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BJP promises to eradicate poverty, root out corruption


ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh today promised a new Arunachal free from the scourge of  poverty, corruption, nepotism, and insecurity if voted to power in the Assembly election due on  October 13 next.

“We are steadfastly committed and determined to bring an end to the political instability, corruption and nepotism, which have reached its zenith”, read the manifesto which was released by this party’s who’s who including Bihar deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi   in  a massive election  rally  held at Naharlagun today.  

Modi who has air dashed at state capital this afternoon especially in order to kick off the party’s election campaign  said that BJP is still in power in 9 states of the country.  The party had  done within few years what Congress could not  during its 50 years of rule at the Centre. The  BJP brought the development in the right track during its few years of regime at the Centre, he added.

Promising a change to be guided by good governance, development and security , the manifesto said that the party’s primary concern will be Arunachal’s rapid, inclusive, equitable and stable growth that benefits the largest number of people.

“Our focus will be on state’s youth, helping them achieve their aspirations.We will give emphasis on empowerment  through excellence by providing quality education. And to achieve the goal the party’s utmost commitment to the electorate of the state is to bring new changes in politics  with stability and to put an end to the culture of defection in the state’, it said.

Promising to provide a strong transparent, efficient, stable and people friendly government for all round development, the party said that it resolves firmly to provide a complete new look to the political culture which has been damaged beyond imagination.

Maintaining true character of a national level party with principle, the BJP promised that if voted to power, it will enhance Special package of allowances for all state government employess including the police personnel in interior postings, enhance honorarium for Gaon Buras (GBs) and  Head Gaon Burahs (HGBs) at the rate of Rs 1000 and 1250 per month respectively.

Regarding education sector, party vowed to undertake reforms in state education policy in order to ensure quality and productive education and regular supply of NCERT text books at all schools, regulirisation of SSA teachers, enhancement of education scholarship for the students for higher studies.Promising five more Science colleges with the state-of-the art facilities, the BJP said that it would take initiative for opening of special coaching centres for competitive exams, language skills development and employement guidance centre in all the districts headquarters.

The BJP will provide compulsory government job to one member of the each BPL family, introduce a special subsistence allowances at the rate of Rs 1000 per month to educated unemployed youths of the weaker sections of the society, the party said  and promised land reforms.

Covering almost all sectors in its agenda for development, the party said it would open an Ayush Hospital-cum-College having specialties in the state, introduce a scheme of subisidized rice of 35 kgs at the rate of Rs 2 per kg for all, introduce scheme of best enterprising progressive farmer’s state Award involving the district administrations and the Panchayati Raj Institutions, enhance monthly honorarium to  panchayat leaders in all level.

The party promised that if voted to power it would introduce a separate and independent department for border areas management under the home ministry with necessary  fund provision.

The party will regularize in five years all contingency staff/workers in various department and implementing agencies under various departments like PWD, RWD, PHED, Power, IFCD, etc besides other Govt undertakings.


Court call for enrolment records from ECO

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Gauhati High Court Itanagar Permanent Bench directed the Chief Electoral Officer of the state to call for records relating to the irregularities brought to the attention of the Court regarding the enrolment of ten people including Taba Dipu Welly, wife of Atum Welly in 12- Pakke Kessang Assembly Constituency.

During the presentation of the writs it was pointed out to the court that all names had been rejected by the ERO but without filing an appeal as is the prescribed procedure to Chief Electoral Officer, the said voters were able to get their names in the voters list by relying on orders made by persons without authority.

The orders also lacked in consistency in as much as one omnibus order allowing 20 persons to register which does not have date and another ten orders are based on a vague residence certificate having contradictions in date carried on them

The court has directed the CEO to call for records and do the needful before September 25, the last day for nomination and correction of electoral rolls.

In another writ petition, the Gauhati High Court Itanagar Permanent Bench on September 17 took serious exception to the non compliance of its direction to the chief secretary to provide it with information and status of complaint by local persons regarding the Land Possession Certificates in forest land in Seijosa area.

The court directed the state chief secretary to appraise the court about the fate of the representation filed by the petitioners and furnish a copy of the order if any has been passed on or before October 20 next.


One more files nomination in Arunachal

Itanagar, Sep 19: Congress nominee Kamlung Mosang from Miao constituency was the lone candidate to file nomination papers today, the process of which had started yesterday, election office sources informed.

With today’s nomination the total nominations filed so far was four since yesterday for the October 13 Assembly polls in the state.

Filing of papers will close on September 25 and scrutiny will take place the next day. Last date for withdrawal is September 29.

Arunachal Pradesh has a 60-member Assembly and the Congress during the 2004 elections bagged 34 seats and BJP 9.

