Personal attack is uncalled for during election campaign

SHILLONG, March 26: The electoral campaigns where opponents hit their rivals are described as ‘unbecoming’ by political observers who have tracked the electioneering process for more than a decade.  These political observers felt that the electoral campaign has reached a new low when the candidates and their campaigners focus their attack on the individual candidates rather than on the issues that needed to be addressed.

Taking cognizance of the verbal attacks where campaigners spoke about ‘death’ and rival rebutters started using slurring languages during the public meetings and press conference in Meghalaya, Toki Blah, an eminent citizen of the State said, “It is childish on the part of the candidates who are expected to talk about performance and non performance, issues confronting the people, and instead of stooping to a level where you started describing a candidates personal life”.

The likes of Ian Khongmen said these personal and emotional attacks connects with the people, but it degenerate the values of democracy and enable the candidates to divert the people from the real issues. Khongmen, a master in his own art said, “These personal attacks is an indicator of a small mind and the type of quality leader that we have to choose”, even as he added that the practice of raking emotions during the process of electioneering has always been a pragmatic tools of many political contenders. He never doubts himself in saying that political campaigning by anybody should not be below the belts.

Former Home Minister RG Lyngdoh felt that the verbal duel between the campaigners has degenerated the growing practice of democracy to a juvenile stage. “The talk of vibrant democracy has gone the opposite way”, stated Lyngdoh while taking note on the type of diatribes of the political parties in both the two Parliamentary constituencies in the State.

Many others felt that the type of jibes taken by the campaigners of the political parties is not at par with the Parliamentary procedures. If not a direct attack, the element of sarcasm has reach a new low.

The followers of the election campaigns emphatically said that its “unbecoming” and “uncalled for” to take on your political rivals by pouncing on the personal life.

(Source) The Sentinel Assam – The Largest Media group of North-East India — focused on news publishing. Combined circulation of the group is over 120,000 newspapers per day, making it the largest newspaper group in the region. The Sentinel is the only English daily in the Northeast India with five editions published simultaneously from Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Shillong, Silchar and Itanagar. For all local, news from Assam, national and international news please visit  http://www.sentinelassam.com/

Complex land registration force Meghalaya residents to register with Assam

SHILLONG, March 26: The complex land registration process in Meghalaya compelled the residents of the inter-State border to register their land with Assam, stated the Member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) from Jirang constituency Victor Ranee. Moving a motion on the floor of the KHADC, Ranee while expressing concern over the developments that has led to alienation of large track of land from the State, the Jirang MDC alluded to the complex process of land registration that is further compounded by the nefarious practices by the Village Councils and the traditional institutions. “When money has to be paid to Village Council heads, Syiems that amount to thousands and thousands of rupees, the ill afford residents will obviously prefer Assam because of the minimal fee to be paid”, stated Ranee. He also said that the border have affiliated themselves with Assam because they are getting the facilities like water supply and electricity.

Sharing similar concern, Congress members Neil Antonio War, Mansturdy Nongrem and JM Tynsong asked the Executive Committee (EC) to address this concern by directing the traditional chiefs to restrain themselves from such unwanted practices that will further alienate the land to the neighbouring State of Assam. “Simplify the land registration process to facilitate the retention of the community and private lands within the domain of the State”, the three Congress members exhorted.

Replying to the motion, the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the KHADC Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit endorsed their views, yet pointed out to the constraints pertaining to non recognition of the Council registration certificate by the court and the unregulated  misuse of power by the traditional chiefs on many fronts. “There are traditional heads who convert the community land as a personal property and there are village council chiefs who put down their signatures on the same land that has been sold to others”, stated Basaiawmoit, while stressing on the importance to have a land law that can check such misuse that has made the land in the inter-State border goes to Assam.  The CEM also assured that unscrupulous traditional chiefs will be taken into task for harassing villagers in the process of land registration.

(Source) The Sentinel Assam – The Largest Media group of North-East India — focused on news publishing. Combined circulation of the group is over 120,000 newspapers per day, making it the largest newspaper group in the region. The Sentinel is the only English daily in the Northeast India with five editions published simultaneously from Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Shillong, Silchar and Itanagar. For all local, news from Assam, national and international news please visit  http://www.sentinelassam.com/

Modi to kickstart election campaign in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, March 26: BJP Prime Ministerial Candidate Narendra Modi would kickstart the poll campaign for his party here on March 31 next for the April 9 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the State.

