ITANAGAR, April 03: During its checking drive on April 2 midnight, the Doimukh police
under SI Bumchu Krong and 2nd IRBn personnel seized Rs 6.5 lakh at Sagalee-Potin
Tinali, Doimukh. The amount to be submitted to the DEO Papumpare, according to official
Ravi Shankar arriving in Itanagar on 3-day prog
ITANAGAR, April 3: Renowned spiritual and humanitarian leader and founder of the
Art of Living His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is arriving in Itanagar on 10th April
on a 3-day visit to the city.
The highlight of the visit will be a unique public event to be held on 12th April
at the Art of Living campus located in Pagatara Village, Jollang Road (Jully Basti).
The evening of Music, Meditation and Wisdom will start at 4 pm. Hundreds of people
from various parts of the state are expected to attend the event and interact directly
with Sri Sri.
“The main purpose of the visit will be to spread Sri Sri’s vision for uniting the
whole world into One Family and building a stress-free and violence-free world,”
said Ms Paine Mary Tadar, an executive member of the Art of Living Arunachal Pradesh.
Sri Sri had visited the state in February 2010.
2 retail wine shops sealed
Aalo, April 3: The Liquor Monitoring Team along with excise officials have sealed
two retail wine shops for violation of model code of conduct. The two retail wine
shop M/s SATI Wine shop and M/s DKD wine shop, Aalo have been sealed on 29th March
and 2nd April for running the shop beyond the business closing time. DIPRO
Poll officials start casting postal ballot in West Siang and Upper Siang
ITANAGAR, April 3: The polling personnel on election duty have started to cast their
votes on postal ballot for parliamentary and assembly election at DC Office Aalo
from today. The poll which started in the morning witnessed heavy rush of enthusiastic
at 0800 hrs and continued till 5pm as per the timing fixed by the ECI.
Yingkiong: In Upper Siang district the officers and official engaged in election
duty in entire district have been allowed to cast their vote on PBP (Postal Ballot
Paper) on April 2 and 3 in Felicitation Centres at RO Office, Yingkiong, ARO Office
Mariyang and Tuting from 900 hrs to 1600hrs. The representatives of respective candidates,
political parties were permitted to witness the poll proceedings, norms practices.
The officials assigned to MCMC have videographed the poll proceeding. DIPROs
Election observer visits remote areas
YINGKIONG, April 3: Election General Observer of Upper Siang district PC Meena left
Yingkiong for Tuting and Gelling area today to observe the latest overall situation
and electioneering process taking place in the remote places of the district. Meanwhile
the Expenditure Observer CK Verma, IRAS is also leaving Yingkiong for Tuting and
Gelling on April 4 to meet with ARO Tuting ,Gelling, Singga, Flying Squad Team,
SS Team and others and discuss with them for peaceful, free and fair conduct of the
ensuing election. DIPRO
Cinestar Raja Murad seeks vote for Cong in filmy style
ITANAGAR, Apr 03: “Nau taarikh ko haath par angootha dabana hai aur saamne waale
ko angootha dikhana hai,” thundered cinestar Raja Murad in his baritone that would
put to shame the base level at its maximum of any up-market audio system.
Murad, better known for his portrayals of the ‘bad man’ on the silver screen, today
shook the windy town of Kaying in West Siang district campaigning for the Congress
in real filmy style.
While the crowd went berserk with applauses after applause, bollywood-type dialogues
flowed ceaselessly from the podium.
“Woh kaisa Opposition hai jo jung se pahle hi hathiyar daal de?” Murad quipped referring
to the victory of eleven Congress nominees, including Chief Minister Nabam Tuki,
before the battle of ballot was even fought.
With his campaign trips to Monigong and Tato (both in West Siang) cancelled due to
bad weather, the surreal bad-man expressed regret that he could not quench his thirst
of relishing the beauty of Arunachal Pradesh further.
