Assam Polls

  • Tarun Gogoi sworn in as Assam CM for third term May 18, 2011

    Guwahati: Congress leader Tarun Gogoi was on Wednesday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Assam for the third successive term by Governor JB Patnaik at the Raj Bhawan in Guwahati. The Governor administered the oath of office and secrecy to Gogoi (76) in Assamese at the Durbar Hall of the...
  • AIUDF tries to have own Leader of Oppn in Assam May 16, 2011

    Guwahati: The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), the second largest party with 18 seats, is trying to bring in three more MLAs to its fold so that it can have its own Leader of Opposition in the 13th Assam Assembly. "Since we have three members less than the required 21...
  • Assam: Gogoi may stake claim on Wednesday May 16, 2011

    Guwahati: Tarun Gogoi is likely to be elected leader of the Congress Legislature Party on May 17 when Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee could be present, party sources said on Sunday. Gogoi would meet Governor J B Patnaik the next day to stake claim to form government, sources said. The chief minister...
  • Gogoi cabinet may stake claim on May 16 May 15, 2011

    Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will chair the last Cabinet meeting of the outgoing government on Sunday evening and is likely to meet Governor J B Patnaik on Monday to stake claim to form the third consecutive Congress government in the state. Gogoi has called a meeting of his outgoing...
  • Fulfilment of people's needs lead to Cong victory May 14, 2011

    Guwahati: If the development plank the Congress rode on in the two previous elections endeared itself to voters in Assam, the nearabsence of militancy for a considerable time made the party's position stronger in the 2011 assembly election. Absence of major militant violence ever since the arrest of top NDFB and...
  • Battle for the States with Rajdeep Sardesai May 14, 2011

    Rajdeep Sardesai discusses the Assembly poll results with experts and talks to Mamata Banerjee on 'Battle for the States'. ...
  • Battle for the states: Assembly poll results May 13, 2011

    Karan Thapar analyses the Assembly poll results with a panel of experts. ...
  • Cong storms back to power for 3rd time in Assam May 13, 2011

    Guwahati: The Congress stormed back to power in Assam for the third consecutive time securing an absolute majority by bagging 78 seats in the 126member Assembly. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi not only won by a handsome margin of 54,514 votes but also ensured that most of...
  • Government to be formed before May 19: Gogoi May 13, 2011

    Guwahati: Upbeat at the spectacular success of Congress in the Assam assembly election, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday said the next Congress government would be formed before May 19 the day the term of his present government ends. "The government, which has been reelected for...
  • Cong taunts BJP, Left after poll results May 13, 2011

    New Delhi: Expressing happiness over the Assembly election results for five states, Congress on Friday chose the occasion to taunt BJP and Left parties asking them to learn the "right lessons" and stop attempts to destabilize the UPA government. "In this election more than 828 assembly seats went to polls. A...
  • Myriad emotions after Assembly elections May 13, 2011

    New Delhi: Emotions played out in ways that ranged from hardly noticeable to intense after Left was decimated by Mamata juggernaut in West Bengal and narrowly lost power to Congress which scored a hatrick in Assam and whose ally DMK was trounced by Jayalalitha's AIADMK in Tamil Nadu. ...
  • Cong sweeps South Assam, BJP loses ground May 13, 2011

    New Delhi: The South Assam vote bank of BJP has been severely eroded as counting of votes to decide the fate of five key constituencies seems to reveal. In Silchar, Sushmita Dev of the Indian National Congress (INC) has opened up a lead of around 4000 votes over her nearest...
  • Mamata, Gogoi, Jaya sweep, Cong steals Kerala May 13, 2011

    New Delhi: The people of India have spoken, as they always do on voting day. They may squirm under the misgovernance of the governments they elect in good faith, they may rage at the corruption, nepotism and misdeeds of their elected representatives, they may appear helpless in the face of...
  • Analysis: Loss for Cong as third parties emerge May 13, 2011

    New Delhi: Congress is the biggest loser in this election. Number 13 has proved bad for the party! Two women will be controlling the national politics from two British built cities on the East Coast. Mamatha Banerjee from Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and J Jayalalithaa from Chennai (formerly Madras). Both have got...
  • Reaching out to militants main priority: Gogoi May 13, 2011

