It’s Khandu once again
Itanagar, Oct 24: With no more major contender in this frontier state for the Chief
Ministerial berth, the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) today unanimously elected
Dorjee Khandu as the CLP leader, to be sworn in tomorrow for the coveted post for
the second consecutive term. Khandu was sworn in as the Chief Minister for the first
time on October 9, 2007.
The CLP meeting, which lasted for six hours in presence of AICC observers V Narayanswami,
L Falero and Sanjoy Bapna, unanimously resolved to authorise the party high command
to choose the CLP leader.
''Sonia Gandhi has decided that incumbent Chief Minister Khandu should continue in
his post for the fifth Legislative Assembly too, '' Narayanswami told a press conference
later in the evening.
He said Ms Gandhi had congratulated Khandu and asked him to continue in the post
in the greater interest of the state as well as the party.
The new CLP leader, who later rushed to the Raj Bhawan to stake claim for forming
the next government would be sworn in on Sunday.
However, the picture is yet to be cleared whether Mr Khandu would take oath alone
or along with his new Cabinet colleagues. Party sources informed that Mr Khandu would
take oath alone and the Council of Ministers at a later stage after clearance of
their names from the party high command.
Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister submitted his resignation to Governor Gen
(Retd) J J Singh, who while accepting it asked him to continue till the new Ministry
was formed. Later talking to reporters, Mr Khandu disclosed that his new government
would work for the fulfillment of all the promises incorporated in the party's election
He, however, exhorted the party MLAs to extend their cooperation to him in his developmental
Meanwhile, president of the Itanagar City Congress Committee Khyoda Tanik in a letter
to Narayanswami alleged that Khandu along with Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy resorted
to anti-party activities during the elections and supported the NCP candidate from
Itanagar constituency with financial aid to the tune of over Rs two crore.
The letter also alleged that the Chief Minister had paid over Rs five crore to three
Central party leaders for the Chief Ministerial berth.
Narayanswami, however, told media that inquiry would be initiated to find the truth.
Meanwhile a few disgruntled Congress candidates, who lost the electoral battle this
election, displayed anti Khandu posters in various parts of the state today. UNI
India, China give Arunachal a miss for better relations
Hua Hin, Oct 24: India and China today resolved not to let their differences be impediments
in bilateral relations, and avoided the contentious Arunachal Pradesh issue during
a meeting of Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Wen Jiabao that took place in the
backdrop of verbal run-offs over territorial issues.
Both the Arunachal Pradesh and the Dalai Lama issues were not taken up during the
meeting, an official said.
The meeting, which took place on sidelines of the ASEAN and East Asia Summits, was
the first high-level contact after the two nations had indulged in verbal spats over
Reported Chinese incursions in Arunachal Pradesh that China claims as its own territory,
Beijing's objection to Dr Singh's visit to campaign for the elections to the Arunachal
Assembly and that of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's planned visit next
month to that state, had led to exchange of words between the two sides.
However, no sign of any strained relations was apparent as the Chinese premier received
his Indian counterpart as an old friend and spoke warmly about several interactions
they had in the past.
He said, ''We'll have good relations in the year ahead and both the sides will have
to work to make that happen.''
Reciprocating the sentiments, Dr Singh shook Wen's hands warmly. ''I am excited
to see you,'' Prime Minister Singh told Wen, who he was meeting after a year.
He recalled his meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Russia and congratulated
him on the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between
the two countries.
Both Dr Singh and Wen underscored the importance of cordial bilateral relations
for the ''Asian century'' to become a reality and said neither side should allow
differences to act as an impediment in the growth of functioning cooperation. UNI
What happened to postal ballot papers of Aalo West constituency?
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The winning margin was mere 31 votes in Aalo west constituency.
Apart from the margin, what is intriguing is the journey of about 80 postal ballots.
There were arrest made, FIR filed about missing employees and an order from the Returning
According to papers made available to this daily, Deputy Superintendent of Posts
in a letter to DC West Siang Amzad Tak states “68 registered letters containing postal
ballot papers were missing from the Along Post office after booking.”
The postal ballot papers that lost its way however were later delivered to the Election
Office by Sukuni Sharma, an employee of Postal Department, Aalo.
When the attention of the RO was drawn by Trinamool Congress, he gives an order on
Oct 21 saying that “65 Postal Ballot Papers received by Sukuni Sharma from outside
the Post Office and remaining 15 deposited by the electors in the Post Office were
received in one bunch, it is impossible to identify 65 Postal Ballot Papers delivered
to Sharma. Hence Returning Officer cannot reject all 80 Postal Ballot Papers.
However 48 Postal Ballot Papers identified to be tempered were rejected. “On thorough
checking of all relevant records of issue of Postal Ballot Papers, it is found that
48 Postal Ballot Papers issued from this office have not reached to the actual voters
on election duty”.
