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  • Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Nominations Begin
    After the new government formation in Meghalaya, the nomination papers form various candidates have started pouring in for the position of the Assembly Speaker. Winnerson D. Sangma, the Congress legislator and Donkupar Roy, the former Chief Minister of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, have already submitted their nominations. Andrew Simons, the Meghalaya Assembly Commissioner and Secretary, has declared both the nominations to be valid. March 12 would mark the date for the polls to be held for the post. Following that, the current CM Conrad Sangma would state its decision on the newly elected Speaker.
     
    2018-03-09 04:12:31 PM
  • Northeast Results Caused Alliance between SP and BSP
    According to the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the SP and BSP have joined hands in the upcoming bypolls of Lok Sabha prompted by the impressive performance of the saffron party in the north eastern states. He also labelled their alliance as opportunistic. He slammed the government for being corrupt and the one which was protecting criminals. He also urged the people to vote for Upendra Shukla, a BJP candidate. The bypolls are scheduled on March 11 in UP's Phulpur and Gorakhpur constituencies.
    2018-03-09 04:53:41 PM
  • Conrad Sangma: Minister Would Soon be Allotted Portfolios

    The newly-elected Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K Sangma, has stated that his cabinet ministers would soon be allotted their respective portfolios and would begin work soon after that. According to the sources, the CM would probably lead the Finance portfolio and has also held a meeting with the finance department's top officials. At the press conference, Sangma also talked about the budget and the new development roadmap for the state. He also showed concern over the delay the state is facing in the execution of projects.

    2018-03-08 11:57:52 AM
  • Sangma to Swear-In Today as Meghalaya CM
    Conrad Sangma, the National People's Party (NPP) President, would be declared Meghalaya's new Chief Minister today. He also addressed the media stating that he was invited by Ganga Prasad, Meghalaya's Governor, in order to form the government in the state. He added that although running a government in alliance could be a challenge, he was confident of running a successful government as he considered the MLAs to be very dedicated to people and the state. All the ministers would swear-in today morning.
    2018-03-06 12:28:29 PM
  • Congress to Anlayse Losses in Northeastern States
    After losing Meghalaya from its grip, the Congress is looking to adopt a new approach for the poll-bound Karnataka. Although the Congress got the highest number of seats in the polls, the party failed to form an alliance with any party. BJP on the other hand despite not getting much seats has formed coalition with a number of parties, such as NPP, UDF, PDF and HSPDPD. Senior leaders of the party are waiting for the Congress president Rahul Gandhi to arrive in Delhi in order to analyse the losses made in the states. The leaders have stated that the real contest would be in Karnataka.
    2018-03-05 02:06:18 PM

  • Meghalaya Gets a Hung Assembly

    A hung assembly has been elected for Meghalaya, as Congress has bagged 21 seats and NPP (National People’s Party) 19 in the 60 seat Assembly House. The Congress has witnessed a dip in the seat count as it managed 29 seats in 2013 Assembly polls. According to the reports, Congress invested mainly in Meghalaya, which even upset its party leaders in Nagaland and Tripura. The party would now have to form alliance with other smaller parties to rule the state.

    Another party which did heavy campaigning in the state, BJP, could gather only 1 seat.

     

    2018-03-04 04:06:05 AM
  • 84.86% Turnout in Meghalaya
    F.R. Kharkongor, the chief electoral officer in Meghalaya, has reported that the polling in Meghalaya was peaceful for the most part. The turnout in the state was recorded to be 84.86%.
     
    He added that one of the polling stations in Raliang constituency, West Jaintia Hills, would go for re-polling as there were problems in the EVMs. Two polling booths in South West Garo Hills and South Garo Hills are also likely to go for re-polling as official forgot to erase the data stored in the machines during mock polls.
    2018-03-01 06:15:36 PM
  • Polling in Meghalaya Peaceful
    F.R. Kharkongor, the chief electoral officer in Meghalaya, has reported that the polling in the state was peaceful for the most part. He added that in the state, over 13.5 lakh out of the total eligible 18.09 lakh voters have cast their votes. This accounted to 74.62% polling in the state. However, the CEO is still awaiting results from the remote places in the state like East Jaintia Hills districts and Garo Hills.
     
    He added that one of the polling stations in Raliang constituency, West Jaintia Hills, would go for re-polling as there were problems in the EVMs. 2 polling booths in South West Garo Hills and South Garo Hills are also likely to go for re-polling as official forgot to erase the data stored in the machines during mock polls.
    2018-02-28 12:05:55 PM
  • Kharkongor: Polling in Meghalaya was Peaceful 1 Killed during Nagaland Polling

    Starkly contrasting with the peaceful polling process in Meghalaya, Nagaland has witnessed the murder of one person on the polling day. There were two warring rival groups which ended up in one person getting shot dead. Police even had to use gunfire to cease the fight between the two. The people involved in the groups were supporters of BJP and NPF (Naga People's Front). The victim has been recognised to be an NPF supporter, as reported by Rupin Sharma, the Nagland's Director General of Police. Police are also looking for evidence for the blast happened near the Myanmar border.

    2018-02-28 12:41:02 PM
  • Meghalaya Polls: Thousands of People Awarded Medals
    In Meghalaya, over 15,000 people were given 'early voter medals'. Polling was held yesterday in the state. Every 5 early voters for all the 3025 polling booths in the state were rewarded with the special medal from the state EC(Election Commission). F R Kharkongor, the Chief Electoral Officer, reported that some of the early voters were the first-time voters who had been standing in the queue since 6 AM. He added that by then the polling count was measured to be just 75% and was expected to go up as the data from remote areas was awaited.
    2018-02-28 04:32:10 PM
  • Polling underway in Nagaland and Meghalaya

    Polling has begun in approximately all of the booths in Nagaland and Meghalaya. According to Nagaland CEO, polling has kicked off in 1,732 out of the total 2,156 booths for the first hour. And in Meghalaya, polling has started in 2,221of the total 3,025 booths.

    2018-02-27 10:00:51 AM
  • Meghalaya and Nagaland Election Update
    Ampareen Lyngdoh, the Congress candidate from East Shillong, has cast her vote at a polling station in Laitumkhrah. She is also the IPR Minister.
     
    A poling station which falls on the border of Assam-Nagaland has witnessed a halt in the voting process due to some tension. The booth is located in the Longleng district.
    2018-02-27 10:12:30 AM
  • Meghalaya Election: More than 15,000 employees are on poll duty today
    In Meghalaya, more than 15,000 employees are on poll duty today. Out of the total 60 constituencies, 25 have 177 all-women polling booths. The state has 2,156 polling stations, out of which 564 are normal, 530 are considered vulnerable and 1062 are critical.
     
    According to the Election Commission report in Meghalaya, there are 442 mirco observers deployed, along with 11 police observers, 55 election observers and 22 general & expenditure observers.
    2018-02-27 10:57:37 AM
  • Congress happy with Meghalaya Polls

    According to James Lyngdoh, the working president of Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), the Congress is happy with the way the polls are being conducted.

    2018-02-27 11:54:21 AM
  • End of Campaigning in Meghalaya, Nagaland
    The campaigning has been ended in both the poll-bound states of Nagaland and Meghalaya with just one day remaining in the polls. Leading parties like BJP and Congress have campaigned extensively for the polls in both the states. In Meghalaya, while Congress has made efforts to continue its rule in the state, BJP has made strides to expand its footprint in the north-eastern state. The congress is ruling the state for the last 10 years. BJP also involved all the party dignitaries as star campaigners, such as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, party president Amit Shah, and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself.
    2018-02-26 11:34:19 AM
  • Sangma Greeted with Big Welcome on Arrival in Meghalaya Village
    Mukul Sangma, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, landed in the village Chilpara on the last day of the campaigning in the state for the Assembly polls. On his arrival, he was welcomed on a grandiose level. Garo warriors were present for the ceremonious welcome. Several of the young girls and boys dressed in traditional attire presented a dance performance. The welcome was in line with the welcome rituals dictated by the tribal chieftains. On the event, the CM stated that the government had delivered despite the stoppages and challenges. He also called the government transparent and pointed out that the promises were implemented during its reign.
    2018-02-26 12:33:49 PM
  • Rs 12 Lakh Seized in Meghalaya
    The Election Department officials have seized cash amounting to approximately Rs 12 lakh in Meghalaya's Ri-Bhoi district. CP Gotmare, district's Deputy Commissioner, has reported that the cash was seized from two locations, namely, Jorabat and Nongpoh. He elaborated that at Nongpoh, the Static Surveillance Teams stopped a car and seized as much as Rs 5.96 lakh. He added that later in Jorabat, amounts of Rs 1 lakh, Rs 4 lakh and Rs 1, 43, 600 were seized from 3 different places.
    2018-02-26 12:54:27 PM
  • Congress Releases Manifesto in Meghalaya
    The Congress in Meghalaya has released its manifesto on Saturday ahead of the Assembly polls in the state. The manifesto claims to provide 3 lakh jobs for the youth in the state. The document was released at 3 places in the state. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma himself released the manifesto in Garo hills at Tura. And at Jowai in Jaintia hills, Vincent H. Pala, the Congress MP, released it. C.P. Joshi, the AICC Meghalaya general secretary in-charge, released the manifesto in Shillong. In its manifesto, the party also promises to increase the insurance cover for healthcare.
    2018-02-26 05:40:00 PM
  • Ghulam Nabi Azad: BJP is anti-Christian
    Ghulam Nabi Azad, the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, has stated that the special interest PM Narendra Modi was showing in the north-eastern states is targeted to increase the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) base there. He further said that the saffron party wanted to implement the ideology of Hindutva there. He also compared the situation to that in Kashmir. He also compared BJP with the Congress party stating that it has always believed in preserving the tribal identity the north-eastern states have. He also labelled the saffron party anti-Christian.
    2018-02-26 05:44:16 PM
  • Modi: BJP Does Not Follow Religion-based Politics
    Addressing a rally in Meghalaya, PM Narendra Modi has declared that BJP did not follow religion-based politics. The rally was held in Garo Hills' Phulbari region. To support his claim, he reminded the crowd about the 46 Kerala nurses which were taken hostage in Iraq by the ISIS. He further stated that the BJP government did everything to ensure the safety of the girls. He also called them the daughters of India. In addition, he mentioned another instance where the saffron party made efforts to bring back Father Alexis Prem Kuma, who was kidnapped by terrorists in Afghanistan.
    2018-02-23 02:46:15 PM
  • BJP Geared for Welfare of Northeast
    On Thursday, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Meghalaya and Nagaland in order to campaign for the saffron party. The rally took place in Tuensang, approximately 360 km from Kohima. The PM also stated that the party's focus is on northeast as it wanted to enhance the prosperity in the region. The PM also added that the saffron party aimed to change the situation, once mentioned by the Rajiv Gandhi that only 15 paise of a rupee reached for the upliftment of the poor. He added that the vision of the party is to bring transformation by transportation.
    2018-02-23 02:56:28 PM
  • BJP Slams Congress in Meghalaya
    PM Narendra Modi has accused the ruling Congress government in Meghalaya for not taking the people in the state seriously. He also urged the people to vote for the saffron party. He added that the saffron party would ensure the good governance in the state. He also reiterated the party's ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ philosophy.
     
