Chapter 20

Ukhrul heats up to Assembly election campaigning

Imphal Free Press

UKHRUL | September 24

As the battle for the ensuing 11th State Assembly Election fast approaches, poll preparedness in the three assembly constituencies under Ukhrul district is picking up momentum, various candidates vying for their desired party tickets are also stepping up their poll strategies and campaigning to ensure a party ticket and a victory.

While the Bharatiya Janata Party is yet to reveal its cards, former Youth and Sports Affairs (YAS) minister A Aza, an intending candidate of the party in 45 - Chingai Assembly constituency has upped the ante of his campaigning as he completed his first three leg of political detour - from September 19 to 23, covering seven villages in toto, late last night.

During the political tour accompanied by his close aide and select few hardcore supporters along with his villagers, Aza in addition to sharing the various development and welfare initiative being taken up by Modi led NDA Govt for the people of North East India states to these villages, he also had an extensive interaction with the particular concern villages including Halang, Paorei, Jessami, Kharasom, Ngahui, Phalee and Teinem in matters pertaining to ensuing election, source said.

On their part they wished him their best while assuring to support should he got the chance to represent the people from BJP ticket - the first of its kind for the area. “The probability of BJP forming the next government in Manipur is high as people dissatisfaction with Ibobi - led Congress Govt has reach its nadir and said if people choose BJP, economy will sped up leading to opening up of more jobs opportunities and from governance to development and people - centric based issue there will be changes for the good of the State,” according to A Aza.

During a joint meeting with Phalee and Teinem village authorities, village councils, elders, leaders, and well wisher’s,  the two villages expressed their profound gratitude to their area former representative in his capacity as an YAS Minister for opening up and executing the “Mahadev-Talui-Pfustro Road,” their main lifeline that connects them to capital Imphal, Dist Hq and neighbouring Nagaland State.

“Now we are reaping the good work done by him and will remain ever grateful,” they said, while assuring their support if he got BJP ticket. Mentioned may be made here that Mahadev - Talui- Pfuztro road project; creation of TD Block and Sub Divisional Office at Jessami; TD Block at Lungachong Meiphan; upgradation of Jessami and Talui PHSC to PHC were done during his tenure as a YAS Minister.

Besides, connection and extension of three 33/11 kv station at Namrei, Jessami and Talui were install under his initiative. Other works done by him included construction of Kachai to Maichon road; Talui via Ngainga-Somdal raod under SPA;  Talui Junction via Hoomi to Kachai road etc. Construction of playgrounds, school buildings, community/ youth hall and hosts of other development related works were also done under his noose. 

‘Bluff and failure main aspects of Congress rule’

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | September 24

Bluffing people and failure in every sector have become major aspects of the ruling government, BJP Manipur Pradesh vice president M Asnikumar said today adding that these has only aggravated the various issues in the state. Asnikumar was speaking at a booth level worker conference of Keibul Lamjao polling station A and B in Thanga Assembly constituency.

Continuing his attack on the ruling Congress, he said the Congress is today highly desperate. He said the Congress has today become the three Cs of corruption, commission and crisis. The Congress has never intervened on any state issue when there is still time, which has resulted in social unrest in almost every part of the state today, he asserted. There are clear indications of misrule under the present government, he said, adding that the misrule is creating much hardship for the people. It is time, he said, to bring a change in government for the welfare of the people.

He further claimed that the present recruitment spree under the state government is an attempt of the government to bluff the people and mobilise funds for the upcoming state Assembly election. He further claimed the Congress of destroying the education sector and that the government schools have become almost dysfunctional.

BJP observes Pandit Deendayal's birth anniv

The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 25 2016: The 100th birth anniversary of noted philosopher and former leader of Bharatiya Jana Sangh Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay was observed today at the office of BJP Manipur Pradesh at Nityaipat Chuthek here. Notably Bharatiya Jana Sangh is a precedent of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) .

Offering of floral tributes to Pandit Deendayal and lectures about his life were the main anniversary of the birth anniversary function where live telecast of the National level birth anniversary function held at Kozhikode, Kerala was also screened. BJP Manipur Pradesh vice-president Moirangthem Hemanta, chief spokesperson Prof S Tiken, State treasurer Robin Blackie, State executive member N Ibohal and BJP Mahila Morcha National vice-president A Sarda Devi attended the function as presidium members.

