Tura, April 07: The last day of campaigning for the Tura Parliamentary seat ended with an election meeting in the town of Tura, west Garo Hills. Surrounded by his family members, supporters and independent MLAs from the region, veteran politician and NPP Supremo, Purno A Sangma, asked the people to vote for him to ensure peace and security to the region. The meeting saw the participation of independent MLA Saleng Sangma, John Leslee K Sangma and the Dadenggre MLA, James K Sangma. He further served a warning to Chief Minister (CM) Dr Mukul Sangma to be wary as after election he would definitely expose the CM of his wrong doings in the past years.
Shillong, April 07: In a bid to involve, enthuse and motivate the voters of 2- Tura Parliamentary Constituency the Returning Officer Pravin Bakshi and the SVEEP team of Tura have come up with yet another innovative SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education & Electoral Participation Plan) strategy to fire the imagination of the voters . In an age of “selfies” or self taken photograph mostly taken from mobile – it is but natural that the tech savvy new voters be motivated to strike a pose after voting and capture the moment in a ‘selfie’ which can be submitted to the office of the Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills in the NIC room for a ‘selfie’ competition in which the ten best ‘selfies’ shall get a cash reward of Rs. 1000 each.
SHILLONG, April 06: Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer (DEO) of West Garo Hills, Pravin Bakshi, has warned of issuing arrest warrants against polling personnel who are abstaining from their respective duties.
According to him, it has come to his notice that that some polling personnel did not report for their duties on Sunday (April 6, 2014) and upon contacted made flimsy excuses for not reporting.
SHILLONG, April 06: The annual two – day Chad Sukra, at Jowai which was organized by the Seinraij Jowai, concluded on Sunday.
The Chad Sukra is a Festival which signifies the coming of spring and the time for the people to go to their fields to sow seeds. It is performed annually by the people of Jaintia Hills (also called Pnar), particularly those belonging to the Niamtre or traditional faith. Farmers sow their crops only after the festival.
AGARTALA/GUWAHATI, April 06 (IANS): One constituency in Tripura and five in Assam go to polls Monday morning, marking the start of the nine-phase staggered elections to the Lok Sabha.
The six are among 543 constituencies where polling will take place from April 7 to May 12. The ballot count will be held May 16, and the results declared same day.
Voting Monday will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m in the six constituencies in the two states.
The balloting for the remaining seats will be held April 12 (three in Assam and one in Tripura) and April 24 (six in Assam).
The Congress rules in Assam, while Tripura has the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) led Left Front in power.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, and the Asom Gana Parishad are among the parties with significant presence in Assam, while the Trinamool Congress of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is trying to get a foothold in both these states. Several other local parties are also present.
SHILLONG, April 06: Meghalaya unit of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday accused the Congress of indulging in communal politics even as it assured to introduce stringent laws to curb inflow of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants into Meghalaya if elected to power.
In a press statement, BJP Meghalaya unit president KS Lyngdoh said, “The accusation of various Congress leaders in Meghalaya terming BJP of being a communal party is baseless and unfounded.”
Advising to the Congress to make a soul searching within for indulgence in communal politics, Lyngdoh cited the recent secret meeting of Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari.
SHILLONG, April 05: Boycotting the ensuing Lok Sabha election for Shillong parliamentary seat, the proscribed – Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) Saturday announced a 12-hour “shutdown” from 5 am to 5 pm on the day of polling scheduled to be held on April 9.
In a statement issued here on Saturday, HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said, “The decision to call for a total shutdown on April 9 was taken by the CEC meeting of the political department of the HNLC to protest against failure of Centre to address the various issues related to welfare of the people of Khasi-Jaintia region.”
It may be mentioned here that the bandh called by HNLC during the 2013 Legislative Assembly Election was valiantly defied by the people of the region.