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Thakur to be sworn in as SMB chairperson on April 2

Silchar, March 23: The swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected BJP led Silchar Municipal Board will be held on April 2 at Banga Bhawan. The well-known legal practitioner and the ward commissioner of ward number 25 Niharendra Narayan Thakur will become the new chairperson of the board.
The Silchar town BJP president Deepayan Chakraborty in a letter to the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar made an appeal to him to send invitation to the MLAs, MP, members of different political parties, leading citizens and employees of Silchar Municipal Board to be present at the oath taking ceremony which is slated to begin at 11 am.
In the recently held municipal polls, BJP backed candidates won 17 seats out of 27 wards. BJP candidates won in ward numbers 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 25, 26 and 28, while Congress tasted the victory in 17, 3, 9, 22, 27, 13, 20 and 5. The Independent candidates won in ward numbers 8, 16 and 23. With that victory, BJP had stopped the Congress to form the board for the third time consecutively.
However, the sources said that there has been a tension brewing in the party over the selection of the candidate for the post of Vice-Chairman of the board. Turncoat and the former Vice Chairman of Silchar Municipal Board Bijayendra Prasad Singh, who defeated Congress candidate Sanjeev Roy by 1422 votes from ward number 4, is one of the strongest contenders for the post of Thakur’s deputy. Apart from Bijayendra, two times BJP ward commissioner Bhagya Rani Paul’s name is also doing the round. The BJP ward commissioner from ward number 28 and the general secretary of BJP town committee Abhrojeet Chakraborty and former Vice-President of 1997 BJP run board Mitra Roy are also in the race. In its manifesto, BJP had promised introduction of a night ambulance service at a concessional rate, construction of a modern guest house in the town, streetlights with LED bulbs, a playground in the New Silchar locality of the town, an auditorium, at least two parks in the area, a modern art gallery in the town, online facilities for all works of the municipal board, besides it would lower the present betterment fee from Rs 100 to Rs 50. (Source: SentinelAssam)

PDS on auction in Lakhipur sub–division: GSS

SILCHAR, January 30: Public Distribution System (PDS) in the sub–division of Lakhipur is virtually on auction. The people’s representatives are taking away the benefits of the system by creating a syndicate of political agents of ruling party and their henchmen. Under the very tutelage of stake officials, the allotments of rice for APL, BPL and Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) are being simply looted. The cooperative societies in hands and gloves with fair price shoppers are selling the rice, flour and kerosene oil in black markets. These allegations have been openly aired by Grahak Suraksha Samiti (GSS), Cachar.
Strangely enough, as Biplob Kumar Goswami, general secretary of the Samiti, said despite all the corruptions in PDS, the sub–divisional administration maintains a stoic silence. This clearly establishes the nexus of the administration with the syndicate. People in general assembled before the office of the SDO (Civil) on Thursday and held protest demonstration and later on brought out a strong rally under the banner of GSS. Speakers after speakers representing the deprived and discriminated PDS beneficiaries burst out in anger and anguish and gave telling pictures of the open loot of the PDS materials. They in unison hit out at the sub–divisional administration and questioned if it was in existence and functioning.
Around 3000 people from different parts of the sub–division joined the protest demonstration and the rally which went round the town of Lakhipur with banners and posters, highlighting their gross allegations. Biplob Kumar Goswami in his hard–hitting speech said for the last one year, 90% people have not been receiving APL rice. In order to hide the mischief of the syndicate, it has been propagated that the state government has stopped supply of APL rice. In view of the seriousness and magnitude of the open loot of essential commodities for the last 10 years, Goswami demanded CBI inquiry to expose the dark forces behind it.
Continuing his tirade against the administration and the ruling party, Biplob Kumar Goswami pointed out only 54% of target groups get BPL and AAY rice. The rice under the schemes is being supplied for 7 to 8 months in a year and not only that the consumers are also cheated in respect of price, weight and quantity. Even, kerosene oil meant for the common people under free market is sold for 3 to 4 months in a year. In this way, lakhs of litres of kerosene oil are black–marketed.
Biplob Kumar Goswami further said a section of influential leaders have in fact crippled the administration of Lakhipur. He described the sub–divisional civil supply department as a ‘paralysed and disabled’ establishment. The only way to stir it up is to go for unified and mass movement. He did not stop here. By exploiting the emotional issue of language and religion, the syndicate is confusing the voices of protest in order to weaken the movement. He cautioned all present at the rally and the demonstration against these unscrupulous elements.
Others who addressed the assembly included Sudhir Mirdha and Bimala Devi. They all used the harshest words to target the civil supply department and the administration. A memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister of Assam on the issues raised and resented against was handed over to the magistrate in–charge in the SDO office. The memorandum among others strongly demanded CBI investigation into the PDS of the sub–division. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Lakhipur municipal election: Cong – Independent candidates file nominations