Cong MLA belittles BJP poll prospect

The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 25 2016: Congress MLA N Loken has stated that BJP would not be able to secure more than six seats in the forthcoming Manipur Legislative Assembly election. He was speaking at a political conference held at Awang Maibam Leikai community hall under the aegis of Langthabal Block Congress Committee.

Among others, the political conference was attended by MPCC president TN Haokip, MLA P Brojen and All India Mahila Congress Committee president Sobha Oza. N Loken said that election of Congress candidates is essential for development of the State. Stating that many political parties which were once active in the State are almost dead now, Loken predicted a straight fight between Congress and BJP in the forthcoming election.

BJP has been claiming that they would score a huge victory in the hope that some Congress ML As would join them. However, there is no Congress MLA who wishes to join BJP. Rather than joining hands with BJP, four Trinamool Congress MLAs came within the fold of Congress party. If they are taken into account, Congress has now 51 MLAs.

As for those people who joined BJP anew, they have all been tested in their respective Assembly segments. There are 4/5 aspiring BJP candidates in each Assembly segment. It would only spark dissension and violence at the time of giving party tickets, Loken predicted.

The chairman of the recruitment board constituted for recruitment of Police Constables in 2013 is the man who is preparing to contest the Assembly election in Heirok AC on a BJP ticket. It would be more appreciable if BJP was holding dhamas against rejection of ILPS related Bills by the Government of India rather than on the issue of police recruitment, Loken said.

Sobha Oza said that the NDA Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been working hard to set up BJP Governments in all States ruled by Congress after suppressing the existing Congress Governments. MGNREGS which was launched during the UPA Government used to provide jobs for 100 days in a year to the poor but the scheme has been rendered ineffective by the NDA Government thereby robbing job opportunities from millions of poor people. It only testifies that Modi Government is anti-poor, added Oza.

CPI, MDPF launch poster campaign

The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 25 2016: The CPI (ML), Liberation Manipur State Committee and Manipur Democratic People's Front launched a poster campaign appealing masses to elect their representatives wisely. Manipur Democratic People's Front president Dr G Tonsana and CPI (ML) Liberation Manipur State Committee's State secretary Sapam Shamungou launched the campaign at Yengkhom Leirak, Sagolband Tera Thingbaijam Leikai today.

The CPI and Manipur Democratic People's Front's posters warns against the excessive use of money and muscle power in elections. Speaking to media persons, Dr G Tonsana said a leader elected to power through exertion of muscle power and money will never do anything good for the land nor its people.

He further urged the people to choose a leader that can bring both development and the much needed communal harmony in the State. Sapam Shamungou voiced strong disapproval against excessive use of money and muscle power in elections. He urged voters/candidates not to take/give money for casting votes. Manipur can never move towards development if such practice continues, he added.

The trend—Do we need to blame others?

Imphal Times Editorial

September 27 2016

With election days running round the corner, xenophobic personalities of self styles leaders started springing up. Thirst for power has left with no choice to the so called self style social workers to pour their accumulated wealth which they looted from the public. As those money are not hard earned, it is being spent in easy manner to spoil the common men and women.

With just 6 month away every evening now is a grand occasion for the voters. Drinks, meals and small time get together meet for small groups every evening is notice at almost all constituency. But real issues is not a matter, it is all about how to topple the rival candidates no matter how good is the candidate being supported. Threats to the unity among the various communities of the state, the rampant corruption, failure in maintaining law and order, the rotten educations at primary level, etc., are no more effective tools for candidates contesting the election.

Good and qualified candidate is measured by the quantity of wealth and bank balance he or she have. No matter where he or she collected the wealth. The kind of happenings, doing around with the coming of the election, is not everybody’s desires. But those who voiced against it are treated as outdated fellows which cannot go along with the society. This is not the first time. The kind of happening is witnessed almost every election times, particularly in the state of Manipur.

Some politically sensitive individuals had tried to bring about a change but had failed. Some are still trying even today but except for them there is nobody to listen to them.  Election now is not for bringing a better government but it is all about enjoyment, - a festival that comes every 5 years. No wonder what makes our Iron Lady decided to join this spoil game.

