Normal life came to standstill in Nagaland on Monday as a dawn-to-dusk shutdown called in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, evoked total response.
Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Neiphiu Rio was on Thursday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Nagaland. This is Rio's fourth term.
Naga People's Front - 27
National Democratic Progressive Party - 15+ (leading on one seat)
Bharatiya Janata Party - 11
National People's Party - 2
Janata Dal-United - 1
Independent - 1
In a saffron surge in the northeast, the BJP put up a spectacular show in Tripura on Saturday, ending 25 years of the Left rule, and was looking to formation of coalition governments in Nagaland and Meghalaya in the face of hung verdicts.
Tuesday's election was marred by a clash between supporters of the ruling Naga People's Front and the Bharatiya Janata Party in Zunheboto district, in which one person was shot dead and two persons injured.
A total of 11,91,513 electorate, including 5,89,806 women and 26,900 new voters, were to decide the fate of 195 candidates, including five women and many independents. Counting of votes will take place on March 3.
One person was injured when a bomb went off at a polling station and a mob destroyed a Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine in Tizit constituency in the eastern part of the state, Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha told
A total of 11,70,548 voters, including 5,89,806 female electorates, besides 26,900 new voters have started exercising their franchise in 2,156 polling stations.
Speaker Imtiwapang Aier has accepted the resignation of the 10 legislators. With this, the strength of the 60-member Nagaland Assembly has been reduced to 46.
"Holding of timely election is a constitutional process. Government is bound by the Constitution. The government of India attaches utmost importance to the long-pending Naga issue," the Union Minister said.
Expressing appreciation for Modi's "sincere desire" to resolve the Naga political issue, it reminded Modi of his promise to resolve the issue within 18 months and his great personal initiative to invite the NNPGs for talks in 2017.
The sources said the two air dispensaries will operate from Shillong and Imphal for six states. The services will cater to six northeastern states, barring Assam.
Christmas was celebrated on Monday across the northeastern region of India with special prayers, hymns and masses in churches, besides the traditional mass community feasts and delicious food.
Zeliang said the North-East had huge potential with rich forest and natural resources, a high literacy rate with a vast reservoir of educated and dynamic workforce fluent in English, progressive in outlook and IT-savvy.
Acharya dismissed the government under Clause (I) of Article 164 of the Constitution after receiving a letter from Assembly Speaker Imtiwapang Aier on Liezietsu's failure to prove his majority in the Assembly.
Blaming Liezietsu for the political crisis in the state, Zeliang said: "The political crisis is caused by the undemocratic style of functioning of Liezietsu in both the party and the government.
Police said one of the three soldiers of the 12 Para Commandos of the Army injured in the battle at Lapa Lempong hilltop in Oting village was in critical condition.
Senior counsel Ram Jethmalani appearing for Gopal Ansal urged the court to give a few more days to him as he had moved the President for mercy and pardon.
The BJP media in-charge Victore Shome today posted in a social media - "Advance announcement, the CPI-M, Congress and TMC are going for an alliance in wake of 2018 poll."
Vodafone India and Aditya Birla Group-promoted Idea Cellular on Monday announced their much-awaited amalgamation.