“This land of yours is a paradise on earth. I am overwhelmed and I am confused whether
to say the hills are more beautiful or the people. Please don’t destroy it by letting
the government into wrong hands,” he said. For Murad it was his first visit to Arunachal
Heaping praises on the “ever smiling” Chief Minister, he congratulated the people
for having Tuki at the helm of affairs and appealed not to let him down from the
“It is not by chance that you get such an amiable, cheerful and determined Chief
Minister with a committed vision for the state. Only in the Congress party you will
find such leaders. So it is up to you to decide and vote for the Congress,” the actor
To a round of big applause Murad said he will visit the state again soon and join
the victory celebration of the Congress and coronation of Tuki as the Chief Minister.
In a display of his just connected relationship with the people of the state, Murad
went on to render the Kumar Sanu hit ‘Tujhe dekha toh ye jaana sanam….’ from the
Shah Rukh Khan blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaenge. On request, he also ranted
some of his popular dialogues and the one most cheered was from the film Jaani Dushman.
Tuki, on his part, thanked Murad for traveling all the way from Mumbai to a remote
town in the state and appeal support for a first-timer, Talem Taboh, the Congress
nominee from Rumgong Assembly constituency. Incidentally, this constituency has been
a stronghold of the BJP with its leader Tamiyo Taga as the elected representative.
Requesting the people to vote for Taboh come April 9, Tuki advised them not to repeat
“Mistake once may be considered. But repeating the same mistake again and again is
foolhardy,” he pointed and went on to elaborate on the visions of the Congress if
voted back to power.
Arunachal West Parliamentary constituency nominee of the Congress, Takam Sanjoy too
spoke on the same lines. He assured that Congress would form the government both
at the Center and the state.
“It is certainty that cannot be overlooked. Therefore there’s nothing much to think
about. If you want peace, progress and prosperity and a better future for your children
vote for the Congress nominees – Assembly as well as the Parliament,” he said straightforwardly.
Later in the day, Tuki, Sanjoy and Murad joined road-side rallies being held to garner
support for Techi Kaso, the Congress nominee for the prestigious Itanagar Assembly
constituency. While Tuki addressed a rally at Naharlagun, Sanjoy and Murad, especially
the later, enthralled a huge crowd at Bank Tinali that literally brought the busy
thoroughfare to a standstill. Tuki, on way from Naharlagun, also joined the Bank
Tinali rally. Also present in both the rallies were Chief Councilor of Itanagar Municipal
Council Higio Aruni, Kaso and party leaders. (Media Cell, APCC)
Assam officials try to set up forest camp at Tarasso
ITANAGAR, Apr 03: Just days before elections, the emotive Assam-Arunachal boundary
row is back to limelight again. According to sources, Assam officials headed by
DFO and EAC Bihali, this morning tried to start construction for setting up forest
camp inside Arunachal territory at lower Tarasso.
At around 11 am, Assam officials accompanied by media persons and police arrived
at Lower Tarasso in 11 vehicles along with a JCB. They tried to erect RCC pillars
but were stopped due to timely intervention of Tarasso circle officer Kipa Raja and
Officer in charge of Tarasso police station.
Both the officials urged their Assam counterpart to stop work and let matter be taken
up in higher level.
As per source, Assam government has sanctioned Rs 70 lacs for construction of forest
camp inside Arunachal territory at Tarasso. The Assam officials wanted to take advantage
of election atmosphere, thinking citizens of Tarasso will be busy in election process
and therefore will not notice their activities. Further it is reported that last
week again Assam officials tried to set up camp at Radasso area, where firing incident
took place in the month of January this year.
Many couldn’t cast postal vote due to short notice: BJP
ITANAGAR, Mar 03: Many government employees engaged in poll duty, especially from
remote Kurung Kumey district, could not cast their vote by postal ballot because
of short notice, alleged state BJP.
“We are given to know that the government employees engaged in election duty from
several district, especially Kurung Kumey, were given very short time for casting
their postal vote for which many of them could not excercise their adult franchise,”
alleged state BJP Spokesperson Techi Necha in a release.
