March 27

Assembly election observer inspects polling stations

PASIGHAT, Mar 26: H K Behera, Assembly Election Observer today visited Sille-Oyan and Ruksin circles and inspected a few polling stations falling under 37-Pasighat West Assembly constituency. He was elaborately briefed about the poll preparedness being done by EAC Ruksin and CO Sille-Oyan. He directed the officers /magistrates to strictly adhere to the Election Commission guidelines to ensure free and fair polls. He also directed them to remove those posters, banners and flags of political parties which were noticed by him during his visit to Ruksin on the road and roadside trees and government premises. He has also given instructions to keep close watch on transaction of liquor, distribution of money and use of muscle power. He insisted on imparting training to the voters about the use of EVM so that they will familiarize with the use of EVM while casting their vote on 9th April.

Meanwhile PPA candidate Tamat Gamoh has withdrawn his nominations and BJP’s Muk Pertin who earlier filed nomination from 39-Mebo has been rejected by the DEO.  DIPRO


Third and final phase of training for polling personnel gets underway

Aalo, Mar 26:  The third and final phase of training to Polling Personnel got underway at Aalo Club today.  Attending the programme, M.K. Sahoo, District Election Officer West Siang said that the training is necessitated up to the third phase as we are preparing for a simultaneous poll and to acquaint the polling personnel with new guide lines of ECI. He asked the Presiding Officers to be careful on data entry in prescribed format and not make haste in their works that may badly affect the long drawn exercise. He assured to provide mobile hand sets and digital cameras for few critical polling stations to keep in touch on the day of poll. The randomization of polling personnel is likely to be completed by today and due care has been taken for posting of women and aged officials in election duties. He disclosed that Postal Ballot will be received up to 28th March and casting of vote on postal ballot will take place from first week of April at DPO’s Office.

The Master Trainer Dege Ete, PD DRDA and Henrik Basar HDO touched all crucial areas where mistakes can be committed giving emphasize on form 17-A in detail through power point presentation. The Training Observer, Shri Nyali Ete, DFO was also present on the occasion. DIPRO


Koyu circle brought under BSNL network


RUKSIN, Mar 26: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has brought the entire Koyu circle of East Siang district under its network thus fulfilling a long-felt demand of people of the area.

The network will cover Koyu EAC headquarters and 10 other nearby villages.

Koyu ZPM Takir Kakki, who had moved the BSNL General Manager at Itanagar for extension of its service to the area, expressed gratitude to the BSNL authority for fulfilling the demand.

Koyu EAC headquarters with more than 4,000 populations was established 20 years ago. Later on, a circle office was established at Korang.

Koyu-Korang area under 36-Nari-Koyu constituency is lagging far behind rest of the state in terms of infrastructure development. Though there is a full fledged circle office, higher secondary school and various other departmental offices at Korang, the people are still suffering a lot due to lack of proper road connectivity.

Some leading citizens of Koyu-Korang area blame alleged massive corruption reigning in government departments since decades and misuse of development fund for the under-development of Nari-Koyu area.


Sensitization meeting for parties, candidates on MCC held

TEZU, Mar 26: General Observers for Lok Sabha election Miranees Ahmad and Yusuf Dar and General Observer for Assembly Elections BK Behera along with District Election Officer Dr. BM Mishra conducted a meeting with all the political parties, their election agents and candidates to sensitize them towards Model Code of Conduct and Election expenditure at DC’s Conference Hall, Tezu today.

Candidates were also requested to furnish their worry list to enable the election machineries in planning for deployments accordingly.

Till date three FIRs have been lodged for violation of Model Code of Conduct, 8,520 vehicles have been checked and 30,111 persons were frisked, informed the Superintendent of Police, Tezu.

Meanwhile, the total numbers of seized IMFL have gone up to 35130 bottles (2843 hard drinks, 32247 beers, and 40 wines). DIPRO


DEO hold meeting with representative of political parties

SEPPA, Mar 26: The DEO cum DC, Tarin Dakpe had a meeting with election agents and representative of various political parties in DC’s Chamber here today.

