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Assam: The importance of being Himanta Biswa Sarma
Wed, May 25, 2016

As the new BJP government takes charge in Assam, the burden of expectations aside, all eyes will be on the Sonowal-Sarma chemistry.

Assam swearing-in: PM underlines Act East, CM state identity
Wed, May 25, 2016

The swearing-in ceremony at the Khanapara Veterinary College grounds was a show of strength for the BJP and its allies, with BJP president Amit Shah, 14 chief ministers and many union ministers in attendance.

Assam swearing-in today: AGP, BPF may get two berths each in Sonowal cabinet
Tue, May 24, 2016

Former Congress leader Himanta Biswa Sarma is also likely to take oath.

Assam: ‘I am a BJP MLA first and then a minority’
Mon, May 23, 2016

There is something else that he wears as a badge — the fact that he joined BJP on the same day and place as chief minister-in-waiting Sarbananda Sonowal.

North by Northeast: What explains BJP’s stunning win in Assam?
Tue, May 24, 2016

Deft planning by the party, an Opposition that failed to notice trouble within its ranks, and the AIUDF that had hoped to be kingmaker but is nowhere in sight.

Assam Congress leaders think over what could have been – with Himanta
Sat, May 21, 2016

There is almost no one in the Congress today who does not believe that Sarma would have made a difference.

Ideology accepted, says PM Narendra Modi; stage set for 2019, says Amit Shah
Fri, May 20, 2016

“The polls have made it clear that the BJP’s ideology is being accepted, appreciated and supported by more and more people in the country. It is great for democracy,” Modi said.

I told Rahul Gandhi you will not cross 25 seats, he said we will win: BJP MLA Himanta Biswa Sarma
Fri, May 20, 2016

Himanta Biswa Sarma talks to Indian Express about the party’s win, and what comes next.

Assam election results: Nepotism, loss of blue-eyed boy hurt Congress
Fri, May 20, 2016

Gogoi may have put up a brave face on the eve of the results but Congress sympathisers and many within the party had been staring at a debacle even before voting had commenced.

Behind BJP’s Assam win, lessons from Delhi, Bihar, a ‘dream alliance’
Fri, May 20, 2016

Party refused to run negative campaign, took advice from local leaders, says BJP gen secy Ram Madhav.

Written off, Tarun Gogoi so confident ‘I stopped taking blood pressure pills’
Thu, May 19, 2016

On the eve of the assembly poll results, Gogoi, who has been chief minister for three consecutive terms, refuses to even discuss a scenario of the Congress falling short of the half-way mark in the 126-seat House.

‘Budget for health will not be a problem…only, you have to spend’, says JP Nadda
Thu, May 19, 2016

Health Minister J P Nadda tells Abantika Ghosh that while rural health services have to be strengthened, the Centre is not getting the required response from state governments

Eye on ethics panel and polls, TMC toes govt line in House
Thu, May 12, 2016

A senior party MP has reportedly been entrusted with the task of ensuring that the panel takes a favourable view.

Simply put: Finally, a NEET way to enter medical college
Thu, May 12, 2016

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is conducting the NEET in the current year only in English and Hindi.

TMC Meeting : Follow party line, Trinamool warns ‘senior MP’
Wed, May 11, 2016

At a meeting of its MPs, parliamentary party leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay said that a senior MP had been making anti-party comments and the party had taken strong exception to such statements.

We want all the business to be completed before the House adjourns sine die, says Bhupender Yadav
Tue, May 10, 2016

Rajya Sabha MP Bhupender Yadav speaks to The Indian Express.

Disruption, suspension debate in Rajya Sabha
Tue, May 10, 2016

The government had tried a similar move against MPs disrupting Lok Sabha proceedings some time ago, when Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu moved a motion for their suspension.

The bumpy road to 85%: How tobacco packs came to have bigger warnings
Mon, May 09, 2016

Manufacturers of tobacco products must now display large visual warnings that cover 85% of the packet surface. The journey has seen interventions by a Parliamentary Committee and the courts.