The party said that notice for postal ballot was issued on March 30 and voting was
held on April 2 in the Returning Officer’s office at Koloriang for polling personnel
of Kurung Kumey district that too without issuing them their election duty certificates
The Kurung Kumey DEO should have given them atleast a week’s time considering the
communication bottlenecks. Many polling officials were unaware about the issuance
of the notice and many even did not receive the DEO’s notice on time, he said.
There is a provision for casting vote by polling officials at their appointed place
of duty with the EDC, the party Spokesperson said, and sought the intervention of
the Election Commission of India that the polling officials, who couldn’t cast their
vote, could exercise their adult franchise.
Alleging direct involvement of government employees in election campaigning across
the state thus violating the model code of conduct, the party urged the Commission
to check illegal practice.
The party raised serious allegation of distribution of cash and collection of Electoral
Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) in various parts of the state, especially in the State
Capital from non-Arunachalees and illiterate persons in the pretext of issuing voters’
slip and demanded the Commission to stop the illegal practice and issue a notice
in this regard.
Meanwhile, the saffron party hit back at Congress leaders, who have criticized Narendra
Modi for his alleged provocative speech during ‘Asha Ki Nayee Kiran Rally’ here on
“Modi has spoken the truth and highlighted how democracy is being sabotaged in the
state by the Congress leaders here, Necha said.
He also said that the Congress leaders had no the courage to face the public for
their ‘poor’ performance but are indulging in ‘paise’ and ‘power’ politics.
Anshu to climb Mt. Everest for fourth time
ITANAGAR, Apr 03: Lured by the arresting mountains and snow capped peaks of Mt. Everest,
Anshu Jamsenpa is back again to climb the world’s highest and most fearsome mountain
peak for the fourth time. She has already done it three times.
Mother of two, Anshu created history by scaling Mt. Everest twice in 10 days and
also became the first woman mountaineer in the world to achieve the feat twice in
the same season in 2011. This time too, she is attempting a double ascent.
Flagging off her Mt. Everest expedition at Raj Bhawan here today, Arunachal Pradesh
Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma conveyed his best wishes to Anshu on behalf
of the people of the state and expressed confidence that with her amazing endurance
and climbing experience, she would come back successful and become the only mountaineer
in the world to do two double ascents.
Sharma also expressed optimism that such sporting events would encourage the youth
to sports, especially adventure sports for which the state has huge potential.
First Lady of the State Jyotsna Sharma also present on the occasion and conveyed
her good wishes to Anshu.
Sports & Youth Affairs Secretary Bilatee Pertin, Tourism Secretary Dr. Joram Beda,
Tourism Director Taru Talo, Sports & Youth Affairs Director D K Dinglow, DSYA Adventure
Cell In-charge Dr K R Meetei, Vice Principal of Dera Natung College Sangja Khandu,
State NSS Liaison Officer Dr BN Sarma, Anshu’s husband and the President of Arunachal
Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association Tsering Wange along with their two
daughters were present on the occasion.
In the past, two successful mountaineering expeditions, Everest Expedition 2011 and
Indian Mountaineering Foundation Mt. Gourichen Expedition (Arunachal Pradesh) during
2012 have been flagged off from Raj Bhawan.
Polling personnel apprised of their role
ITANAGAR, April 3: All the Polling personnel under DEO Papum Pare drafted for Kurung
Kumey were given proper briefing by the DC cum RO Itanagar Mige Kamki on their role
as an agent of Election Commission of India. He called upon all the personnel to
feel privileged as they were the ones selected for the same after examining all aspects.
“As a citizen of this great country, you should feel proud to participate in making
our democratic government strong as it is not only the duty of the Chief Election
Commission but all citizens who are employees of Union Government, State Government
as well as Public Sector Undertakings to help it conduct in a free and fair manner.”
He also explained in details about the arrangements for their movement to Kurung
Higio Tala, Under Secretary, State Election Commission asked all not to take stress
at the sudden deployment, rather enjoy the election process as a festival and feel
lucky to be one of the participants.