SILCHAR, January 27: While Congress candidates and Independents have filed their nominations before the election officer T T Daulagupu today, BJP has decided to submit papers on Wednesday for the 10 member municipal board with the total voters of 8545. The elections for the Lakhipur sub–division board is slated for February 9. Though posters and banners are yet to be seen around the town, campaign by Congress and BJP in right earnest has begun. Both the national parties being the main contestants with no other opposition in the fray, it will be a well contested election.
The leaders of both the parties are claiming to beat one another and capture the board. It was Congress which was at the seat of power in the last election. It will be therefore interesting to watch if Congress, now under the leadership of Rajdeep Goala, MLA, son of Dinesh Prasad Goala, who unfortunately expired after holding the reign of power of the sub–division for long 7 terms starting from 1983. In fact, he remains the unbeaten MLA, next to Gautom Roy, who has been elected from Katlicherra for 6 consecutive terms. Besides the MLA seat of Lakhipur, the sub–divisional municipal board has been held by Congress.
Can Rajdeep Goala maintain the winning spree of his late father? This is the big question. In the last Assembly bi–election of 2014, Rajdeep Goala was the unanimous choice of Congress leadership and despite Manoj Pandey, an important functionary of the party, revolted against the decision and being denied nomination, he fought on AIUDF ticket. Eventually, Rajdeep Goala overcoming the rebellion had a keen contest with BJP candidate Sanjoy Thakur and won the seat comfortably.
Considered against this backdrop, Rajdeep Goala seems to be on comfortable pitch as of now. With his experiences as an MLA as well as rapport with the party leaders and workers and most importantly the confidence and trust of the higher echelons of the party along with his leadership quality, he has the skill and dexterity to chalk out the strategy to challenge the opposition on its home turf.
But, to undermine the growing strength of BJP and also the support behind it will be a miscalculation. There is no denial of the fact that the party under the dynamic and vibrant leadership of Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the country, has given a new dimension and direction. The leaders and workers look confident to bag as many seats as possible to win back the board from Congress. With just a few days to go for the election, the ground remains slippery. Unless door to door contact and more intensive campaign are carried out, it will indeed be a tough challenge to beat Congress.
The Congress candidates led by Rajdeep Goala proceeded from the statue of Swami Vivekananda and came down to the Lakhipur sub–divisional office and submitted their nomination papers to the election officer T T Dolagupu. 5 Independent candidates also submitted their nomination papers today. BJP candidates will submit their papers on Wednesday. Congress candidates are Kishore Kanti Deb for ward no.1, Sushmita Dey for ward no.2, Nishitha Kr. Choudhury for ward no.3, Manna Ranjan Dey for ward no.4, Sangita Gurug for ward no.5, Rimi Paul for ward no.6, Bappi Roy for ward no.7, Mahamaya Das for ward no.8, Raseswari Singha for ward no.9 and Robindra Singha for ward no.10. Independents are Vivekananda Nath for ward no.3, Rothan Pui Hmar for ward no.6, Jemeis Lal Pui Hmar for ward no.5, Dipankar Roy for ward no.4 and Shibani Roy for ward no.1. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Manipuri film fest concludes

SILCHAR, January 24: The 4–day long Manipuri Film Festival organised by Barak Valley Manipuri Entertainment concluded here recently at Gandhi Bhawan. The film festival was inaugurated on January 19. A good number of Manipuri films were screened in the film festival which earned appreciation from all quarters.
A discussion session was held during the closing ceremony of the film festival. Various eminent personalities were present in the discussion session which included N. S Ngangom, L. Surjakanta Sharma, chairman of the Film Forum Manipur(FFM), Kangabam Tomba, a veteran actor and Oken Amukcham, a film maker.
The film makers and dignitaries shared their experiences and views and underscored the importance of organising such film festival in Barak Valley at a regular interval.
Speaking on the occasion, the general secretary of the Barak Manipuri Entrainment, N. D Hodamba said that the BME will release a total of 10 video albums in the coming occasion of the “Assam Manipuri Mamigi Numit” which is scheduled to be held on April 1. He added that the committee is also planning to make Manipuri short films apart from documentary and feature films in the year 2015.
L. Surjakanta Sharma released a magazine namely “Samjirei”. Kunjalal Yendrenbam is the editor of the magazine who was also present during the launching ceremony of the magazine. The publicity secretary of the BME, F. Loknath Singha urged the youth of the valley to extend their support towards BME. He also requested the film lovers for their cooperation. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Rs 3 crore allotted for anti–erosion

Silchar, January 19: Barak river known for its heaviest sloughing among all the river system has been causing erosions along its banks during high floods, taking in its grip villages after villages, damaging standing crops an properties. The losses during the deluge are enormous. The Lakhipur sub–division of Cachar is hard hit during the floods. Binnakandie Ghat and the cluster of villages of Singerband have been the worst hit in the last floods. Taking into account the erosions and the damages, the Government of Assam has sanctioned Rs.3 crore for taking up anti–erosion measures along Binnakandie Ghat. If not checked, the semi town of Fulertal, its human habitations and most importantly the National Highway 37, earlier 53, would be worst affected. The initiation of the work was inaugurated by Rajdeep Goala, MLA of the area, recently. At a simple function held in this connection on the site, Rajdeep Goala speaking as a chief–guest said in fact the state government had sanctioned Rs.2 crore which was raised to Rs.3 crore at my initiative. The entire amount for the protection of Binnakandie Ghat and the areas around it has been provided from the Chief Minister’s special package on development. The MLA disclosed adequate fund would also be release soon for the protective works along Singerband. He appealed to the people to have closer monitoring of the works on anti–erosion and to ensure that it were done properly, maintaining quality. He would also personally visit the work site and take stock of the progress of work. There should be no compromise with the quality of work. Nabarun Bhattacharjee, SDO (Civil), who presided over the function, also sought the help and cooperation of people for proper implementation of the Rs.3 crore project. (Source: SentinelAssam)