What makes her believed that she can bring change by taking the risk is a matter which we in the Imphal Times had questioned time and again. The sanctity of democracy is being ruined by the people yet we keep on blaming for others. It is now by the people but not for the people or of the people. Let’s stop blaming others, let’s start changing from our self, let’s now wait for no goddot to bring a change, let’s do it by ourselves, let’s make democracy a more meaningful one.

CM Ibobi blames Centre for delaying construction of Nat’l Sport Varsity

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | September 26

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh clarified on the dispute surrounding the process of land acquisition for construction of National Sports University in the state. Addressing the 1st state-level Mahila Congress Campaign Committee meeting at the Congress Bhawan today, the Chief Minister said the land dispute at Yaithibee Loukon has been brought to an amicable solution following a compromise between the two parties on the issue and state government has already acquired 400 acres of land which is readily available for the construction to start.

However, we don’t know what the Centre is waiting for till date, the Chief Minister added. Ibobi said ever since the BJP led NDA came to power at the Centre some two and half years ago, all they have done is to give lip service. They have never taken up any actual work of development, he added.

He said it is the talent of the sportspersons in the international arena that has brought the university in the state. Ibobi continued the centre had initially asked the state for 200 acres of land for the construction of the university, for which we had provided 336 acres of land at Yaithibee Loukon.

However, the construction has not started yet, he said, adding that the dispute was only for 33.6 acres of the total 336 acres. Ibobi added the land dispute has also been settled now. He said now we have around 400 acres of land readily available for the construction. Ibobi said other than the Congress party there is no other party in the country which has work for the states in the NE region.

It was the Congress who started the Look East Policy which the BJP has now turned into the Act East Policy, he asserted. Under this policy, we have union minister arriving in the NE region including the state every fortnight, the Chief Minister said adding that however other than talk they have never done anything. The Chief Minister said there is no new developmental project taken up by the centre for the region. He said the Manmohan Singh government had set up the National Sports Academy in the state which is now functioning smoothly in the state.

Ibobi added we have no clue as to why the centre is not allowing commencement of classes for the sports university, although we had approached the centre several times to begin classes either at the Khuman Lampak Sports complex of the SAI Sports complex both of which have enough infrastructure.

He continued the bill for the construction of the National Sports University is yet to be passed in the Parliament. People should not believe the false promises of the BJP, he said adding that the party is just bluffing and giving false promises to gather some sympathy of the people before the 2017 election. We have to work hard, he told the party workers.

He said we will soon highlight the Congress government’s achievement in the last 15 years in the state through Manipur Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee public messages. All India Mahila Congress Committee president Shobha Oza said we have kicked off the Mahila Congress campaign for the upcoming state Assembly election with the hope to bring back the Congress government for the fourth term in state.

During the UPA-I and II, the Congress led government in the centre had launched and implemented several welfare projects for the people including the MNREGA. Unfortunately, we lost in the last parliamentary election, she added. As for Manipur, she said, peace has been brought to the state during the last 15 years. Before outsiders were afraid of sending their wards to Manipur due to the bad law and order situation, she said. But now the situation has improved drastically, she added.

The Modi led BJP government in the centre has only made promises to bring changes but in reality, it has not fulfilled a single promise, she complained. The BJP is targeting to win the NE states by hook or by crook, she said, and further appealed to the elected members not to fall prey to the BJP trap. Reacting to a remark from the BJP that the Congress was like an expired medicine, deputy chief minister Gaikhangam said all the expired medicines have been thrown out of the party. Unfortunately the BJP has collected some expired medicine, he added

He further compared BJP to an empty vessel and said the party can only make sounds and nothing else. The BJP, he said, may have lots of time for loose talks, which the Congress doesn’t have. The meeting was also attended by MPCC president TNHaokip, AIMCC general secretary and in-charge Manipur Jarjum Ete, Assam Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee president Sahenj and Congress MLAs.

CM Okram Ibobi talks tough with BJP
‘BJP has done nothing for the state during their two and half years government’

Imphal Times

Imphal, September 26 2016: Chief Minister Okram Ibobi today comes down heavily to BJP with slashing criticism saying that the party has done nothing for the state of Manipur even though it is in power at the center for around 2 and half years. Talking as the Chief Guest of the 1st State Level Mahila Congress Campaign Committee Meeting of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, at Congress Bhavan, BT Road here in Imphal, Okram Ibobi said that the BJP only talks about development but never converted into action.