Meanwhile at least 13 employees gave an affidavit to the Returning Officer saying
that they did not receive their postal ballot papers issued against them.
However, TMC candidate Duter Padu states that only 33 forged postal ballots were
rejected of the 48.
When this daily asked the Returning Officer whether 15 postal ballots out of the
48 rejected were taken for final counting, he said that he is not aware of the fact.
To go back to entire episode, on Oct 17, Postmaster Along main office D K Deka wrote
a letter to the Director Postal Services saying that a group of people forced him
to write a letter on missing ballot papers, though there were no complaints from
any corner regarding missing ballot papers.
On the same day, the Post master in a separate letter to the Returning Officer called
for an investigation of missing postal ballots as he feared that it might have been
tempered with. He further writes “I have an apprehension that some miscreants have
snatched away the missing postal ballots papers from Dihingia (Postal Assistant)
as he was on the way distribution the ballot papers to respective destinations”.
He and his family were forced to leave Aalo the next day.
Only proper and impartial investigations would unearth what exactly happened with
the postal ballots of the constituency.
Economic blockade against Arunachal extended
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The Economic blockade against Arunachal by several Assam based
organization has been extended till Oct 26. The decision to extend the blockade was
taken after Arunachal failed to respond to the Peace Convention called by various
Assam based organizations. The Convention is scheduled for Oct 25 and has been called
by All Assam Deori Students Union, Takam Mishing Porin Kebang, Becharkari Gari Chalak
Sanstha and All Kosh Rajbangshi students Union.
After a death of Assamese driver in West Siang, an economic blockade was declared
by Assam against Arunachal.
While regretting the extension of the economic blockade, the Union further said that
organizations, administration of Arunachal have not responded to the peace move initiated
by Assam based organisations.
NCP to extend support to Congress
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Nationalist Congress Party would extend “unstinted and constructive
support” to the Congress government in the state. This was disclosed by its state
unit Chief L Wanglat today at a press conference. We respect the verdict of the people
and hope that the new government will work for socio economic development of the
state and ensure peace, harmony and stability, he said.
While thanking the people of the state for sending five NCP legislators, Wanglat,
however admitted that party could not come up with a better performance because of
lack of funds. Terming the 2009 elections as the most expensive, he said that because
of huge financial involvement, the party could not do much.
Newly elected legislators Alo Libang, Techi kaso, Jomin Tayeng, Ralom Borang, Bamang
Felix were present during the press conference.
Alo Libang who handed out a shocking defeat to the former Chief Minister Gegong Apang
said that priorities would be education, health and road connectivity.
Ralom Borang who ensured exit of former minister Lombo Tayeng said that ‘people wanted
change and transparency in governance” when asked on his remarkable win.
Kaso who defeated sitting MLA Kipa Babu in the prestigious Itanagar constituency
said that law and order would be apriority. He appealed cooperation from all to make
Itanagar a model capital.
Jomin Tayeng had already spelled out power, road, health and education as his priority.
The first Arunachalee to make it to the coveted Indian Administrative Service, Tayeng
defeated Congress nominee Roding Pertin in his second attempt.
Meanwhile, all the members from Yinkgiong-Tuting constituency residing in the Capital
Capital Complex gave a rousing welcome to Alo Libang, newly elected MLA at Banderdewa
check gate today, said a NCP Upper Siang District unit in a release.
BJP to play role of opposition
By Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh has decided to play
the role of opposition in the state Assembly.
We have accepted the people’s verdict in the just concluded Assembly election and
decided to play crucial role of opposition as per the wishes of the party high
command, said state BJP president and newly elected MLA from Pasighat West Dr Tangor
Tapak in a press meet here this afternoon.
There must be a opposition for healthy democracy and Governance can not flourish
without opposition, Tapak said and maintained that though the BJP MLAs elected during
last Assembly election defected later, the party has been playing the crucial role
of opposition and will continue it.
Regarding the outcome of the election results, Tapak said, his party viewed its as
fractured mandate as the people have elected and chosen their representatives from
among the other parties too like NCP, AITC and PPA apart from INC.
‘We can not say people wholly supported the Congress. The mandate is a clear indication
that people want a change for healthy democracy,’ the state party chief said.
Tapak maintained that anti-incumbency factor besides BJP’s ideology and influence
of the party candidates are the main factors for the victory of the party.
“We the elected MLAs are united and will not succumb to any pressure from ruling
party for defection”, Tapak said and asserted that his party will works out a mechanism
to find out a solution to the loyalty shift of the political leaders and towards
a strong anti-defection law. Tapak also lauded the people for supporting the BJP
and his party workers including former MP Tapir Gao and NE party organizational incharge
P Chandrasekhar Rao for their efforts for the party’s victory in the assembly election.
BJP had fielded candidates in 18 seats and won in only three.