    He echoed the notion that the same government at the state and the centre would strengthen the development in the state. He also added that the northeastern state needs a double engine for the development and growth. He further stated that the upcoming Assembly polls are a way to free the state from the Congress rule.
    2018-02-23 05:39:36 PM
  • Meghalaya Polls: NCP Asks for Security from Home Ministry
    Rajnath Singh, the Union Home Minister, has been urged by Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for providing security to its party candidates. The request came about days after the death of Jonathone Sangma, the party's candidate for Williamnagar. In a letter to the minister, the party has even asked for handing over the Jonathone case to NIA (National Investigation Agency). NCP's working committee member, S R Kohli, has pointed in his letter to the Home Minister that the murder of the candidate along with other people took place due to the anti-social elements prevailing in Meghalaya. He also added that one of their candidate's house was also burnt.
    2018-02-22 12:17:03 PM
  • Meghalaya Polls: Rahul Lashes out at BJP
    Congress president Rahul Gandhi has shown an aggressive side when he came forward lashing out at the saffron party. The Gandhi scion, on his second visit to Meghalaya, has accused PM Narendra Modi of being silent on the issue of Church attacks in Madhya Pradesh. The Congress leader also lashed out at BJP for its lack of action on Punjab National Bank fraud issue and Nirav Modi's (the celebrity diamond merchant) case. Besides slamming the BJP, Rahul also showered praises on the people of Meghalaya, stating that people in the state had a lot to contribute towards the development of the country. Meghalaya Election is scheduled to be held on Feb 27, along with Nagaland Election.
    2018-02-22 12:25:04 PM
  • Meghalaya Election: PM to Visit Garo Hills
    The PM Narendra Modi is all set to address a rally at Garo Hills region. The gathering would take place at Phulbari's Shyamnagar playground. Senior BJP leaders like Himanta Biswa Sarma, Nalin Kohli, and Ram Madhav have even stayed in the region to oversee the preparations for the rally. Although the PM has visited Meghalaya, this visit would mark his first visit to the Garo Hills. Billykid A Sangma, a BJP leader in Tura, stated that although the saffron party did not enjoy a strong base in the state, it was highly determined to fight in the Congress-ruled state. He added that this would also be an attempt to eradicate Congress.
     
    Meghalaya Election Result will be declared on March 3 and election will be held on Feb 27.
    2018-02-22 12:48:15 PM
  • Meghalaya Election: NPP Accuses Sangma Government for Resolving the Coal Ban Issue
    NPP (National People's Party) has accused the Meghalaya government of its failure to bring the coal ban issue with the Central government. Conrad K. Sangma, the NPP chief, stated in a West Khasi Hills district poll rally, that a large number of people in the state are dependent on the coal industry but the government did not do anything to ensure people's interest. Talking about his own government, he stated that it had raised the concern several times with the Parliament and also with the Central government. He also added that he was concerned for the people in the state and their livelihood. 
    2018-02-21 02:00:28 PM
  • Meghalaya Polls: Rajnath Slams Congress for Lack of Development
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh has labelled the lack of development in Meghalaya as a cruel joke. Slamming the Congress government led by Mukul Sangma, he called the state a ‘home of clouds’ and implied that the state deserves a downpour of the development. He added that if the saffron party came to power, the state would witness the development era. Addressing the rally in Songsak, East Garo Hills, he also accused the current government of its failure to utililize funds sanctioned for the state. The rally was attended by BJP leaders such as Santosh R. Marak, Thomas Sangma, and Rickman G Momin.
    2018-02-21 02:50:43 PM
  • Meghalaya Election: Congress Objects to BJP Defaming Ad
    The Congress in Meghalaya has found objectionable the ads released by the BJP against the current CM Mukul Sangma. The Congress has also demanded that action should be taken against the saffron party for the offense of defaming the party.
     
    According to the advertisement published in some of the local newspapers in the state, a pictorial representation displays Sangma sleeping. And alongside there is a caption saying “15 years of Congress rule: Mass exodus of youth from the state for lack of job opportunities.” James S Lyngdoh, the Congress state working president has commented on the ad stating that it was in a bad taste and warranting of criminal prosecution.
    2018-02-21 03:03:52 PM
  • Rahul Gandhi: NPP is B-Team for BJP
    Congress president Rahul Gandhi has labelled the National People’s Party (NPP) as the B-Team of the saffron party. The Gandhi scion also warned the people against falling into the trap of NPP. He added that earlier Congress gave them chance to join the party but they didn't stay faithful. He urged the people to not vote in favour of NPP, currently led by Conrad K Sangma, a Lok Sabha member. On his campaign tour in the state, the Congress president also reminded people that NPP was also a coalition partner of BJP in Manipur. He described the functioning of government with the means of ill-gotten power and money. He added that Congress would not let a repeat of Manipur situation in Meghalaya.
    2018-02-21 03:45:01 PM
  • BJP campaigning Big-Time in Meghalaya
    Arising from an utter optimism for forming the government in Meghalaya, the BJP is leaving no stone unturned for campaigning in the state. All the saffron party dignitaries, such as BJP president Amit Shah, Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju and defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman, are busy in the campaigning in the state. While the party is slamming the current Sangma government for the lack of development in the state, it is also making huge promises of ushering the state into the era of development once the party gets voted to power. The party has also released the vision document in the state, which has a colossal promise of solving the coal mining issue within 180 days.
    2018-02-21 05:24:42 PM
  • Rajnath says Sangma's Murder reflects lawlessness in Meghalaya
    Rajnath Singh, the Union Home Minister, has commented on the recent death of the NCP candidate, Jonathone N Sangma. He stated that the murder reflects the lawlessness in the state. In an East Garo Hills rally, he grieved the death and blamed Congress, equating the reason of murder with the government's failure. He also pointed out the lack of law and order in the state. He added that the government could not provide security to the citizens. Benjamin Marak, who was an eyewitness to the killing has reported that it was a pre-planned strike.
    2018-02-20 03:52:57 PM
  • Rahul to Visit Meghalaya for the Second Time

    With Assembly polls just a week ahead, the Congress supremo, Rahul Gandhi, is all set to visit the state for 2 days. He is slated to address 3 rallies today. In the North Garo Hills, the Gandhi scion is scheduled to hold a meeting at the Mingchengram Cultural Club Play Ground. Later in the day, he would conduct a rally in Garobadha and then at Tura district. This would mark his second visit to the state. On his first visit, he launched a concert “Celebration for Peace.” He also asked the people to stay away from “spread of hatred”. It was speculated the party was referring to BJP.

    2018-02-20 03:50:43 PM
  • Meghalaya Polls: 10 More CAPFs have Been Sought
    The election office in Meghalaya has stepped up the security measures in the state. After the killing of the NCP candidate, Jonathone N Sangma, Central Armed Police Forces' (CAPFs) 10 more companies have been sought in the Garo Hills region of the state. F R Kharkongor, the state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), has confirmed the news stating that more companies have been sought in the regions which are sensitive to armed militant activities. The Ministry of Home Affairs too had approved as many as 100 companies in the state, which had arrived in the state in batches.
    2018-02-20 05:19:01 PM
  • Congress candidate Killed in Meghalaya
    A candidate of the Congress party was killed on his way back from the campaigning in Meghalaya. Jonathone N Sangma, along with his bodyguard and two other party workers, became the target of an IED (Improvised Explosive Device ) explosion. The IED went off at East Garo Hills on Sunday night. According to the police, the terrorists are suspected to be behind the act. Ramkumar S, the District Magistrate, has reported that the 4 bodies were found at the location. The state CM Mukul Sangma has expressed grief over the death through Twitter. He added that the incident would not disturb the peace in the state.
     
