PASIGHAT, Mar 30: East Siang district Election observer for Assembly Election HK
Behera today visited Pangin-Boleng Assembly Constituency. He took stock of the pre-poll
arrangements made by the election department and held discussion with the ADC cum
ARO on poll managements. The observer also observed the last phase of training programme
conducted for the polling personnel and appreciated the master trainer and trainees
for their sincerity and enthusiasm.
During his day-long tour Behera also made physical inspection at various Polling
Stations like Rengo, Dosing, Boleng etc. to ensure their suitability for use as polling
station. He instructed the concern officers to ensure electricity, water and latrine
availability in all polling stations. He advised the officers to strictly comply
ECI guidelines and ensure that posters, banners and flags are not put up on unauthorized
structures on public places besides intensifying check on use of liquor, money and
muscle power by political parties in the election and also asked the ARO to monitor
use of loudspeaker and holding of procession.
Meanwhile, at Pasighat Town Club the forth phase of training program for polling
personnel was concluded. DIPRO
DEO, SP visit Lipu Bagra village
AALO, Mar 30: West District Election Officer MK Sahoo, who visited Lipu Bagra along
with Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar, appealed to the public and youth of the
village to not indulge in any kind of disruptive activities during election.
The GBs are the representatives of the government and they should play constructive
role in maintaining peace in their respective village, the DEO said while interacting
with the GBs and youths at village ‘Dere’ today. The youth force is the backbone
of the society and they should refrain from unwanted practices that may harm election
process and lead the society in the right direction, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, the Superintendent of Police made it clear that police
has no intension to clash with the public but cannot compromise with law and order
problem. The force has been given clear instructions to handle any law and order
situation with zero tolerance. He said that he will entertain any kind of accurate
information in details on law and order problem through direct contact or SMA at
his mobile number given to the people.
The GB of the village also assured to cooperate with the administration.
Sector Magistrate, Gemar Padu was also present on the occasion.
Earlier, the DEO and SP attended the Training Session of Sector Officers and BLOs
at Aalo Town Club and DC’s Conference Hall yesterday and asked all the sector magistrates
to acquaint themselves on handling of EVM provided to them for use in crisis situation
and instructed all the BLOs to be present at their respective polling stations and
distribute photo voters slip to electors and complete it by April three.
The SP requested all Sectors Magistrate to give situation report of every polling
stations in every two hours on the day of polling.
Illicit liquor seized
Meanwhile, Static Surveilence team deployed here has seized 17 cases of IMFL and
beer at Sipu Brige Point. DIPRO
Cash seizure crosses Rs. 2 cr. mark
ITANAGAR, Mar 30: With flying squads and static surveillance teams seizing Rs. 49,19,530
more cash today, the total cash seizure by election commission appointed teams in
the state so far have totalled Rs. 2,10,63730.
The flying squads and static surveillance teams have also seized of one SBBL gun,
one motorcycle, large quantity of Indian Made Foreign Liquor, beer, posters and banners
of various political parties from various parts of the state today, informed state
nodal officer on behalf of the CEO.
Steel bridge over river Papu collapses
ITANAGAR, Mar 30: The Steel Bridge over river Papu which connects Seba village under
Pijiriang circle of East Kameng district has collapsed due to movement of vehicle
carrying heavy machinery for M/s Sussi Company, an executing agency of the Trans-
While informing this, Er Techi Jobae, executive engineer, RWD, Seppa appealed to
the public to bear with the inconvenience. He further added that the company did
not seek any prior permission for movement of heavy vehicle over the bridge.
Assembly Secretariat accused of delay in releasing fund for construction of new building
ITANAGAR, Mar 30: The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Secretariat has been
accused of becoming stumbling block in the construction of new legislative building
Er. Bishnu Prasad, General Manager of the joint venture M/s Reniya Enterprises and
M/s Lotus Construction Company--the constructing agency of the assembly building--in
a press release claimed that progress of work of the new legislative assembly building
has been badly affected due to non-release of LOC by the assembly secretariat.
“On 23rd May, 2013, the Government of India had released Rs 862.61 lac to Government
of Arunachal as central assistance from central pool of resources for the 2013-14
fiscal year for construction of the State Assembly Secretariat. However, the LOC
has been held up by the Assembly Secretariat since May 2013 without any reasons in
total violation of norms, he said.