He said that most of the developmental works in the state has been put to stand still due to inaction of the BJP led government at the center. The Congress Chief Minister also attack the BJP saying that even though the state government has cleared allotment of land for establishment of National Sports University nothing has been taken up for the establishment by the center.

The Congress leader also said that even the NIT which is already 5 years old, has not been taken into account and no fund for development of the Institution has been sanctioned till date. On the frequent visit of Union Ministers in the state, Okram Ibobi said that the BJP Ministers comes and talk and return back without sanctioning any worthy project.

They only inject poison to the hormonal coexistence of the people of the state. He further said that people in the state are no fools and every Manipuri knows that they only come and talk and then return back without taking up any developmental works for the state. The Chief Minister who had ruled the state for three consecutive term said that the MPCC will highlight the various developmental works taken up during the period and will let people understand on what the government had done for the people.

He assured the return of the Congress government. The meeting of the state level Mahila Congress Campaign Committee was presided by the President of MPCC TN Haokip. In his short speech TN Haokip called upon the fellow Congress workers to face the challenges thrown by the BJP to oust out the Congress. Social Welfare Minister, AK Mirabai, MLA O Landhoni, MLA Nemcha Kipgen, General Secretary of AIMCC (i/c Manipur) Jarjum Ete , President of AIMCC, Sobha Oza, MLA K Ranjit, MLA Loken an MLA Victor Keishing attended the meeting as guest of honours.

Disqualification petitions against MLAs dismissed

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | September 26

The Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly has today dismissed the four petitions filed by former four Trinamool Congress MLAs against fellow MLA of Andro, Th Shyamkumar Singh, who recently joined Congress.

The petitioners Thangmeiband MLA Kh Joykisan Singh, Thongju MLA Th Biswajit Singh, Wangoi MLA Oinam Lukhoi and Konthoujam MLA K Sharat appealed for disqualification of Andro MLA Shyamkumar from being a Member of Manipur Legislative Assembly in accordance with the Tenth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

Although the petitions were filed separately it was clubbed as one for the matter of plea was similar. Of the four petitions the petition filed by K Sharat was already withdrawn. According to the  order of the Speaker, after thorough examinations the respondents of the petition have manifestly expressed their intention to give up membership from their original party i.e All India Trinamool Congress, AITC with headquarters in Kolkata and its state unit i.e Manipur Pradesh Trinamool Congress Committee, MPTCC.

Their intention was confirmed by their acts/actions and admissions mentioned above and that apart, formation of a new political party called as AITC, Manipur State with headquarters at Imphal, which has separate constitution and its state political party called as MPTC is well established. Conversely put, the respondents by their own admissions have substantiated the contentions of the petitioners, it said.

Given the circumstances, the speaker in the order expressed his view that there was no need for further inquiry into the issue put forwarded in the above referred petitions and that all the petitions seeking disqualification are dismissed as devoid of merit. Similarly, the petition filed by former MP Kim Gangte, seeking disqualification of Oinam MLA Dr I Ibohalbi and Andro MLA Th Shyam Kumar was also dismissed by the tribunal.

BJP aspiring candidate interacts with masses

Imphal Free Press

UKHRUL | September 26:

Ahead of the ensuing State Assembly Election likely to be held in February of next year, A Aza, former Minister and an aspiring candidate of the party for 45 Chingai assembly constituency interacted with village authority, elders, women, youth leaders and his supporters of Nungbi Khullen and Longpi Kajui as part of his 3rd phase of mass contact programme with the people yesterday.

Accompanied by his supporters, close aides and well wishers, the former Minister exuded confidence that the success story of BJP routing the Congress-led Assam government in the recent election could be replicated here in the State. Spelling out his main agenda for the visit, Aza said "I am not here to talk about other parties or their candidates but only BJP, its manifesto, prospect and promises”.

He appealed to the people to listen to their conscience and make the right decision to support the party and choose right candidate capable of representing the area.

Detailing the recent visit of BJP national president, Amit Shah to the State, A Aza, said "In a closed-door meeting with intending candidates, Amit had clearly stated that no one should come to him for party tickets instead they should talk to voters of respective constituencies and win their hearts. The party national president also made it clear that anyone caught paying bribe for availing ticket will face immediate expulsion from the party."