    Meghalaya Election will be held on Feb 27 along with Nagaland Election. The results of both the states will be declared on March 3. 
    2018-02-19 12:21:25 PM
  • OP Rawat: Yet to Gather facts on BJP's Accusation of Sangma Government
    The BJP filed a complained to the Election Commission (EC) on the grounds that Meghalaya's DGP (Director General of Police) was involved in campaigning for the CM Mukul Sangma. O P Rawat, the Chief Election Commissioner, has commented on the complaint stating that commission is yet to gather and verify the facts regarding the allegation. The saffron party also accused the Sangma government of rigging the polls in Sangma's constituency by using militancy in the regions. It also demanded the deployment of police observers and Central armed police forces. However, Rawat said that according to the police officials reports he has, the charges were not serious.
    2018-02-17 02:18:09 PM
  • Meghalaya Election: Congress Slams Vision Document of BJP
    The Congress government in Meghalaya has accused BJP of its tie up with the NPP (National People’s Party). Congress has termed it as “match fixing”. The Congress has also labelled United Democratic Party (UDP) as its side player. The party also ridiculed the vision document released by the party. It stated that the saffron party was notorious for selling fake dreams and betraying people by making false promises. Anand Sharma, the senior Congress leader, has also accused the party for funding the UDP and NPP.
    2018-02-17 02:43:57 PM
  • Meghalaya Election: Congress Slams Vision Document of BJP
    The Congress government in Meghalaya has accused BJP of its tie up with the NPP (National People’s Party). Congress has termed it as “match fixing”. The Congress has also labelled United Democratic Party (UDP) as its side player. The party also ridiculed the vision document released by the party. It stated that the saffron party was notorious for selling fake dreams and betraying people by making false promises. Anand Sharma, the senior Congress leader, has also accused the party for funding the UDP and NPP.
    2018-02-17 02:43:57 PM
  • Administration Told to Give its Best for Polls in Northeastern States
    Om Prakash Rawat, the Chief Election Commissioner(CEC), has urged the official poll machinery of all the poll-bound states, Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya, to stay unbiased and neutral in order to conduct polls fairly. The CEC told the press that each of the northeastern states had its own peculiarity and the commission had taken all the measures to ensure fair and free polls. He also stated that discharge and conduct of duties by the officials would be closely watched by the Commission. He further added that the administration had been asked to step up its security measures.
    2018-02-17 02:14:48 PM
  • BJP: Meghalaya Will Become Model State in 5 years
    The BJP president, Amit Shah, has addressed a rally in Shillong, right after the day the vision document by the party was released in the state. Shah also promised that if the saffron party came to power, the state would become a model state within 5 years. The rally, however, did not witness much crowd. Shah accused the ruling Congress of exploiting development funds for filling party leaders' pockets. He also urged the people to oust the government from the state. He added that the popularity and acceptance level of the party has increased multifold, a direct result of party's development agenda.
    2018-02-17 02:21:20 PM
  • Meghalaya Polls: BJP Manifesto Promises Job for Every Youth
    According to the Vision Document released by BJP in the poll-bound state of Meghalaya, a job opportunity would be created for every youth in the state, in either of the public or private sector. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Defence Minister, has shed light on the topic. She clarified that the party aimed to achieve the goal by attracting big investors in the state, who would create jobs in both the sectors. She added that opportunities for self-employment would also be created.
     
    The manifesto also promises to make the state 'God’s Own Paradise' by strengthening the tourism aspect of the state. It also states that the tourism industry alone would create about 2 lakh jobs for the youth. Meghalaya Election is scheduled to be held on Feb 27, and the result will be declared on March 3.
    2018-02-16 02:19:26 PM
  • Meghalaya Vision Document has Huge Promises for the Poor
    In a bid to sway the votes of the poor society, BJP is leaving no stone unturned. For the upcoming polls in Meghalaya, the party through its manifesto has promised pension to labourers of daily wage and free sanitary napkins to all women who belong to families which are Below Poverty Line (BPL). The manifesto also claims to resolve the issue of ban on the coal mining, which is affecting thousands of families in the state. In addition, the saffron party also claims to implement the 7th Pay Commission for the state employees. A promise on updating healthcare units in the state is also made.
    2018-02-16 02:42:42 PM
  • Congress Slams BJP “Vision Document” in Meghalaya
    Attacking the recently released manifesto by BJP for Meghalaya election, Congress stated that the saffron party has “released” false dreams and lies in the “vision document”. Nirmala Sitharaman, the Defence Minister, would release the manifesto today. The manifesto provides a development roadmap for the state. Gaurav Gogoi, the Congress spokesperson, has commented on the document saying that there was no need for the new manifesto when the promises made in the 2014 manifesto were not even fulfilled. He added that this would lead to more frustration in the people of the state.
    2018-02-15 03:01:56 PM
  • Pala: Congress Would Stay in Power
    Vincent H. Pala, the former Union Minister, expressed confidence that the currently ruling Congress government in Meghalaya would continue to stay in power. He also stated that the Congress was capable to come in power without forming a coalition with any other party. He added that party is contesting on all the 60 seats in the state. He also accused the saffron party of having some arrangement with the regional parties on some of the seats the party is contesting on. He seemed assured of the fact that the Manipur situation would not get repeated in Meghalaya.
    2018-02-15 03:08:43 PM
  • Poll Campaigning Gains Momentum in the Northeastern States
    PM Narendra Modi is slated to address two rallies in the poll-bound state of Tripura today. He would visit Agartala and Santir Bazar for the rallies. The other poll-bound northeastern state, Nagaland, has also been witnessing a rise in poll campaigning. The newly formed coalition between BJP and NDPP has also started campaigning. The ruling party in the state, NPF, too has kicked off the election campaign. The Election Commission is gearing up for the polls in the state as well. O P Rawat, Chief Election Commissioner, has visited Kohima to overview the poll preparations.
    2018-02-15 04:16:30 PM
  • Meghalaya Elections: BJP Slams Congress for Surrender Remark
    Nalin Kohli, the BJP spokesperson, lashed out at Congress in a press conference in Meghalaya. The Congress earlier remarked that if the state voted for the saffron party, then it implied Meghalaya surrendered and the whole country would eventually surrender too. Kohli stated in the press conference that the Congress accused of them being a divisive force but their party had formed the government in as many as 19 states, and in some states, the party was also in a coalition as a number of communities like Hindu, Muslim or Christian had voted for the party. He further asked that if people were choosing to vote for BJP for their development agenda, would that be called surrender.
    2018-02-14 04:59:42 PM
  • OP Rawat to Visit Meghalaya, Nagaland
    According to the officials of the Election Commission (EC), the Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat would visit the poll-bound states Nagaland and Meghalaya in that order, along with 2 commissioners, in the coming three days. Their schedule includes interacting with state government officials, political parties representatives, officials involved with poll planes and law and order. Both Nagaland Election and Meghalaya Election would be held on 27 February. The result date is set to be March 3.
    2018-02-14 11:26:46 AM
  • Shah to Address 2 Rallies in Meghalaya
    BJP president of Meghalaya unit, Shibun Lyngdoh, stated that the party's national president, Amit Shah, would address two rallies in the poll-bound Meghalaya. He is slated to address a rally in Jowai at 12 PM and the other in Malki ground at 3 PM. As reported by Shibun, the party had also roped in the local music icon, Lou Majaw. He would perform before the crowd ahead of Shah's rally. The saffron party is contesting on 47 out of the total 60 seats. The elections are due on February 27.
    2018-02-14 12:17:02 PM
  • Meghalaya: BJP Postponed Tura Musical Festival
    BJP has postponed its musical show in Tura, also featuring the legendary local musician of the state, Lou Majaw. His show was scheduled along with the rally by Amit Shah. The move came about because of two reasons. One was to celebrate the Ash event, which also marks the beginning of Lent season according to the Christian calendar. The other reason was in honour of Salesian priest Fr. Anthony Abong Marak, who passed on Monday night in a Guwahati hospital. The celebration of Ash is the most significant event before the Easter Sunday, that celebrates Lord Jesus Christ's resurrection.
    2018-02-14 12:35:59 PM
  • Facebook to Spread Awareness about Meghalaya Polls
    Facebook has joined in the initiative to spread more awareness about the Meghalaya polls. The move would also encourage the people to participate in the electoral process. F R Kharkongor, the state's Chief Electoral Officer, announced the initiative taken by the social media giant on Monday. He also stated that Facebook would also set a reminder in all the newsfeed of Meghalaya users, urging them to vote on February 27. According to him, the drive would be similar to one that is followed in the US, UK and Canada polls. The trend was also seen in the recently conducted polls in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
     