As per the Government of India GFR Rule 237, he said, after release of fund from
Govt. of India to nodal agency, the fund should be released for onward remittance
to the implementing agency within a fortnight. If there is any delay, whatever interest
is received during that period, should be given to the implementing agency along
with the principal amount. The Assembly Secretariat seems least bothered about law
of this country and are breaking it without any fear,” stated Prasad. This is not
the first time the Assembly Secretariat has created such trouble, he further stated
and cited many past examples of how they has been uncooperative.
“We have written many times to the Assembly Secretariat to release fund in the interest
of this state. Despite several communiqué there has been no response. If the Assembly
Secretariat continues to show this kind of attitude this project will never be completed
in stipulated time. I am sure even god won’t be able to predict when this project
will be completed if the department concerned does not extend support,” continued
the GM. He went on to add, “We are committed to finish the project in stipulated
time. We are trying our best to construct one of the best designed assembly buildings
of the country in Itanagar, which will make every Arunachalee proud. But such kind
of delaying tactics by the Assembly Secretariat in releasing fund is only adding
to cost escalation. If this project gets delayed, it will lead to massive cost escalation,
which in turn, will have adverse impact on financial condition of the state.”
The Government of Arunachal has been giving priority to timely completion of major
developmental projects. Along with Trans-Arunachal Highway and new Secretariat, the
Legislative Assembly Building project is considered to be of immense importance.
The project which is already running behind schedule needs further push if it has
to be completed in time. Started in August 2009, the Assembly building was initially
scheduled to be completed by 2011. However, the project was then rescheduled to
be completed in June 2013.
Pre-poll violence continues in Lumla
ITANAGAR, Mar 30: A mob of around 60-70 people claimed to be supporters of Congress
candidate Jambey Tashi, led by former ZPM Sang Norbu and one Gom Tsering, have allegedly
prevented the supporters of Ven. Theg Tse Rinpoche (independent candidate) from entering
some villages under Lumla constituency for campaigning yesterday.
According to sources, the Rinpoche’s team was escorted by police but the mob ‘forcefully
took the law in their hands’ and didn't allow them to enter the villages, namely
Loudung, Chelengdung, Dongmer-eng, Bleteng and Buri village in Dutungkhar. The mob
even pelted stones on Rinpoche’s supporters and threatened them of dire consequences
if they further proceed, the sources claimed.
Many got injured and the whole incident was mutely witnessed by the magistrate and
police, the sources alleged.
The situation remained tense until 2:30 pm.
In the meantime, Assistant Returning Officer (ARO) cum ADC Lumla arrived on the spot
and decided that five people will move ahead for campaign under the supervision of
the ARO himself.
This violence happened immediately after a meeting with Tawang District Election
Observer, Returning Officer, Superintendent of Police, Lumla ARO and CO by both
the contesting candidates along with their respective election agent where it was
clearly stated by the election observer that there will be no tolerance for any blockage
and non allowance of free and fair election campaign in any public places, the sources
5 killed, 3 injured as car plunges into deep gorge
ROING, Mar 30: Five people were killed and three injured when the car they were travelling
in fell into a deep gorge along Roing-Hunli road yesterday.
The accident occurred when the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating
a sharp curve. The accident took place at 61 km point from Roing at around 7.30
Two injured-- a male and female-- managed to climb up and reach the road, said an
eyewitness, who was driving towards Roing in his car. They were rescued and admitted
in GREF hospital in Hunli the same night.
Another injured was rescued the next day. Rest victims who were screaming for help
during the accident night was found dead next morning while being evacuated by police
and GREF personnel.
Three bodies have been recovered and two still remains to be evacuated. Bad weather
and tough terrain is reported to be hampering the evacuation works. The people who
survived the accident have been identified as Bawimso Kri, Akimso Kri and Mayalu
Appa. The individual identities of the deceased are yet to be ascertained.
All the victims - deceased and injured are reported to be from Paya near Tezu in
Lohit district and were from same clan. They were on a visit to Hunli to meet a relative.
The injured were brought to Roing district hospital today, and have been referred
to Dibrugarh hospital.
According to one injured eye witness, "The driver lost balance due to deep fog and
heavy rain. When it was realized that the car had reached the edge of the road, it
had already began to descend and roll."
Modi’s victory could mean a tougher Indian stance on China and Pakistan
NEW DELHI, Mar 30: India will get tougher on territorial disputes with China and
in its old rivalry with Pakistan if opposition leader Narendra Modi becomes the prime
minister in May after a general election, two of his aides said.