Mention may be made here that three intending candidates namely Sword Vashum (Retd IAAS) from Talui, Dr Khashim Ruivah (former Minister) from Somdal and A Aza (former Minister) from Chingjaroi CV are currently vying for the coveted BJP party ticket in respect to 45-Chingai assembly constituency, a seat currently held by MK Preshow Shimray, Deputy Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly.

CEO Manipur seeks details of appointment at govt. department

Imphal Times

Imphal, September 27 2016: Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur has sought details of all recruitments that have been taken placed and are taking place at the various department of the state Government since April 1, 2016. The details is being sought taking the serious concerned of the various political parties which had raised the issued to the Election Commission of India during their visit in Imphal on September 20 and 21 .

The CEO also directed the state government to submit details on whether the recruitment are being done in accordance with the norms laid down for notification through Employment Exchange, Roster reservation etc.

Ibobi continues tirade against BJP

Says all central assistance to state stopped since NDA came to power at Centre

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | September 27

Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh today continued his tirade against the BJP led government at the Centre and said during the tenure of the Congress led UPA government, the state used to receive financial assistance annually, however, the BJP government has not provided anything since 2014.

The Chief Minister was addressing a one-day political conference of the Congress party organised by the Khurai Block Congress Committee at Ema Laikhurembi Mandop Khurai Sajor Leikai. Elaborating further, Ibobi said during the UPA tenure, Jammu and Kashmir and the North Eastern states including Manipur were kept under special category. Under this category, the state used to receive financial assistance from the centre including Normal Centre Assistance (NCA) of Rs 900 crores, under additional centre assistance Rs 800 crores, under Special Plan Assistance Rs 450 crores every year, he said.

Ibobi continued the state had received Rs 350 crore for achieving the best Infant Mortality Rate in the country for three consecutive years, however, the amount was utilised in improving JNIMS. However, since the NDA government came to power some two and half years ago, all previous financial assistance provided under the special category have been stopped, he added.

Ibobi further continued that entrepreneurs who want to set up factories or businesses under the PPP model in the NE region were given 30 percent subsidy on loans as incentive for new industrial policy for the region, however, this was also cancelled last December by the centre despite several assurances provided by the Finance minister Arun Jaitley several times. If all such incentives have been stopped what is the meaning of the Act East Policy of the BJP led NDA, he asked.

We have even recommended naming the Imphal International Airport as the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, however, we don’t know whether it will be approved or not, Ibobi continued. In order to upgrade the airport to international level, we had allotted 650 acres of land, he said.

Ibobi said during a recent meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was urged to widen the Keishampat-Airport road, but the Ministry of Road Surface and Transport has not made any reply till date. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh also spoke of the works taken up by his government in the state during the last 15 years. He said Manipur is among the 14 spots for best implementation of PMGSY scheme in the country and the top in the NE region.

Clarifying on allegations that he had not submitted any national project Utilisation Certificates, he asked all those making allegations to pin-point the projects for which his government hasn’t submitted the UC. The BJP, he said, is not a ‘magical party’ that it would make India a superpower in just two and half months. The status India is enjoying today is the fruit of the labours of the Congress over the last 50 years, he said.

MPCC president TN Haokip said the BJP deserves to be conferred an award for being an expert in changing names of Congress schemes. The BJP has never done anything except talk in the last two and half years since it came to power, he added. Before forming the government, the BJP had promised many things, however, since it came to power, it has failed to act on its assurances, he added. Sitting MLA of Khurai Dr Ng Bijoy and parliamentary secretary Amin Shah were also present at the conference.

Speaker nominates chairpersons

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | Sept 28

The Manipur Legislative Assembly in pursuance of Rule of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Assembly, the Speaker has nominated chairman and members of various committees for the year 2106-17. According to a release, Md Fajur Rahim has been nominated as the chairman of Committee on Government Assurances, E Dwijamani Singh as chairman of Committee on Delegated Legislation and RK Anand as chairman of Committee on Petitions.

It continued that the Speaker will be chairman of Rules Committee, the Deputy Speaker as chairman of Committee of Privileges and Ethics, who will also be the chairman of Library Committee. Th Shyamkumar has been nominated as chairman of Committee of the Welfare of SC & ST, and Nemcha Kipgen as chairperson of Committee on Welfare of Women and Children.