Modi would arrive in the State Capital in the morning and address the ‘Asha ki Nayi Kiran’ Rally at Indira Gandhi Park here, party’s State unit president Tai Tagak informed during a press conference here this afternoon.

“We have constituted several committees to make the rally a successful one 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 said rally.

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

“Modi has a vision for land-locked Arunachal which will be beneficial for all stratas of people irrespective of political affiliation,” Tagak added.

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

(Source) The Sentinel Assam – The Largest Media group of North-East India — focused on news publishing. Combined circulation of the group is over 120,000 newspapers per day, making it the largest newspaper group in the region. The Sentinel is the only English daily in the Northeast India with five editions published simultaneously from Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Shillong, Silchar and Itanagar. For all local, news from Assam, national and international news please visit  http://www.sentinelassam.com/

Minister visits border villages

DIMAPUR, March 26: Against the backdrop of recent incidents of violence in Assam-Nagaland border in Dimapur-Karbi Anglong belt, Nagaland Minister for Forest and Border Affairs Y Patton on Wednesday visited the border villages to assess the law and order situation.

The border areas have recently witnessed incidents of violence with reports of encroachment from both Assam and Nagaland side.

The minister accompanied by officials from State Border Affairs, Forest Department, Police and Dimapur district administration visited border Naga villages including Indisen, Dikhoi, Rilan, where reports of encroachment were reported.

After inspecting the areas of alleged encroachment, the minister appealed to the villagers along Assam-Nagaland border to maintain ‘status quo’ since the case of border dispute is in the Supreme Court. The hearing is likely to be held in the month of July.

Among others, joint secretary, Border Affairs, A Robin Lotha, Under Secretary, Border Affairs, Temsuwati Longkumer, DIG (Border), Bendang Lemtur, Chief Wildlife Warden, SP Tripathi, DFO Dimapur, YM Jami, DC Dimapur, Hushili Sema and SP Dimapur, VZ Angami, accompanied the Forest Minister.

(Source) The Sentinel Assam – The Largest Media group of North-East India — focused on news publishing. Combined circulation of the group is over 120,000 newspapers per day, making it the largest newspaper group in the region. The Sentinel is the only English daily in the Northeast India with five editions published simultaneously from Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Shillong, Silchar and Itanagar. For all local, news from Assam, national and international news please visit  http://www.sentinelassam.com/

BJP alleges horse-trading by Congress in Arunachal polls

ITANAGAR, March 26: The BJP in Arunachal Pradesh today alleged horse-trading by the ruling Congress to win as many as uncontested candidates in the April 9 Assembly elections in the State.

“The Congress in the State 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 and had managed eight seats un-opposed so far,” party’s State unit president Tai Tagak said in a press conference here today.

The strategy to hunt on opposition candidates for its mission to win as many as uncontested seats had denied the right of adult franchise of the people of those constituencies, Tagak said and demanded the Election Commission to take note of the situation in the State and take corrective measures immediately.

Alleging that, Congress workers in several Assembly Constituencies were targeting BJP leaders, Tagak disclosed that on Monday last, a vehicle of the Zila Parishad Member (ZPM) of Thrizino was burnt down by Congress workers, while the vehicle of Bhalukpong ZPM was completed damaged yesterday.

“Despite strong monitoring by Election Commission constituted Flying Squads and static surveillance teams, Congress has been freely distributing currency among the voters in several constituencies,” he alleged and added that the entire government machinery was with the ruling party.

Quoting intelligence sources, Tagak further alleged that the Congress is likely to resort to vote capturing in various polling stations and urged the Election Commission to put all its efforts to ensure free and fair polling.

When asked about the number of seats the party likely to win this elections, Tagak said that the mark would cross 30 plus.

On post poll alliance with like-minded parties in the State, he categorically said that the door was open for all non-Congress parties in the State.