General Observer Surender Kumar, expenditure observer F Daniel and SP, Apang Tamut among others attended the meeting.  Dakpe explained all about the model code of conduct and role of polling agent for free and fair, peaceful election.

General Observer Surender Kumar appealed the candidates, agents and workers of all political parties to  abide by the model code of conduct and added that it is our collective responsibility for peaceful election.

Expenditure Observer F Daniel, also informed about the expenditure limitation of candidates and throw light on maintenance of expenditure accounts and register.

Apang Tamut, SP informed that out of 2760 arm licence issued, only 344 nos. deposited so far which is on alarming situation. Added that police are working out how many of them were not procured gun having license and are out of district and then regular cases shall be initiated to non-deposited for non-compliance of the directives. D.Lama EAC (Eln) also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


Training for zonal magistrate conducted

YINGKIONG, Mar 26: In view of simultaneous parliamentary and Assembly elections, training for Zonal Magistrate for Upper Siang district was conducted in the conference hall of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here today. All the Zonal Magistrate participated the training.

While imparting the training as Master Trainer, Hengo Basar, PD appealed all the magistrate to coordinate and supervise the polling personnel of the respective zonal jurisdiction for the free and fair conduct of election. DIPRO


News Impact

Tuki, Rebia, Dolo among 11 Cong candidates declared uncontested

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Eleven Indian National Congress (INC) candidates, including Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, were declared uncontested with no contestant against them after withdrawal process came to an end today for Assembly Election.

Those candidates who have been declared uncontested are Pema Khandu (3-Mukto), Phurpa Tsering (4-Dirang), Mama Natung (11-Seppa West), Kameng Dolo (12-Pakke-Kessang), Nabam Rebia (14-Doimukh), Nabam Tuki (15-Sagalee), Takam Pario (18-Palin), Bamang Felix (19-Nyapin), Tanga Byaling (22-Nacho), Punji Mara (23-Taliha) and Lombo Tayeng (39-Mebo), informed Deputy Chief Electoral Officer in a release here today.

Congress in Arunachal Pradesh has a legacy of winning seats uncontested during several elections with former chief minister Dorjee Khandu setting a record with a consecutive two-time win unopposed from Mukto constituency in Tawang during the 2004 and 2009 assembly polls.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki won uncontested in 2004 from Sagalee constituency.

Altogether 144 candidates were left in the fray for the remaining 49 assembly constituencies after withdrawal of 15 candidates from the race and 11 candidates were declared uncontested today.

The party-wise breakup of contesting candidates on the last day of withdrawal of nomination today is -- Indian National Congress-60, Bharatiya Janata Party- 42, Nationalist Congress Party- 9, People's Party of Arunachal- 16, Naga People’s Front- 11, Aam Admi Party -1 and Independents -16.

However, there was no withdrawal of nomination papers by any of the candidates from the two Parliamentary constituencies. The Western Parliamentary constituency would witness multi-cornered contest with eight candidates in the fray while there will be a three-cornered contest in East Parliamentary constituency.

BJP lodges complaint

Meanwhile, state BJP today lodged a complaint to Chief Electoral Officer saying that withdrawal of candidature by party candidate Nabam Tade from Sagalee (ST) constituency does not arise as he has not withdrawn his candidature, nor authorized any person including his election agent to do so on the last day of withdrawal of nominations.

The BJP further alleged that the state Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has been putting all means to get his candidature uncontested from this seat which has defeated the meaning of election in democracy. The BJP demanded intervention of ECI in this matter and also demanded enquiry into  the ‘unjustified notification of withdrawal of candidature  by the  Returning officer.’

When contacted, CEO C B Kumar confirmed the receipt of the complaint from BJP.  The complaint has been forwarded to ECI and it is upto ECI to take any decission, he added.



Congress manipulating opposition candidates: BJP

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Arunachal Pradesh today accused the ruling Congress of manipulating opposition candidates through various means by pressing them either not to file nominations or withdraw papers in order to win as many as seats uncontested in the April 9 Assembly polls in the state.