Modi, who is the front-runner to win the five-week election starting on April 7,
has taken an aggressive tone against the two neighbouring nations. On the campaign
trail, he has warned Beijing to shed its "mindset of expansionism" and in the past
he has railed against Pakistan, an Islamic state, for attacks by Muslim militants
"I swear in the name of the soil that I will protect this country," Modi said at
a rally in Pasighat last month.
India has fought three wars with Pakistan and had a 1962 border skirmish with China.
It came close to a fourth war with Pakistan in 2001 but since then, its foreign policy
has been mostly benign.
Modi has painted the Congress party, which has been in power for more than 50 of
the 67 years since India became independent, as weak on national security. However,
the country is one of the top buyers worldwide of military hardware, purchasing about
$12.7 billion in arms during 2007-2011, according to the Stockholm International
Peace Research Institute, everything from basic military goods to an aircraft carrier.
Modi's two advisers said that while his foreign policy would be muscular, it would
also aim to keep a lid on regional tensions to allow a focus on reviving the economy.
"Ours will be an economy-driven foreign policy and the whole idea is to build India's
economy so solidly that you can deal with other countries on our own terms," said
a strategist involved in formulating the manifesto of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party
As leader of the economic-powerhouse state of Gujarat for more than a decade, Modi
has courted investment from China. As prime minister, the advisers say, he would
seek to steer a course between defending India's security interests and growing business
links with the world's second-biggest economy. Modi has never clearly spelled out
his foreign policy vision, but he has praised former BJP prime minister Atal Behari
Vajpayee - who ordered a series of nuclear tests in 1998 - for adopting a strategy
based on both 'Shakti' and 'Shanti', Sanskrit for power and peace.
"The Chinese will understand the new PM is not a wimp and they won't do anything
adventurous," the BJP strategist said.
According to India, China has made hundreds of intrusions along their disputed border
in recent years. China denies crossing into Indian territory. Adding to disquiet
in India are China's forays into the Indian Ocean and its involvement in building
a string of ports stretching from Pakistan's Gwadar to Chittagong in Bangladesh.
The BJP wants a rapid naval build-up and a firmer response to border violations.
It also plans to speed up construction of roads and communication lines along the
land border to narrow the gap with China's infrastructure on the Tibetan plateau.
The advisers, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the BJP's manifesto is
still under wraps, said Modi would move quickly to lay out India's core security
interests in its neighbourhood, replacing what they dismissed as a reactive policy
under the Congress party. Topping the list will be an early settlement of the border
dispute with China, an assertion of India's primacy in the Indian Ocean, and a low
tolerance of Muslim militancy that India believes is often backed by Pakistan.
"You will see a more nationalistic approach on issues relating to terrorism in our
neighbourhood. It is a much more hard view of these things," said one of the advisers.
Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has pushed for peace with Pakistan, and had
hoped to visit his birthplace in Pakistan's Punjab province in a final gesture of
reconciliation before leaving office.
But his efforts were stymied by opposition at home over Islamabad's failure to act
against those India holds responsible for masterminding a 2008 attack on the city
of Mumbai in which 166 people were killed by 10 gunmen from Pakistan.
Rajiv Dogra, a former Indian ambassador to Pakistan, expects a more forceful policy
under a BJP government, both because of domestic pressure and an uncertain regional
environment as the United States pulls out troops from Afghanistan.
"So far there has been a consensus in India - irrespective of the complexion and
change in government - on the broad foreign policy contours," he said. "But this
time, if there is a change in government, I do expect a break from that tradition."
No Modi effect in Arunachal:Tuki
‘Cong. will again form Govt’
DARKA, (Aalo), Mar 30: Even as the stage is set for BJP Prime Ministerial candidate
Narendra Modi’s rally at Itanagar on Monday, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today pooh-poohed
any effect of the ‘Modi Wave’ in Arunachal Pradesh that is up for simultaneous polls
for the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly on April 9 next.
“If any effect was to be seen, the Congress Nominee, Lombo Tayeng, wouldn’t have
won unopposed from Mebo, a stone’s throw away from Pasighat, where Modi held a massive
rally on February 22,” Tuki jibbed while addressing an election rally at Darka, near
Aalo in West Siang district.
