The boy from Gyangkhar does it again!
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Dorjee Khandu, who led the Congress Party to a spectacular victory
was sworn in today as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for a second time.
Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy at a function
held at Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan.
Born in March 3, 1955 at Gyangkhar Village Dorjee Khandu’s political journey has
been rather smooth.
The man, who took over the mantle of the state in 2007, started his political career
in 1980 when he was selected as an ASM.
He made his debut in Legislative assembly in 1990 when he was elected uncontested
to the First Legislative Assembly of the State of Arunachal Pradesh from Thingbu-Mukto
constituency. Since then there has been no looking back for Dorjee Khandu.
The newly renovated Darbar Hall was packed to its capacity as everyone jostled for
space to witness the swearing in ceremony of the Chief Minister.
AICC central observer V Narayanasamy and senior Congress leader Luizinho Faleiro
along with State Congress Party Chief Nabum Tuki, former Chief Ministers Gegong Apang
and Mukut Mithi, Lok Sabha members Takam Sanjay and Ninong Ering were among those
who attended the ceremony.
However the task is not yet over for the Chief Minister as he has to make some tough
decision to complete his team.
The Chief Minister is leaving for New Delhi tomorrow, along with the list of probable
A Party insider said that most of the ministers would be retained but portfolios
would see some changes.
Meanwhile Chief Minister while addressing the media persons disclosed that his priority
would be public distribution system (PDS), education, Trans Arunachal Highway and
development of the power sector. He said that the education system would be revamped
with suitable policies to bring Arunachal at par with rest of the country.
New Govt will fulfill people’s aspiration: Governor
‘Arunachalees proved their patriotism with robust participation in Assembly election’
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: In his second innings Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and his Government
would strive hard with renewed vigour to make Arunachal a leading and front raking
state of our country, said Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh assertively
while interacting with the media persons just after the swearing-in ceremony of
the Chief Minister this morning.
People elected their representatives for stability and prosperity. Therefore, we
should ensure that the new Govt focus on PM’s development package and satisfy the
aspiration of the people, the Governor said.
The Governor said that there must be an endeavour to ensure that every Arunachalee
get due share of development and prosperity as proud Indians at par with rest of
Without referring to the Chinese opt-repeated claim over Arunachal territory and
its resentment against PM’s recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh, J J Singh said “we
have seen how patriotic Arunachalees with their robust participation in the just
concluded assembly election have silenced all critics and gave a befitting reply
to all unnecessary controversies. The people gave their democratic verdict free
and fairly for great democratic India and Arunachal which is a proud part of this
democratic country,” J J Singh said and appreciated the media across the country
for being the part of this historic election.
“I have no doubt that Arunachal has lots of potentials but it will be galvanized
into results in the coming days. Therefore, I request you (the media) to carry the
message back to all our countrymen that here is a state which is vibrant and which
is going to march ahead. We are proud of being a part of the great country i.e. India,”
Siram creates electoral history, promises to expedite development
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: For the first time in the history of 38th Pasighat East Assembly
constituency, the people have re-elected an MLA for the second consecutive term as
their representative to the state legislative assembly.
Bosiram Siram created history for himself and district by coming back a second time.
Ever since the democratic electoral process was established in the state of Arunachal
Pradesh no MLA have been sent back consecutively.
It’s an added responsibility for Siram as he has to go that extra mile to prove that
people ‘s verdict right,.
He assured completion of the entire in-complete task and while promising to ensure
proper road connectivity, water and electricity supply in all the adjoining villages.
He further assured to improve education system, encourage eco-tourism, forest plantation,
preservation of wild life, improvement of Zoological Park in Pasighat and nearby
areas and way side amenities along Siang River.
Meanwhile, Youth Steering Committee, City Youth Congress, Pasighat Chairman Okom
Tamuk and President Oni Panyang and ZPM Okom Yosung said that during his last five
years tenure Siram brought various developmental activities in the constituency for
the welfare of the people.
They have witnessed work culture of Siram and with the same expectation, the people
wholeheartedly sent him back as their representatives.
Thrizino MLA set his priorities
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: Kumsi Sidisow, the youngest MLA of the 5th Legislative Assembly
is upbeat about working for the overall development in his home constituency, Thrizino-Buragaon.
Talking at the sidelines of the swearing in ceremony of the chief minister Dorjee
Khandu today at Raj Bhawan Sidisow outlines his priorities.
He informed that his first priority would be road connectivity from Thrizino- Bichom-
Licheney, Sachida and Wanghoo village, the interior part of the constituency. Infrastructure
developments for school, health centres and telecommunication would be other priority
while also assuring to do his best to assuage unemployment problem of constituency.