"The Congress here is indulged in total sabotage of the democratic process by manipulating the opposition candidates through various means not to file nominations or withdraw papers in various constituencies," BJP state-unit president Tai Tagak alleged in a press conference here today.

The strategy to hunt on opposition candidates for its mission to win as many as seats uncontested, had denied people in the respective constituencies the opportunity to use their right to vote, Tagak said, demanding the Election Commission to take note of the situation and take corrective measures immediately.

Congress workers in several Assembly constituencies were targeting BJP leaders, Tagak alleged adding that the entire government machinery was with the ruling party.

He cited intelligence sources that the Congress is likely to resort to vote capturing in various polling stations during the elections, and urged the EC to ensure free and fair polling.

Confident that his party would win more than 30 seats in the Assembly polls, Tagak said doors are open for all non-Congress parties for a post-poll alliance in the state. PTI

Narendra Modi to address BJP rally at Itanagar

ITANAGAR: BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will kickstart the poll campaign for his party here on March 31 for the April 9 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.

Modi will address the "Asha Ki Nayi Kiran" rally at Indira Gandhi Park here, party's state unit president Tai Tagak said.

"We have constituted several committees to make the rally a grand success similar to the February 22 rally at Pasighat in East Siang district" Tagak said.

He said, former minister Talo Mugli has been appointed as the organising committee chairman for the March 31 rally.

"Modi has a strategic vision for the North East, specially for Arunachal Pradesh, which will be announced during the rally," Tagak said adding,  good governance, internal security, law and order and border row would be the priorities for the party if voted to power.

"Modi has a vision for land-locked Arunachal which will be beneficial for all irrespective of political affiliation," he added.

After Itanagar, Modi would address rallies at Gogamukh, Biswanath Chariali and Tinsukia in Assam. PTI



Seizure spree continues

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: The total cash seized since enforcement of election Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in the state has touched the figure of Rs.93,35,800 today.

Besides, the static surveillance teams (SSTs) and flying squads working state under Election Commission of India to check possible violation of MCC have so far been able to seize huge quantities of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL), arms and ammunitions, lethal weapons, gift items etc, what is believed to be the largest ever seizure of its kind in the history of Arunachal Pradesh.

According to official sources, the SS and FS teams today made seizure of cash amounting to Rs.2 lakh, 120 bottles of beer (650 ml), 13 bags of rice of 50 kg each, local daos, mufflers, banners, posters and manifestos of various political parties from various parts of the state.

With today’s seizure, the total cash seizure has increased from yesterday’s Rs. 91,35,800 lakh to 93,35,800 lakh, the sources informed.

Further, 14975 bottles of Indian Made Foreign Liquor-IMFL (750 ml- 8578 bottles,  375 ml-2356 bottles, 180 ml- 3973 bottles, 175 ml- 67 bottles, 42095 bottles of beer (650 ml-41990 bottles, 500ml- 58 bottles, Cane – 47), 1651 pieces of blanket, 5409 pieces of CGI sheets, 303 local daos, 89 mobile handsets, 40 gram opium, 104 kg tea leaves, 13 kg ganja, two .32 revolvers with ammo (34), two 12 Bore DBBL Gun  with ammo  (115), four SBBL gun, one .32 Pistol with ammo (31), two .315 Rifles, one NP Bore Revolver with ammo  (26), one Khukri, one axe, one vehicle (Tata mobile), one Scooty, one dagger, cheque book (6), BJP flag (2), Congress caps  (86), flag  (1,44, 876), INC/BJP/NCP muffler (102) have so far been seized by SS and FS teams, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the State Govt. has declared the Govt. School (Type-lll), Forest Colony as temporary jail during the ensuing simultaneous elections, it added.

