Shillong, March 16: As was expected, with Indian National Congress (INC) declaring its candidates for the two parliamentary seats in Meghalaya, other regional and national parties too have followed on toe.
Congress last week declared Daryl William Cheran Momin and sitting MP Vincent H Pala as its candidates for the Lok Sabha election 2014 for Tura and Shillong parliamentary seat respectively. Election to these seats will be held on April 9.
Soon to follow was the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). They declared former Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Armerington Kharshiing to contest from the Shillong Parliamentary constituency. The party is still scouting candidate for Tura seat. Meghalaya’s name only figured in AAP’s six list of candidates.
Tura, March 16: In a move that is set to have huge repercussions on the people of the plain belt of Garo Hills, the name of the 3 dual voters that had come up after the FKJGP team in Phulbari found them to be dual voters, were all deleted from the Meghalaya electoral rolls. In further action against the same group, the Election Department of Meghalaya has also directed the DC Elections, West Garo Hills (WGH) to take action against the three and file an FIR.
The three were deleted by the ERO of WGH, ZJ Sangma, after they had refused to accept the summon papers and did not attend the hearing as well to present their case. After consultation with the Assam side of the Election Office, where their names were also listed, the decision was taken to have them deleted.
• GNLA lambasts Mukul for ‘militancy for money’ comment •
TURA, March 15: After Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma addressed the Assembly on the militancy issue stating that militancy had indeed become an industry and militants were in it for the money, the GNLA on Saturday hit out at his comments stating that the CM failed to understand the aspirations of the people and the reason for people turning to militancy.
In a press note delivered, senior cadre and GNLA Sergeant, Savio Marak castigated Mukul for his comments against the outfit in the floor of the Assembly. Mukul had said, "One of the reasons why people joined militant group is to make easy money".
TURA, March 15: In a move to show their seriousness for a Garoland state, the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) on Saturday released a video describing their demand for Garoland carved out of Meghalaya as ‘justified’.
The outfit stated that the state of Garoland can be created and achieved through political measures.
The Commander in Chief (C-in-C) Sohan D Shira said, “Garoland is our birth right, we are born with this right and we will die with this right”. He justified the demand for creation of separate Garoland state as "very much constitutional”.
“Garoland can be carved out of existing state of Meghalaya, we don’t demand more or less but from within the existing boundary”, he said. He vowed to continue their struggle for Garoland.
SHILLONG, March 16: “In the context of northeastern region, the ethnic hostility is not a threat to social inclusion but it is a serious threat to national security. Ethnic hostility leads to psychological isolation and negate all efforts to integrate socially, economically and politically,” said a former senior IPS officer who served in this region for nearly two decades including the Meghalaya Police. He delivered a talk at the Hyderabad Central University recently about this delicate issue based on his experience.
While recalling that various efforts have been made by New Delhi in furtherance of national integration, state building, democratic consolidation in the region but that did not help much in reducing the hostilities between the northeastern region and people of the rest of India. “This is mainly due to the perception of northeastern region people about the people from rest of India and the latter’s intentions/ sincerity on the development of northeastern region on one hand, and the perception of people from rest of India about the people of northeastern region regarding their attitude and loyalty,” he reasoned while requesting anonymity.
WILLIAMNAGAR, March 15: The Congress on Saturday got their campaign off to a start from the East Garo Hills region in the town of Williamnagar. To promote the official Congress Party candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Social Welfare Minister, Deborah Marak introduced Congress candidate Daryl William Momin at an election rally in Williamnagar.
Describing Daryl as a leader for the future, Deborah called the LS candidate a “young leader, who aspires to bring about change”. Speaking to the people of Williamnagar Deborah spoke on his efforts to democratize the system and allow more voices to be heard.
SHILLONG, March 15: Saying that the tribal are backward because the “right policies” were not implemented by the Congress governments in the centre, Nagaland Chief Minister and the Northeast Regional Political Front (NERPF) convener Neiphiu Rio attacked the Congress for what he called “erred policies” in its 50 years of rule.
Kicking off the campaign for the UDP Shillong Lok Sabha candidate Paul Lyngdoh on Saturday at the Krishi Kendra at Dhanketi, Rio told the general council meeting of the UDP that the Congress failed to realize the need to implement a policy which will “teach the people how to fish instead of waiting for someone to give fish all the time.
UDP president and leader of opposition Donkupar Roy, senior working president Bindo M. Lanong and the UDP candidate Paul Lyngdoh also addressed the general council meeting.