Not to sit idly, the newly elected PPA MLA is rearing to go for materializing his
priorities which he outlined for Thrizino-Buragaon constituency much before the election
The 27 year old MLA would be second from the Aka (Hrusso) community to have found
a berth in the Legislative Assembly after late Sinam Dususow.
Aka (Hrusso) community has about 7 thousand populations spreading across the different
pockets of West Kameng district.
Meanwhile, the young MLA has expressed his gratitude to the people of Thrizino-
Buragaon constituency for electing him as their representative in the legislative
Assembly while also promising to live upto to people’s expectation.
Kumsi defeated veteran Congress leader Naresh Glow with a huge margin of 4998.
Administration continues crackdown on illegal encroachment
ITANAGAR, Oct. 26: The capital complex administration has started eviction drive
in the twin town of Itanagar and Naharlagun against illegal encroachment along the
main road. The team led by Talo Potum, town magistrate accompanied by police official
and general public started the drive from Ganga Market last night.
All the illegal encroachment on the road leading till R.K Mission hospital was bulldozed.
The cleared road would make way for the motor parking space. While administration
has their reason for this eviction drive, general public also seems to be quite happy
with this step.
“Capital complex is gateway to our state and it should be our endeavor to make this
place more beautiful. I along with many of our market association friends welcome
this eviction drive as we know this will only make Itanagar more beautiful,” said
Taro Tagya, former president market welfare association of Itanagar.
Another public, Maheshwar Sanyal told, “I think creation of parking space will surely
increase more customers for our shop. The stretch near R.K Mission witness lot of
accident as road is very congested. Hopefully this drive will make this road safer
Town Magistrate Talo Potum informed that more such drive could be taken out in various
parts of capital complex in the near future.
“After clearing the market area, we will shift our focus to various residential
sectors where illegal constructions have mushroomed,” said Talo Potum.
For now officials seem to be determined to make capital area more beautiful, it would
be interesting to see how far they can go in their drive. There is also no clear
sign of whether all the market welfare people are supportive of their initiative.
Chunaav Tyohaar - A festival called ‘Elections’
Ankur Garg IAS
Certain facets of the Indian Electoral System never cease to amaze me. The foremost
amongst them is the smooth and (almost always) peaceful conduct of the elections
itself, considering the colossal scale and the varied and difficult conditions under
which they are held. A large part of the credit for this goes to an efficient, vigilant
and active Election Commission of the country working on a no-nonsense approach.
Credit however is also due to the citizens of the country who have come to respect
the democratic principles and the benefits that this system of governance brings
Elections in India are an all-encompassing all-overpowering juggernaut which assumes
the proportions of a pan-India festival rather than that of an administrative process.
Many of us who wonder why Govt employees do not perform for four years and ten months
get our answers when we see them at work during the two months of Electoral process
– it is almost as if they had been saving their energies to give their best during
the Elections. Key-service providers like doctors who are not assigned any election
related duty are disappointed on-lookers during this entire process – as if they
had been deliberately left out of the festival in which everyone else was having
so much fun. Even the staff members not assigned any particular duty are seen running
from one office to another just to make themselves feel a part of the festival. The
number of officials and officers staying back after office hours (with or without
duty) increases dramatically – whether this is due to the refreshment which is offered
post duty hours remains to be seen.
What also increases dramatically during this season is the number of officials suddenly
taking ill or having old ailments resurface. They dig out their medical records storage
folders of the last five years and try to produce certificates, no matter how irrelevant,
to escape duty at the polling station. I had a young IAS probationer, a doctor by
background, who was looking after certain key activities in the Election office in
the Assembly Elections. All these cases were referred to him who, not surprisingly,
reported most of them to be false or highly irrelevant. In one case, a teacher in
his middle thirties who walked into my office room crying oodles of tears clutching
his left leg in great pain had a medical report which mentioned a five month old
minor sprain in the right leg! Another official wanted exemption merely because he
had undergone a few medical tests. Surprisingly all of the tests had reported – fit
as a horse. Deservingly, he got the duty in the remotest polling station of the District.
Elections in India are also a great unifying factor – a process which unites the
diverse regions of the country in a way which is second only to Bollywood and Cricket.
The elected MLA for Khonsa town lives right above the DC Bungalow and I could hear
his supporters singing Old Hindi Classics like ‘Kya hua tera vaada’ on the night
of 22nd October to celebrate the victory. This was followed by an exceptionally talented
rendering of the number – ‘Humein tumsey pyaar kitna’.
It was sheer music (literally) to the ears of yours truly and the Election Observers
who were having a farewell dinner at the DC residence.