Rs 3 lakh seized at Likabali

The Flying Squad team of Likabali in West Siang district headed by the Executive Magistrate Topek Kakki CO, Dr. D.W Thongon, SDPO and SI T. Dulom, OC of Likabali, seized an amount of Rs. 3 lakh, 375 numbers of posters and 65 numbers of booklets today during its checking drive in connection with the ensuing simultaneous elections, according to official source.



Election observers for strict adherence to EC guidelines

ITANAGAR, Mar 26: General Election Observer for Anjaw district D Satapathy in a meeting with the contesting candidates and election agents appealed to all to cooperate and comply with Commission's guidelines for conducting free and fair election in the district.

Drawing the attention of the candidates towards violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC), Satapathy urged them to strictly adhere to the guidelines in order to facilitate peaceful and ethical voting.

The General Election Observer today visited several polling booths to gather first hand information about the poll preparedness in the district.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer (DEO) Duly Kamduk convened a meeting with all the Sector Magistrates on various issues for ensuring successful conduct of the elections.

With the withdrawal of independent candidates, three candidates are left in the fray for assembly election where altogether 10747 electorates, including 5337 females would exercise their franchise in 81 polling stations of Hayuliang (ST) constituency.

For smooth conduct of elections a large numbers of presiding and polling officers are expected from outside the district for which accommodations are being arranged at community halls, school buildings etc. as there is acute shortage of hotels and other govt, lodges in the district. The district administration has appealed to all concerned polling personnel so drafted to bring with them warm clothes and beddings.

Ziro DIPRO adds: The General Election Observer for Yachuli and Ziro Hapoli Assembly constituencies Muthukumaraswamy B. visited hypersensitive and critical polling stations of Ziro- Hapoli Assembly constituency today.  

Earlier he visited critical polling stations of Yachuli constituency March 24.

Later in a meeting convened by the DEO for all the sector magistrates, nodal officers, flying squads, static surveillance teams and VVTS, the General Election Observer interacted with all the officials engaged for the ensuing elections. He advocated for a microscopic monitoring of the communication plan and reiterated the need for cent percent connectivity during the polling day. He also instructed the flying squads and SSTs to take moderate view while on surveillance duty and be free of any biasness towards any individual or any political party.

Proper dispersal of force should be monitored to ensure law and order in the district, he said and sought cooperation and assurance from all to prevent any cases of re-polling.

Meanwhile, East Kameng Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer (DEO) Tarin Dakpe asked Govt. servants of the district to refrain from any type of inappropriate political activities during the forthcoming simultaneous election other than voting.

At NAMSAI, a meeting with the contesting candidates, the election agents  was convened in Addl. Deputy commissioner’s   Chamber today under the chairmanship of R.O cum ADC Ravi Jha. The meeting was attended by SDPO and Assistant account expenditure observers of 46- Chowkham, 47- Namsai and 48- Lekang.

Addressing the gathering the ADC cum R.O Ravi Jha stated that the obligation of false statement in relation to personal character or conduct of a candidate or his candidature will be punishable under representation of people’s Act 1951. Scheduled for verification of the cash registered for 46- Chowkham, 47- Namsai and 48- Lekang was also circulated which has to be verified by the Assistant Expenditure observer of Chongkham, Namsai and Lekang constituency.

Legal provision with respect to election expenses was explained. It was also informed that the abstract of election expenses along with part 4 affidavits are to be submitted to the DEO within 30 days of the date of declaration of election result. The candidates were also explained to manage all their election expenses to a separate Account which they have opened exclusively for election purpose. The payment exceeding to Rupees twenty Thousand has to be compulsory made in cheque, draft, RTGS/NEFT only. They were also advised that they, their Agent or their followers should not carry more than 50 thousand in cash. Symbols were also allotted in the meeting. He said that the campaign should be done in a good spirit and there should not be any Anti-Candidate  propaganda based on personal allegations.



Changlang DEO  cautions against defacement of public properties  

Changlang, Mar 26: Changlang DEO Chanchal Yadav today called a meeting with all candidates/ political parties, Changlang at DC’s Conference hall  here in connection with the posters, banners etc. being affixed/displayed on Government premises.