    2018-02-14 12:41:03 PM
  • NPP Filed Complaint against a Candidate on Inflammatory Charges
    A candidate from the South Tura constituency in Meghalaya has been issued a notice by the EC (Election Commission). The complaint has been filed against the candidate by the National People’s Party (NPP) on charges of delivering 'hate speech' and for conducting a meeting related to campaigning without permission. As per the claims by the NPP, the meeting was held by Grithalson Arengh with his supporters on February 9. According to the complaint, there were inflammatory words used against them and the saffron party. There are also allegations from the NPP that Arengh stated that if the parties got elected to power, Christianity would get eliminated.
    2018-02-13 02:35:01 PM
  • 372 Candidates in Fray for Meghalaya polls
    A total of 372 candidates are in the contest for the Meghalaya Election, scheduled for February 27. According to the Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) Frederick R Kharkongor, a total of 375 nominations were filed and three of the candidates have withdrawn their nominations on the last official date, leaving the total candidate count to 372. Out of the three candidates, two were from NPP, namely S Bamon (contesting from the constituency of Sutnga-Saipung) and L Ymbon(contesting from the constituency of Raliang). The third candidate is an Independent candidate. Out of all the candidates, the number of females is 32, while the rest 340 candidates are males.
    2018-02-13 03:20:22 PM
  • Northeastern States: A Tough Battle for Congress
    The Congress, although, is being seen as a powerful political force in the state of Meghalaya, has been considered only a side player in the poll-bound states of Nagaland and Tripura. The party's campaigning too has been taking a backseat in the northeastern states. The quivering base in the northeastern states started with the defeat in Assam polls in 2016. The party also faced defeat in Manipur and had a poor show in Sikkim as well. Congress also faces a challenge from the regional political parties in the states. Currently, the party is only left with Mizoram under its rule in the eastern part of the country. While Tripura election will be held on this Sunday, Meghalaya and Nagaland Election will be held on Feb 27. Results of all the three states will be declared on March 3.
    2018-02-12 11:54:32 AM
  • Meghalaya Polls: Star Candidate List of Congress is Out
    Congress has declared its star candidates for the Meghalaya Election. Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi are the prominent names among the list of 40-star candidates. Out of the 40-star candidates, 20 are from within the state and the rest are from outside the state. The Election Committee of the party has approved the list and it has been sent to the EC (Election Commission), as reported by Congress MP and state working president Vincent H Pala. The Congress president, Rahul Gandhi, who earlier kicked off the campaigning in the state with a rock concert would again return to the state for further campaigning.
    2018-02-09 01:46:42 PM
  • Sangma Criticises Government for Rejecting Visa to Paul Msiza
    The Meghalaya CM, Mukul Sangma, has condemned the government 's decision to deny visa to Dr. Paul Msiza, President of Baptist World Alliance (BWA). He was slated to come to the state in order to celebrate 150 years of Christianity. Paul was slated to visit the Garo Hills. Sangma has labelled the move as an agenda against the Christian communities. He stated that denying the visa to the global religious leader is highly condemnable. Sangma in his speech also lent support to the Garo Hills people.
    2018-02-09 01:47:32 PM
  • Meghalaya Polls: 3 Rejected Out of 377 Nominations
    A total of 377 candidates' nomination papers have been scrutinized by the EC (Election Commission). Among the nominations, the candidates were Independents and from political parties. The Commission has ruled 3 of them to be invalid while the rest have been approved. Frederick Roy Kharkongor, the Chief Electoral Officer, stated the names of the 3 candidates who were rejected - Milson Sangma of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Arelitha K Sangma and Serazul H. Kharkongor of the North East India Development Party (NEIDP). He added that the among the approved 374 candidates, there were 85 Independent candidates and 33 women.
    2018-02-09 01:54:09 PM
  • Chargesheet Filed Against Congress by BJP
    The BJP has filed a chargesheet against Congress in Meghalaya on the charge of its failure to fulfill the promises it mentioned in its manifesto 2013. The chargesheet, released by K. J. Alphons, Union Tourism Minister, points out all the failures of the government, in addition to, instances of corruption over the years, its party member's apparent involvement in police and teacher recruitment scam, a few land scams and more. The charge sheet also highlights the sex racket case of the Julius Dorphang, an independent legislator.
    2018-02-09 02:17:28 PM
  • Parties Gearing up for Polls in NE States
    Election fever is rising in the northeastern states as a number of parties are preparing for the upcoming Assembly polls in the states of Nagaland, Tripura, and Meghalaya. Parties like the Congress, BJP and others are all involved in chalking out the poll strategy. For instance, the saffron party is doing its best to oust the Left Front in Tripura. PM Modi would visit the states for 2 rallies, one in Sonamura and the other in Kailashnagar. The rallies are scheduled for February 8. The party is also heavily relying on its star candidates. It has also ended the 15-year-old coalition with the Naga People's Front.
    2018-02-08 11:32:48 AM
  • 443 Nominations for Meghalaya Assembly Polls
    In Meghalaya, a total of 443 candidates have filed their papers for the 60 seats in the Assembly house. The move came about after the end of nominations today, as reported by F R Kharkongor, the chief electoral officer (CEO). Among the candidates, 59 were from Congress, 53 from NPP and from the BJP there were 47 candidates. The rest were from Independents and other regional parties. According to the CEO, the scrutiny process would begin tomorrow and all the candidates who wish to withdraw their candidature could do that by February 12.
    2018-02-08 05:37:15 PM
  • Meghalaya Polls: Richest Candidate Files Nomination
    The richest candidate for the Meghalaya election is the NPP candidate and the former legislator, Ngaitlang Dhar. He has filed his nominations on February 6 and would contest from the Umroi constituency. He was earlier a Congress member but recently changed his party to Nationalist People’s Party (NPP). In 2013 polls, he has declared the richest politician with assets worth of Rs 2,35,64,31,227. His assets have also been reported to increase but not by a huge margin. His currents assets amount to Rs 290 crore. The number of vehicles he has is recorded to be 140. This includes BMW, Mercedes, Scorpio, Bolero Pick up, Maruti Gypsy and more.
    2018-02-08 05:38:29 PM
  • Chaudhary: People Have not Accepted BJP in Meghalaya
    Manas Chaudhuri, the former Meghalaya education minister, stated that the people of Nagaland were yet to accept the saffron party. He added that the Muslims, Christians, and other religious groups in the state were well aware of BJP's motives and agendas. He also stated that BJP was trying to establish a base in the state, but had not seen any progress. He also opined that there was not much competition in the polls for his party.
     
    Mr. Chaudhuri was earlier vying for the BJP ticket but was denied. Later, he had re-joined the Congress.
    2018-02-08 05:39:38 PM
  • Christians Upset with BJP in Meghalaya
    BJP-led NDA has upset the Christian community in the poll-bound Meghalaya. The ruling alliance has rejected the visa for Dr. Paul Msiza, Baptist World Alliance president. The Johannesburg-based chief intended to visit the state in order to celebrate the 150 years of Christianity. He was slated to visit the Garo Hills region in the state. Bijoy Sangma of Asia Pacific Baptist Federation said that they had also tried to take the help of political leaders to discuss the issue with the ministry of external affairs. He further added that many of the community's foreigner friends had too been denied the visa.
    2018-02-08 05:40:21 PM
  • Sangma Filed Nomination for Second Constituency in Meghalaya
    The Meghalaya CM, Mukul Sangma, has finally filed his nominations for the upcoming Assembly polls in the state. He filed his papers from the Songsak constituency. He has also filed nominations for the Ampati constituency earlier. He also expressed confidence that his party would stay in power, winning the polls with a majority. He urged the people to vote for the Congress. He also highlighted the development that took place in the state during their rule.
     
    The CM has been winning on the Ampati seat for the last 5 consecutive terms since 1993. In Songsak, he would be competing with the NPP's legislator Nihim D. Shira. For the Ampati seat, he would contest against BJP's Bakul Hajon
    2018-02-08 05:41:50 PM
  • Last Day for Nomination Filing in Meghalaya, Nagaland
    Today is the last date of nomination filing for the upcoming Assembly polls in the states of Meghalaya and Nagaland. The scrutiny for the nominations would be held tomorrow. The last date for nomination withdrawal is February 12.
     
    Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya are the first three states that would go to Assembly polls for the year 2018. Later on, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan would too participate in the polls. The date of polling for Nagaland and Meghalaya is February 27, while for Tripura, it is February 18. For all the three states, the elections would be conducted in a single phase.
    2018-02-07 06:11:17 PM
  • Meghalaya Assembly Polls: 2 Independent MLAs Resigned
    Ahead of the Meghalaya Election, two of the Independent candidates have submitted their resignations. Both the legislators, namely, John Leslee K Sangma and Julias K Dorphang, gave their resignation to the Assembly Speaker. Dorphang, who got arrested in the case of a sex scandal with a minor girl, submitted the resignation via the counsel. Until now 23 out of the total 60 legislators have quit before the polls on 27 February in the state.
     
    2018-02-03 02:04:23 PM
  • Mass Resignation after Ticket Denied to Violet Lyngdoh
    A number of party functionaries of BJP from Khliehriat constituency in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills have given their resignation. The move came about after the news that the party was refraining from giving tickets to Violet Lyngdoh for the polls.
     
    Violet Lyngdoh is State BJP president Mr. Khlur Sing Lyngdoh's sister and is an aspirant candidate from the constituency. She had also fought the District Council Election as a candidate of United Democratic Party (UDP) but left the party to join BJP.
    2018-02-02 06:17:45 PM
  • Meghalaya Polls: Congress Campaigning Focuses on State's Culture
    Congress president Rahul Gandhi is all set to campaign in the poll-bound Meghalaya for the Assembly elections. The campaigning for the upcoming Meghalaya Election is reported to be conducted in a unique fashion in the Congress-ruled state. According to sources, musical festivals would be part of the campaigns and would highlight the cultural diversity in the state. The Gandhi scion is slated to reach the northeastern state on Tuesday for his 2 day visit. According to Congress Lok Sabha member, Vincent Pala, Rahul would visit West Jaintia Hills and Shillong. He would also hold an executive committee before attending the concert for celebrating Meghalaya's lifestyle.
     
    2018-01-30 03:15:32 PM
  • 115 Congress Members Resign in Meghalaya
    Congress has suffered a major setback after 115 of its workers from 2 constituencies resigned. The reason for leaving the party was the issue of ticket allotment for the upcoming Meghalaya Assembly Election. Hundreds of members from Chokpot seat resigned to show their disapproval for the nomination of Lazarus Sangam. Fifteen more members quit from Jirang seat over the ticket assignment to Witness Syngkli. Stating reasons, a Congress leader in the state justified his resignation by stating that for Chokpot constituency, Lazarus had a better appeal. One other worker also stated that allotting the ticket to an outsider was not right.
     
    However, Congress working president, Vincent Pala, downplayed the move stating that they could not keep everyone happy.
    2018-01-30 03:39:19 PM
  • Parties Gearing up for Campaigning in Meghalaya
    The poll-bound state of Meghalaya is all set to witness the high energy poll campaigning from a number of leading political parties in the coming weeks. Congress president Rahul Gandhi is slated to reach the northeastern state on January 30. The Gandhi scion would be on a two-day visit to the state. According to sources, he would conduct meetings with party supporters and workers. However, he is not reported to be holding any public rallies. Other parties, like BJP, are also zeroing in on finalizing the visits and their star candidates. While the election will be held on Feb 25 the Meghalaya Election Result will be declared on March 3. 
    2018-01-29 02:30:25 PM
  • Congress Releases Meghalaya Candidate List
    The Congress has declared the list of candidates for Meghalaya Election scheduled on February 27. The list containing 57 names also revealed that the CM Mukul Sangma would contest the polls from two seats. The list was released after the screening Committee of Congress gave the final names. Declared at New Delhi, the list includes the name of Congress Lok Sabha member Vincent H. Pala and Congress President Celestine Lyngdoh. However, three of the constituencies, namely, South Shillong, Khliehriat, and Pynthorumkhrah, are yet to have a final list of candidates.
    2018-01-29 02:39:19 PM
  • Congress Positive of retaining power in Meghalaya
    C.P. Joshi, Congress General Secretary for Meghalaya affairs, expressed confidence that his party would stay in power in Meghalaya in the upcoming Meghalaya Election. He also stated that BJP's ideology would not be accepted here due to people's culture and lifestyle.
     
