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355 candidates to battle for 60 seats in Meghalaya Assembly

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

February 23 polls in Meghalaya this year saw an increase of 17 additional candidates compared to 2008 election. Till the last day of the filing of nomination, a total of 355 candidates have filed their nominations. The scrutiny by Returning Officers and final date for withdrawal of candidates might change the figures. The figures only show the popularity of politics is picking up in this region. At the same time, more and more individuals are changing their respective profession and adopting politics as an alternative.
The myths about politics which needs special calling and dedication have been replaced as money power and propaganda strategies method. With more and more National Parties plunging into Meghalaya Politics, does not means Meghalaya have good prospects, it only means the change of winds in the national politics have forced them to strengthen their grounds in every Assembly. This only means more and more money will be pumped into every State Assembly.

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Miscarriage of Law causes two lives in Williamnagar District Jail

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The Legal system in India has always been put up at the judgmental quad for debating. The Legal system remains dormant most of the time; only with every single hideous crime the nation wakes up and screams for more stringent law. The latest being punishment for rapist, worst so the juveniles rapist involved in the infamous Delhi gang rape case. Whole nation was up in arms demanding the hanging of all the six culprits, however, Meghalaya remains unmoved; besides few students groups, none raised any protest. The general public, so called custodians of society also remained silent in the case of unfortunate cold blood murder case in Williamnagar District Jail on February 2, 2013, killing two of the Jail staffs.
The preliminary investigation is pointing its fingers on A’Chik National Volunteer Council – Breakaway (ANVC-B) militants led by Sinberth N. Marak alias Norok alias Tengton and Nores Sangma alias Wasa, who carried out the attack and killed two jail staff, Assistant Jailer Neil Hamborn Warjri and Warder Sarai Sing Thabah in cold blood. Yet from no quarters the voice was raised to condemn such barbaric actions to change the Law or to give more protection to all the District Jails in the state.

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Aspiration of political supporters is higher than the candidates in Meghalaya poll

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Just few more days left for filing of nomination to February 23 polls in Meghalaya and Nagaland. Most of the contenders are yet to file their nominations. However, most of the heavy weight candidates put down their nomination on Monday being the first day of the week, call it superstitious or banking on good luck, all it leads to is the hope of winning, and filing of nomination is the first step to that goal. Hence calculations and show of strengths at this point is considered as obligatory political move.
The show of strengths is a must, knowing the public psychology of propaganda and the tendency of every individual to be with the winners, hence such show of strength will only boost the prospects of the candidate. This also means politics is one of the biggest gambling where the candidates have put self on the table as the trump card of the game. This is the time, the candidates will agree to every demand of the supporters, who will have more aspirations than the candidates, hence we hear of clashes between the opposition political party workers.

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Williamnagar District Jail incident is recurring disregards for staffs’ security

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The daring attack by eight unidentified militants inside Williamnagar District Jail on Saturday night, killing an Assistant Jailer, Neil Hamborn Warjri at Point Blank while jail warder, Sarai Sing Thabah succumbed to bullets injuries in the Hospital have shocked not only the general public, but the Jail Staffs for the apathetic attitude of the authority concerned, and the state government for poor management of all the District Jails in Meghalaya. 
As the blame games began between the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants and A’Chik National Volunteer Council – Breakaway (ANVC-B), as it was earlier suspected to be GNLA making an attempt for jailbreak to rescue about 15 of their cadres booked under the Meghalaya Preventive Detection Act (MPDA). Commander – in – Chief of GNLA, Sohan D Shira was quick to provide evidence to the Investigating Officer about the involvement of ANVC-B cadres just for settling of scores as they have been mistreated while they were in the lockup few weeks back. They were booked for the case involving the attacks on Former Chief Minister, Deborah Marak recently.

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Public mandate to aspiring candidates by Jaintia Youth Federation

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The election fever in the poll bound state of Meghalaya is picking up only in few pockets. Hoisting of party’s flags is seen mainly in few intensely contested constituencies. Both the political parties and the general public are engaged in popularizing their respective candidate. The aspiring legislators are doing their round to garner votes and assuring to perform on every individual demand. It is only the Jaintia Youth Federation, Central Body, to have put up 14 points agendas for the candidates contesting from West and East Jaintia Hills, even before they declare their manifestoes.
Most of the political parties are yet to make known their manifestoes. So far only the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) has released their manifesto. As filing of nominations is taking place, general public are keenly awaiting to know the issues of each political parties and Independent candidates as they plunge into the fray. Meanwhile, most of the candidates are only attacking the opponent within the constituency, forgetting they should take their own agendas to the people while seeking votes.

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