[Assam] PM wins record fourth RS term from Assam ( http://www.northeasttribune.com/6905.htm)

Chan Mahanta cmahanta at charter.net
Fri May 18 08:22:18 PDT 2007

Good point Mridul.

PM Singh may be decent person. But this tack of getting to his roost 
in the PM's office thru  the back-door of the Rajya Sabha, makes a 
mockery of EVEN desi-demokrasy . But The late Hiteswar Saikia's 
estate gets the rent! That is a contribution to Assam's welfare :-).

At 9:54 PM -0700 5/17/07, Mridul Bhuyan wrote:
>I don't understand what this win means. He has never been able to 
>win a single loksabha seat.
>Buljit Buragohain <buluassam at yahoo.co.in> wrote:
>PM wins record fourth RS term from Assam 
>NET News Network
>Guwahati, May 17: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was today elected 
>unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Assam for a record fourth 
>consecutive term in the Upper House of Parliament.
>Assam assembly Secretary and Returning Officer G P Das said the 
>Prime Minister was declared elected unopposed from one of two Rajya 
>Sabha seats in the state as the third contestant, independant 
>candidate Matang Sinh, withdrew from the race.
>"It is only due to my respect for the Prime Minister that I am 
>withdrawing from the race," Singh, a former Union minister, said.
>Singh and AGP's Kumar Deepak Das, the only two candidates in the 
>fray, were declared elected unopposed much before the scheduled date 
>for the polls of May 24.
>In his illustrious political career, Singh became Assam's 
>representative to the Rajya Sabha for the first time in 1991. He has 
>been elected to the House of elders from the state ever since.
>During this period, he was the Union finance minister from 1991 to 
>1996 and ushered in economic reforms and liberalisation.
>Singh became Prime Minister after Congress President Sonia Gandhi 
>refused the post in 2004.
>Kumar Deepak Das, the nominee of the main opposition Asom Gana 
>Parishad and a former minister, earned his maiden entry to the Upper 
>Meanwhile, in a telephonic conversation with Assam Chief Minister 
>Tarun Gogoi , Prime Minister has expressed his gratitude to the 
>people of Assam and the member of Assam Legislative assembly for 
>electing him consecutively for the fourth time
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