The Central Election Observer for Tirap was a senior IAS officer of the UP cadre
who extensively toured the remote and interior villages of the District. He later
told me he was startled by the level of political awareness of the people – each
with whom he talked, no matter how old or educated, knew who was the candidate from
his village and which party he or she represented. This is, in general, not true
of Northern parts of our country. What equally impressed him was the excellent knowledge
of Hindi that people had whether the village was along the Assam border, Nagaland
Border or the Burma Border.
The most amusing incident of the entire Assembly Elections 2009 in Arunahcal Pradesh
was the one involving pasting of a sticker on the ballot unit of an EVM to change
the order of candidates at one of the polling Stations of Seppa. To my mind, this
is sheer genius – a rigging method which is simple, absolute and detection proof.
Had the perpetrators of this idea given some more thought to it and refined its execution,
they would have got away with it. This novel idea would have even the ECI at its
wits end, who no doubt will soon come out with instructions on how to check it in
future. But the conceiver of the idea should be identified by the Govt. and after
due reprimand and counseling, his services should be taken in planning developmental
schemes for the State – I am sure he could offer simple and brilliant solutions.
I had some amusing requests from candidates during this period. One of them requested
me to help him by rejecting all nomination papers except his during scrutiny. Another
wanted me to allow him to enter the Strong room at night, open the EVMs of a few
polling stations where he had performed poorly and allow him to add additional votes
in his favour. Yet another asked me to to count all the postal ballot papers secretly
and declare that all the votes had been recorded in his favour. The same candidate
also asked me to allow him to vote on behalf of all those employees who had not used
their postal ballots. I would later have hearty laughs in the evening when I would
discuss these cases with my Election Department Officers.
The stoic calm, composure and dignity maintained by the candidates and their agents
inside the Counting Hall was a treat to watch. However I was disappointed on only
one small account – I personally congratulated all seven winners and asked them for
the proverbial ‘box of sweets’ in celebration of their result. As I write this article,
it has been 48 hours since I declared the result and I am still waiting to receive
my first mithai. (The writer is Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer,
Tirap, Arunachal Pradesh)
Police arrest two in Neelam Maj murder case
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: City Police arrested two petty criminal responsible for the death
of Neelam Maj. The two arrested are Rai Lamra, 20, son of late Ashok Lamra, of village
Lamra, and Paleji Saria, 18 years, son of late Dumbing Saria, of Saria village, Chayangtajo,
Duo admitted that they stabbed Maj when he resisted their attempts to rob him and
two of his friends on Oct 17, informed City Police Chief Hibu Tamang.
Maj was found at the stairs of the Gurudwara in Naharlagun by a Police Patrolling
team in a pool of blood. He later succumbed to his injuries at General Hospital,
The Police team was led by Inspector L R Rana and his team consisting of officers
M Geyi, Suresh singh and Sarvan singh.
VHAI reviews its progress
ITANAGAR, Oct 26: A meeting was held at VHAI Lumla PHC, Tawang District to review
the progress of outreach services like immunization, ANC, institutional delivery,
DOTS on Oct 23. After critical review the government officials and VHAI staff identified
the strengths and weaknesses of outreach activities and jointly planned the strategies
to further improve both preventive and curative health services at village level.
Ajay Tripathy, Senior Manager mentioned that the organization is determined to deliver
its best; as VHAI is accountable to the Government and people of Arunachal Pradesh.
Besides the staff of Lumla PHC and its Sub Centers the meeting was also attended
by Dr. W. Lama, DRCHO, Tawang.
Art of Living workshop
ITANAGAR, Oct 25: An Art of Living workshop will be held in Itanagar from October
27. The six-day course will be held at the Art of Living centre in H Sector.
Christened “Health Through Breath”, the centrepiece of the Art of Living course
is the Sudarshan Kriya, an innovative breathing technique designed by Sri Sri Ravi
Taga elected leader of BJP Legislature Party
ITANAGAR: Tamiyo Taga has been elected as leader of BJP legislature party with Tapen
Siga as deputy leader. Dr.Tangor Tapak would be the chief whip of BJP in the state
This was decided at meeting of newly elected MLA of Bharatiya Janata Party that was
The party appreciated people’s verdict and hope to play a constructive opposition
in the state. They promised to raise all the shortcoming of government and work for
the betterment of people. During meeting Bijoya Chakravorthy (MP), BJP North-East
in charge, P. Chandrasekhar Rao former Lok Sabha MP and BJP National executive member,
Tapir Gao were also present.
Kaso appeals for cooperation
ITANAGAR: Appealing the citizen including departments, NGOs to cooperate with him
in all developmental activities in the capital city, newly MLA elect Techi Kaso said
that efforts will be put into make Itanagar a better place to live in.
