Another Election - Manmohan Singh's RS term to expire in June 2013

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  1. parijataka

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    Manmohan Singh's RS term to expire in June

    The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) might be struggling to scotch speculations about early polls, but for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the battle of ballots may not be that far away.

    The Election Commission (EC) of India on Thursday announced biennial elections on May 30 to fill two Rajya Sabha (RS) seats from Assam—one held by Singh and another by Kumar Deepak Das of Asom Gana Parishad. The term of both the Rajya Sabha members will expire on June 14.

    According to the EC, the necessary notification for filling up the two RS seats from Assam will be issued on May 13. The scrutiny will be done on May 21 while the last date for withdrawal of nominations will be May 23.

    The poll panel has said, if necessary, the poll will be held from 9 am to 4 pm on May 30 and counting of votes will be done at 5 pm the same day. Singh had been elected unopposed in the last election.

    “The prime minister is yet to express his desire for contesting the elections. But if he does so, party is ready to find him a safe seat in the state,” a senior Congress leader told Deccan Herald.

    Singh has been representing Assam in the RS since 1991. He was re-elected to the Upper House from Assam for the fourth straight term in 2007. Singh had contested the Lok Sabha polls in 1999 from the capital’s South Delhi constituency, but lost to V K Malhotra of the BJP.

    The prime minister is a permanent resident of Assam. His official address is a “rented” flat in the residence of former Assam chief minister, the late Hiteshwar Saikia, in Guwahati.

    “The EC has announced date of election today only. We have not held any discussion on this so far. We will work on it once the discussion starts,” the president of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, Bhuvneshwar Kalita, told Deccan Herald.
    Though Singh was yet to express his desire to contest, the party seems to have begun the ground work for the biennial election.

    All India Congress Committee general secretary Digvijay Singh was recently on a three-day visit to Guwahati to mend differences within the ruling party. A section in the Guwahati Congress have accused Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of favouritism.
    During his visit to Assam, Singh held separate meetings with both anti-Gogoi and pro-Gogoi factions to end the differences.
     
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  3. sob

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    The PM will lie again in his affidavit that he is a resident of Assam, similar to many of the RS members.

    His residence is a rented flat belonging to the late CM Hiteshwar Saikia. It is time EC brought a stop to all these shenanigans or remove the relevant clause which makes so many of RS MPs lie.
     
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    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    MMS will have to lie again with a straight face - that other members do this does not make him less of a liar!

    From his RS page -

    State from which I am elected: Assam
    My Political Party: Indian National Congress
    My Delhi Address: 7, Race Course Road, New Delhi
    My Telephone No.: 23018939, 23011156, 23018907, 23019334, 23015470
    My Permanent Address: House No. 3989, Nandan Nagar, Ward No. 51, Sarumataria, Dispur, Guwahati, Distt. Kamrup, (Assam) - 781006
    My Telephone No.:
    E-mail me at: [email protected]
     
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    More than whether congress will field him again or not, there are rumours that if no other "suitable" candidate is found in 2014, congress may continue with mms. Then he should be made to stand elections for loksabha. Last time media/opposition were all co-opted and no one raised any Q on this. This time also same thing will happen, he will not be asked this tough Questions either by media or opposition. Hopefully social media will take up this one. and force him/congress to answer as to why he will not contest loksabha elections??
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    With all the problems that are cropping up for the Congress, there is no chance that MMS will be not elected!
     
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    Keshav Murali Back to studies :( Senior Member

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    Beginning of the end of UPA-II has started. :yey:

    We must make sure that there is no UPA-III.
     
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    nrupatunga Senior Member Senior Member

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    @Ray do you mean that there is no reason for him not to be 'selected' again by congress????


    Don't write off congress so quickly. Never underestimate the power of the system to resurrect itself. Congress will put a very hard and most probably very dirty fight as well. There are lot of elements within opposition who can be co-opted.
     
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    There maybe many reasons why he should be dropped, but if he dropped, it will show that the Congress was involved in the Coalgate all the way through!

    MMS was the Coal Minister when the real herapheri took place!
     
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    @Ray if congress is able to find another "suitable" candidate in 2014 or before that, he can be easily told to step down. Any stupid reason can be given, similar to the one given during 2009 elections. iirc it was told he had heart operation some 1 month before elections and hence can not fight elections. Anyhow neither media nor opposition will go beyond certain point as they would have been co-opted already.
     
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    Personally I am so disappointed with the Congress, I feel that they should all get dropped being unfit, brazen, sly, bribe takers and scam ridden.

    But then one wonders who will replace these wonders of the world of the Congress.
     
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    Keshav Murali Back to studies :( Senior Member

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    Other group of course. BJP can be bad but it cannot stoop down to Congress level quickly. Politics is voting for worse party, more worse party or worst party. Any political party with more than 100 members is Corrupt.
     

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