Re-poll amidst tight security
PPA allege obstruction at Palin constituency
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Polling would be held at 34 stations spread across 16 constituencies
amidst tight security on Monday. Additional security has been deployed at all the
polling stations to thwart any untoward incident. Most of the stations where re-poll
is being held witnessed violent clashes and damage of EVMs.
The stations are: 1. Bameng: Sangbia, Jokhio, 2. Chayangtajo: Kapu Dada, Doka, 3.
Ziro-Hapoli: Hija-1, Hari-C, 4. Palin: Pry School Building Pania, Songo, Riaga, Belo
Happa, Kamrung, Resteriang, 5. Nyapin:Hiba, 6. Nacho: Taying Muri, Jenering, 7. Taliha:
Nogi, 8. Daporijo: Dignium, Dulom, 9.Raga: Yadu, Pelmilli, Raga-1, Dakpe, 10. Dumporijo:
Taba Rijo, Maro, Ara Nalo, Yudik, 11. Likabali: Siberite, 12.Basar: Badak, 13. Mebo:
Mottum, Borguli, 14. Kanubari: Russa, Chopnu, 15: Longding-Pumoa: Pumao, 16. Pongchou-Wakka:
The election in Nogi could not be conducted because of non availability of commissioned
EVM, said a release from Election Office. The timing of the poll process is 7 AM-3
Meanwhile People’s Party of Arunachal said that Congress party is creating fear psychosis
among the people in Palin constituency while adding that movement of Poll Personnel
have been restricted at several places. Party demanded that all the Poll Officials
be airlifted to their respective booths.
Its general secretary Ashan Riddi, further said that party candidate Takam Tagar
was prevented from moving to Chambang at Dahil yesterday by his rival INC’s Balo
Raja, though ASP T Toko and CO Likha Teji were present.
Apprehending obstruction to democratic process including violence, Riddi demanded
that the election officials and Tagar be airlifted to Chambang area. Kurung Kumey
deputy commissioner-cum-DEO Opak Gao, when contacted said that security have been
beefed up and all polling teams had adequate security with them.
The team had already reached Resteriang and Riaga and Kamrung while the polling team
to Songo, however, was yet to reach.
Gao called upon all political parties and their leaders to refrain from violence
and illegal activates.
Seppa: Polling teams with full security along with Magistrates have reached their
respective polling station today. Additional force has also been deployed at circle
H/Q Pipu to control the prevailing political situation. EVMs were broken by miscreants
in three polling stations during the poll day.
EVM of Jokhio polling station was snatched and destroyed by miscreants on the way
while the polling team was on retrieval after conduct of successful poll.
In the history of East Kameng Political scenario, this is the first time where political
clashes are still on after the poll. In this connection the DM/DEO has beefed up
tight security in & around Seppa township & enforced 144 CrPC from Oct 15 onwards
to maintain peace & tranquility in the township.
DAPORIJO: In preparation for the re-poll to be conducted on Oct 19 in 13 polling
stations in the district, all the polling teams have left for their polling stations
in readiness with extra police and security forces.
The problems in some of the 13 polling stations is said to have occurred due to disturbances
caused by the polling agents of the political parties. And so, added precautions
have been taken, this time around, in order to conduct the polling in a free and
Ziro: Lower Subansiri, the District Election Officer, Sadhana Deori, through an Executive
order has prohibited the movement of any kind of vehicle including two wheeler within
the 200 metre radius of the two polling stations on the poll day. Fresh poll are
to be held at 10-Hija-I and 15-Hari-C of 17-Ziro-Hapoli Assembly Constituency.
The two polling stations had to go for re-poll following detection of fake ballot
papers on the EVMs and subsequent damage of one of the EVMs.
However, government vehicle on Election Duty, ambulance and those of contesting candidates
are exempted. Vehicle of Press has also been debarred stating that no press persons
has been issued vehicle permit from the Election office for the re-poll. (with inputs
Karuna Trust presents PPP model at Japan
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The success story of Private Public Partnership in Arunachal Pradesh
in health sector was presented by Coordinator Karuna Trust Arunachal Pradesh Anup
Sarmah at international leadership development course on people’s participation
in local governance in health which was organized by Asian Health Institute of Nisshin
Aichin, Japan at Japan from September 9-October 12 last.
The main objective of the training program was to develop the leadership skill of
the health professionals working with different health issues. Role of local governance
participatory development, recent trends in health and impact of globalization, community
participation to improve health were others issues that were covered.
Altogether, 14 participants from 8 different Asian Countries participated the training.
A West Kameng Presiding Officer’s Diary
BOMDILA, 18 Oct ‘09: Contrary to the anxiety and apprehension over peaceful conduct
of polling at some of the so-called sensitive and hyper-sensitive polling booths
particularly of Dirang, Nafra and Bhalukpong under West Kameng District Assembly
segments, the process went off relatively peaceful in this district compared to some
other districts on 13th October last with an average of 72 percent voting.