    He has also held a string of meeting with the state CM Mukul Sangma and Congress state President Celestine Lyngdoh in order to discuss the poll strategy for the state.
     
    He added that BJP was not a major threat to them in the state all they were after was to get candidates from different parties.
    2018-01-25 02:48:38 PM
  • CM Mukul Sangma to Contest from 2 Seats
    CM Mukul Sangma is all set to contest for the upcoming election for Assembly House on two seats in the Garo Hills region. According to Celestine Lyngdoh, Congress election committee chief, Sangma would contest for Ampati and Songsak constituency in Garo Hills. There was a meeting held in order to discuss the names of the candidates for the polls at the CM residence. Sources indicate that Congress is short of candidates in certain constituencies. The most troubling among them are the ones where Congress MLAs quit to join the opposition parties. Many of the candidates of the party have resigned so far ahead of the polls. Meghalaya Election will be held on Feb 27 and results will be declared on March 3. 
    2018-01-24 12:23:10 PM
  • Congress Screening Committee Decided for Poll-bound North-eastern States
    The screening committee for Congress has been announced for all the three north-eastern poll-bound states: Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura. Senior Congress leaders like Kumari Selja, Oscar Fernandes and Mukul Wasnik will be the head of the committee in Nagaland, Meghalaya and, Tripura. Amitabh Chakravarty and Shakeel Ahmed Khan would form the members of the Tripura screening committee. For the Meghalaya screening committee, Meenakshi Natarajan and Tamra Dhwaj Sahu will be part of the team. For the Nagaland one, Mausam Noor and Gaurav Gogoi will form the committee. The polling date for Tripura Assembly Election is announced to be February 18 and for Nagaland Assembly Election and Meghalaya Assembly Election, the date is February 27. Results of all the three states' assembly election will be declared on March 3.
    2018-01-23 03:33:24 PM
  • NPP Claims to Win Meghalaya Assembly Polls
    At the inauguration of the party's head office in Meghalaya, NPP (National People’s Party) state unit president, Thangminlien Kipgen, expressed confidence that his party would form the government in the state after winning the Meghalaya assembly election. He also said that one more office had been set up in the state of Nagaland. The new office was inaugurated at Sangaiprou Mamang Leikai, Imphal, by the Deputy CM, Yumnam Joykumar, on Sunday. NPP's members from Manipur unit would be sent for assisting the elections in Tripura, Nagaland, and Meghalaya. In the wake of absence of the youth wing, the same was also created along with the inauguration of the office. The MP commented on the move, stating that it would contribute towards strengthening the party.
     
    2018-01-22 03:16:54 PM
  • BJP to Go Solo in Meghalaya Polls
    BJP has decided against forming an alliance with any other party in the upcoming Meghalaya election. The party has formally announced to go solo in the polls. It would contest for the polls on all the 60 seats and has already sent the first list of candidates to its central election committee for the purpose of approval. Shibun Lyngdoh, the party president of the state, however, said that the final decision whether the party fights for all 60 seats or not would be taken by the committee. He added that the election campaign would be launched once the list gets finalized.
    2018-01-22 05:34:29 PM
  • Meghalaya Polls: 100 CAPF Companies Sanctioned
    As many as 100 Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) companies have been sanctioned in order to ensure peaceful polling process for the upcoming Meghalaya assembly election. F R Kharkongor, state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), reported that the troops would begin to arrive towards the end of January. He stated that patrolling and area domination would be the main tasks. The discussion about their deployment and poll preparedness has already started. The CEO is also likely to discuss the financial matters related to elections to avoid any misuse of power in the polls. The DGP has also ensured to keep the basic amenities ready for the CAPFs.
    2018-01-19 04:58:33 PM
  • Meghalaya goes to poll on Feb 27
    The Election Commission of India has announced the schedule of Meghalaya Assembly Election 2018. As per the declaration polls in the state will be held on Feb 27, along with Nagaland Assembly Election. Votes will be counted on March 3. 
    2018-01-18 02:32:27 PM
  • NCP Won't Form Alliance with Congress in Elections
    Sharad Pawar's NCP launched an attack on the Congress citing lack of development in Meghalaya. NCP General Secretary Praful Patel cleared that the party would not be in any kind of coalition with the Congress for the upcoming Assembly election in the state. The party, which is in an alliance with Congress for the last 5 years in the government, has announced that it would go solo in the coming election. The party has also planned to contest on about 42 seats in the elections. Currently, it has only one member left in the house, after the resignation of Sanbor Shullais.
    2018-01-18 04:17:25 PM
  • Meghlaya Assembly Polls: AAP Declares Second List of Candidates
    AAP is out with the second list of candidates who would contest Meghalaya election for the assembly. The list consists of a total of 4 names: Denis Tynsiar (Pynursla), Shalnangh C. Marak (North Tura), Banrilang Jungai (Jowai) and Hadisul Islam (Rajabala). AAP state president Wanshuwa Nongtdu stated that the party would contest for over 35 seats in the state and the third list would soon be declared.
     
    Earlier in the first list, four candidates were included, namely, Daross Ramsiej (Mawkyrwat), Wonder Lapang (Umsning), Dedrict Binong (Nongpoh) and Peter A Dohkrut (Mawlai).
    2018-01-18 04:55:23 PM
  • Meghalaya Elections: NCP Begins Campaigning
    NCP has finally started campaigning for Meghalaya Election 2018. The General Secretary of the party, Praful Patel, has declared the names of 6 candidates - John D Sangma (Ranikor), ECB Bamon (Mowkaiaw), Andrew Charles Gare (Mawwhynrut), Tyngshain Lapang (Mawhati), Ronaldson Dkhar (Nongthymmai), and Predecessor Rumnong (Pynthorumkhrah). He stated that party would fight polls in Garo Hills for 22 out of 24 seats and about 20 seats in the Khasi Hills region.
     
    He also criticised the ruling party Congress for misgovernance and its failure to provide even basic needs of people. He slammed the government for apparent failure in implementation of Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS).
    2018-01-17 02:15:21 PM
  • BJP in Talks with MLAs for Defection
    The saffron party is still in talks with about 5 Meghalaya legislators to urge them to fight the upcoming Meghalaya assembly election on their party's ticket. BJP leader Alexander Hek revealed the news to press but did not give out the names of the legislators. The party is hopeful because many legislators recently defected to it. Hek himself joined the saffron party early in January and was a member of Congress before.
     
    Hek now leads the BJP's election committee and voiced confidence that lotus would bloom in the northeastern state too. He also stated that PM Narendra Modi would soon hold rallies in different parts of the state.
    2018-01-16 03:11:47 PM
  • AAP to Contest Polls for All North-Eastern States
    Despite not getting much success in expanding its rule in the country, AAP has decided to fight the polls in all the north-eastern states that will go in polls in coming months. As confirmed by Habung Payeng, an AAP leader, the party will fight in all the elections including, Nagaland election, Meghalaya election, and Tripura election. Mizoram, which will go to polls later this year, is too on party's election campaigning list.
     
    The move looks inspired by it earlier contesting on a number of seats in Punjab. AAP won 20 seats after contesting on 29 seats in the state. The party has also planned to fight future polls in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
    2018-01-15 04:23:38 PM
  • Meghalaya Reports Increase in Voter Count
    CEO Meghalaya, Frederick Kharkongor expressed happiness as the state has managed to enroll more than half of the population as voters. Meghalaya, which has a population of over 35 lakhs, will have 18,30,104 voters for the upcoming Meghalaya assembly election in the state. The female voter population is reported to be 9,23,848, which has slightly outnumbered the males which stand at 9,06,256. Kharkongor reported that no one from the third gender has enrolled.
     
    An increase in the total voter population has been registered. For the last Assembly elections held in 2013, there were 15,02,509 voters, making a total increase in the voter's number by 3,27,595.
     
    The number of polling stations will be 3082, again an increase of 597 over the last Assembly polls
    2018-01-11 01:46:47 PM
  • Congress likely to Go on with Soft Hindutva Image
    The Congress is likely to continue to pull the same card as it did in the Gujarat Assembly elections last year. The soft Hindutva image adopted by the party did work for it as the results showed a substantial improvement in the number of votes garnered by them.
     
    Rahul Gandhi during the campaigning in the western state was seen visiting a string of temples and gave a clear indication that INC has moved over its old chestnut of appeasing just Muslims. The Gandhi scion is expected to campaign in the state after January 20 and is expected to cover Belgaum, Mysore, and Bellary, as reported by KC Venugopal, Congress' Karnataka general secretary-in-charge. He is likely to visit Sringeri Sharada Peetha, Chikkamagaluru as Meghalaya Election, Tripura Election and Nagaland Election are slated to be held early this year. 
    2018-01-11 01:59:12 PM
  • Meghalaya: VVPAT Working Demonstrated to Politicians, Media
    Meghalaya will use the VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) for the first time in the coming Meghalaya elections. In an attempt to educate the electorates, the West Garo Hills has made preparations for demonstrating the procedure. The deputy commissioner of the region, Ram Singh, has held a demonstration in front of the political representative of all the parties, in addition to media persons. Singh explained that the VVPATs would allow the voters to briefly see the printed slip of the vote cast after they vote. He added that the VVPATs would be used in all the polling stations in the district.
     