Hento Karga, EAC Itanagar cum Nodal Officer Postal Ballot of 13th Itanagar Assembly
Constituency later informed that a facilitation center for casting of postal ballot
has also been set up inside the hall and further informed that all polling personnel
under 13th Itanagar drafted for duty outside the District may cast their postal ballot
tomorrow provided they have filled up and submitted their form 12.
Later, at the DC Office, a meeting was held for all the Booth Level Officers of 13
Itanagar Assembly Constituencies and presided by both the RO of Itanagar as well
as DEO Papum Pare Ashok Kumar to discuss issues with respect to their records of
distribution of voter’s slips with proof. Calling upon all the BLOs to work with
dedication and distribute the voters slip as per the guidelines of Election Commission
of India, the RO also stressed that all distribution should be purely on the basis
of EPIC card as proof and no other document should be considered for the same. I
have full faith in my officials that they will look after the process of distribution
with integrity and honesty, he added. The DEO Papum Pare also stressed that while
carrying out their duties, transparency should be maintained so that it does not
create any kind of dispute. The BLOs also shared their grievances with the RO to
which the RO assured to help in whatever way he could and further also asked them
to carry out the distribution of the rest of the slips sincerely. The meeting was
attended by almost all the BLOs as well as by J Bomjen, AERO Itanagar and N Pingkap,
AERO Naharlagun. DIPRO
Final phase of election training ends in Changlang
CHANGLANG, April 3: The third and the final election training for the polling personnel
of the forth- coming simultaneous election of both Parliamentary and Assembly election-2014
concluded here at BSB Auditorium, Changlang today.
Terming the election process as zero error process the District Election Officer,
Changlang Chanchal Yadav, exhorted all the presiding and polling officers to clear
all doubts and carry out the voting process with utmost sincerity. While stating
that the polling teams carry biggest responsibility in the whole election process
she stressed them to discharge their duties in free and fare manner and remain neutral
during the poll process. She asked all the polling personnel to be in touch with
the election control room for any query before leaving for their respective polling
Later, the DEO gave briefing to the Presiding Officers separately in the conference
hall of Deputy Commissioner, Changlang where the special situations during the poll
were discussed and doubts were cleared.
The Polling teams of twenty four polling stations are scheduled to leave for their
respective polling stations on 7th April next. Seven polling stations namely 23-Changlang
Club East, 24-Changlang Club west, 26-BSB Auditorium East, 27-BSB Auditorium West,
28-New Changlang, 29-PWD Complex and 30-Old Changlang will provided with live web
casting facilities during poll day.
Meanwhile, the Expenditure Observer S Jeyaraj conducted second round inspection of
the candidates register of 52-Changlang North and 53-Changlang South (ST) Assembly
Constituency, today. DIPRO
SUMA apologizes to NCP
ITANAGAR, April 03: The Students Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) today
formally apologized to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh unit for
burning the vehicle belonged to the NCP’s central observer in charge of Northeast
M Kikon, who is also NCP MLA from Nagaland, here yesterday.
The Arunachal Pradesh NCP unit yesterday condemned the burning of Bolero vehicle
of M Kikon by members of the SUMA in the premises of Hotel Donyi-Polo Ashok here.
In a letter addressed to state Unit NCP president, SUMA, while giving a brief highlights
of its movement against entry of NPF in state, said “In fact, it was not our intention
to cause any damage or in convenience to your party.”
“The pain was at its fullest at the hour of the unfortunate incident of the burning
down of the vehicle of your party's central observer M Kikon mistaking it as the
vehicle of the Naga Peoples Front (NPF) as it was with Nagaland registration number,”
the letter said while tendering apology to Kikon. The incident was quite unfortunate
and ignited due to a misinformation received from a source, the letter said.
In his letter SUMA president Biri Tabing further said “I also beg your pardon for
hurting the party's sentiment and agree to come up with amicable solutions as per
your terms and demands.”
