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Election fever picking up in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The patience is running out for the general public in Meghalaya, as the announcement for the election date by the Election Commission of India is due. The speculation of probable date for the General Assembly Election is doing the round in all walks of life. Meanwhile all Political parties are organizing political meetings round the clock, working out formulas to outsmart other political parties. Every individual political party is claiming to be forming the next government; such activities are keeping up with the upbeat of political analysis in the state.
The outgoing Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government led by Dr Mukul M Sangma, is taking all precautionary measures to outdo his coalition partner, United Democratic Party (UDP). As it happened after the 7th Assembly session, both the coalition partners were mud slashing at each other, refusing to take up the responsibility for the failure of the partnership. It is the replay of the same situation in this 8th Assembly session after the similar marriage of convenience.

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Meghalaya Government approval seal on ANVC Settlement Agreement

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Just before the imposition of Code of Conduct for the commencement of election process for Meghalaya Assembly, Dr Mukul M Sangma’s Cabinet gave the final seal of approval to the 13 points recommendation for the peace-talks with the Garo hills-based militant outfit –A’chik National Volunteer Council (ANVC). The Settlement Agreement was the outcome of the tripartite talks the ANVC had with the state and the Centre since 2004, has been settled on January 5, 2013 in Shillong.
One of the most prominent demands is the expansion of powers of the Garo hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC). The Cabinet meeting held on January 9, 2013 has extended the same to the other two Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) in the Khasi and Jaintia hills region of the state, however, the final settlement of which would be signed after the Union Cabinet’s approval.

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Election Commission’s delay in announcing election date confuses voters

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Three states in North East, namely Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura State Assemblies term are coming to an end by March 2013. All the three states have 60 members House. The election fever is picking up since December last year. The annual examination of the universities and other educational boards were skeptical about the examination dates. Most of the curriculums were kept in abeyance, waiting for the announcement of the election date by the Election Commission of India.
Meghalaya assembly will end on March 10, 2013. Nagaland will end on March 26, 2013 and Tripura will end on March 16, 2013. It is expected that all the three states will go to poll on the same day. Whereas the final electoral rolls for Meghalaya is yet to be finalized, in the case of Tripura January 12, 2013, is announced as the final day for the finalization of the revised electoral rolls.

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Women and Youth still struggling for recognition in Meghalaya Politics

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The final list of the Indian National Congress (INC) announced on Sunday, for the upcoming Assembly General election 2013, has just six female candidates, while many youths were denied tickets. Ofcourse, even the applicants were less, in spite of much preparation by many women candidates thinking that 33 percent reservation seats would have come through this time. Except few entry of women were reported from UDP, HSPDP and now INC, it did not come to the supposed 33 percent of women candidates even in this matrilineal society.

Former MLA, now sitting Member of Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, Irene Lyngdoh lost the Congress ticket to Boldness L Nongum for Mawthadraishan constituency. The much campaign demands to encourage women to join main streams politics did not work here. North Shillong will witness stiff contest between women candidates. MPCC Chief Dr D D Lapang is also facing a woman Candidate in Nongpoh constituency.
AICC General Secretary, Rahul Gandhi has been advocating for more youths to take up politics. It seems to be only for National politics, here in Meghalaya, youth candidates are missing in the recently announced list of the Congress. The seniority card is considered as one of the main factors of winnable candidate in the Congress camp.

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Ray of hope for Peace in Garo Hills in upbeat

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The successful Tripartite meeting has raised hope for the civilian in Garo Hills. The meeting was held on January 5, 2013, in the Police Guest House, Golflink, Shillong under the Chairmanship of Government of India Representative, P C Haldar. The meeting was attended by Joint Secretary (NE), Ministry of Home Affairs, Shambhu Singh, Meghalaya Chief Secretary, W M S Pariat, Principal Secretary, Home & Political Departments, K S Kropha along with other State Government officials. The ANVC delegation was led by its General Secretary, Wanding K Marak, and Chairman ANVC (B) Rimpu N Marak. The agreed text for settlement was finalized. The matter would now be processed further to obtain the approval of the Government of India and the State Government.

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