    2018-01-09 01:56:18 PM
  • Meghalaya Assembly Elections: NPP Confident of Winning
    NPP leader Conrad K Sangma expressed confidence that the current ruling party, Congress, will face a defeat from his party in the upcoming Meghalaya Assembly election 2018, which is tentatively scheduled in February. He even claimed the party is going to win with a majority. He further added that the party had prepared a mission document for the state which effectively consists of all the issues pertaining to the welfare of the people.
     
    He also juxtaposed the Congress performance and its rule over the years. He pointed out that the party once held power in more than 18 states and now is reduced to only four. He also stated that people no longer have faith in the party.
     
    2018-01-09 02:01:45 PM
  • Meghalaya Elections: No Attempt Made by Congress to Campaign in the state
    Both BJP and NPP have started the election campaigning for Meghalaya Assembly Election. However, Congress is yet to appear on the scene to appease the voters. There have been no posters and no rallies conducted by the party so far. Newly appointed president of Congress committee, Celestine Lyngdoh, however, stated that they would ensure the next government would be Congress only.
     
    On the other hand, the saffron party is in full swing as evident from the visit by BJP chief Amit Shah. The party even held a meeting to discuss strategy for wresting the power from the current government the state had.
    2018-01-08 12:50:10 PM
  • Meghalaya Elections: AAP Slams BJP for Flaunting Money Power
    An AAP official has accused BJP of trying to win the polls in Meghalaya solely on money power. Party's central observer Rakesh Sinha pointed out that the party is putting banners and posters all over the place but otherwise has no base in the northeastern state. He further said that the saffron party would fail in mobilizing the voters this way for they had not done much for the state in past three and a half years.
     
    Commenting on Congress, he expressed that chances for Congress to remain in power are also bleak. He added that it was a good news for the state that his party had decided to contest the polls in the state.
     
    2018-01-05 12:39:21 PM
  • 8 Former Legislators to Join NPP ahead of Meghalaya Elections
    8 political leaders will be joining the National People’s Party (NPP) on January 4, 2018. Their formal induction will take place at a public rally on Polo ground. The 5 of the 8 politicians, namely, Ngaitlang Dhar, Rowell Lyngdoh, Coming One Ymbon, Prestone Tynsong and Sniawbhalang Dhar, are from Congress and had quit the assembly earlier. The other three are Independents Hopeful Bamon, Democratic Party legislator Remington Pyngrope and Stephanson Mukhim.
     
    The party president told the press that rally would mark the campaigning for the upcoming elections Meghalaya Assembly Elections. He also added that his party workers are working hard for all the 60 seats in the assembly.
     
    2018-01-04 04:37:14 PM
  • Amit Shah Geared up to Bring Northeastern States under BJP
    Amit Shah is all set to entice as many as voters in the northeastern part of the country. The BJP president will exert the presence of the saffron party in Meghalaya, currently under the rule of Congress. Shah will visit the state on January 6 and is expected to address a rally in Garo hills, Tikrikilla. The region is a stronghold of the currently serving Congress CM, Mukul Sangma. The BJP chief also has a busy schedule on January 7 when he addresses a rally in Ambassa and Udaipur in the state of Tripura. The Left front is ruling the state for over 2 decades and the tribal community has a reservation on one-third of the assembly seats.
    2018-01-03 02:49:48 PM
  • Meghalaya Elections: More Ministers Join BJP
    Four more politicians have switched their political side to join BJP ahead of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly election 2018. While one of the legislators is from Congress, two include independent candidates like Robinus Syngkon and Justine Dkhar and one Nationalist Congress Party legislator Sanbor Shullai. They are slated to join the BJP in a formal meeting in Golf Links. The meeting will be held in the presence of Union Tourism minister K.J. Alphons and Assam minister. 
     
    Shibun Lyngdoh, BJP state President, explained the increase in a number of party joiners by stating that the performance of BJP-led NDA government on the national level has been efficient. He further added that the BJP is growing and politicians will be inclined to join the saffron party. He also expressed the possibility of joining of more legislators in coming time. 
     
    2018-01-02 11:41:44 AM
  • BJP on Mission 40 for Meghalaya Elections
    BJP is all set to grab a major number of seats in the upcoming Meghalaya assembly elections. The poll-bound state will hold elections in February and the saffron party is aiming to win 40 seats out of the total 60 assembly seats. Most states in India are under the saffron rule at the moment and BJP wants to leave no stone unturned when it comes to gathering more states under its umbrella. BJP national chief is slated to visit the north-eastern state next year on January 6. According to media reports, he would address a public meeting at Garo hills. PM Modi too visited the state a few days ago for inaugurating infrastructure facilities and also condemned Congress for ruining the state in its over 15 years rule. Currently, the saffron party has no sitting MLA in the state.
    2017-12-30 11:25:22 AM
  • 4 MLAs Join BJP in Meghalaya
    In another boost to the saffron party, four new members have switched over to the saffron party. Four former MLAs, John Manner Marak, Omillo K Sangma, Billykid Sangma and Adolf Lu Hitler became part of the BJP on December 29. Both John Manner and Omillo belong to NPP while Hitler is from Congress and Billykid rejoined the party after resigning earlier due to personal reasons.
     
    Their formal joining took place in the presence of more than 1000 party workers with BJP state president Shibun Lyngdoh in attendance. Shibun addressed the crowd and assured that the party's main motto is ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. He also berated Congress and NPP.
     
    2017-12-30 12:07:25 PM
  • Meghalaya Legislative Assembly election 2018 Likely to be Announced in January

    Election Commission is expected to announce the dates for the Meghalaya elections soon. Achal Kumar Joti, Chief Election Commissioner, appeared satisfied with preparation for the polls. The announcement is expected in the second week of January 2018. The state, which is currently under the rule of Congress, is likely to go to elections in February. The upcoming elections would mark the 10th legislature with 60 members. During last elections in 2013, the polling date for three states, namely, Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, were announced. It was February 14 for the former and February 23 for the latter two.

    2017-12-27 03:32:31 PM
  • Meghalaya Legislative Assembly election 2018 to Have 60 All-Women Polling Booths

    After Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya becomes the third state to have all-women managed polling booths. The state is expected to have 3082 polling stations and out of these, 60 will be completely manned by women. Chief Election Commissioner, Achal Kumar Joti, said that the decision was taken to empower women and boost their participation in the voting process. He further added that these booths will be called 'pink booths' and all the staff from presiding officer to polling officers to security personnel will be women. A total of 8.93 lakh women voters are in the state, making for 50.52% of the total.

    2017-12-27 03:33:20 PM
  • NPP, BJP make a comeback in Meghalaya election

    eghalaya's political stalwart P.A. Sangma and his National People's Party (NPP) on Thursday made a strong comeback in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), defeating the ruling Congress party. Sangma's alliance partner, the BJP, which fielded six candidates, opened its account in the council by winning one seat in a straight contest in ZikZak constituency. BJP candidate Bhupendra B. Hajong defeated Congress nominee Jogadish Ch Hajong by 935 votes. Elections were held on Monday for the 29 seats of the 30-member GHADC amid a boycott by various pressure groups and a militant outfit to protest against the participation of non-indigenous tribals. The government nominates one seat. Source: IANS

    2015-10-16 03:19:54 PM
  • Voting in Meghalaya peaceful

    Voting ended peacefully on Monday in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) elections in the western part of Meghalaya as people defied a boycott called by various pressure groups and a militant outfit to exercise their franchise. The government had blocked access to internet services from Sunday night to prevent pressure groups from circulating messages to incite voters not to take part in the election besides creating communal tension in the Garo Hills. "An estimated of 50 percent of the 590,456 voters voted till 4 p.m. in five districts of Garo Hills," Commissioner and Secretary for District Council Affairs Jopthiaw Lyngdoh told IANS. "Polling has been conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner with no report of major incidents," Lyngdoh said. Source: IANS

    2015-10-15 10:08:18 AM
  • Counting of ballots begins in five states

    The counting of votes began this morning at 8 in the six legislative assembly constituencies of five states where by-elections are taking place. The six constituencies that went for polling on 27 June are RK Nagar in Tamil Nadu, Aruvikara in Kerala, Garoth in Madhya Pradesh, Pratapgarh and Surma in Tripura and Chokpot in Meghalaya. As the early trends suggested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK Chief J. Jayalalitha was way ahead of the others in the RK Nagar constituency, while Congress candidate KS Sabarinandhan was leading in Aruvikara constituency of Kerala. As far as Garoth in Madhya Pradesh constituency is concerned, BJP's Chandarsingh Sisodia was leading by 1,831 votes after four rounds of counting were complete. Trends for rest of the constituencies were not declared till 10 am.

    Source: News Reports

    2015-06-30 09:50:18 AM
  • Congress wins the Chokpot assembly seat of Meghalaya

    The Chokpot legislative assembly seat of Meghalaya has gone to Congress, whose Bluebell R Sangma has accounted for the seat beating oythers by a margin of 2,550 votes. The counting of votes began in the constituency at 8 am today, while the polling for the same took place on 27 June. It has been a sort of moral victory for Congress as it has won this seat after a long gap of 20 years.

    Source: News Reports

    2015-06-30 11:35:07 AM
  • Congress wins Meghalaya by-election

    The ruling Congress on Tuesday won the by-election in Meghalaya's Chokpot assembly constituency, with Bluebell Sangma defeating her nearest rival Phillipole D. Marak of the National People's Party by 2,550 votes, Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik told media on the phone. Sangma, a former Nationalist Congress Party member, who joined the Congress party before the by-election was announced, secured 8,042 votes while Phillipole garnered 5,492 votes. The by-election was necessitated following the death of Garo National Council legislator Clifford R. Marak early this year. Marak's wife Kalpana D. Sangma secured 5,009 votes. While independent candidate Tinkerwin R. Marak received 1,189 votes, 424 voters opted for the None of the Above category in the by-election.