“I will be ever-grateful if you and your good office consider my plight and pardon
me and my team, by chalking out any means to forget and forgive the matter for the
greater interest of both sides and the states as a whole,’ the letter added.
EVMs commissioned at Tawang and West Siang
ITANAGAR, April 3: Tawang DC-cum-DEO Abhishek Dev formally commissioned the Electronic
Voting Machines for the ensuing Assembly and Parliamentary elections in presence
of the General Election Observer SS Pattanashetty, nodal officers EVM and the representatives
of the contesting candidates.
The EVMs for the Assembly elections for the two constituencies, 1-Lumla (ST) and
2-Tawang (ST) ACs where election is set to take place, were commissioned on the 1st
of April. And the EVMs for the parliamentary elections for all polling stations of
the three constituencies were commissioned on 2nd April last. All the EVMs have been
sealed after making them ready to use. The sealed EVMs will be kept in the strong
room for issuance during the upcoming polls on 9th April.
Meanwhile, other poll related preparations are going on in full swing in the district.
The election related training and sensitization programs are being conducted on regular
basis to the presiding, polling officers, sector magistrates and other officials
on election duty. Intensive drives and checks are being carried out by the FSTs and
SSTs round the clock. Further, the DEO Tawang and the officials engaged in the election
duty are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the poll process is absolutely error-free,
fair and peaceful. The General Observer S S Pattanashetty and Expenditure Observer
Annop Kr. Gautam are closely monitoring the entire electoral process.
AALO: The randomization and commissioning of EVM for 1-Arunachal Parliamentary constituency
and Six Assembly constituencies of West Siang was completed after long drawn exercise
in presence of DEO, Election Observers and representatives of political parties at
Aalo Town Club on April 1. The commissioned EVM has been sealed and kept the strong
room, ready for distribution to polling personnel. The second round of randomization
of polling personnel have also been completed and final round of randomization is
likely to be completed soon.
Second EVM randomization begins
TEZU: The second randomization and commissioning of Electronic Voting machines for
Lohit district for the Parliamentary and State Legislative Assembly awareness has
started at Tezu at the Election Office, today. To avoid any confusion and to ensure
error free tags and classification, Dr. BM Mishra RO cum DEO for 2-East Arunachal
Parliamentary constituency and State Assembly along with Election staff attended
the randomization and commissioning process of the EVMs.
The RO cum DEO personally monitored and assisted the entire process of randomization
and commissioning of EVMs.
And as a confidence building measure for the voters of Tezu-Sunpura and Lohit as
a whole, the District Police Tezu today conducted a flag march of all the deployed
APP, CRPF and IRBn personnel at Tezu market area.
To maintain law and order in the area, about 300 police personnel will be deployed
for the coming April 9 election. DIPROs
Expenditure observers review functioning of monitoring teams
ROING, April 3: The Expenditure Observer for 2-Arunachal East Parliamentary constituency,
R Ojha and Ravi Shankar Mitra, EO for 42-Dambuk and 43-Roing Assembly constituencies
reviewed the functioning of various Expenditure Monitoring Teams at DC’s Chamber
Both of them emphasized to intensify the patrolling and checking by the Flying Squads
and Static Surveillance Teams to check the flow of illicit liquor and cash which
according to them is likely to be increased in the remaining days before the poll.
Every vehicles private or Govt and even the vehicles with red beacons and ambulance
be checked, they said, but cautioned the teams to be polite in their dealings.
They asked the Assistant Expenditure observers and the Accounting Teams to maintain
separate account for the expenditures of candidates of Parliamentary Constituency
and Assembly constituencies where ever their expenses are found incurred separately.
Shiv Kumar, RO cum DEO directed the in-charge officers of the Flying Squads and Static
Surveillance Teams to change their timing of patrolling and checking on daily basis
and also to increase the checking during night hours.
Superintendent of Police, B K Singh said he is ready to provide additional police
personnel and even lady police whenever or wherever it is required and requested
the officers in charge of FS and SSTs to ask for additional police personnel directly
from him, if needed.