Leaving aside political side of the story, the District Administration had taken
credible and mammoth efforts to conduct a fair, transparent and peaceful polling
process this time. The process of random shuffling of poll officials to various polling
stations was much better this occasion compared to the last Parliamentary Elections,
where poll officials had to endure great physical and mental hardships because of
the suspense and announcement of the team and place of assignment at the penultimate
time. The West Kameng District has almost a radius of 500 kms with many remote, difficult
and foot marching areas. Some of the poll officials had to travel more than 100 kms
from one’s posting place. Officials apparently had a tough time locating their respective
places, team members and marketing their ration requirements within a day. Another
practical problem of this shuffling process was staggering TA/DA amounts to poll
officials some of which are still heard to be pending.
The District Administration’s logic to this random shuffling process as heard from
some poll officials was that if the process could work in Haryana, why the same could
not be replicated in Arunachal Pradesh?
However, during this Vidhan Sabha Elections, the process was slightly refined keeping
local problems in view. This time, officials from nearby places were only exchanged
and not in a haphazard way as earlier. Also, announcement of place of duty and team
members was also declared a few days earlier much to the relief of poll officials.
Another persisting problem which must have confronted other presiding officers was
the meager TA/DA allowance paid to poll teams. In my case where the polling station
was declared as ‘Hyper-Sensitive’, an amount of Rs 1300/-was paid towards the ration
charges for a presiding and three polling officers for two days. However, four ITBP
personals, one APP jawan and two attendants also comprised rest of the team. Being
the presiding officer and captain of the team, I had to shell out twice the paid
amount which was hardly enough for a day for 11 people.
Another harsh lesson learnt from this election was my over dependence and confidence
on my fellow polling officers. In the beginning, my three polling officers had sounded
confident and declared that they had carried out many similar election duties flawlessly
and as such I need not worry at all. However, all my hopes were dashed to the ground
when at the end of the poll I noticed several discrepancies in their paper works.
The correction process took almost four hours as a result of which we had to deposit
our EVM after midnight
NCP demand action against Lombo Tayeng
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: NCP in a letter to the Election Observer has demanded proper action
against Congress nominee Lombo Tayeng.
Election Agent of NCP candidate said that Tayeng is spreading terror at the Mebo
constituency with an intention to intimidate voters.
The agent further said that supporters of Tayeng have been intimidating the voters
at Mer and Gadum village with the help of youths from outside the state.
At Borguli the EVM was damaged with a boulder by Pramananda Tayeng, at the instruction
of Tayeng, the agent alleged while at Motum, the Congress nominee along with two
supporters obstructed the poll process.
The two stations are going to the poll on Monday.
He further said that despite lodging of reports with the authorities, no action has
Candidate withdraws complaint
ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Reacting to the report on the suspension of six officers appointed
as presiding officers under Likabali assembly constituency, the election agent of
Likabali NCP candidate clarified that the NCP and TMC had lodged complaint to Likabali
RO about missing presiding officers with EVMs due to misinformation.
Actually no EVM was missing and NCP Likabali candidate Gumke Riba withdrew his complaint,
he said. In fact the officers with their full devotion and sincerity left Likabali
along with security personnel and polling staff to deposit the EVM at Aalo and in
presence of NCP candidate and election agent the EVMs were verified.
China has arrived: Is India awake ?
In 1803, Napoleon said “China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes,
she will shake the world”. He said it at the peak of his glory and China at her low
which the Chinese term as two hundred bad years in their 5000 glorious years of civilization.
It is now 21st Century, Napoleon is no more and the Dragon is not sleeping. China
is almost a Superpower. India shares around 4000 km long border with China and yet
India does not know how to deal with China. A glaring example was evident when all
the Members of the SAARC except Bhutan pitched for observer status to China at Dhaka
SAARC Meet and India had little choice. China had done their homework well with the
neighbors. We expect Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to look towards India at the
time of peace and crisis but they prefer to rush further north and get embraced eagerly.
Pakistan treats India as equal and determined to settle some political scores. Bhutan
and Maldives are too happy playing no role.
The frantic reaction by Indian media to a recent anti-Indian article in an obscure
Chinese website creating consternation in India is undesirable. Now a days, thousands
of such amateur ultra nationalistic comments and articles are available in internets.
Presently, China has 340 million internet users, the largest in the world ! Exigent
situation demands appropriate steps. Chinese Leaderships follow the ancient war
Master Sun Tzu, who in his “Art of War” said “Strategy without tactics is the slowest
route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat”. Although
in China’s geo-political screen, USA is the sole target but it considers India a
potential stumbling block on its course to take final head on with USA. Sun Tsu adds,
“To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence
consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting”.
One such Chinese tactics is the establishment of String-of-Pearls which is already
accomplished. Each Pearl serves the Chinese Military and Economic interests. Hainan
Island Military facility has been upgraded recently along with the Woody Island airstrip
in Paracel archipelago. China has built a container shipping facility at Chittagong
in Bangladesh besides assisting the Military build up of Bangladesh Army. A deep
water port in Sittwe in Myanmar is completed and China has also built deep water
port in Gwadar in Pakistan which will serve its interest in entire straits of Hormuz.