“Legislators can work for the development without being in rural party and I will
try my level best to come up to the people’s expectation as they voted for me for
development”, said Tamiyo Taga former state BJP president and newly elected MLA
from Rumgong constituency while responding to a specific question.
Tapen Siga, another BJP veteran leader who was elected from Daporijo constituency
said that people have given him a chance to serve them as he has been contesting
election for last 20 years. However, he added that development had taken place during
the tenure of late Tadak Dulom. ‘But for the last 10-15 years, literally there has
been no development in my constituency and that was one of the factors for which
people voted for me’, he said and extended his sincere thanks to the people for give
him a chance to serve.
Tapir Gao, who played his role as star campaigner of the party, alleged that INC
is still playing money and muscle politics. Many polling booths in interior areas
of the Liromoba constituency had been captured by the INC workers, he said and added
that Congress had murdered the democracy this time too with booth capturing. Gao
however, said “we get three senior and experienced leaders and I am confident that
they will play a crucial role as opposition leaders”.
BJP North East organizational incharge P Chandrasekhar Rao, while expressing satisfaction
with the poll out come said, ‘our elected veteran leaders had proved that election
can be won without money power. Our elected representatives will work for whole of
Arunachal Pradesh for bringing a change and development’. The BJP and its legislature
party leaders will work together with proper strategy as strong opposition, he
Expressing dissatisfaction over the deteriorating law and order situation in the
state Capital, just after of the Assembly election, Rao appealed the police and
administration to play a proactive role to bring back peace and remove the fear psychosis
from the mind of the capital dwellers.
Meanwhile, National BJP has deputed former union minister and BJP MP (Assam) Bijaya
Chakraborty who has already arrived in Itanagar to attend the crucial BJP meeting
to decide the legislature party leader.
PPA would play the role of constructive opposition
Phurpa Tsering to head PPA in assembly
ITANAGAR, Oct. 25: As stage is all set for the commencing of new assembly session,
the major political parties have started to maneuver their next move. In this regard
today meeting of newly elected MLA of People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) was held
under the chairmanship of party president Kameng Ringu to elect party’s leader in
the assembly. At meeting all the four newly elected MLA of party Takam Tagar from
Palin, Er. Markio Tado from Tali, Phurpa Tsering from Dirang and Kumsi Sidisow from
Thrizino-Buragoan constituency attended. Phurpa Tsering, the first time MLA from
Dirang was elected as leader of PPA legislature party and Er. Markio Tado another
first time MLA from Tali was elected as chief whip of party.
Later talking to media persons, Party president Kamen Ringu, extended heartfelt
thanks to people of state for their support to PPA.
He declared this election as historic since after long gap PPA has managed to bounce
back in political scene of Arunachal.
“Our party will play a constructive role of opposition in the coming assembly session.
Also our MLA won’t defect to ruling Congress and will work for the betterment of
state in general,” Ringu said.
Of the four freshly elected MLAs, two belong to Kurung Kumey district and two to
West Kameng. Four of them young and are brimming with confidence to face every challenge.
“I left safe job of engineer to work for the betterment of Tali constituency. My
priority would be both human development and fast tracking of all infrastructure
related work,” said Er. Markio Tado.
Takam Tagar, MLA from Palin who had found his name among the crorepati list of candidate,
lists road connectivity as the major development work which he will pursue. “I think
every development is someway or other related to road connection. I will strive hard
to bring all the villages of my constituency under road connection. This will be
first step of my development agenda and rest will follow,” shared Takam Tagar.
Another young MLA from Dirang, Phurpa Tsering with his down to earth touch spoke
about the PDS scam that has been rocking in his area. “For last two years in my constituency
PDS rice for BPL section was being sold at 4 rupees per kg instead of 3 and APL section
at 10 rupees a kg in place of 9. So, I would like to know from concerned authority
where has those extra earned money gone,” questioned Phurpa Tsering.
144 Cr PC imposed in Roing
ROING, Oct 24: The Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate of Lower Dibang Valley
District has imposed 144 Cr.PC in and around Roing township till 6/11/09.
The order further states that the executive order has been issued after receiving
reports of post poll incidents like threatening, stone pelting, manhandling of common
masses in the township and in the apprehensions of similar nature of incidents that
may erupt endangering the human life and disturbing the peace and tranquility of
Meanwhile our Roing Correspondent reports that the business community has been targeted
by the congress party workers.
Soaps were sealed and private properties were also damaged by the workers. Congress
lost both the seats in Lower Dibang Valley.
AAPSU calls for cautious allocation of portfolio
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The All Arunachal Pradesh Student’s Union (A.A.P.S.U) while congratulating
the newly elected Members of Legislative Assembly expressed the hope that under their
leadership all the constituencies will progress and witness new era of development.
The Union called for caution while allocating the Home, Education and Health portfolios
as “these ministries have maximum impact on the law order, human resource and physical
health of common people of the state”.