CCSK to mark independent Manipur’s first Assembly sitting

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | September 28

Committee of Civil Society, Kangleipak is observing the “Puwarida Meeyamgi leingak Leiba Numit” for the first time on October 18, commemorating the first sitting of the Manipur Assembly on October 18, 1949 after getting independence from the British, said its president Arjun Tenheiba during a press conference at their Keishampat Leimajam Leirak office today.

After 56 years of colonial rule, Manipur became independent on August 14, 1947 from the British rule, making the people entitled to have their own government, he said. Independent Manipur held its first Assembly session on October 18, 1948, he said adding that the CCSK wants to remember the day.

People especially the younger generation including students have been led away from the history of the land, as the land’s history is not included in the school syllabus, he said. The observation will be held at Hotel Grande, Chingmeirong. Several resource persons will speak on the significance of the day, he said, adding that preference will be given for the participation from the younger generation and students.

BJP leader quits party citing ‘wrongs’

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | September 28

Bharatiya Janata Party Manipur Pradesh ex-servicemen convenor (retd) colonel Ch Joyraj announced his resignation from his party post and from primary membership of the party. Speaking to media persons during a press conference in Imphal, the retired colonel said he arrived at the decision to resign from BJP against improper conducts and wrongs happening inside the party.

Joyraj said BJP’s activities are today confined and concentrated only in receiving and seeing off national leaders at the Imphal Airport, clicking photos with them and circulating the photos on social media to announce one’s closeness with the visiting leader. As such, the people has nothing much to expect from such a political party whose leaders are indulging self glorification and whose response to the burning political issues of the state is only empty talks without any actions, he said.

He added while the people has lost confidence in the Indian National Congress due to its prolonged misgovernance, the BJP which functions with utter disregard to its own party constitution cannot be accepted as an alternative of the INC for the people of Manipur. It is high time, he said, for all of us to discard the parasitic mode of politics which has forced us to believe that Manipur should be ruled by the political party which is in power at the centre.

He further said that it is time for the people to raise voice instead of remaining mute spectators due to party whips. Joyraj stated that he joined BJP, Manipur Pradesh in the month of August 2013 after getting pre-mature retirement. He said that before stepping into politics, he had lots of expectation from the party. However, on the contrary, he soon found out that critical voices were suppressed by leaders of the party, he claimed.

NE India on the verge of historical leap forward: Governor

Imphal Times

Imphal, September 28 2016: The inaugural function of "International Conference on North East India and Cultural Linkages" was held today at Manipur University which is jointly organised by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Manipur University.

Speaking at the function as Chief Guest, the Governor, Dr.Najma Heptulla, appreciate the objective of the Conference which is to broadly strengthen the magnificent cultural relation based on deep rooted cultural , religious and neighbourly association  between India and Myanmar and the common heritage of Buddhism and the philosophy of compassion, tolerance, non-violence and peace have laid strong foundations for this for this relationship and it is the right and appropriate time to hold the Conference as North East India is on the verge of historical leap forward under the new development policy of Look East or Act East of the Government of India.

North East India has the locational advantage with Myanmar the point of convergence as well as the linkage route between India and the other South East Asian countries since they are connected by land routes since ancient times.

Myanmar played a significant role in spreading Indian culture, trade, commerce , philosophy, customs, religious practices and belief systems through land to South East Asian Countries and records have shown that some of the ethnic groups had migrated from Myanmar , Mongolia, Tibet, China, Laos Cambodia and Thailand ,  they are still maintaining languages, traditions, arts, crafts life styles as well as traditional religious practices.

The cultural bond of between NE India and Myanmar extends to the field of music and literature such as the similarities of music instruments and the influence of Indian epics like the Ramayana which has various versions in the South East Asian countries.

Another common feature is the use of Red colour to symbolize bravery and also the frequent use of black as back ground or in combination with other colours, the textiles found on both sides have intricate designs of human and animal figures.

The Chief Guest further said that , the Conference will look into the different aspects of the NE cultural traditions and their evolution through time and come up with ideas to keep pace with the changing environment, believe that  cultural relations run deeper than relations among the peoples as there were no strict concepts of geographical frontiers in the ancient times and further , the Conference will bring out the best ethnic and cultural relations between NE India and Myanmar and also encourage that  Mahabharat be discuss in the Conference, so that the missing link between the two countries can be found.

