April 04


Rs 6.5 lakh seized

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 release.


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


News Impact

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 Pradesh.

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 position ever.

“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 said.

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 their ‘mistake’.

“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 (EDCs).

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 March 31.

“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 Kumey.

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 stations.  

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 here yesterday.

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



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---- Editorial ----


Seek vote on developmental agenda


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 leader.

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

Dear Editor,

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

Dear Editor,

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 many crorepatis.

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 'buyer.'

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.'


Gomi Maro

Abotani Colony, Itanagar


NOTA be allowed to fight election

Dear Editor,

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 paper!


Karik Mize



Verify facts before writing

Dear Editor,

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.


Kenter Koyu

Publicity Secretary

Koyu Youth Welfare Society (KYWS)







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