The Chief Minister, who at the moment is donning the mantle of star-campaigner for
Congress, asserted that BJP thrived on one-man show while the Congress stood for
the aam aadmi. He pointed out that while the Opposition has projected Modi as the
Prime Minister long before the election dates were announced, Congress believed in
collective responsibility and will collectively decide who will become the Prime
Minister once the results are declared.
“Ours is strong organizational-based party where each and every member has a say.
We are deep-rooted in the society and even if our cadres and members only come out
to vote, we will win with thumping majority,” he said.
Tuki reasserted that Congress is coming back to power in the state while observing
that as eleven Congress candidates have already won unopposed, the party needed another
30-odd wins, which it is sure of winning.
“We have fielded 60 candidates in all the 60 Assembly Constituencies compared to
BJP’s 40-something. It is just a matter of time that we will form the government
for the umpteenth time with 50-plus legislators,” Tuki declared to the applause of
hundreds of women, Gaon-Buras, villagers, panchayat leaders and Congress members
of 30-Aalo-West Assembly Constituency.
The Chief Minister reiterated his long and close association with Aalo-West constituency
because of Gadam Ete, the Congress legislator, who is seeking for another term this
election. He hailed Ete for his transparency, simplicity and loyalty to his Party
as well as his people.
“You are lucky to have Gadam as your representative. He has expressed his genuine
intentions to work for development of Aalo-West and progress of his people hundreds
of times. I appeal you all to vote for Congress and vote for Gadam Ete so that our
party in government and Gadam as its member can work for peace, progress and prosperity
not only of Aal-West but for the whole of West Siang and Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.
Tuki also sought support for Takam Sanjoy, who is the Congress nominee for the Arunachal
West Parliamentary constituency seeking re-election.
“Let us not go by any individual or any name. Let us go by the Party, which can give
you a stable government and has a special connection with Arunachal Pradesh. And
it can only be the Congress Party,” he said while appealing all to disregard individual
and family differences but to come together as a Party.
While releasing the Party Manifesto to the gathering, the Chief Minister said that
unlike others Congress has documented in the manifesto what it would do if re-elected
“It is in your hands…our commitment for the next five years. I promise you today,
we will fulfill it to the word,” he assured.
The rally was also addressed by Gadam Ete and the local ZPM.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by APCC Vice President Tatar Kipa and APBOCWWB
Chairman Nyamar Karbak.
Later in the evening, the Chief Minister along with Nabam Rebia, who is unopposed
Congress nominee from Doimukh, held a meeting of party workers at Doimukh. To the
gathering of about 200 active members and others, the Chief Minister and Rebia urged
to gear up electioneering in constituency to garner support for Arunachal West Parliamentary
constituency candidate of Congress, Takam Sanjoy.
The Chief Minister called upon all to actively participate in the electoral process
and ensure victory of Congress candidates everywhere possible.
While congratulating the people for ensuring victory to Rebia unopposed, Tuki said
similar response is required to ensure the victory of the Party's Lok Sabha nominee,
according to an APCC release.
Training for election officials continues
ZIRO, Mar 30: The second phase of training for presiding officers, polling officers
and micro observers was held in Abotani hall, Hapoli today.
Addressing the officials, DEO KM Uppu stressed on proper coordination among the sector
officers and the polling personnel for smooth conduct of the polls. Trainings should
be attended sincerely and the opportunity utilized to clear all doubts regarding
any issue with EVMs, polling materials, forms etc, as there is no place for mistakes
on the polling day.
Taking serious note of many applications forwarded for exemption from election duties
he reiterated the need for dedication and sense of responsibility for the successful
conduction of the simultaneous elections. Avoid any kind of party affiliation, he
JM Jadav, General Observer for Lok Sabha elections emphasized on the need to take
trainings seriously. He also asked the presiding officers to maintain their diary
precisely and entries made should be accurate.
Awareness Observer Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia also attended the training and interacted
with the polling personnel.
At Tezu, the third round of training for Executive Magistrates, Sector Magistrates,
presiding officers and polling officers for 44th Tezu-Sunpura Assembly Constituency
concluded at Government Higher Secondary School, Tezu, today.
General Observer for Parliamentary Election for East Arunachal Parliamentary Election,
Training Observer MK Deori and DEO cum RO Dr. BM Mishra also participated in the
General Observer Miranees Ahmed sought cooperation from each and every staff engaged
for election duties for smooth conduct of election.
Training observer Deori also asked everyone to perform duties diligently. It is everyone’s
duty to contribute for smooth conduct of election, he said.