MoS Anil Madhav arrives in the state

Imphal Times

Imphal, September 28 2016: The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Anil Madhav Dave arrived here in the state today afternoon. The Union Minister of state is on a two day tour to Mizoram and   Manipur from September 27.He is scheduled to leave Imphal tomorrow.

During his stay, the Minister is expected to take stock of the various project being taken up by the state forest department besides meeting the Chief Minister of Manipur. Early tomorrow morning Madhav Dave will lead a plantation programme at Kangla and later will visit Keibul Lamjao, Sendra and other important places of the state including the INA Museum. Anil Madhav Dave is also likely to take  stock of the  Sangai habitants. He will also meet various  self help groups and  local N GOs of the Keibul Lamjao area to discuss about the problem in protecting the  Fauna and Flora of the Keibul Lamjao National Park.

The election cards

Imphal Times Editorial, 29 September 2016

Election euphoria is silencing some of most important issue of the state.

People now have stopped talking about draconian AFSPA and hardly spare time to discuss issue of massive human rights violation committed under various outdated laws, at which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to scrape while delivering his infamous speech at Madison Square Garden in New York, few months after becoming the Prime Minister of India.

For Congress who is in power in the state, issue of territorial integrity is assumed as the effective cards to play with the voters. The Congress really have advantage as BJP is in power at the center and is the political party that will get blame or appreciation for the outcome of the peace talk with the NSCN-IM. The signing of Frame work agreement and concealing the details of the agreement is another advantage of the Congress party in attacking the rival BJP.

However, the apple of discord between a civil society group at Churachandpur and people in valley demanding legislation for protection of an Inner Line Permit system make the Congress party handicapped. They appeared to have been caught between the devil and deep blue sea. JCILPS hard stands to make 1951 as the baseline for original residents of the state and the JAC CCpur strong opposition to introduction of any ILPS Bill is perhaps the greatest challenge the ruling Congress is facing.

The issues are of no worry to the Congress as they understand the mentality of the voters. The Congress is now concentrating on mass recruitment at government departments. They have been issuing notifications and conducted DPC for recruitment of various post in the government department. These recruited candidates or who are in the list for recruitment are considered as bonus votes for the Congress.

Thanks to the CEO Manipur, for directing the state government to furnish all details for recruitment and undertaking recruitment at various government department that has been taking place since April 1 this year. As for the BJP the issue of Territorial Integrity has been left aside and the ILPS is of no serious matter as they consider these issues to be of no help in election. As some of the BJP hard ore in the center are strong advocate of draconian AFSPA, the party now had stopped mentioning about draconian AFSPA. Like the Congress the party now firmly believe in the developmental mantra as well as providing of easy access to central government grant-in-aid is more important to win more seats in the upcoming assembly poll.

For reason best known the political party who had promised to punish those involved in the multi-crores Loktak scam has remain silent. The party is also silence to fight corruption with appropriate tool, so no words have been spell out to establish Lok Ayukta. Once the election notification has been issued the simmer talk about real issues of the state will all gone under the blanket. And people will start enjoying the festival – the festival that happened every five years. ILPS or Anti-ILPS is not going to give any impact to this election, Chief Minister Okram Ibobi as well as BJP leader Th. Chaoba knows this.

Political workers clash at Andro

Imphal Free Press

THOUBAL | September 29

A clash between workers of Andro Assembly Constituency sitting MLA Thounaojam Shyamkumar and BJP aspiring candidate Nimaichand Luwang for the 2017 state Assembly election occurred today at around 5 pm near the Andro Keithel. According to reports recieved from the area, workers and supporters of Nimaichand were preparing for a poll related meeting near Andro Keithel this afternoon, when workers and supporters of the sitting MLA interrupted and blocked the road saying the meeting cannot be organised. This resulted in the clash, according to local sources. Two vehicles were damaged in the clash.

Ibobi mulls bill before model code

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL| September 29

Chief Minister, Okram Ibobi Singh said his government wished to pass ILP or an equivalent bill for protection of indigenous people of the state before coming of election model code of conduct.

The Chief Minister was addressing a one-day political conference organised by Lamsang block Congress committee at Naoremthong Khullem Leikai Shamushang of Lamsang Assembly constituency in Imphal west today. He said that the state government is working cautiously so that the President does not withhold the bill again. “A fresh draft bill has already been uploaded in the government website. But it’s not the final bill. It can be amended if any section of the communities or groups find unacceptable,” Ibobi Singh said.

