The BJP, which has put in its best effort ever to capture the hill state, did not go for a pre-poll alliance, as it did with regional parties in Assam and Manipur in the last two years, or as it has done in Nagaland.
Shira (45) carried an award of Rs 10 lakh on his head, and is believed to have masterminded an ambush one week ago in which Jonathone N Sangma, the NCP candidate for Williamnagar LAC and three others were killed near Samanda in East Garo Hills district.
Pahamrioh is a village with about 300 families, most of whom had migrated from near Sohra (new name for Cherrapunji) about 60 years ago at the instance of Rev J J M NicholsRoy, one of the founding fathers of present-day Meghalaya.
“There are 57 police stations across Meghalaya, but only 39 or 40 are functioning. This proves how serious the Congress-led government of Mukul Sangma is about the security of the people here,” Singh said
Altogether 272 INSAS rifles, 954 SLRs, 133 12-bore pump action guns, twenty 9-mm pistols and 91 ghatak rifles that were recently procured by the forest department were handed over to the frontline forest personnels by the chief minister.
Asking people to find out what had happened to increased allocation of funds by the Centre to Meghalaya during the last four years, Shah said that the Congress government could not spend the funds properly.
The BJP, which said it would form the next government in the state despite fielding only 47 candidates in a House of 60 seats, also promised that it will get back on track coal mines that have remained shut following an order of National Green Tribunal in 2014.
The BJP has hit back saying Alphons had only referred to schemes under the Swadesh Darshan that provide funds for development of pilgrimage sites for people of various faiths. “The Congress has been trying to mislead the people.
Dipankar Bose, Group General Manager of NTPC’s Bongaigaon operation, blames the railways for the problem, saying the railways have not been able to provide rakes to move more quantity of coal to NTPC’s Bongaigaon plant from the Central India Coalfields despite the latter having enough coal.
While the country’s first gas-based fertiliser plant was set up at Namrup in the early 1960s by the Fertiliser Corporation of India, the Namrup plants were bifurcated from the former’s successor Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation Ltd in 2002 to constitute the BVFCL in 2002.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal made a presentation that used geographical distances to project Guwahati as the actual epicentre of growth in Southeast Asia, in the process inviting investors to look at his state as a favourite destination.