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Himanta Biswa Sarma sworn in as Assam’s 15th Chief Minister

Along with him, 13 other legislators were also sworn in as ministers. The BJP alliance is the first non-Congress govt in Assam to win elections for the second consecutive term.
Indian Secular Front chief Abbas Siddiqui addresses a rally against farm laws and other issues, in Kolkata In February 2021 | ANI

Single seat in Bengal, dip in Kerala tally — why ‘Muslim parties’ didn’t do well this time

While ISF and AIMIM failed in Bengal, AIUDF-Congress alliance couldn't stop the BJP from retaining power in Assam. In Kerala, the IUML's performance has taken a beating.

‘A test Rahul Gandhi failed’ — Congress drubbing in Kerala, Bengal will hurt party chief push

Rahul Gandhi's leadership has been questioned by many in Congress in the past year. The election debacle will further intensify resistance to him taking on the post of party president. 
(L-R) Mamata Banerjee, E. Sreedharan, T.T.V. Dhinakaran and Babul Supriyo | ThePrint and wires

Mamata Banerjee, Babul Supriyo, Dhinakaran, Sreedharan — the big losers this election

Several names, considered promising candidates for their parties, lost the seats they contested in 2021 assembly polls in West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam & Puducherry.
Members of BJP's Assam ally Asom Gana Parishad celebrate their victory at the party head office in Guwahati Sunday | ANI

Assam win offers consolation to BJP on day of grand Bengal defeat & blow to Kerala, TN push

2021 assembly elections were a super-charged affair dogged by controversy from the get-go, primarily on account of the rallies convened by parties amid Covid.
A VVPAT-enabled electronic voting machine (representational image) | ECI

Unused EVM found at counting centre in Assam’s Hailakandi

The unused EVM which had been kept in reserve on polling day, had inadvertently found its way to the counting venue. The govt release said no votes had been polled on the machine.

BJP takes lead in Assam — aided by infrastructure push and move away from ethnic identity

If the BJP wins in Assam, how it tackles the CM question between Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma remains to be seen.

Early trends show ruling BJP-led NDA leading in 22 seats in Assam

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and AGP chief and minister Atul Bora are leading from Majuli, Jalukbari and Bokakhat.
Women stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the 5th phase of State Assembly elections at Santipur, in Nadia | PTI

TMC edge in Bengal, BJP win in Assam, LDF sweep in Kerala — what exit polls say

The exit polls predictions for four states and one UT were made Thursday. The results will be declared on 2 May.
All Koch Rajbongshi Students Union's stage a demonstration demanding granted ST (Schedule Tribe) status in Assam | ANI File Photo

Who are Rajbanshis, caught in Shah-Mamata scrap & why they’re key for BJP in Assam, Bengal

Rajbanshi translates to people who belong to a king's family. The community is variously designated as OBC (Assam), SC (Bengal) and ST (Meghalaya).
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.