Thirteen people including five women were killed in violence during the third and final phase of panchayat polls in lower Assam's Goalpara district, 250 km west of Guwahati, on Tuesday.
The country's lone Left-ruled state Tripura goes for assembly polls Thursday with the ruling CPI-M expected to face a challenge from the opposition Congress, which is out of power in the state for the last 20 years.
The death toll in the panchayat poll violence in lower Assam's Goalpara district rose to 20 on Wednesday even as chief minister Tarun Gogoi said the conflict, fanned by opposition parties, was taking an ethnic turn.
Dubbing the violence in Assam's Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) areas as a 'political conspiracy', Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday accused opposition parties of encouraging the perpetrators.
Most of 2.35 million voters in Tripura are expected to cast their ballots on Thursday to decide whether the Left Front can form its seventh government - and fifth on the trot - or the Congress returns to power after 20 years.
Rehabilitation matters for some 8,800 people caught between the barbed wire fencing and the Zero Line marking the India-Bangladesh border. So does access to water.
A record 92% of Tripura’s 2,358,493 voters exercised their franchise on Thursday. Polling was mostly peaceful for the 60-member assembly.
AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday assured an early solution to the decades old Naga problem, which would be ‘honourable and acceptable to all sections of the people.
Manipur and Nagaland aren’t the best of neighbours, thanks to a highway of discontent. The fault lines widen during elections. HT reports.
Elections in the Northeast are like a carnival. The voter turnout of 92% — not the final tally — in Tripura on Thursday has reaffirmed this. Rahul Karmakar reports.
Ten years after it made way for a regional identity, the Congress is eyeing a comeback in Nagaland. It hopes to cash in on ‘rampant corruption’ and fatigue induced by a long-drawn peace process between New Delhi and Naga rebels. Rahul Karmakar reports.
Voting for the 60-member Tripura assembly on Thursday crossed 93% with election officials receiving more than 37,000 of the 38,000 postal ballots issued. The figure is the highest for any state in India. Rahul Karmakar reports.
The police in eastern Nagaland’s Longleng district seized more than Rs.1crore from a Naga People’s Front (NPF) candidate on Saturday after the chopper he was travelling in landed on an Assam Rifles helipad without prior information. HT reports.
The line between religion and politics is often blurred in 'Nagaland for Christ', as graffiti proclaim. Poll-specific sermons from the church have underscored this. HT reports.
For decades, sovereignty-seeking Nagas waged a war with one objective - unification of Naga tribes scattered across the northeast and Myanmar. But the very unity of the Nagas in Nagaland appears to be under strain ahead of the February 23 assembly elections in the state. Rahul Karmakar
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