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Aspirant candidates are playing psychological game for February 23

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

With the tempo of election campaign picking up in Meghalaya, the line up of National Parties star campaigners will also start pouring in. All with common motive of pulling crowds in rally. More than those political parties who are battling to form the next government in the state, the individuals are leaving no stone unturned to garner every single vote in their favour. In such attempt, political moves and game plan plays a vital role forcing the candidates to showcase their strength through number of party’s offices, car rallies, hoisting of party flags in their respective constituencies and pulling the crowds as indication of their popularity.
    On the other hand, one gets to understand the qualification of all the aspirant candidates through their declarations via affidavit. With 351 contenders for the 60 assembly seats on February 23 election, there are candidates from the age group of 25 years  -Bravelee Dkhar (Ind) from Khliehriat to 84 years  –Hoping Stone Lyngdoh (HSPDP) from Nongstoin. With 24 female candidates among them, who have declared themselves as owners of more assets than their male counterpart, and qualification too that are much higher; whereas very few female candidates makes it to the August House in this matrilineal society.

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ECI streamlining defunct administration in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

First time ever in the history of Meghalaya, a Director General of Police (DGP) Kulbir Krishan was unceremoniously removed by the Election Commission of India (ECI) just 15 days ahead of state general election, scheduled on February 23. Earlier, 30 Meghalaya Civil Services (MCS) Officers were transferred from their posting, as some of their relatives are contesting the election from the same district. The action of ECI only exposed the defunct administrations system in the state. Only through such surveillance from the neutral agencies with statutory authorities can the system be streamlined without opposition from any quarters within the state.
Krishan, who took over as DGP on November 30 last year, will be replaced by Director General (Prisons), Prem Singh. The transfer order, issued here on Thursday late evening, came in the wake of several complaints by political parties to ECI against him.

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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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