AgustaWestland debate in Rajya Sabha: ‘Birbal ka bamboo’ heard in House
Thu, May 05, 2016

Chaudhry was among nearly 12 Congress MPs, including Vijaylakshmi Sadho, Parvez Hashmi, Rajni Patil, who had left the House just before 6 pm, but came trooping back the moment Ahmed Patel started speaking.

Express 2013 list yields undeclared Rs 500 cr; CBDT says 546 Indians identified
Wed, May 04, 2016

The information was sought in the wake of an April 2013 investigation by The Indian Express-International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on investments by Indians in offshore entities in tax havens.

TMC to lock horns with Congress, plans petition against Ghulam Nabi Azad
Wed, May 04, 2016

Sources said that after Derek O’Brien made a pitch for action against the 33 Congress MPs, senior Congress leaders reached out to Trinamool leaders to pacify them.

Lodha committee has its task cut out giving MCI a facelift
Tue, May 03, 2016

Ever since the arrest of former MCI president Ketan Desai on charges of corruption, the image of MCI as an opaque and corrupt organisation has stuck in public perception.

5 Questions: This is BJP-Congress match-fixing, says Sukhendu Sekhar Roy
Tue, May 03, 2016

Sukhendu Sekhar Roy speaks to The Indian Express.

For NDA@2, e-books, real-life success stories
Mon, May 02, 2016

The publicity plan of the government hinges on increased virtual and real interfaces between the government and the people through campaigns which would take place over several days.

In 2013, UPA told Rajya Sabha: No blacklist of AgustaWestland
Mon, May 02, 2016

Then defence minister A K Antony replied in the negative in the Upper House to a question on whether AgustaWestland had been blacklisted. He said that the company’s reply to a showcause notice is “under process”.

Mithun Chakraborty has attended Parliament for 3 days in 2 years
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

The chair can declare a seat vacated if a member remains absent from house sittings for 60 consecutive days without permission.

West Bengal: Days after MP Saugata Roy featured in Narada sting, Trinamool nominated him to House panel
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

In the video released on March 14, Roy was purportedly seen accepting a bundle of currency notes from the representatives of a fictitious company.

Back on collision course as Didi disowns, Mukul defends
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

Roy said Tuesday that none of the party members featured in the video were accepting cash for personal gains.

Criminalising marital rape: Will Maneka Gandhi be heard?
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

There is no dearth of expert opinion supporting Maneka Gandhi on criminalising marital rape, but successive governments have chosen the path of least resistance by simply ignoring them.

Once Didi sworn in a 2nd time, Delhi just 2 hours away: Derek O’Brien
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

'After Mamatadi is sworn in for the second time as chief minister of Bengal, Delhi is only a two-hour plane ride away.'

SC order on common medical entrance test will raise hopes of many
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

The sometimes insane social premium on entering a medical college has fueled demand to such impossible extent that its yawning gap with the supply of medical seats can probably never be fulfilled.

Too late to conduct common medical entrance test this year: Health Ministry
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

The AMU conducted its MBBS entrance test on April 11.

Assam polls, Phase 2: Mahanta faces a challenge from former ULFA man, once his aide
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

Former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta — against whom the Congress has resurrected the “secret killings” charge citing findings of a report tabled almost a decade ago — is pitted against a former ULFA commander.

Assam Elections 2016: Rebel Congress leader fans wind of change
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

Himanta Biswa Sarmahas an unassailable hold over his own constituents is something his biggest critic would be reluctant to dispute.

Assam elections: In Sankardev’s town, a mela brings ‘minority’ discontent to the fore
Sat, Apr 09, 2016

Hindus may be outnumbered by Muslims in seats like Batadroba and Dhing, but BJP hopes for a consolidation of votes behind it

The politics around the two ends of Assam’s complex Muslim spectrum
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Bengali Muslims are at centre of electoral discourse, Assamese Muslims are too few to swing any seat.