China moved further deep by developing Hambantota Port thereby consolidating its
presence in the Indian Ocean and provided military help to Sri Lanka to defeat LTTE.
China is the only Country to have an Exclusive Economic Zone in Sri Lanka. It has
created maritime reconnaissance and electronic intelligence station in Coco Island,
which is just 18 km north of Andaman and additionally controls the Myanmar ports
of Akyab, Cheduba and Bassein. The honest admission of our Naval Chief about the
Chinese blue Navy power and Air force Chief’s statement that our strength is one
third of Chinese, is troubling.
In the Himalayan Frontier, the scene is more worrisome. Across the frontier China
has built remarkable world class infrastructural facilities while our soldiers and
citizens in most of the portion and in McMahon line stretch trek on foot. China
already has railway line inside Tibet using permafrost technology displaying great
engineering marvel running at an astonishing height of 16200 feet above sea level.
In contrast, we could not extend a single km of rail route beyond Morkung Selek at
Assam-Arunachal boundary which the British built before Independence. This massive
rail and road infrastructure built by China along the Tibetan plateau has a drastic
strategic implication for India in the context of unresolved border row.
Arunachal Pradesh is ostensibly in deep trouble as sporadic Chinese incursions occur
while Govt. continues to say that the intrusions are due to differences in the perception
of the McMahon Line.
If Chinese PLA were to come right into the heartland of Arunachal can we justify
it since Chinese perception is that whole of Arunachal is Chinese territory ? We
can’t accept the excuse given for India’s humiliating defeat in 1962 only on “Betrayal”
and “Surprise” elements. Earlier, Mao Tsetong had termed Tibet as the palm of a hand
and Arunachal Pradesh (then NEFA), Ladakh, Sikkim, Nepal and Bhutan as five fingers
which were Chinese Territories and needed to be liberated. We are witnessing another
Himalayan Blunder as China assertively claims Arunachal Pradesh while India simply
rejects verbally and continues to ignore the existing ground reality and fails to
act according to the changing scenario.
The Prime Minister’s financial grants for road development in Arunachal is a mark
departure from the past policy and is a welcome step. Govt. has moved from the obsolete
policy of keeping Arunachal undeveloped (without roads near Mc Mahon line) as a means
to stop a quick Chinese advance in the event of War!
Still it can’t completely eradicate the acute bottlenecks created due to neglect
for too long. An extensive military transformation and massive road and rail network
with substantial economic development in the forward areas of Arunachal and other
sector along Indo-China border only can balance the existing lopsided scale. We
don’t want war but nobody is stopping us from taking a firm decision for developing
our own frontiers.
Thanks to the lackluster attitude of the successive Govt. and lack of general awareness,
Arunachal Pradesh does not generate the excitement to the whole country like Kashmir.
Apparently, it is emotionally too far from Delhi. Arunachal Pradesh, the largest
state in North-East, is five times bigger than Kashmir Valley and very rich State
with abundant natural resources.
Patriotism is ingrained in the blood of every Arunachalee. A State where Jai Hind
is regular greetings for the local people. But majority of the country-men are oblivious
about its existence. The just concluded Assembly Election in Arunachal went without
much notice. An Arunachalee can feel the pain if somebody ask about his passport
in Delhi or fellow Indians want to know if he has come from China, Nepal or Thailand
! Arunachal deeply loves Mother India but India is yet to know the importance of
Arunachal. May be Arunachal Pradesh does not send enough Members of Parliament and
does not contribute much revenue in the Government’s kitty like Maharashtra or Tamil
Nadu. Remember, we lost Aksai Chin because we believed that not a blade of grass
grows there. (Kiren Rijiju is former Member of Parliament)
Son of former minister found dead
ITANAGAR: Neelam Maj, son of former Home Minister Neelam Taram was found dead yesterday
at Naharlagun. The body was found at the stairs leading to Gurudwara, near General
Hospital at around 11.30 PM.
The post mortem reports points towards excessive bleeding as cause of death while
Police has registered a case of suspected murder. The body has been handed over to
Six working days for VHAI
ITANAGAR: Saturday would be a working day for all project offices of Voluntary Health
Association of India (VHAI) in Arunachal Pradesh including its Itanagar office. OPD-time
of VHAI managed PHC/CHC would remain unchanged, as Saturday is a working day for
VHAI-managed PHCs & CHC.
Cong rejects BJP demands
ITANAGAR: District Congress Committee, West Siang has rejected the demand of re-poll
at four stations in Liromoba constituency and termed it uncalled for. Yesterday BJP
had demanded re-poll at four stations as they alleged apart from intimidation, party
workers were abducted and whole poll process hijacked as there was large-scale rigging
and proxy voting.
Congress stated that there were no misdeeds during the course of the poll and that
officials conducted their duties without any hindrances.