Arunachal inks unique political records

  • BJP supporter shot dead in Longding dist

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Mar 31: Arunachal Pradesh has inked many unique political records for the ensuing simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections slated for April 11 next, though the land had graduated parliamentary form of democracy in 1978 from traditional village council.

The highest number (seven) contestants including a woman will try their luck for West parliamentary constituency. They are Kiren Rijiju (BJP), Nabam Tuki (INC), Jarjum Ete (JD-S), Khyoda Apik (NPP), Subu Kechi (PPA), Jomin Nyokir Kara (All India Forward Block) and Rumak Jomoh (Ind).

There are 181, including 11 women, candidates have put their luck on test from 57 Assembly seats. But Bordumsa-Diyun, the lone general of total 60 Assembly seat, has created a record with l0candidates in the fray after withdrawal of one (). The contesting candidates are: Jawra Maio (BJP); Joshep Kishan (INC); Sjen Thakkho (PPA); Dana Takio (JD-U); Nikh Kamin (NPP); Pike Pulu (JD-S); Upen Chandra Deori (AIP); Bidya Shankar Prasad, Somlung Mossang & Yari Tok(W) (all independents).  Lekang Assembly seat in Namsai district has second highest seven contestants: Jummun Ete Deori (BJP), Takam Sanjoy (INC), Nikh Khopi (NPP), Padmesawi Jamoh (W) (JD-U), Takam Paleng (JD-S), Bida Taku & Nabam Tekhi (independents).

Regrettably, violence has surfaced in Tirap district, located along Myanmar, with NSCN (IM) group led by one Eli Ketok allegedly kidnapped Jaley Anna and Khamney Aboh of Kheti Kheti on March 29 and mercilessly assaulted them physically leading to death of Ana. It evoked strong condemnation from Arunachal Pradesh National People’s Party (NPP) unit as they were supporters of NPP candidate. Tirong Aboh (NPP) and Phawang Lowang (BJP) are contesting from Khonsa West Assembly constituency.

NPP president Conrad Sangma tweeted that he was saddened at the death of the party worker, and extended his condolences to the bereaved family.

“May we learn to respect each other and fight election in its true spirit,” the Meghalaya chief minister added.

Though, the NPP had made a fervent plea to all political parties not to involve in any underground (UG) elements in electoral politics, particularly in Tirap, Chanlang and Londing districts in greater interest of state, but shocking news was received on Sunday.

Nginu block former ZPM Seliam Wangsa, a former NSCN (I-M) cadre campaigning for BJP candidate Honchun Ngandam (Pongchao-Wakka) seat of Longding district, was reportedly shot dead by unknown miscreants along Nginu-Wakka road on Saturday evening. However, it has been suspected to be the handiwork of a rival candidate.

A former lawmaker of Tirap district has termed the situation as ‘faded beauty’. He wrote: Nature has blessed Tirap with wealth and beauty and known for peace and harmony in the glorious past. Bonds of brotherhood and oneness feeling were their religion. The richness of cultural fabric was their identity.

Alas…! The dawn off millennium was not for glory. The emergence of ultras shattered the hearts of all, many have lost their loved ones for none of their faults and many tender mothers became widows. Life became an odyssey of hardship to their blessed ones.

Oh god! Tell the truth what crime had they committed? Open your closed eyes, wash away all vendetta. Let the season of spring return and bloom once again glorifying the sacred beauty and proclaim to uphold the lost dignity once for all!

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