, a government agency remains quiet and doesn’t bother to react on the above-stated issue is indeed questionable,” Sushmita emphasized.

She further claimed that the matter needs a political lookout, as it cannot be a solution at the officer's level. "Administration beyond a certain point cannot do anything. Both the State Governments with the help of the Government of India must solve this problem," Sushmita suggested.

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Armed Mizo Civilians allegedly point rifles at DC and SP during inspection at Assam Mizoram Border

Silchar: It’s all happening in the borders of Assam and Mizoram, after blowing up the Upper Pailom Upgraded LP School in Khulicherra area of Cachar District last night, now few armed Mizo civilians allegedly pointed rifles at the Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli and Superintendent of Police Bhanwar Lal Meena.

Few photographs that went viral shows that the armed Mizo civilians pointed rifles at the top IAS officer and IPS officer and reportedly started provoking them in the Khulicherra area located in Cachar District.

 

As per media reports, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli and Superintendent of Police Bhanwar Lal Meena went for a preliminary investigation at the Khulicherra area where they were allegedly provoked by the armed Mizo civilians who had asked them to step back. However, they managed to carry out an inspection despite all provocation.

Following the inspection, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli stated before the media that a series of three blasts seem to have taken place and accordingly, an FIR was lodged by the headteacher. She also urged the local people to maintain peace and tranquillity in the area.

Meanwhile, All India Mahila Congress President, Sushmita Dev took to Twitter and questioned the Government of Assam, saying, “How the Assam govt. has failed miserably to protect its territory & its people. Armed Mizo civilians point rifles at Cachar DC & SP when they went to inspect the school bombed last night.”

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Congress expels MLA Rajdeep Gowala and ex-MLA Rumi Nath for anti party activities

Guwahati: Based on a complaint of BCC President Salchapra, BCC President Borkhola, Head of Frontal Organisations of the Salchapra and Borkhola BCC and some other prominent Congress Workers from Borkhola LAC and DCC President Cachar regarding anti-party activity of Dr. Rumi Nath, Ex-MLA Borkhola LAC, a show cause letter was issued to Dr. Rumi Nath to show cause as to why disciplinary action not to be taken against her for her very serious anti party activity of hobnobbing with BJP.

In the expulsion letter by Ranjan Bora, General Secretary, APCC has informed that Rumi Nath’s reply to the show cause letter was found not at all satisfactory.

Moreover, her reply to deny the charges is not at all sufficient to substantiate her claim. As such Ripun Bora, MP, President, APCC has approved the expulsion of Dr. Rumi Nath, Ex-MLA from the Primary Membership of Indian National Congress for six (6) years for her gross anti-party activities. This has come into force with immediate effect.

In another instance, All India Congress Committee has also approved the proposal of the expulsion of MLA Rajdeep Gowala for the term of six years.

He was allegedly indulging in anti-party activities, stated KC Venugopal, General Secretary, All India Congress Committee.

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MP Gaurav seeks clarification on “Why OIL was using ONGC’s equipment to ‘kill’ the blowout?”

MP expressed dissatisfaction with OIL’s management of conventional operations and fire mitigating measures which led the situation to aggravate

Guwahati: Kaliabor MP Gaurav Gogoi expressing his concern on the Baghjan blowout wrote a letter to the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, he also raised the issue under Rule 377 in Lok Sabha. Following which, the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas directed the Chief Managing Director of Oil India Limited to brief the Member of Parliament on the situation in Baghjan.

The briefing was conducted earlier on Tuesday morning by the Chief Managing Director and other senior officers of OIL, over virtual media.

As the briefing enumerated the chain of events on May 27, 2020 and June 9, 2020, it came to light that a blowout had occurred in the midst of a conventional ‘work-over’ being conducted to shift the zone of production. In the middle of this process, the blow out occurred before the BOP that was removed could be placed back in its position. Subsequently, a spark in the watering pipes caused the highly inflammable gas to catch fire on June 9, 2020. During the briefing enumerating the chain of events, the MP expressed dissatisfaction with OIL’s management of conventional operations and fire mitigating measures which led the situation to aggravate.

Gogoi further sought clarification on why OIL was using ONGC’s equipment to ‘kill’ the blowout. He also expressed concern over the equipment being procured in 1995 after the Andhra Pradesh blowout by ONGC and suggested that OIL procure its independent equipment.