He appealed all to maintain peace in the state capital to bring all round development
while assuring that all the pre poll promises would be delivered. He said that apart
government undertakings, private sectors should share space to eradicate unemployment
and bring economic changes.
ITANAGAR: Setong Sena resigned as Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly
“Money not people’s mandate”
Apropos the news item under the headlines “Post result tremor jolts Arunachal’s
Capital” published in your esteemed daily on Oct 24, I would like to clarify that
closing of business establishments in Itanagar, Naharlagun and Nirjuli on Oct 23
was a great concern and disheartening to me as well as.
In fact dummy candidate of Dorjee Khandu, Techi Kaso (NCP), SP Hibu Tamang and Talo
Potum Magistrate, was chasing one of my younger brothers at Gandhi market “C” Sector,
Itanagar at around 11 am. On being informed, me along with the workers went there
and found that brother Tai Saroj was badly beaten and tortured by Hibu Tamang and
Talo Potum. He is still being continuously harassed and tortured by them in the judicial
I regret to say that the Reporter Taba Ajum blamed the Congress workers for the
closing of business establishments. Why doesn’t he say hundreds were beaten at places
like Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli by Hibu Tamang and Talo Potum without any reason.
All those victims are admitted in Hospitals of Itanagar and Naharlagun. And I also
strongly condemn the use of Taliban word against the peace loving people of Arunachal
Furthermore I want to mention here that the result of 13th Itanagar Assembly Constituency
is not a people’s mandate, in fact is a money and material mandate. I thank those
voters who believed on me, my dignity of labour and work culture.
Likewise my achievement for common benefit include, railway, airport, mental hospital,
general hospital, RK Mission hospital, drinking water supply, power, electricity
and road improvement, and the introduction of samsan ghat & kabarstan, and of course
maintaining peaceful environment for the traders and the common citizens of the capital.
I should say most of the people loved the hydro power relief and rehabilitation Deptt
and money of Dorjee Khandu and not my achievement. Therefore I called it “money-mandate,
not people’s mandate.”
(Editor’s Note” We would like to bring to the attention of the former Legislator
Kipa Babu that, our Reporter quoted Police sources regarding involvement of INC workers
in Friday’s unpleasant incident.)
This is in reference to the column appeared on Oct 24 with a heading "Post result
tremor jolts Arunachal’s Capital". The column is more of the journalist views than
a news item. I'm absolutely not a supporter of any such a shameful act in any form
particularly of the incident happened in Akashdeep Market Complex Itanagar, but at
the same time not at all amused by reading a news column of a journalist posting
his/her personal views making it a news column in one of the most read news paper
of the state. Such a news item actually degrade the very spirit of news writing.
I hope next time a journalist writes in a diplomatic and neutral way without having
any bias thinking.
Mara Kocho, Dimapur.
AYF misguiding people
Apropos the news item published in your esteemed daily under the headline “AYF demands”
on Oct 24, we would like to clarify that the so-called Arunachal Youth Federation
(AYF) is misguiding the people of the state by leveling baseless allegations against
the able and dynamic leader Dorjee Khandu instead of supporting his leadership.
At this stage, Khandu’s leadership is unchallenged. We on behalf of the Panchayat
leaders, oppose such allegations and cautioned the NGO not to level such concocted,
fabricated and false allegations against Khandu.
Sangha Tagik, ZPM
Pisa Gungnia,ZPM, Sarli
Bamo Satker, ZPM
No rejected postal ballots were taken into account
This is to inform you that, on 25/10/09, one of your correspondents spoke to me on
phone, regarding an order passed by me as Returning Officer of 30 Aalo West, assembly
constituency regarding rejection of postal ballot paper.
During our discussion I clearly said that I have nothing to add on other than what
was already given in the order.
The Correspondent further asked whether 15 postal ballots of the 48 rejected were
counted and thereby taken into account.
I replied no such postal ballots were taken into account and that I cannot say anything
regarding the information that the newspaper office had.
I was surprised to read the lines in the paper 'When this daily asked the Returning
Officer whether 15 postal ballots out of the 48 rejected were taken for final counting.
He said that he is not aware of the fact”.
It is little confusing to know that whatever happened during Counting, Returning
Officer is not aware of such proceedings. Let me make it very clear that no postal
ballot were taken into account out of rejected 48 postal ballots.
It is my most sincere request to please take note of it and in future if any news
be published from your esteemed News Paper based on telephonic information, prior
E-Mail or Fax of draft be sent to me for verification.
DC, West Siang
(Editor’s Note: we stick by the news item and would like to add that there was no
misinterpretation of the statement given on the phone by the DC)