While Arunachal Congress, a regional party and NCP won in two seats each the rest 13 went to the Independents.

However, all the BJP MLAs including both the NCP members merged with Congress and all the Independents became associate members of the ruling party thereby making the presence of the opposition virtually nil in the House.

The Congress so far has announced the names of 56 candidates, while NCP 30, BJP 17 and Trinamool Congress, contesting for the first time, had announced 26 nominees.

For the first time Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF), a Nagaland-based party is planning to field 16 candidates in Tirap and Changlang districts.

Peoples Party of Arunachal (PPA), Janata Dal United JD (U) and AC are also going to contest from selected constituencies this time.

Counting of votes would take place on October 22 and the election process would be completed before the term of the present house ends on October 24.  UNI


Congress is synonymous to corruption: Modi


ITANAGAR, Sept 19: With the Assembly elections few weeks away, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister  and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi has fired  the  first salvo  from the battle of ballot at the  grand old political party of the country today.

“The Congress is synonymous to corruption and price rise” said Modi while addressing the election rally-cum-manifesto release function  held at Naharlagun today.

All the North Eastern states have come under the scanner of various agencies because of  corruption being practiced by the Congress since long, the BJP leader  said while kick starting the poll campaign in the state.

Modi claimed that BJP while in power at Centre had always maintained stability in prices of essential commodities, but  the people began to see the red as soon as the Congress took over the charge again to decide the destiny of the country.

Democracy becomes successful where the voice of the people is heard through Opposition in highest body. But in Arunachal Pradesh, the opposition is either made voiceless or forced to merge with the ruling party, in a way turning the democracy into autocracy. And where autocracy rules, corruption surfaces from nowhere, Modi maintained.

Pointing out the opt-repeated claim of China over the whole of Arunchal Pradesh, Chinese incursion in Indian Territory, objection to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang, ADB loan,  the veteran BJP leader said that   during last three years more than 200 incursions occurred and  the  incursion figure is 76  in last three months.The Congress Govt is not serious about the security issue of the country, especially the security of the people of the frontier state like Arunachal Pradesh, Modi alleged and demanded white paper from the Govt on the report of Chinese incursion.

Expressing surprise over the alleged pathetic road condition of the state and irregular/non-supply of electricity, the BJP leader promised that if voted to power the party will provide free electricity to economically weaker sections and produce 45,000MW hydel power  in a five years period and improve the road link at par with national mainstream.

Addressing the gathering, Lichi Legi, BJP candidate from the Itanagar constituency said that  unlike  the past during his  tenure as minister  and MLA, the law and order situation in the Capital has been deteriorating rapidly. He promised to bring all-round development if voted to power including the safety and security of the people of the Capital Complex.

Former MP and BJP leader Tapir Gao said  time has come to defeat the  party in power which made Arunachal Pradesh number  one corrupt state.  Many central Govt  schemes for the poor and downtrodden have been  sanctioned,  fund in crores pumped in for the development of the state,  but in ground level  the condition of the people remains the same and there is no sign of development.

Party election incharge H Pratap also spoke on the occasion and appealed the people not to succumb to money politics.


Court directs cancellation

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: The Gauhati High Court Itanagar Permanent Bench on September 16, directed the state government to cancel the nomination/sponsorship of Dr Todak Taba who was selected to undergo the admission process for post graduation at Regional Institute of Medical Science Imphal.     

Dr Todak  Taba was sent to appear the entrance examination at RIMS in violation of the guidelines issued by the state government that calls for completion of five years of total length service and mandatory period of three years of rural posting.However the Court stated that Dr Taba could go ahead with the course at his own cost if the RIMs authorities allow him and if permissible under the existing provisions of the Institute.

The petitioner Dr Jawaharlal Zongluzu challenged the selection of Dr Taba before the Gauhati High Court.


Randomisation of EVMs

ROING, Sept 19: The 1ST Phase of EVM Randomization was done in the District Information Centre, Roing today.  Out of 147 EVMs, 6 Control Units and 1 Ballot Unit were found defected while checking yesterday, informed S S Mukherjee, ECIL Engineer. However, he informed that the defects are minor and assured to rectify or replace the EVMs before Sept 28 as Engineers from ECIL are arriving within few days at Itanagar or Namsai.  

Y W Ringu, DC cum DEO informed that 136 EVMs will be randomized for 42-Dambuk & 43-Roing Assembly Constituency in the 1st level after randomizing 4 EVMs for training purpose and 8 reserved EVMs with 4 each to both the constituency which will be kept reserve in case any EVM fails on the poll day. She also informed that the 2nd phase of randomization will be conducted on October 6 next when the EVMs will be randomized for each polling station. The 6 defected EVMs are being kept aside and will be used for training purpose with due permission from CEO, Itanagar after rectification, she added.

