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Political parties having sleepless nights working out magic number to form government

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The numbers game began just after the fate of 361 candidates including 32 females and 80 Independents, for the 59 out of 60 Assembly constituencies were sealed in the ballot boxes. The duty of the electorate ended as the curtains came down for the election on February 27. The turnout indicates that none of the political parties will make it to the half way mark or the magic number- 31 to stake claim for the formation of the next government.
According to Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer Frederick Roy Kharkongor, the state this year recorded an overall voter turnout of 84.80 per cent with more than 15 lakh people casting their votes on February 27 polling for the 59 out of 60 Assembly constituencies. The polls in Williamnagar constituency have been postponed due to the death of a candidate.

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Central Intelligence action in Garo Hills casts huge influence on voting pattern in Meghalaya

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The fate of 361 candidates from 59 constituencies was sealed in the ballot box, as the curtains came down for the election on February 27, at 4 PM. Over 67 per cent of the 18.9 lakh voters had exercised their Franchise in the elections to 60-member Meghalaya Assembly. Polling in Williamnagar Assembly Constituency was countermanded following the killing of Nationalist Congress Party candidate Jonathone Nengminza Sangma in an IED blast in Sawilgre area of East Garo Hills district on February 18. The voting pattern across Meghalaya, as witnessed from the very first hour was encouraging, but suddenly dropped before noon, only to pick up at closing hours. All votes were said to have cast without any fear, after the brave action of Special Force (SF-10) Commandos by eliminating the most dreaded Self Styled Commander-in-Chief of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Sohan Dalbot Shira on the last day of campaigning.

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Meghalaya going to vote with fragmented verdict, hung Assembly predicted

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Along with Nagaland, Meghalaya will be going to polls on February 27. The last day of campaigning which had end 48 hours before the poll on February 24 evening had witnessed the show of strength by all 374 candidates vying for the 60 seats in the August house. However, the Ruling Indian National Congress is trying its best to retain power, while the Bharatiya Janata Party is leaving no stone unturned to make re-entry to the House. The National People’s Party (NPP), catching on the contribution of Garo Hills tallest leader- Late Purno Agitok Sangma wants to unseat the sitting Congress while the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had a makeover which its committee claims will increase the seat share in the 10th Session of the Assembly. The newly floated political party – People Democratic Front (PDF) is expected to be the game changer in Meghalaya Politics.

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February 27 Poll to be fearless and unbiased with Sohan’s elimination

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The commendable execution of most daring operation by the Special Force (SF-10) Commandos in Meghalaya on February 24, 2018, which brought them the reward by eliminating the most dreaded Self Styled Commander-in-Chief of Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), Sohan Dalbot Shira. He was the chief of the Military Wing, Ex-cop, who had escaped from police custody arrested as Ex- Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC). Shira was wanted in several cases of murder, kidnapping, bombings and extortion in Garo Hills, besides the killing of Nationalist Congress Party candidate, Jonathone Sangma on February 18, which have created fear psychosis in the poll bound Meghalaya.
Acting on a tip off, the SF-10 Commandos raided Sudugre area in East Garo Hills district and shot dead Sohan in a gun battle, at 11.50 AM, confirmed Meghalaya Police Chief Dr. Swaraj Bir Singh.

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Sustainable administrative services the need of the hour

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The frequent show of strength between the elected representatives and the bureaucrats has become evident through the present state of affairs, where the Chief Secretary Chief Secretary of the Delhi government, Anshu Prakash accused Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators, Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal of assaulting him in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, where he had been called for an emergency meeting on February 19, 2018 at the CM’s residence. The bureaucrats demand the arrest of the MLA, have also seek the intervention of Lt. Governor is Anil Baijal, a former Union Home Secretary.

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