The response to the Kaliabor MP’s key question, seeking the estimated time for containing the blowout was ambiguous. OIL officials stated that a computer simulation for the Snubbing procedure was underway, which if finalized would take another 5-6 weeks for completion after the decision was made. The secondary procedure to make a relief well is expected to take another 4-5 months.

Impact on groundwater and air was also discussed and it was stated that all assessments are underway and final reports are awaited. The MP expressed grave concern about transgenerational harm that may occur to health and livelihood as a consequence of soil and groundwater toxicity. The MP further observed that any compensation decided without adequate assessment of the soil and its impact on health, agriculture and livelihood will be inadequate, and that affected families should be further compensated.

The MP also inquired about the safety measures employed for workers and teams deployed at the site of impact. He further suggested that continuous health assessment be conducted both during and after the blowout to mitigate any long term impacts to all front line workers’ health.

Gogoi thanked the Chief Managing Director and senior officers of OIL for the briefing and stated that lessons needed to be learned from Baghjan. He reiterated that there exists a fundamental need to provide for a more robust and independent mitigation system to prevent another Baghjan.

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Lockdown was not an attack on Corona, it was an attack on India's poor: Rahul

Guwahati: After GST, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi once again slammed the BJP-led government at the Centre over the issue of Lockdown.

Gandhi lambasted the PM Modi-led BJP Government on Wednesday in his back to back tweets.

In one of his tweets, Rahul said, “The lockdown was not an attack on Corona, it was an attack on India's poor, an attack on the future of our youth, an attack on labourers, farmers, small shopkeepers. It was an attack on unorganised sector. All of us have to stand against this attack.”

Rahul in his another tweet suggested saying, “For MSME businesses, the govt should prepare a package. They need to be saved. Without this money they will not be able to survive, but the govt did nothing. Instead, they waived off taxes worth lakhs of crores of the richest fifteen-twenty people.”

“The third attack on unorganised sector was done in the name of Corona. The poor, those working in small & medium businesses are daily wife earns they eat with what they eat each day. When you announced a lockdown without any notice. you attacked them,” alleged Rahul in his third tweet.

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Congress protests against poor road conditions in Biswanath District

Guwahati: Locals in Biswanath have complained about the pathetic road condition of National Highway 15 in the District from time to time.

There are allegations that substandard materials were used in constructing roads and highways and lack of proper maintenance has led to the worrisome condition of the roads.

Taking note of this, the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday staged a protest over the dilapidated road condition of NH 15 under the aegis of Assam Pradesh Congress President Ripun Bora.

APCC staging protest at Gohpur Constituency, Biswanath

Bora led a protest dharna program at his own constituency Gohpur and Borgang of Behali constituency connecting National Highway 15.

APCC staging protest at Borgang of Behali constituency, Biswanath

A large number of Congress workers participated in the dharna program, including the Biswanath District Congress Committee (DCC) President and the team of Biswanath DCC.

It may also be mentioned that despite several prayers by the local people before the concerned authorities, no action has been initiated to complete the repair works of the bad roads in the district.

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APCC participates in Protest Dharna program demanding to postpone NEET & JEE Exam

Guwahati: As per the call of Indian National Congress, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee participated in the Protest Dharna program at TC Point Guwahati, demanding to postpone the NEET & JEE Exam in view of the mass transmission of COVID-19 Virus.

Several Congress leaders under the aegis of APCC president Ripun Bora took out the rally from Rajiv Bhawan Guwahati.

Meanwhile, All India Mahila Congress President, Sushmita Dev also expressed her concerns over the matter. She took to Facebook demanding immediate cancellation of the JEE and NEET exams amid the rise in positive cases for COVID in the nation. “The NEET and JEE exams can be conducted after a proper review of the situation,” she suggested.

"There has been a rise in positive cases for COVID in New Delhi and many other parts of the nation. Several districts and towns are undergoing a lockdown period, then how come the Government of India is conducting NEET/JEE exams amid the pandemic situation?" Sushmita questioned.

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Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi tests positive for COVID-19, Tweets

Guwahati: Former Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday evening.

Informing about his health condition, Gogoi took to Twitter saying, "I have been tested Covid 19 positive yesterday. People who came in contact with me during Last few days they should go for Covid test immediately."

Sources also informed that Ex-CM Tarun Gogoi is out of danger and is recovering well.

It is to be noted that so far 94,592 COVID positive cases have been reported in Assam, of which 74,814 patients have been discharged and 19,515 are active with 260 deaths.

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