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Election process exposes political link in every aspects of life

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In all, 14 political parties and 122 Independents are contesting in February 23 polls in Meghalaya, making it a total of 345 candidates battling for the 60 seats Assembly. The Election Commission of India is trying its best to have maximum participation for free and fair election. This year, Flying Squad is an addition to keep check on all candidates and political parties, especially on money transaction and liquor supply during the campaigns. Strangely 2013 election witnessed maximum swapping of supporters either due to delimitation or protesting against the parent political parties for not issuing party’s ticket to public chosen candidate.
All the hustle – bustle in all the constituencies and worst is yet to be seen at the last minute campaigning. As of now, few individual brawls and pulling down the opponent flags and posters are reported. But none could expose the much intense and serious outcome of individual, families, groups and even organization having political linkage.

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Number game of election begins in spite of exit poll ban

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Election Commission of India, in accordance with Section 126A of the Representative of People Act (RPA) 951 has prohibited the conduct of Exit Polls, Opinion Poll or any other Poll Survey. However, with the inflow of Central Leaders of all political parties in the state, the dust of February 23 poll is rising up as the visitors are setting their foot in Meghalaya. This has given rise to calculations of votes each candidate is likely to muster and who is the tentative winner. The number game ends up with speculation on which political party is forming the next government.

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Most lucrative profession is Politics; Meghalaya has 113 crorepatis in fray

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

In view of the absence of Multi National Companies (MNCs), Industries and Entrepreneurship development, most of the educated youths have just one focus, that is, White Collar job, which is saturated. The increase of unemployed in state does not worry any section of the society, except the unemployed youth himself or herself.  Being in the Sixth Schedule State, the tribals are exempted to pay Income Tax, hence the investment into the Real Estate and vehicles are the easiest mode of spending for the tribals, while the creamy portions of the society considers investing on self in the field; and politics is one of the best investment, which yields multiple profits if voted to the August House.
The upcoming Assembly General Election to form the 9th Meghalaya Assembly on February have as many as 113 crorepatis out of the total of 341 candidates, which is about 33 percent candidates in the fray. This seems to be a welcome sign that Meghalayans are quite well off in terms of individual ownership of assets. The young daughter of Chief Minister, Dr Mukul M Sangma is also in the list of Crorepati, she is still a student, besides his wife. One needs to find out the sources of income of all the 113 crorepatis and pen down such success stories of how to be a ‘Crorepati’ for the rest of the world to emulate.

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All political parties pledge for peace, stability, transparency, good governance

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Ten more days for the citizen of Meghalaya to exercise their Rights to Franchises, the tempo of election fever is yet to pick up in Meghalaya. As most of the Political parties in the fray started to release their respective manifesto, it creates more confusion to the public, as almost all have some common agenda like Peace, Stability, Transparency and Good governance if elected to power. With such identical agendas it is like choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea. No wonder most of the supporters do not feel guilty to canvas for one party in a day and the other the next day, they might have found the indistinguishable agendas to their demand hence it is dutiful to render their support to all parties within the same constituency.

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Pope Benedict XVI resignation’s shocked the world

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Meghalaya along with the rest of the faithful of the Roman Catholic Church in particular, and the world in general was shocked on February 11, 2013 by the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI that he would resign on February 28 next on health grounds, the first Pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 in a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants. Benedict called his choice “a decision of great importance for the life of the church.”
There are several papal contenders in the wing, but no obvious front-runner as was the case when Benedict was elected Pontiff in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II. He is the head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

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