    Guwahati: Set to retain power for the third consecutive term, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday said bringing all insurgents groups, including the ULFA, to the negotiating table would be his main priority to ensure lasting peace in the state. "Reaching out to the militant groups and bringing lasting...
  • We won because of economic development: Gogoi May 13, 2011

    We will continue our alliance with the Bodo land people front, said Gogoi. ...
  • Congress already in celebration mood in Assam May 13, 2011

    Over the past ten year tenure of Gogoi, he has been credited for bringing peace to the state of Assam. ...
  • We will be able to form our ministry: Gogoi May 13, 2011

    The Congress's strongman, Gogoi, in Assam, on the possibility of a third straight term for him. ...
  • Rahul Gandhi's 2014 majority dream in tatters May 13, 2011

    New Delhi: Even though only the initial leads have started to emerge from the key states of West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu it has become amply clear that Rahul Gandhi's dream of a Congress majority in the 2014 general elections is already in tatters, according to eminent historian and...
  • Gogoi leads Cong to a win in Assam May 13, 2011

    Guwahati: The Congress is on its way to a spectacular third successive victory in the Assam Assembly elections, winning 16 seats and leading in 68 of the 126 constituencies. Riding on the planks of development and peace, the Congress is set to form the 13th state legislature with most of its...
  • Assam polls: Gogoi set for a hattrick May 13, 2011

    Guwahati: Is insurgency declining and is the development plank working either ways its Tarun Gogoi all the way in Assam. The CNNIBN The Week post poll survey for the state of Assam projects that. Unlike the last assembly elections, this time the Congress is sailing through winning between 64 to 72...
  • Battle for the States: Corruption concerns influenced voters? May 18, 2011

    On Battle For States, Sagarika Ghose asks a panel of experts if corruption at the national level has affected the voting trends at the state level. ...
  • Polls: Friday the 13th, but lucky for some May 12, 2011

    New Delhi: Friday the 13th will be lucky for some. By midday, one of the two alliances fighting for power in each of four states and one Union Territory will know whether theyre the lucky one. After months of campaigning in the heat and dust, the contenders will know whether...
  • Stage set for counting of votes in Assam May 12, 2011

    Guwahati: The stage is set for counting of votes for Assam assembly on Friday more than a month after the polls to decide the fate of 1,081 candidates in 126 seats. Polling, by and large peaceful, was held in two phases on April 4 and April 11 and recorded a high...
  • Battle for the States: Regional leaders' role reemphasised? May 12, 2011

    On Battle For States, Sagarika Ghose asks a panel of experts if Assembly polls have reemphasised regional leaders' role. ...
  • Battle for the States: post poll survey May 11, 2011

    CNNIBN, CSDS The Week bring you the seat projections for the Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam. ...
  • Mamata, Jaya, Gogoi lead, dead heat in Kerala May 18, 2011

    The CNNIBNThe Week postpoll surveys conducted by the CSDS reveal surprising trends among voters in all four states.West Bengal: TMC+Congress: 222234 seats. Left Front: 6072.Tamil Nadu: AIADMK alliance: 120132 seats. DMK alliance: 102114.Kerala: LDF: 6977 seats. UDF: 6371.Assam: Congress: 6472 seats. AGP: 1622. AUDF: 1117. BJP: 711.A perfect antidote to...
  • We will form Assam govt, say both Cong, Oppn May 10, 2011

    Guwahati: The ruling Congress party and the opposition both exuded confidence of forming the next government in Assam ahead of the vote counting on May 13. Assembly elections for the state's 126 constituencies were held on April 4 and 11. "We are confident of coming back to power for the third straight...
  • Assam, don't hold your breath May 3, 2011

    In spite of successful elections, it's too early to declare that the troubled state is on the road to recovery. Here are signs that the Assam elections mark the beginning of a new phase in the states politics. The voter turnout rate of 76.03 per cent was impressive and the...
  • AGP forms panel to hold postpoll alliance talks May 3, 2011

    Guwahati: The opposition AGP has formed a fourmember committee led by working president Phanibhusan Choudhury to have talks with other parties, including BJP, in the event of the party reaching a favourable position to form a coalition government after May 13 results. While Choudhury would chair the committee, senior leaders Birendra...