    Source: IANS

    2015-06-30 01:59:32 PM
  • Polling ends in by-elections in five states

    The Dr. Radha Krishanan Nagar assembly constiuency of Tamil Nadu and Aruvikkara assembly segment of Kerala witnessed over 70 percent of voter turnout on Saturday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha was in fray who is contesting the RK Nagar seat. A little over 71 percent voter turnout was recorded in Dr. RK Nagar legislative assembly constituency of Tamil Nadu, while Aruvikkara did better with 74.15 percent of the possible ballot being cast. The other assembly constituencies where by-elections were held on Saturday are Pratapgarh (SC) and Surma in Tripura, Chokpot (SC) in Meghalaya and Garoth in Madhya Pradesh. Polling was largely peaceful at all the polling booths in all the concerned assembly constituencies.

    Source: News Reports

    2015-06-27 06:02:41 PM
  • EVMs to display images along with names, symbols

    To ensure greater transparency and avoid confusion in the minds of voters, the Election Commission has decided that electronic voting machines (EVMs) would henceforth display images of the contestants along with their names and party symbols. The new system would be operational for the first time during the June 27 byelections to six assembly constituencies in five states - Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu and Tripura. "Following a Supreme Court direction, the Election Commission has decided to display photos of the candidates besides their names and party symbols on the EVMs," Election Commission Secretary K.N. Bhar told IANS. The images would be displayed between the party symbol and the candidate's name. "The new mode would be applicable from now onwards in all future elections to parliament and the state assemblies," he added. Source - IANS

    2015-06-20 03:15:11 PM
  • By-elections in Meghalaya on 27 June

    The Chokpot legislative assembly constituency in Meghalaya is heading for by-elections in late June. The death of the sitting MLA from Chokpot, Clifford Marak on 28 February, forced the by-polls in this assembly constituency in Meghalaya. As per the schedule released by the Election Commission of India, 3 June is the day when the filing of nominations will begin and will go on till 10 June. on 13 June, the nominations will be scrutinised. The polling in the constituency will take place on 27 June, counting of ballots will be done and results will be announced on 30 June.

    Source: News Reports

    2015-06-02 02:40:20 PM
  • Six new governors appointed

    President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday filled up vacancies of governors in four northeastern states while shifting two governors. According to a Rashtrapati Bhavan comminique, V. Shanmuganthan has now been appointed as the governor of Meghalaya whereas Arunachal Pradesh Governor, Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma (retd.) has been transferred to Mizoram for the remainder of his term which lasts till 2018. The seventh governor to be named for the northeastern state since July 2014, he will be succeeded in Itanagar by J.P. Rajkhowa. Meghalaya and Mizoram were currently being held as additional charges by West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.

    Source: IANS

    2015-05-13 09:44:25 AM
  • RS passes Bangladesh land boundary bill

    The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a bill to operationalise the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh, and the exchange of certain enclaves of land between the two countries. The Constitution (One Hundred and Nineteenth Amendment) Bill, 2013 was unanimously passed by the upper house, with 180 votes in favour and zero against it. The bill to operationalise the agreement with Bangladesh includes exchange of territories in Assam, West Bengal, Tripura and Meghalaya, and was cleared by the union cabinet at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

    Source: IANS

    2015-05-06 05:36:35 PM
  • Congress notice to Assam MLA over auto-theft link

    The ruling Congress in Assam on Monday issued a show-cause notice to party legislator Rumi Nath over her alleged link with the kingpin of an auto theft racket in Mumbai and Delhi who was arrested in the state. Anil Chauhan, a kingpin in the auto theft racket and wanted by police in Mumbai, Delhi and Meghalaya, was arrested by police in Guwahati last week. The alleged link between Nath, a two-time legislator from Borkhola constituency in Karimganj district, and Chauhan came to light after the police probe revealed that Chauhan was issued car passes by the Assam legislative assembly authorities on her recommendation.

    Source: IANS

    2015-04-07 10:21:00 AM
  • Meghalaya speaker confident of winning 'trust vote'

    Ahead of the Meghalaya assembly taking up a 'no confidence' motion against him on Wednesday, Speaker Abu Taher Mondal on Tuesday exuded confidence that the members would continue to support him. "I am fully confident that the assembly members will continue to extend their support to me during the no-confidence motion against me. But let us see tomorrow (on Wednesday)," Mondal said. The combined opposition -- of the Meghalaya People's Front and the Hills State People's Democratic Party -- moved a no-confidence motion against Mondal, alleging that he had not allotted sufficient time for the members to take up relevant issues. MPF chief whip James Sangma said that they moved the motion to express their displeasure against the speaker for conducting the proceedings in a "biased manner". The speaker rubbished the charge levelled by the opposition saying he has conducted the proceedings as per rules.

    Source: IANS

    2015-03-25 10:20:48 AM
  • Meghalaya deputy speaker quits ahead of floor test against speaker

    Meghalaya Deputy Speaker and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Sanbor Shullai on Monday resigned from his post, two days before a crucial no-confidence motion against Speaker Abu Taher Mondal. Shullai's resignation was announced by the speaker on the floor of the house. "I have resigned from the post on personal ground and my resignation has no connection with the no-confidence motion against the speaker. There was no pressure neither from the MUA government nor the chief minister," Shullai told journalists. The combined opposition Meghalaya People's Front and the Hill State People's Democratic Party has moved a no-confidence motion against Mondal, alleging that he had not allotted sufficient time for the members to take up relevant issues in the assembly.

    Source: IANS

    2015-03-24 10:29:12 AM
  • Meghalaya on railways' map

    Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said that Meghalaya has joined the railway network and Arunachal Pradesh has been linked with the national capital. "We are committed to provide rail connectivity to northeastern states and Meghalaya has been finally brought on the railways' map," the minister said in his budget speech in the Lok Sabha. "Arunachal Pradesh has been finally connected to Delhi," he said. In 2014, the central government flagged off the first passenger train service in Meghalaya connecting Mendipathar in the state with Guwahati in Assam. A project to convert the Bhairabi-Sairang track in Mizoram into broad gauge was also initiated.

    Source: IANS

    2015-02-26 03:53:40 PM
  • New institution to replace Brahmaputra Board: Uma Bharti

    Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on Wednesday said a new institution will replace the 34-year-old Brahmaputra Board to take up integrated water resource planning and management in the Brahmaputra basin. Bharti made this announcement after chairing the seventh and last meeting of the board's High Powered Review Board in the Meghalaya capital. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, and water resources ministers of the northeastern states were also present. "I can declare with a firm conviction that today is the last meeting of the Brahmaputra Board. The next meeting will be held under a new name and concept. It (board) would reincarnate with a new name and concept in which the views of every state will be incorporated," Bharti told journalists.

    Source: IANS

    2015-02-12 10:37:10 AM
  • Modi greets Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur on statehood day

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted the people of Meghalaya, Tripura and Manipur on their statehood day. Greeting the people of Meghalaya, Modi said: "My dear sisters and brothers of Meghalaya, my greetings on your statehood day. I extend my best wishes for Meghalaya's development journey." "During my recent visit to the north-east, I was fortunate to have inaugurated the first train that brought Meghalaya on India's railway map. This will add tremendous impetus to Meghalaya's progress," he added. The prime minister also said that he was "committed to leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the dreams of Meghalaya's youngsters are fulfilled and they get opportunities to shine". Extending warm greetings to the citizens of Tripura, Modi said: "I have very fond memories of my visit to Tripura in December last year. I will always remember your warm nature and the excellent hospitality."

    Source: IANS

    2015-01-21 01:56:39 PM
  • 160 northeast youths to join Delhi Police: Rijiju

    Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday announced that 160 youths from northeast states would be inducted into Delhi Police. Rijiju made the announcement while attending a meeting with senior officials at Delhi Police headquarters, considering the increasing number of racial attacks against people from northeastern states in Delhi. Rijiju said that 10 male and 10 female police officers will be inducted in Delhi Police from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. At pPresent, only 39 policemen from northeastern states are serving with Delhi Police. Of these policemen, 10 are Indian Police Service officers while the rest are either constables, head constables or inspectors.

    Source: IANS

    2014-12-30 04:53:12 PM
  • Centre to hold meeting of NE chief ministers on terror: Rijiju

    The central government would soon hold a meeting with all chief ministers of the eight northeastern states to discuss the security threat by jihadi groups, union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijju said in Shillong on Friday. "The issue (security threat) is serious and a meeting with chief ministers of the states from the (northeast) region will be convened soon to discuss and take strategic decisions," Rijiju said. He was speaking to journalists after inspecting the India-Bangladesh border in the Dawki sector in Meghalaya. "In that meeting, strategic decision will be taken on the law and order front as well as security aspect of the whole region," he said while refusing to divulge details about the spread of terror modules in the region.