While addressing the meeting she said that cases are brought to her notice that Party/Candidate posters, Banners etc. being affixed/ displayed on Government premises which are in violation of The Arunachal Pradesh Prevention of Defacement of Property Act 1997 and Model Code of Conduct issued by the Election Commission of India. No wall writing or posters/ banners or defacement in any other form or erecting / displaying of cut-outs, hoardings, banners, flag etc shall be permitted on Government premises including civil structures therein, she stressed.

She said that the Banners/ posters / flags put up in private premises should be an act of free will and not extracted by any pressure or threat and such banner or flag should not create any nuisance to others and a photocopy of the voluntary permission in writing obtained in this connection should be submitted to the Returning Officer within 03 (three) days of putting up the flags and banners.

The DEO asked all the political parties to affix/ display Party/ Candidate posters, Banners etc in the designated place and instructed that all the posters affixed at the places other than the designated area be removed immediately by the candidates themselves at their own cost to avoid any action on this regard. She warned to take necessary action as per law against concerned persons/ candidates/ parties   in case any violation is noted. A notice was also issued to all candidates/ political parties, Changlang in this regard. The Meeting was attended by the members of all the contesting parties.                

Meanwhile, Hamjong Tangha, the BJP candidate from 52-Changlang South (ST) Assembly Constituency, yesterday and Khumrel Lungphi, an Independent Candidate from 49-Bordumsa Assembly Constituency, today,  submitted their Notice of withdrawal of candidature before RO, Changlang and RO, Bordumsa respectively.  DIPRO incharge



Parties gear up election activities in East Siang


RUKSIN, Mar 26: With the date for the Lok Sobha and Assembly elections comes closer, various political parties, like Indian National Congress (INC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have intensified their political activities by organizing party meeting at different levels.

The party workers and the contesting candidates were seen busy in easing political equations and intensifying their operation to woo voters.

The ruling Congress and opposition BJP are fielding candidates in all five constituencies in the district. According to political observers, there will be straight contest in 36-Nari-Koyu, 37-Pasighat West and 38-Pasighat East, while 35-Pangin segment will witness triangular contest. The Congress candidate for 39-Mebo constituency, Lombo Tayeng was declared unopposed as the nomination paper of his opponent (BJP candidate) was rejected during scrutiny.

Nomination papers of 11 candidates out of the 13, who had fined nominations, were found to be valid after scrutiny.

The lone PPA candidate fielded for Pasighat-East seat has withdrawn his candidature on the last date of withdrawal today.

A total of nine candidates are left in fray for the remaining four assembly constituencies under East Siang district after two nomination were rejected and withdrawal of nomination paper by the PPA candidate.

As on January 27, 2014, the East Siang district has 60,895 electors including 30,745 female. There are a total of 153 polling stations in the district out of which five are said to be critical.

The authority has identified as many as 48 poling booths as 'sensitive' and another 47 booths as 'hyper-sensitive'.

Pasighat-East Constituency, including the district headquarters alone has 19,055 voters spreading in 33 polling stations. The number of electors in other segments are Pangin - 12, 539, Nari-Koyu-6,923, Pasighat West-12,310 and Mebo- 10,068. The electoral rolls are being updated and the figures of electorate might fluctuate on the final date.

Meanwhile, the election department has conducted a series of meeting on ‘Model Code of Conduct’ with the political party representatives and urged them to strictly adhere to the election commission’s guidelines.



Observers urge contesting candidates to follow ECI guidelines and MCC

DAPORIJO, Mar 26: General Observer Pramod Kumar Das and Expenditure Observer Sudhir Kumar for 22- Nacho, 23- Taliha, 24- Daporijo, 25 Raga and 26- Dumporijo Assembly constituencies convened a meeting with contesting candidates and representatives of political parties today at the chamber of the DEO Tahang Taggu (DEO) in the presence of SP Anto Alphonse, ADC Kanki Darang, EAC (Election) Orin Lego and others.