SEIZURE: Meanwhile, the SST at Dambuk had seized an amount of Rs 1, 50,040 in cash
from a BJP worker between Dambuk to Bomjir road on April 1. The amount has been handed
over to the OC, PS Dambuk and an FIR has been lodged accordingly, informed ARO Dambuk
through WT Message to RO Roing. One bundle containing 500 Pamphlets of BJP Parliamentary
candidate for 2-Arunachal East which was carried without valid permit and one case
beer has also been seized from other locations at Dambuk on April 1.
It is also reported that the SST at Paglam had also seized a cash amount of Rs 1,05,000
from a local businessman yesterday. The Flying Squad at Roing have also seized IMFL
96 bottles of 180 ML on April 1. It also seized 8 Nos. Hoardings and 3 number of
Mufflers of NPF at Meka Check Point. DIPRO
Observers oversee final training of micro observers
BOMDILA, April 3: The second and final round of the training for the Micro observers
concluded yesterday at district headquarters Bomdila in presence of both the General
Observers and the DEO.
General observer for Assembly election Arvind Kumar Singh in his address underscoring
on the importance of ensuring a free, fair and successful polling asked the Micro
observers to report directly to the General observers on all account.
Dr. E Ramesh Kumar, the General observer for the Parliamentary elections outlined
that as the district has large numbers of polling stations which has to be covered
on foot march and also as some of them are in the shadow areas where connectivity
would be a problem, the role and preparedness of the Micro observers would be critical
and of vital importance. He also added that the duties of the Micro observers aren’t
complete till the EVMs are safely brought back to the deposition counter. As a word
of advice and caution, he called for discharging one’s duty with honesty and integrity.
Earlier, DC cum DEO A K Singh in his elaborate presentation on the duties and responsibilities
of the Micro observers informed that after the recent vulnerability mapping and police
report, a total of 4 critical and 46 hypersensitive polling stations have been identified
for which a total of 50 Micro observers would be detailed well-equipped with all
the logistic support.
Nodal officer for training T Gambo, PD DRDA and B Singh, S/T conducted the training
for the Micro observers along with the hands-on training of the EVMs. DIPRO
Final phase of sector officers’ training held
YINGKIONG, April 3: The final phase of training of Sector Officers for ensuing simultaneous
election to the State Assembly and Lok Sabha was conducted in the conference hall
of the Deputy Commissioner’s office, Yingkiong on April 2. The Master Trainer Hengo
Basar PD made elaborate briefing to the officers about their duties and responsibilities
on the polling day and also before and after the polling is over. Basar advised them
that everyone’s intention should of peaceful, free and fair election without any
untoward incidence. Basar also cautioned the officers that anybody who is found guilty
of neglecting duties assigned to him/her shall be prosecuted as per provisions under
the election conduct rules.
Earlier, the last phase of training of presiding and 1st Polling Officers was conducted
at Tourist Hall on the same day. Master Trainer Dr. Ahik Miyu and Dr. Karik Mize
imparted the training to the officials.
Instruction to HoOs: After second level randomization of the polling personnel done
by the District Informatics Officer, Yingkiong, Ranvir Singh and his subordinate
EVMs and technical electronic expert staffs Polling Teams have been arranged by RO/DEO
Dr. Tariq Thomas, and he has issued necessary appointment orders. Dr Thomas instructed
all the HoOs to well inform the concerned staffs in time about their appointment
as Presiding/Polling Officers and their movement to respective destinations/disposal
and also collection centres which starts w.e.f 4/4/14. The RO further instructed
the HoOs to inform their staffs engaged on polling at earliest possible means to
ensure that they report at the respective offices in time. DIPRO
Voters’ awareness campaign in Tirap & Longding held
KHONSA, April 3: In the run up to the ensuing twin Parliamentary and Assembly elections
in the state, various election related programmes are being carried out with great
degree of seriousness both in Tirap and Longding districts by the Block Level Officers
and the Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation [SVEEP].