    Source: IANS

    2014-12-20 09:52:46 AM
  • Meghalaya CM to share dais with Modi on Saturday after political spat

    Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who had said Narendra Modi would never become the prime minister, would share the dais with him on Saturday to flag off the first passenger train between Assam's Guwahati and his state's Garo Hills. Sangma however made light of it. "Sharing the dais with the prime minister is nothing extraordinary," Sangma said when journalists sought for his comments on his sharing the dais with Modi at Maligaon in Assam's main city of Guwahati. In fact, Sangma and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee are the only two chief ministers who has not met Modi after the Bharatiya Janata Party unseated the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government in the parliamentary elections. However, the Meghalaya chief minister said that he would meet Modi only when it was needed. Source : IANS

    2014-11-29 10:09:51 AM
  • Meghalaya home minister quits

    Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri has resigned from the ruling Congress-led government, a party official said Friday.Warjri, the first woman home minister, submitted her resignation to Chief Minister Mukul Sangma late Thursday."I have resigned owning moral responsibility for the prevailing law and order situation in Garo Hills where precious lives of both civilians and men in uniform have been lost," Warjri stated.However, it is not known if the chief minister has accepted Warjri's resignation.There have been a series of explosion in Garo Hills perpetrated by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), killing two policemen and injuring three others.The militant outfit had also tossed a crude bomb at a police outpost at Rongram in West Garo Hills. However, there were no casualties.Warjri's comes ahead of the winter assembly session beginning from Friday where the combined opposition of Meghalaya People's Front (MPF) is planning to nail the government on criminalisation of politics, and total collapse of governance which led to deaths of civilians and security forces besides infiltration of militants into Meghalaya Police.(IANS)

    2014-11-21 12:12:19 PM
  • BJP Bags Kothrud constituency

    Kothrud constituency’s BJP candidate Medha Kulkarni wins.

    Source: Media Sources

    2014-10-19 10:44:49 AM
  • Northeast CMs' meet to decide roadmap for development

    DoNER Minister Gen. (retd) V.K. Singh would meet the chief ministers of all eight northeastern states in Guwahati Aug 21-22 to decide a roadmap for the development of the region, an official said. This would be the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) minister's first meeting with the chief ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur and Sikkim.

    Source: IANS

    2014-08-18 04:21:58 PM
  • Meghalaya Congress leaders tell Sonia about dissent

    Two Congress legislators from Meghalaya met party chief Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi and apprised her about the growing dissent within the party in the state. Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee chief D.D. Lapang and Forest and Environment Minister Prestone Tynsong drove to Sonia Gandhi's house and also expressed displeasure at the style of functioning of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma.

     

    Source: IANS

    2014-08-06 09:50:05 AM
  • Meghalaya CM seeks Modi's intervention on coal mining ban

    Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invoke a provision of the Sixth Schedule so that central laws relating to mining are repealed following the National Green Tribunal's ban on rat-hole coal mining in the state. "Invoke paragraph 12A (b) of the Sixth Schedule so that application of central laws relating to mining may be rescinded through a presidential notification. Thereafter, the state legislature shall make appropriate legislation to regulate mining in the state in accordance with the Meghalaya Mines and Minerals Policy, 2012," Sangma said in a letter to Modi.

     

    Source: IANS

    2014-08-01 09:52:15 AM
  • Upset with Jaitley's budget: Meghalaya CM

    Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said he was upset with the Narendra Modi government's maiden budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for not including promotion of trade between India's northeastern states and neighbouring countries. "The budget speech, though generating lot of promises, there was nothing comprehensive for us. There was expectation for a 'comprehensive support system' for the northeastern states," Sangma told journalists. Source : IANS  

    2014-07-11 11:36:38 AM
  • Meghalaya told not to hold talks with Garo outfit

    The central government has directed Meghalaya not to hold talks with the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), a rebel outfit fighting for a separate Garoland state, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said. "They (central government) have formally indicated to us that we should not continue to pursue talks with the GNLA since they (GNLA) are continuing with their criminal activities," Sangma told journalists.

    Source : IANS  

    2014-07-11 12:18:12 PM
  • Paul sworn-in Nagaland governor

    Meghalaya Governor Krishan Kant Paul on Wednesday took over additional charge of Nagaland too following resignation of Ashwani Kumar. He was administered the oath of office by Gauhati High Court Justice T. Vaiphei at Raj Bhavan here. Additional State Chief Secretary Toshi Aier read out a warrant of appointment issued by the President appointing Paul as the state governor. Source : IANS

    2014-07-02 12:37:32 PM
  • Meghalaya gets new chief secretary

    P.B.O. Warjri, a 1978 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, has been appointed the new chief secretary of Meghalaya, an official said. He will succeed W.M.S. Pariat, who is retiring June 30. Warjri is currently chairman for administrative reforms and additional chief secretary in-charge of the soil and water conservation department.

    Source: IANS            

    2014-06-28 03:31:33 PM
  • Meghalaya MP asks Modi to rehabilitate coal miners

    Congress MP from Shillong Vincent H. Pala urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to roll out a rehabilitation scheme for coal mine owners, miners and those dependent on coal mining following the National Green Tribunal's ban on rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya. "The centre should provide efficient legal assistance to the state and to the affected parties so that the NGT is halted in its tracks from causing deep social unrest, economic despondency and increase in insurgency activities," Pala said in a letter to Modi. Source : IANS

    2014-06-24 10:44:48 AM
  • Meghalaya MLA wants CBI probe into politician-militant nexus

    Saleng Sangma, a Garo legislator in Meghalaya, asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to initiate a CBI probe into the politician-militant nexus in the insurgency-ravaged districts of Garo hills. The Independent legislator, who has survived several attempts on his life by militants, informed Rajnath Singh through a letter that Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has also said there was evidence to prove the links between politicians and militant groups. Saleng told the home minister that a militant who revealed the names of some politicians allegedly maintaining links with militant groups was killed the very next day. Source : IANS

    2014-06-24 12:48:38 PM
  • P.A. Sangma seeks Modi's intervention in Meghalaya custodial deaths

    National People's Party (NPP) supremo Purno Agitok Sangma on Saturday shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in the twin custodial death in Meghalaya. Sangma, who is the lone NPP member in the Lok Sabha, has also asked National Human Rights Commission chairman K.G. Balakrishnan to institute an inquiry into the twin custodial death.  Source: IANS

    2014-06-01 09:38:17 AM
  • No regrets for Modi remark: Mukul Sangma

    Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said he does not regret his remark that Narendra Modi will never become the prime minister because of his "fundamentalist background". He said the mandate in the general election was not for the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime minister-designate but for an alternative to the Congress-led government at the centre. Source: IANS

    2014-05-23 10:30:06 AM
  • Sangma leading in Meghalaya

    Former Lok Sabha speaker and National People's Party (NPP) candidate Purno Agitok Sangma and sitting Congress MP Vincent H. Pala are leading in Tura and Shillong constituencies in Meghalaya. Counting of votes is in progress. Sangma is leading by 30,000 votes against Congress candidate Daryl William Cheran Momin.

    Source: IANS

    2014-05-16 12:09:48 PM
  • Meghalaya to count votes under CCTV surveillance

    Counting of votes for Meghalaya's two Lok Sabha seats will be done under CCTV surveillance, an election official said. Over 69 percent (10,80,845) of the 15.67 lakh-strong electorate cast their votes for the two Lok Sabha seats - Tura and Shillong - in the state. A total of 2,581 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been kept under security guard since balloting for the seats was held on April 9. Source: IANS

    2014-05-14 03:22:21 PM
  • Over 69 percent turnout in Meghalaya

    Over 69 percent of Meghalaya's 15.67 lakh-strong electorate cast their votes for the two Lok Sabha seats in the mountainous northeastern state, an election official said Thursday. "The final figure of voting in Shillong and Tura constituencies was 69.03 percent," state chief electoral officer Prashant Naik told IANS. A total of 2,562 polling booths had been set up in the state's 11 districts for the polling Wednesday. 

    Source: IANS

    2014-04-10 05:35:10 PM
  • Voting begins in Meghalaya

    Voting for two parliamentary constituencies in Meghalaya began Wednesday amidst tight security, marking the start of second phase elections in India which began April 7, an official said. Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of polling stations well before voting opened at 7 a.m. in the entire state. Polling ends at 5 p.m., said chief electoral officer Prashant Naik.

    Source: IANS

    2014-04-09 08:01:20 AM
  • Meghalaya witnesses 10 pc voting

    Meghalaya witnessed ten per cent of the voters exercising their franchise till 9 AM for the two Lok Sabha constituencies where polling began this morning. Defying a 12-hour bandh called by a banned separatist group in the Khasi Jaintia Hills region, voters turned out more in urban areas compared to rural areas, Chief Electoral Officer P Naik said. Governor Dr K K Paul cast his vote in the early hours.

    Source: PTI

    2014-04-09 11:50:06 AM
  • Elephant scare, firing near Meghalaya booths

    Voting picked up Wednesday for the two Lok Sabha seats in Meghalaya, even as the firing of blanks was reported near a polling centre and wild elephants disrupted officials from visiting two polling booths in the state. "Around 39 percent of the 15,67,241 electors voted till 1 p.m. in Shillong and Tura," State Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik said, adding that the turnout is expected to increase as the day progresses.

    Source:IANS

    2014-04-09 02:26:43 PM
  • Meghalaya records 53 percent polling

    Meghalaya Wednesday recorded 53 percent polling till 3 p.m., as voting took place at a brisk pace with people turning out in huge numbers to elect two Lok Sabha members from the state. "Around 53 percent of the 15,67,241 electors voted till 3 p.m. in Shillong and Tura," State Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik said.

    Source:IANS

    2014-04-09 04:29:20 PM
  • Sangma bats for smaller states

    Former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma, a nine-time MP who is returning to national politics through the Lok Sabha election, supports the demand for creation of smaller states across the country. The National People's Party (NPP) supremo, who returned to the national political scene by seeking the mandate from the Tura constituency, is fighting the Lok Sabha polls on the plank of a separate Garoland to be carved out of Meghalaya.

    Source:IANS

    2014-04-04 04:22:10 PM
  • Sangma battles Congress and an indifferent electorate in Meghalaya

    Unlike the rest of the country, where the two principal national parties are waging a high decibel Lok Sabha campaign, the lack of issues in the two constituencies in Meghalaya has translated into a battle of personalities - particularly in Tura where nine-time MP Purno Sangma is ranged against the Congress' Daryl William Cheran Momin, who is fighting for change

    Source:IANS

    2014-04-03 07:55:04 PM
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