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Is Regionalism losing its ground in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya is one of the unique states carved out from Assam without shedding a single drop of blood. It was the All Party Hill Leaders Conference (APHLC) which carved out Meghalaya from Assam. 
APHLC was formed on July 6, 1960, to press for the demand to have a separate state called Meghalaya. In the General Elections of 1962, APHLC won 11 of 15 hill MLAs seat and also won the only parliamentary seat. The final blow to the patience of APHLC leaders was the passing of Assam Official Language Act, following which, APHLC MLAs resigned from the Assam Assembly on October 24, 1962. The action was rewarded with the statehood on January 21, 1972, since than Regional Political Party has always been the largest segment of state Assembly.

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Meghalaya Congress vote to strengthen Lok Sabha election 2014

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As the prediction goes high about the Anti- incumbency wave for Indian National Congress (INC) in the nation, the verdict 2013 in Meghalaya was loud and clear for reposing fate to Congress party by emerging as single largest party, by winning 29 seats in the House of 60, just a miscalculation for two more seats to sweep the election as single party. The two seats are 38- Mendipathar Assembly Constituency, where Congress candidate Frankenstein Momin lost to Marthon Sangma (NCP) by just 11 votes, Marthon received 5307 votes. The second setback comes from 51-South Tura Assembly Constituency, where Congress Candidate, Billykid A Sangma lost to John Leslee K Sangma (Ind) by 18 votes. John Leslee received 7137 votes.

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Railway in Meghalaya yet to be listed in Union Budget

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has the distinction of being the first Congress Party Minister to present a Rail Budget in 17 years on February 26. He claimed, in the absence of the Congress for the past 17 years, the gauge conversion work that started in 1996 beyond Lumding has not even completed 35 percent till date. He also introduced 106 new trains, but none for the North East states including Meghalaya, wherein the Congress ruled state is hyper about introducing railheads, yet could not find the name in the new list.
Meghalaya, the state once missed the bus to be listed in the Map of Railways in India, takes Mendipathar Railway Station to break the jinx on September 8, 2012. Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul M Sangma laid the foundation stone for the Mendipathar Railway Station. This is one of the foundation stone which have elevated the state to the Map of Indian Railway connectivity as part of Northeast Frontier Railway, with its first Railway Station in East Garo Hills. Mendipathar Railway Station is estimated at Rs 86 crores and it is expected to be completed by 2013.

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February 28 Election result will only disappoint masses

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

The 9th Assembly of Meghalaya will get the full 60 members through the Poll Result scheduled on Thursday, February 28. This will surely be the jubilant moment for all the sixty successful candidates, not because they won, but because they will go down in the chapters of the history of the state in particular and India in general. The remaining 285 candidates out of the 345 in the fray will surely bite the dust, which will also include some heavyweights. The most disappointed section will be the entire masses of little over 15 lakh eligible electorates who are expecting a change.
The exit poll have already predicted yet another Hung Assembly for 2013, more so even the political parties in the state and at the Centre too have accepted to witness fractured mandate. Post poll alliances with likeminded party have started to stake claim for forming the next government. It means even the political parties including the Indian National Congress is not expecting good result as to have single majority to form the next government.

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North East alerted after Hyderabad blasts, Meghalaya immunized

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

A high alert has been sounded in India’s North East following the Hyderabad terror attacked which claimed 16 lives and injured 117 innocent people. The Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Sunday instructed all North Eastern states to intensify their vigil. He attributed Hyderabad twin blasts as reaction to executions of terror convicts Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru.
Meghalaya had also conducted the formality check on sensitive locations, but had never taken it as extremely vulnerable for any attack. However, precautionary measures are not compromised affirmed the district administration. Even the general public is immune to the terror attack in Hyderabad twin blasts; inspite of huge number of Meghalaya’s youth studying there; the effect of Telangana was felt much deeper via Osmania University.

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