The voter’s awareness campaign is being held at some selected polling stations in
Tirap and Longding districts on April 2. The voters are enthusiastically and willingly
participating in these awareness campaigns. These campaigns will go a long way in
acquainting the voters, especially the first time voters on various facets of electoral
processes. The young voters are taking keen interest in these important awareness
campaigns. The services of the Experts are roped in to create awareness effectively.
On the same day election training for the Presiding Officers and Polling Officials
was held at Longding. Master Trainers and Experts from Khonsa are imparting the much-needed
training to enlighten Polling personnel who will conduct the polls in the ground.
The two districts are fully ready for the polls as most of the arrangements have
been made. Every care is being taken to make the elections free and fair. DIPRO
High drama unfolded on the streets of Vadodara today as Congress candidate and Rahul
Gandhi confidante Madhusudan Mistry, contesting against Narendra Modi, was arrested
with his supporters for rioting after they tore down posters of the BJP's prime ministerial
candidate. Mistry and his 33 supporters were later released by a magistrate on personal
bonds of Rs 5000 each. Incident reflects lack of maturity on the part of Congress
It is not clear whether he was really hurt by lack of advertisement space or trying
to get few seconds of fame. Such provocative act in election time could have lead
to violent clashes among BJP and Congress supporters. If any untoward incident happens,
who will take responsibilities? The political parties seriously need to reign in
their leaders and ensure that no one indulges in any kind of provocative activities
which may turn situation worse. They should try to win people’s vote on the basis
of developmental agenda and stop such silly activities.
---- Readers Forum ----
Let’s vote for change
Other day I used to seek excuse from participating in election by abstaining from
casting my valuable vote, because MLA's/Leaders had an impression in my eye that
they are not for citizens welfare rather they (leaders) are for themselves to open
gateway for themselves to pursue their selfish motive of becoming rich and powerful.
Hence, unlimited flow of money during the time of election .I tends to feel that
all leaders are same, but the reality is among bad leaders/candidates, there is good
candidate/leader also. This time I have decided to go for casting my valuable vote
but for right candidate.
I had this impression that when we know they (leaders) are not going to work for
welfare once get elected, then why should we take pain of standing in queue for casting
VOTE for them. By abstaining from voting we entertain bad leader/candidate to come
in power again and again directly or indirectly by depriving genuine leader/candidate
who has real vision & concern for society, but loose election because they (genuine
leader's) can't find genuine supporter/voter in election.If you want to see & bring
about change then yes you must exercise your voting right by casting vote for genuine
candidate. I know my single vote won't make much difference but there must be many
people around who think like me and our collective vote obviously can make big difference...Sigh!!!!
As of money involvement is concern, once I had strong feeling that, it's no wrong
to take whatever money they (candidate) offer without you asking for it...In one
sense it is only way to teach lesson to one who rely too much on money power by draining
their resource .Taking money from someone else and casting your vote for right and
deserving candidate is no wrong .As somewhere the money they
(Candidates) are distributing is meant for you, it was meant for school building,
road, water, electricity etc.But in other way by taking money we are discouraging
the genuine candidates with limited resource as we compel him/her to arrange money
to distribute among voters to compete with his/her contestants & to secure his position
as all voter's will not think alike. And above all human beings has greedy nature
and are most likely to go for short cut & materialistic thing. In fact money has
such magical power that for time being it stops our mind from thinking about future.
This may be the reason why citizens tend to forget the real issue pertaining in our
society be it basics such as sadak,paani aur bijli or perhaps ill system of back
door entry in Govt. job where merit doesn't count.
Unless we discourage the money culture during election, more or less things will
remain same only. After coming to power, leader has to recover whatever he/she had
spent during the election & hence indulge in illegal activities of siphoning the
fund meant for public. To bring system in right track, money culture has to stop
and it has to start from you (VOTER) by making little sacrifices, by dubbing devil
within us who tempted us to take money. So, for betterment of future generation to
come let's say no to money rather let's insist for quality of policy & services.