Dr. Mishra who has been personally monitoring the training processes appreciated
all the Executive and Sector Magistrates who have been working round -the -clock
to check any kind of disturbances in the area during elections. He also asked all
the trainers to execute their work and duties on the day of voting responsibly as
their contribution in democracy for error free conduct of election.
Around 400 appointed election officers have undergone training for the forthcoming
general as well as state assembly elections.
Meanwhile, 81 bottles of liquor was seized by Flying Squad Team at Wakro. The seized
items were deposited at Wakro Police Station. DIPROs
Upper Siang, Tawang all set for polls
YINGKIONG, Mar 30: Upper Siang the 14th district of Arunachal Pradesh has two Assembly
Constituencies, namely 34-Tuting-Yingkiong and 40-Mariyang-Geku. The Tuting-Yingkiong
Constituency comprises seven administrative circles viz: Jengging, Palling, Migging,
Tuting, Singga, Gelling including the district headquarter Yingkiong. The Constituency
has 11,339 voters who will exercise their franchise.
Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang is contesting from 34-Tuting-Yingkiong from BJP
ticket and he is likely to face tough competition from sitting MLA Alo Libang this
The 40-Mariyang-Geku Assemby segment having 10,114 voters covering four administrative
circle headquarters Geku, Katan, Mopom and Mariyang ADC HQ will witness five-cornered
contest this time.
Sitting Congress MLA JK Panggeng who have completed two terms is contesting on INC
ticket for the third consecutive term. Olom Panyang is making his second attempt
on BJP ticket this time.
Thomas Borang (PPA), Ogen Jamoh (NCP) and Toi Modi (IND) are new entrants to the
electoral battle. The geographical extent of the constituency covers the both sides
of Yamne River stretching from Pongging to Pekimodi.
The entire electioneering process, machinery has been supervised, monitored by the
Deputy Commissioner-cum-RO/DEO Upper Siang District Dr. Tariq Thomas.
The Flying Squad and Static Surveillance Teams have been making all efforts to check
possibel violation of election model code of conduct.
There are 26 Sector Officers, 27 Micro Observers, 80 Presiding Officer, 320 Polling
Officers, 200 Security Personnel comprising 1 Company of ITBP and IRBN each deployed
for the safe and peaceful conduct of the ensuing election,informed SP Tage Habung.
All the electioneering activities have been carried out in presence of PC Meena,
General Observer and CK Verma, Expenditure Observer of the district.
The Tuting Town Polling Station has the highest number of 1,205 voters and Bona
Polling Station under 34-Tuting-Yingkiong Constituency has the smallest number of
12 voters in the district.
Tawang DIPRO adds: Tawang district is all geared up for the April 9 Lok Sabha and
Assembly elections. All the ground works for the simultaneous elections has been
arranged and extra measures are being planned as per the needs by DEO Abhishek Dev
and SP Nupur Prasad.
General Election Observer for the three Assembly constituencies of Tawang District,
SSPattanashetty held a meeting at Lumla with the contesting candidates and the DEO
Tawang Abhishek Dev, SP Tawang Nupur Prasad and ARO Lumla Mika Nyori yesterday.
Pattanashetty informed the candidates to strictly abide by and adhere to the rules
and guidelines of the ECI and to strictly follow the election model code of conduct
for free and fair election.
“Whoever found violating the MCC will be booked and strict action would be taken
as per the law”, cautioned Pattanashetty.
Further, he urged both the candidates to cooperate and have faith in the Govt. machinery
for conduct of a free and fair election.
Tawang DEO appealed to all to cooperate and comply with Commission's guidelines for
conducting free and fair election in the district. He also urged the political parties
to cooperate with the administration for successful conduct of the ensuing simultaneous
Tawang SP Nupur Prasad urged the parties to cooperate with them in maintaining law
and order and assured that every possible security would be provided to conduct free
and fair election.
In the evening, the first phase of randomization of EVMs and second level of randomization
of polling personnel for the entire district of Tawang were done successfully in
presence of the Tawang DEO Abhishek Dev, ARO RD Thungon and the representatives of
political parties contesting in the elections at the DC Office chamber.
Informing about the randomization process, the DEO mentioned that the purpose of
randomization of EVMs and polling personnel is done to allocate EVMs and polling
personnel randomly to the assembly segments and polling stations. This ensures transparency
in the allocation of EVMs and polling personnel.
