Esha Roy


After 139 days, Naga Council lifts economic blockade on Manipur
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

The meeting was chaired by the Joint Secretary (North East) of the Union Home Ministry. The BJP’s assurance was that the lifting of the blockade would be the first thing a government led by the party

The currency runners
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

As darkness falls, BSF floodlights come on, and guards change duty, bundles of ‘kagoj’ are flung over the border fence in West Bengal, forming almost all of India’s fake notes problem.

Manipur: Biren Singh takes oath, forms first BJP government
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

The BJP has come to power after 15 years of Congress rule in Manipur that was led by Okram Ibobi Singh.

Manipur election results 2017: Congress stint may have helped ex-footballer
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Biren’s popularity with other MLAs may have swung the vote in his favour after a round of hectic lobbying between him and party favourite Bishwajit Singh.

In Imphal, Biren gets call from Raj Bhavan to lead state
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Since March 11, there has been high drama and political tussles over formation of the government in Manipur, with both the Congress and BJP claiming that they have the numbers.

Manipur: Governor invites BJP to form govt, N Biren Singh’s swearing-in tomorrow
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

"There are a number of things important for Manipur state - development and issues regarding the youth and jobs. For this, stability is necessary," she said today.

After Goa, Congress edgy in Manipur as BJP likely to form govt
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

In Manipur, the BJP is supported by its allies - the NPP with four MLAs, the NPF with another four and the LJP with one MLA.

N Biren Singh is BJP’s pick for Manipur chief minister
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Meanwhile, incumbent Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh submitted his resignation to the Governor in the evening.

Manipur elections 2017: Footballer, journalist, Cong minister — now BJP face in state
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Last year, Nongthombam Biren left the Congress, his party since 2007, to join the BJP.

Congress MLA also leans over as BJP crosses Manipur halfway mark
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

A day that saw the BJP steal a march over the Congress in a show of strength before the Governor in Manipur couldn’t have had a more apt moment.

Manipur: Hunt for numbers takes Cong, BJP to airport, ‘confined’ Independent MLA
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Senior Congress leader C P Joshi, deputed from Delhi and present at the party headquarters, accused the BJP of flouting “the norms of democracy”.

Manipur Election Results 2017: Okram Ibobi Singh meets Governor Najma Heptullah, stakes claim to form govt
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Calling the BJP opportunistic Ibobi Singh said that the BJP had categorically denied tie ups with the naga peoples front ahead of the assembly elections.

Time for a New Vow
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

A 16-year-old from Bengal spoke up at a wedding. Now, she is the face of a campaign against child marriage.

Manipur election results 2017: Congress ahead but, going from 0 to 21, winner is BJP
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

BJP leaders had earlier told The Indian Express that the party would look to form the government if it crosses the 20-seat mark, and it could now find willing allies among the 10 winners of smaller parties.

Manipur election results 2017: Won’t fight another poll, says Irom Sharmila
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The results at the Thoubal constituency, where Irom lost to CM Okram Ibobi Singh, is not a surprise to most. Singh has remained unbeaten there for three terms now.

Manipur assembly election results 2017: One more Northeast door opens for the BJP
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

In the panchayat elections that year, out of 24 seats, the BJP won 6 seats with a clear majority and received support from other parties in 4 others.

Manipur results brighten BJP’s chances in 2019
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Over the past few years Manipur has been riddled with conflict, protests, curfews, communal tension and economic blockade.

Manipur elections 2017: The loneliness that is Irom Sharmila
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

In today's election result, Irom Sharmila lost to chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh in Thoubal constituency.

Will assembly election in Manipur be CM Okram Ibobi’s toughest challenge till date?
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Political analysts say that the anti-incumbency is high this time as well, probably higher than 2012, but that the entry of BJP in to Manipuri politics that has the Chief Minister worried.

Manipur Elections 2017: 86% turnout amid reports of proxy voting
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

The turnout in 22 Assembly constituencies was the highest since the 2009 Lok Sabha election.

Manipur Elections 2017: From NSCN leader’s divided family, two BJP candidates
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

The Naga Peace Accord has been kept strategically out of the BJP manifesto in Manipur.

15 years later, CM Ibobi Singh grapples with X-factor: BJP in Manipur
Tue, Mar 07, 2017

The BJP electoral plank of development is one that the Chief Minister considered his own these many years. Prime Minister Modi promised a massive push for infrastructure in the state.

Manipur insurgent camp votes, this time with BJP in poll frame
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

On Saturday, for the second time, cadres of this camp cast their vote. The first time was in the 2012 Assembly elections.

Manipur elections 2017: 2015 killings in Churachandpur haunt Congress
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

The anger against the Congress is so deep that the party’s MLA, Nemchen Kipgen, defected to the BJP ahead of the elections.

Manipur elections 2017: At 84 per cent, highest ever turnout recorded
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

Political analysts said that the high voting percentage was indicative of the fierce contest between the Congress and BJP, which carried out its most aggressive campaign ever run in the state.

Irom and 2
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

Her battle against AFSPA was long and often lonesome. Her electoral debut is small and uneventful. But with volunteers by her side and public respect for her undiminished, Irom Sharmila’s fight is more than about seats.

Manipur Assembly Elections 2017: For Meitei hearts, votes, BJP revives the forgotten King
Thu, Mar 02, 2017

The 78th ‘King of Manipur’, Ningthou Leishamba Sanajaoba, on Wednesday sat beside BJP president Amit Shah at BJP rally

Manipur Assembly Elections 2017: CM Mr 10 per cent, BJP will end corruption, blockade, says Amit Shah
Thu, Mar 02, 2017

He claimed that the Centre had sent Manipur 1 lakh crore tonnes of rice under the Food Security Act

Manipur Elections 2017: New parties, for ‘Congress, BJP sit in Delhi’
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

The emergence of the newer parties, political analysts say, is a feeling in the state that neither of the main two political parties has been able to solve deadlocks

Manipur assembly polls 2017: Blockades now in 3rd month, Naga talks cloud elections
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

The Manipur elections will be held under the shadow of two counter blockades now in force in the state since November last year.

Nabi Diwas vs Saraswati Puja: Fault lines in a Bengal school
Wed, Feb 01, 2017

The protesters threw stones, and the police retaliated with teargas and lathicharge. Two policemen sustained minor injuries.

Demonetisation: Would have resigned on November 8 if I was the FM, says P Chidambaram
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

On the upcoming Budget session, Chidambaram said that if he was still the finance minister he would “stick to the path of fiscal consolidation and keep fiscal deficit below 3 per cent and current account at 1 per cent’’.

Abductors were intelligence officers, said Centre sent them to help Bengal govt: K N Ramachandran  
Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Ramachandran alleged his “kidnappers” had told him they were officers from central intelligence agencies, and that they had been “instructed by New Delhi” to pick him up.

How CPI(ML) leader K N Ramachandran went ‘missing’ in Kolkata
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

"It was a kidnapping – that too filmy style," says Ramachandran.

CPI(ML) Red Star leader goes missing from Kolkata: Was on way to Bhangar; cops deny role, will investigate
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Ramachandran was to lead a party central committee team on Tuesday to meet families of two persons who died during the Bhangar agitation, against land acquisition for a power project, on January 17.

KN Ramachandran goes missing on arriving in Kolkata, CPI(ML) accuses police
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

CPI(ML) Red Star state secretary Pradeep Singh Thakur has however alleged that it is the West Bengal police that has illegally picked up Ramachandran on his arrival in Kolkata on Sunday.