The money you receive during election will not last long, but infrastructure such
as good road, hospital, and schools will surely lasts longer. Let's be the change
by voting judiciously. If we act collectively, the things are not difficult as it
seems. Remember "Drop's of water contribute a mighty ocean”. By the way where have
the issues & chaos gone hiding, which we get to see earlier, I wonder? Why concern
citizens are maintaining silence now? Ask yourself are you worth complaining? If
complaining alone can yield any result? It's your time now to show the might of people
power. Don't shy away from your responsibilities of choosing good & visionary leader,
who can lead us towards right track.
Well many might feel that I can't find any good & clean leader. To those remember
we all have a devil reside within us, but only difference is, its intensity varies.
So in case of election also, we have no option but to choose the lesser devil among
the devils. The Choice is yours!! All the best & Happy Voting.
Michi Tabyo, Ziro
Arunachal is still in 18th century
This is with reference to the news items published in yesterday’s edition with a
headline 'many crorepatis in fray for assembly election.’ It seems that though our
state is often termed as an income less state; but it has the potentiality of creating
As said, not many are born rich but only few gets rich some through their hard works,
others inherit, some through luck, some are destined but here in our state; it has
become a common trend that to become rich one should either join student union or
mainstream state politics. One will feel the power and money pouring in from all
side.We have been hearing about many schemes being implemented and many packages
being showered by centre for development of our state but did we ever try to calculate
how this lakhs and crores of packages are being utilized in our state.
The work schemes are usually engulfed by politicians without letting the scheme go
through proper channel line. The so called influential office bearer (Govt. officers)
plays major role in making those rich to richer by manipulating the schemes/packages
meant for the common people by diluting the process. And the most annoying part is
when this manipulated money stocks are used in buying votes during election time.
We just can't blame voters for taking money during election. The blame should be
purely showered on those political pioneers who started this bargaining trend to
lure common people for their victory.
There are many lucky ones who are becoming rich because of the election money. In
a common conversation tone- 'When the legal government sources have been crippled
by the vested politicians, then why not take a chance of looting them during election
time to earn some fortunes for living.
Here, I'm not advocating for taking money for votes; but about the 'bitter truth'
that's happening right now. The citizens are becoming 'seller' and politicians are
The development in our state is still in a kid's phase, when compared to the rest
state of our country. Even in 21st century where machines and computers rules - ours
is the place where machine and computers is just a show piece item without being
used widely. The human power still tends to exists in large. If there was a time
machine installed in our state then it would be showing the 'TIME: Your state is
in 18th century, please update your time machine'.
As date of polling is nearing, I appeal to the citizens of state to vote for the
development, not for the money. Vote for the righteous, not for the wrong ones and
don't just ignore your day- just go and vote because 'AAP Ki Ek Vote Aapki Aur Rajya/Desh
Ki Kismat Badal Sakta Hai.'
Abotani Colony, Itanagar
NOTA be allowed to fight election
Let me share this with the readers in lighter vain (if not seriously) that after
the inclusion of NOTA (none of the above) feature in the ballot paper for the 2014
election, the declaration of candidates elected as unopposed intrigues me to no end.
It is understood that in such case(s) there was either no opponent or the nomination
of the opponent was rejected! But the new feature called ‘NOTA’ should be allowed
to fight the election! Who knows “NOTA’ may get more votes! In my opinion, not for
nothing, Supreme Court of India has directed for inclusion of NOTA in the ballot
Verify facts before writing
This is in response to the news item published on dated 27th March, 2014 regarding
BSNL network in Koyu Area. I would like to inform everyone that though there is WLL
service, it is not functional most of the time. I wonder whether the reporter actually
reached Koyu and made any phone calls from there, if not I would like to advise him
to do so before writing report which is not based on fact. Just erecting of WLL tower
does not serve the purpose.
I would like to advise the reporter to please investigate and find out the detail
for the benefit of the users as well as the readers.
There is no mobile connectivity in Koyu area even though BSNL has reached almost
all the villages of Arunachal Pradesh.
Koyu Youth Welfare Society (KYWS)
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