Yakru Linggi, DIO informed that the EVMs will be randomized by the software automatically, generated and designed by ECI, New Delhi which was first time used in the last Parliamentary Election with slight modification.

After randomization, 50 EVM falls to 42-Dambuk A/C as there is 25 Polling Stations and 74 EVM falls to 43-Roing A/C as it has 37 Polling Stations. The randomized EVMs will be kept in the district court under the custody of SP Roing in sealed container.

Angite Menjo, ZPM and Ame Linggi, Anchal Chairperson were present besides Lod Gambo, SDO(Sadar), M.Tato, ARO, AK Paul, Nodal Officer-EVM and other appointed Election Staffs to witness the randomization process. (DIPRO)


ASKA announces team for  National Karate C’ship

ITANAGAR, Sep 19 : Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Association (ASKA) has selected 22 karatekas from different districts to represent the state at 8th All India Shito-Ryu Karate National Championship to be held at Patna, Bihar from October one to four next.

The team: Tadar Eva, Riche Kagung, Khano Degio, Yomken Noshi, Raj Kumar Medak, Hibo Gegong, Ajay Chetry, Ashok Shahani, Anurad Shahani, Govind S. Thapa, Mahindra Singh, Sedyok Kri, Folluk Hakung, Sedyong Kri, Matu Mugli, Nyabo Baja, Kili Nguri, Bengia Hare, Lingdum Tagi, Techi Bai, Nyabu Baja and Higi Yamum.

Talum Moya Nekam and Tagri Raju are the team coach and manager.


Resignations and joining

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Papum Pare District Congress Committee General Secretary Taba Tara resigned from the post and primary membership of Indian National Congress.

Anchal Chairperson Rodak Tadik under Tali assembly constituency resigned from Indian National Congress and joined People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA).


BJP clears 7 names for Arunachal Assembly polls

New Delhi, Sept 19: The Central Election Committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party met today under the Presidentship of party chief Rajnath Singh and cleared seven names for the Arunchal Assembly polls.

Meeting was attended by Leader of the Opposition (Lok Sabha) L K Advani; Leader of Opposition (Rajya Sabha) Arun Jaitley and all the members of the Committee.

Following are the names of the constituencies and their candidates: 1. 2 Tawang (ST)-Kesang Pheley 2. 17 Ziro Hapoli (ST)-Kuru Tai 3. 41 Anini (ST)-Bande Mili 4. 45 Hayuliang (ST) Shri Banim Kri 5. 49 Bordumsa-Diyum-Siraiong Singpo 6. 56 Khonsa West (ST)-Langwang Sompa 7. 57 Borduria Bogapani (ST)-Tonhang Tongluk. UNI


Chije not to contest

ITANAGAR: Sitting MLA Tadik Chije has decided to support Congress nominee for Mechukha assembly constituency Pasang Dorjee Sona, who is making his debut in the electoral politics. The senior leader said that constituency would develop further coupled with his experience and energy and potential of his younger colleague.


Supplementary reading workshop

ITANAGAR: As part of implementation of national population education programme, Adolescence Education Cell of State Institute of Education, Naharlagun is organising three day workshop for development of supplementary reading materials on drug abuse and its impact on life at DIET, Naharlagun from September 22-24.


Sensitizing trainings

ITANAGAR: Department of Tourism, Government of Arunachal Pradesh conducted a 5 days sensitizing training programme for Group-D staff of the department under capacity building for service providers recently.

Earlier, inaugurating the training, Director Printing Press and stationeries Supriyo Dev highlighted the responsibilities of Group D staff and urged them to attend such training for skill and personality development.

Secretary Tourism Bandhana Deori urged the trainees to make best use of the knowledge and skills they learnt during the training period for the betterment of the department.


PPA ticket for Wangsu and Lamaty

ITANAGAR: People’s Party of Arunachal has issued party tickets to Gabriel Denwang Wangsu for 58-Kanubari (ST) assembly constituency and Ngampay Lamaty for 55-Khonsa East (ST) assembly constituency as its candidates for the forthcoming assembly elections.

Both leaders have expressed their commitment to regional ideology and decided to work for the interest of the people through regional political party, a PPA release stated.


APTC announce three more candidates

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Trinamool Congress has short listed Former Minister, Nakul Chai from 44-Tezu (ST) Assembly Constituency, Neelam Topu from 16-Yachuli, (ST) Assembly Constituency and Techi Necha from 13-Itanagar, (ST) Assembly Constituency for the ensuing assembly polls.

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