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Lack of Youth initiative, ideological differences causes Regional party defeat

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

As the Congress led government is being installed in Meghalaya, the regional parties are all set to play a constructive role as the Opposition Members in the 9th Legislative Assembly. Like a popular song which says: The winner takes it all and the loser has to fall, so also the Indian National Congress who gained 29 seats in the House of 60 are taking all the limelight and all set to install the 12 - member Cabinet with Congress Legislators alone. Both the NCP and 11 Independent legislators have extended their support ‘unconditionally’, so will not expect any Cabinet berth. 

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Meghalaya all set to witness change and stable government

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya is known for the frequent change of leadership at the helm of affairs. State politics have always been vibrant due to multiple political parties forming the government. The 9th Assembly with Indian National Congress (INC) leading the House of 60 by winning 29 seats vowed to follow the Congress manifesto as assured during the election. The new government need not adopt the Common Minimum Programme as it usually does to keep the coalition government alive. The mandate of the people is now rest on the shoulder of the new government expecting sea change and stability as the state turns 50 years old by 2022, just a decade away.

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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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