Addressing the meeting, Pramod Kumar Das urged all to follow the rules prescribed by the ECI and ensure the free and fair conduct of elections in the 5 Assembly constituencies. He made a request to all political parties to ensure the training of their agents regarding their duties and warned them not to take the law in their own hands. He added that any worries, grievances, apprehensions etc should be registered in the helpline no 223185 so that they could be resolved within the prescribed framework of the law. The observer also briefed the gathering on MCC, issuance of permission for vehicles, processions and public meetings, date and time of EVM preparation and candidates’ role in it etc.

Expenditure Observer Sudhir Kumar, stating the ECI’s wishes of providing equal opportunity for all candidates in the electoral process, said that expenditure of all candidates would be monitored and so urged them to maintain proper records. He also stressed on the provision of correct information and maintenance of a true and correct account by the contesting candidates.  

DEO Taggu explained the Model Code of Conduct to all present and warned against the use of any unlawful means on the polling day. He also informed on the authorization given to the candidates to enter polling stations on the polling day and advised them to follow the rules and not create any problems. Taggu also sought support of all regarding requisition of vehicles for movement of polling personnel and materials to the 244 polling station in the 5 constituencies. The RO (Daporijo) Kanki Darang explained on the important aspects of conduct of elections like appointment of polling agent, counting agent, election agent- their rights and duties and rules to be followed at the close of the polling. DIPRO



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---- Readers Forum ----


Blatant violation of fundamental right is going on

Dear Editor,

With grievous heart I would like to know whether Model Code Conduct for Election is mere directory orders ‘or’ it is mandatory provision? Is it above Fundamental Rights of an Individual engraved under the Indian constitution? What are the proper procedure and guideline of power and function being authorized and delegated to the Administrative authorities and Police personal engaged on election duty. Is the Election Model Code of Conduct a tool to grill and harass the public?

The way authorities and police personal are carrying out haphazard manner checking and search operation of private vehicles is not good. Police personnel in full uniform with sophisticated weapon are carrying out ‘pin point’ search of private Individual vehicles, violating all the basic Rights of an Individual as if the Emergency Declaration has been invoked in the state of Arunachal Pradesh under the Article.356 (State Emergency), Article.352 (National Emergency) and Article. 360 (Financial Emergency) 'or’ is it the Arm Force Special Power Act. 1958 came into operation? Are Election Commission and State Government trying to conduct peaceful, free and fair atmosphere election ‘or’ they are trying to terrorize people by creating mental suffering and physical harassment to public at large. Here is few grievances face by the public at large-

1.      Model Code of Conduct Part 16.5.7 Illustrative list of DO’s A (iv) provides that right of every Individual for peaceful and undisturbed home life should be fully safeguarded, but this provision has been violated by the administrative officials and police personals especially by so called ‘flying squad team’ on election duty.

2.      Model Code of Conduct Part 16.5.7 illustrative list of DONT’s B (XX) simply provides that no liquors should be distributed during elections, Section 135(c) of the Representation of People Act 1951 which provides that liquors should not to be distributed on polling day ‘or’ (before 48 hrs), whereas, this provision per-se does not prohibit the carrying of liquors for self-consumption, for family party occasions and for business purpose. But official and police personal on election duty are prohibiting and immediately seizing if one carries one or two bottle liquor, which has infringed the individual right to consumption and right to business establishment, only with the mere apprehension that it might be distributed to voters .

3.      Nowhere in the Model code of conduct provides and prohibits the carrying of currency notes of Rs. 50,000/- and above. Whereas the official authorities and police personals are totally prohibiting and restricting the carrying of such money which has hampered day to day life of common man, business transaction, labour payment, investment and exchange thus, creating economic blockage for an individual and also leading to business meltdown, which is again infringement of fundamental right.

4.      Unnecessarily stopping and restraining of free flow traffic thus carrying out search operation and random checking of vehicle by the police personal in all locations have caused mental agony to public. Due to haphazard checking being carried out in various location of capital complex, long queue of vehicles can be seen leading to huge traffic jam. Because of it children’s are missing school and reaching late for exams. People are not able to reach office, bank and business place on specified schedule time.