“The people of the State are fed-up with the Congress and will surely vote for BJP for its vision ‘BJP the new hope, new Arunachal’ and issue of good governance.

(Source) The Sentinel Assam – The Largest Media group of North-East India — focused on news publishing. Combined circulation of the group is over 120,000 newspapers per day, making it the largest newspaper group in the region. The Sentinel is the only English daily in the Northeast India with five editions published simultaneously from Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Shillong, Silchar and Itanagar. For all local, news from Assam, national and international news please visit  http://www.sentinelassam.com/

AGP, BJP file complaint against Kamrup Metro DC

Guwahati, March 26: The AGP and BJP have filed a complaint to the Election Commission against Kamrup Metro’s Deputy Commission Ashutosh Agnihotri while accusing him of acting as an agent of the ruling Congress party in the election process ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The complainants alleged that Agnihotri has been acting as a helping hand to the Congress party’s poll efforts in the district and is believed to be quite close to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. They also added here that as per the guidelines of the Election Commission, no officer can be posted in a particular district in a state for longer than a period of three years. Here they pointed out that several officers in Assam are enjoying long stints in their locations as against the rules, which includes Agnihotri as well.

The complaining AGP and BJP leaders also stated here that Agnihotri has long been working for providing a supportive administrative machinery in favour of the Congress’ election campaigns in the district. In this context, they gave an appeal to the Election Commission to transfer him to some other place to ensure the conducting of free and fair elections in the Kamup Metro area.

Lok Sabha polls are scheduled to take place in Assam in three phases – April 07, 12 and 24. The Guwahati constituency will face polling in the third phase along with other seats like Barpeta, Mangaldoi and Nagaon. Assam’s Chief Election Officer Vijayendra had stated that that about 1.87 crore votes would be cast in the state this year, out of which 4.5 lakh will be first time voters.

(Source) The Sentinel Assam – The Largest Media group of North-East India — focused on news publishing. Combined circulation of the group is over 120,000 newspapers per day, making it the largest newspaper group in the region. The Sentinel is the only English daily in the Northeast India with five editions published simultaneously from Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Shillong, Silchar and Itanagar. For all local, news from Assam, national and international news please visit  http://www.sentinelassam.com/

Akhil Gogoi’s health deteriorates in jail

Guwahati, March 26: After the Gauhati High Court remanded Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) chief Akhil Gogoi to 14-day judicial custody, his health has reportedly deteriorated since last night. Gogoi, who is being kept in the Guwahati Central Jail, suffered a slip disc in his back abdominal area, which he had been reportedly suffering for sometime now. The KMSS chief is also stated to have been sufering from migraine pain and slight fever.

As per the High Court directive, Akhil Gogoi is to be admitted at the GMC Hospital in case his health deteriorates. Though that has not been done yet, a team of doctors from the GMCH are attending to him. While also alleging that the food conditions in the jail are very unhygienic due to which his health has suffered, Gogoi and his five other associates who were arrested along with him, have reportedly gone on a hunger strike demanding better quality food for themselves and the other inmates.

In the midst of all this, a team of Jorhat Police visited Gogoi in connection with a case numbered 17/14 registered against him under the Titabor Police Station and interrogated him over the matter. Some reports also claim that several cases have been registered against Gogoi in various police stations in Lakhimpur district due to disturbances caused by the KMSS’s anti-dam protests. It is not being ruled out that Gogoi may face arrest again because of these cases.

Gogoi, who had got bail in four cases from the High Court on Monday, but was again rearrested and sent to judicial custody after fresh cases were filed against him. The new other cases over which he is yet to be indicted may land him in more trouble, making it difficult for him to get released easily. The recent self immolation act by the KMSS activist Pranab Boro turned the heat on Gogoi who was arrested along with five of his associates. KMSS activists have since then been demanding his unconditional release.

(Source) The Sentinel Assam – The Largest Media group of North-East India — focused on news publishing. Combined circulation of the group is over 120,000 newspapers per day, making it the largest newspaper group in the region. The Sentinel is the only English daily in the Northeast India with five editions published simultaneously from Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Shillong, Silchar and Itanagar. For all local, news from Assam, national and international news please visit  http://www.sentinelassam.com/