“Randomizations for 574 polling personnel were formed into 56 teams in the second
level of randomization today. The randomization has been done for 58 polling stations
out of 71 polling stations in the district.
Also, the second phase of training of polling personnel for all officers and officials
of the district began at the DC’s Conference Hall yesterday.
Master trainer DAO Tawang RK Kanujia imparted training on handling of EVMs, detailed
duties of presiding and polling officers, filling up of election related forms, etc.
At Roing, the second randomization of the EVMs were done successfully at NIC today.
EVMs (both Control Units and Ballot Units) were automatically allotted to the respective
polling stations using software for both Lok Sabha and Assembly Election. Nine ballot
units and seven control units for both Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections were kept
in reserved under 42-Dambuk assembly constituency while 19 ballot units and 18 control
units were kept in reserved for both Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections under 43-Roing
General Observer, Upendra Nath Mallick and RO cum DEO, Kumar and representatives
of various political parties were present during randomization.
It was informed that the preparation and commissioning of the EVMs for both Assembly
Constituencies and Parliamentary Constituency would start tomorrow.
Bomdila DIPRO adds: Preparations are almost complete for the upcoming Assembly and
Lok Sabha elections in West Kameng district.
The stringent action taken by the DEO and SP and the round the clock checking, seizures
and monitoring by the various wings such as the flying squad, static surveillance
teams, VST, VVT etc have deterred and put a check on various activities which used
to be a regular feature in all the previous elections.
The third and the final round of the training for the polling personnels was conducted
by Tasso Gambo, PD DRDA today morning.
In the evening, the randomization of the EVMs was carried out for both the Assembly
and Parliamentary elections by the DEO AK Singh and SDO (Eln) P Sora in presence
of all the election agents and the list of the control units and the balloting units
allotted against the 154 polling stations of the district were given to them.
Koloriang DIPRO adds: Election Observers for Kurung Kumey RN Lai and Sankalp Narayan
Singh along with Nabam Tagum, LO, today inspected different polling booths under
Sangram circle. The team on Thursday visited interior Parsiparlo circle to take stock
of the poll preparedness.
Election observer, DEO brief magistrates on their duties
DAPORIJIO, Mar 30: The General Election Observer for Upper Subansiri district and
the District Election Officer (DEO) in a meeting yesterday briefed the executive/sector
magistrates on their roles and duties.
DEO Tahang Taggu while informing all the executive magistrates of their role in ensuring
peaceful conduct of election, said that they had the responsibility to check the
timely arrival of polling personnel in the polling stations, timely commencement
of voting in the polling stations and safe retrieval of polling materials and personnel
after the end of polling. He also emphasized on timely furnishing of updated information
of their sectors on the polling day and maintenance of peace and law and order in
the sectors under their control.
Taggu expressed the hope that the Executive magistrates would carry out their duties
in a dedicated and sincere manner and would ensure that no problems occurred during
the election period.
General Observer Pramod Kumar Das stated that being the eyes and the ears of the
district election machinery and the ECI, the magistrates had a tremendous responsibility
to ensure that the elections were conducted in a fair manner. Telling the magistrates
to check that no voter who turned up to cast their vote at the designated time was
turned back, he asked all to follow the prescribed rules to uphold the democratic
principles of the country. The General Observer stressed on the building up of communication
network (wireless, satellite and dak runners) even in remote areas to facilitate
collection of information and to ensure a peaceful election.
The officers/magistrates on duty during the election process should be totally impartial
to any party and should not disclose their political affiliations, for the elections
to be truly free and fair, stated Expenditure Observer Sudhir Kumar. He also called
for all the teams set up like SSTs, Flying Squads, VMTs, etc to communicate with
each other on all their activities and keep the information updated and flowing.
SP Anto Alphonse briefed the gathering on the deployment plan of police personnel
in all the 22 critical, 21 hyper sensitive, 95 sensitive and 24 normal polling stations
in the five constituencies of Nacho, Taliha, Daporijo, Raga and Dumporijo, the wireless
communication plan and the movement plan of the police personnel for the district.
ADC Kanki Darang also briefed the magistrates on their duties and functions like
checking of all polling stations under their sector, vulnerability mapping, maintenance
of law and order, provisions of law, restriction of vehicle movement on polling day
Blatant violation of fundamental right is going on
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
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
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.
Violation of Model Code of Conduct
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.
Don’t play with emotion of innocent voters
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
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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.