5.      Checking and search operation is being carried out by the official and police personals in stringent manner even forcing children and women to vacate from the vehicle. Even ladies purses are not being spared. Usage of abusive and filthy language by the police personals especially by IRBN and CRPF jawan during search violates and infringement the Individual Fundamental Rights, i.e. the Right to Privacy of Individual under Article 19 & 21 of Indian Constitution.

6.      Hurting the tribal sentiments and trying to jeopardize the customary law and practice of the people, the authorities and police personal on election duty have prohibited the carrying of dao and small knife which is meant for cutting jungles and for cultivation purpose. Many elderly person have been misbehave and their dao, knife and stick used for walking have been seize by the so called ‘flying squad team’.

If election official is delegated with such power and function by election commission of India for conducting free and fair election process, they should be held accountable too. They should use the power vested upon them by following proper procedure and guidelines and should not contravene principle of natural justice of an individual.


Techi Dayin, Itanagar


Please come up with your manifesto

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to request to all the candidates who are going to contest from 13th Itanagar assembly constituency in the upcoming Legislative Assembly election that please declare your election manifestoes as soon as possible so that we can have better idea about your agenda. Don’t think that money or muscle power will take away our votes. This time we really want to see true development in capital complex. There are many problems that we are confronting. Such as encroachment of govt. land, shortage of water supply, deteriorating sector roads, need for widening of roads, lack of parking zones and immediate construction of alternate route to Naharlagun and establishment of one more higher secondary school. And it would be better if the candidates go for open debate so that the public can ask questions related to developmental activities. So, this time let’s do something different.


Bengia Sita



Violation of Model Code of Conduct

Dear Editor,

Some Congress Party workers of Taki-Lalung, Sibut and Yagrung has started executing RWD contract works since March 09 even though there is no financial concurrence for the SPA scheme.

The tender was floated on Feb 04 only on the basis of letter issued by Dept. of Planning as per the decision of cabinet. But they did not direct the concern contractor to start execution work, but surprisingly party workers of INC have been allotted sub-contract works and the work is being executed on behalf of ZPM Bosing-I with an assurance to clear the bill by July.

This is clear violation of Model Code of conduct by the Congress Party. The DEO is requested to take necessary action against the persons responsible for violation of Model Code of Conduct.


Taber Tamuk

Advocate-cum-Social Activist



Don’t play with emotion of innocent voters

Dear Editor,

The trend of surrendering election contest and compromising with the opposition party is not good for healthy democracy as it sends wrong message to the masses. Citizens are being deprived of their inherent democratic right of voting. It is threat in the sense that if two major political party of India BJP and Congress start compromising with each other in election then what will be the consequences? This trend will inspire others to file nominations and later withdraw by compromising with the opponent. So, this trend must be stopped and discouraged in all respect. If you are not able to represent, you don’t need to file a nomination and play with the emotion of innocent voters.


Punitt Tara








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---- Editorial ----


Concentrate in development agenda

The Lokh Sabha election 2014 is witnessing lot of personal attacks among politicians. BJP Prime Minister nominee Narendra Modi who himself has been target of repeated personal attack by various parties today launched blistering attack on defence minister AK Anthony and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal by  calling them "agents of Pakistan and enemy of India" and speaking its language. Kejriwal and his fellow AAP leaders were yesterday thrown ink and egg during a rally at Varanasi. In recent past Modi has been compared with Hitler by many of his opponents.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too has subjected to personalize attack by his rivals. The politicians should refrain from making such personal attack which sets a wrong trend. Political parties instead of indulging in mudslinging should concentrate in development agenda. People of India are sick of growing unemployment, high level of corruption and escalating price rise. They want to know how political parties will address these burning concerns. It will be better if our politicians stop making cheap personal attacks and concentrate in developmental agenda. It will serve purpose of both political parties and citizens alike.