The union advocated for sincere, practical and capable leaders who can handle and
deliver to look after the three departments.
Meanwhile the union rejected the proposed tender call for setting up of Railway station
in Papumpare district without releasing the MoU between the state and the union government
on the project.
The government has failed to address the problem of the project affected people and
the compensation given is so meager that it has not fulfilled even 10% as promised
and the issue of inner line permit has been completely left out, the Union said.
The union rejected the repeated claims of Arunachal by china terming it “hollow
devoid of any reason and foundation carried out with full of calculations and ill
motives eyeing the rich hydro power potentiality of the state”.
The Union while calling for tabling of enquiry report on Seepa Shooting within ten
days said that it if demands are not met, it will call a 12 hrs capital Bandh along
with ANSU, ALSU for the want of justice.
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: All Arunachal Private Schools Association would organize a two
days residential State Level Inter School Competitions titled Talent Search-2009:
Together to excel at Royal International School, Naharlagun from Oct 26. More than
500 hundred students are taking part in the two day competition.
Sharma takes over as GM
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Bhaskar Jyoti Sarma has assumed charge as the General Manager,
Network-II of State Bank of India, North Eastern Circle on Oct 19.
An M.A. in Economics, Sarma joined the Bank as a Probationary Officer in1979 and
has served the Bank in several important capacities which includes an assignment
as Vice President (Credit) at the Bank’s Chicago Branch and as Deputy General Manager,
IT-ALM, Corporate Centre, Mumbai.
Prior to assuming charge as General Manager of the North Eastern Circle, Sarma was
serving as the Executive Secretary to the Chairman, State Bank of India, Corporate
INC expels ZPM
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has expelled Yangte ZPM HR
Tallo along with 9 ASMs of Kurung Kumey Districts from primary and active membership
of INC for their active involvement in the anti-party activities.
Scindia assures small tea growers
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Confederation of Indian Small Tea Growers’ Association executive
members met Minister of state for Commerce and Industry, government of India, Jyotiraditya
Madhavrao Scindia and submitted memorandum containing 21 points and grievances of
small tea growers at New Delhi on October 21 last.
Meanwhile, responding to the memorandum, the minister ensured to fulfill their demands.
ADYF demands police out post
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Arunachal Youth Democratic Forum (ADYF) highlighting the grievances
of Arunachalee people living in the Assam-Arunachal boundary appealed the state government
to setup police out post at Buka village adding that the state government is not
taking any strong measures on Assam-Arunachal boundary issue since 2001.
Attu Bampung Hema Welfare Society, Kurung Kumey thanked Deputy Commissioner cum DEO,
Returning Officer, Assistant Returning Officer and polling party of Kurung Kumey
district for peacefully conducting the recently concluded assembly election in the
State needs strong education policy: ATA
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Arunachal Pradesh needs a strong policy into order to revamp the
whole education system, said Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) in a release
ATA said education is the basic need in the society, therefore, it should be given
more attention than any other department. The Association hoped the new incumbent
in the education ministry in the new government will redress the issues confronting
the education department properly by ‘setting up a standing committee on education
Raja extends wishes to Tagar
ITANAGAR, Oct. 25: Balo Raja, ex-MLA of 18th Palin constituency, has extended his
wishes to newly elected MLA of area Takam Tagar and hope he will bring in era of
development in the area. In a press release issued today, he hoped with Palin having
Member of Parliament in Takam Sanjoy and new leader in Takam Tagar will attain new
height of development. He thanked people of Palin constituency for all support he
enjoyed and were confident that he had done justice to their aspirations during his
ANSU appeals to legislators
ITANAGAR: All Nyishi students union (ANSU) has appealed to newly elected leader from
Nyishi community to work harder for the development of community. Student body requested
all the political leaders cutting across political parties to unitedly work for the
all round development of state.
The release further appealed the ruling party to select best candidate for ministry
of education who can seriously work for education sector of state.
ANSU hope that border issue with neighboring states will be immediately solved and
let people living in border area live peacefully.
ITANAGAR: Apatani Youth Association in a letter, appealed to the Deputy Commissioner,
Lower Subansiri District not to approve bail to Dunik Raja.
It further appealed the DC to give immediate notice to the Rent house owners of Ziro-Hapoli
to implement necessary steps to check and prevent untoward incident in the area.
Unions demand arrest
ITANAGAR: The Ziro-II Collegians Coordination Committee Itanagar and All Yachuli
Students Union, in separate releases, urged the authority concerned for immediate
arrest of the culprits responsible for recent murder of Neelam Maj at Naharlagun.
Maj, son of former Home Minister succumbed to his injuries on the night of Oct 18.
The Unions said that such kind of barbaric and human act deserves condemnation from
all sections of society,
Both the organizations prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and strength
to the bereaved family.