The communities or groups who stand against this bill need to come forward and express likes and dislikes on the bills which was uploaded, instead of agitating against it. Ibobi assured that Manipur’s integrity will be protected at any cost.

The BJP lead NDA government at the centre had tried to disintigrate Manipur, resulting in an uproar that left 18 people dead. Now the BJP lead government for the second time tried to disturb the state’s integrity, peace and harmony by signing a “hidden” accord with NSCN (IM).

“The Central didn’t disclose details of the accord even though several appealed were made. Barring Manipur’s none of the chief ministers of North Eastern states didn’t have any idea of the accord,” the Chief Minister said. He charged there is a conspiracy behind the signing of the accord. The developmental works taken up by Congress is not to take political advantage but for the welfare of the people.

Gaikhangam stated that a white paper since 2002 to 2012 of all developmental works taken up by Congress party will be produced the before election. He allged that the BJP made baseless aallegations against the Congress. “The BJP is following the principle of 100 lies make a truth,’ he said. MLA of Lamsang AC, W Brajabidhu Singh said though Lamsang constituency is geographically difficult development is coming in the constituency. During the conference president of MPCC, TN Haokip, MLA of Uripok AC, L Nandakumar Singh, president of Imphal West-1 DCC, Ch Nimai Singh and president of Lamsang Block Congress Committee, Herojit Ngangomba also attended. A white paper on developmental works taken up in Lamsang AC was released.

Speaker dismisses disqualification case

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL| September 29

The Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, Thokchom Lokeshwar Singh has dismissed a petition seeking disqualification of five MLAs of the then Manipur State Congress Party (MSCP) who had merged with the Congress in April 2014. The Five MLAs are, K Thamarjit, Nemcha Kipgen, RK Imo, P Brojen and Zanghemlung Panmei who were elected in the 2012 state Assembly elections on MSCP tickets. They had joined the ruling Congress on April 3, 2014.

They joined the Congress after MSCP was merged with Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) and closed down the party organisation at the time of joining the latter. However, Adim Panmei, currently vice-president of state BJP, who was then the vice-president of the MSCP filed a petition to the Speaker praying for disqualification of the five MLAs under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution.

Govt keen to pass Bill within a week: Ibobi

The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 29 2016: Chief Minister O Ibobi has categorically stated that the State Government is keen to convene an Assembly session and pass a Bill for protection of indigenous peoples which would be acceptable to both the hill people and plain people within a week before the election model code of conduct comes into force.

Meanwhile, a white paper on the development activities taken up by MLA W Brajabidhu within Lamsang AC with MLA Local Area Development Fund was released today by the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam. However, the white paper was not made accessible to even the media, leave aside the general public.

Speaking at a one day political conference held at Naoremthong Khullem Leikai community hall under the aegis of the Lamsang Block Congress Committee, Ibobi recalled that the State Assembly passed three Bills for protection of indigenous peoples last year on August 31.While one Bill was rejected by the Government of India, the other two Bills are still kept pending.

Stating that an Assembly session can be convened any time with a 15 days' notice, Ibobi maintained that the new Bill should be acceptable to both the hill people and the plain people. He then appealed to all the people to feed their opinions, suggestions and objections to the website where the revised/improved draft Bill has been uploaded. Stating that the Government would consult NGOs and civil society organisations after referring the Bill to the Hill Areas Committee, the Chief Minister further appealed to all stake holders to forward suggestions so as to ensure that the Bill is effective enough to protect indigenous people and it does not infringe upon the rights and interests of any community.

Talking about the territorial integrity of Manipur, Ibobi stated that 18 people lost their lives after the cease fire signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM was extended without territorial limits when NDA was in power at the Centre. A time bomb has been ticking since the two entities signed the Framework Agreement, he added. The Chief Minister then asked BJP whether they are waiting for end of the State Assembly election to disclose the details of the Framework Agreement.

If BJP is bold enough, they must divulge the details of the Framework Agreement. "We welcome all peace accords but no one should dare to challenge the integrity of Manipur", Ibobi asserted. He then clarified that there is no question of undertaking any delimitation exercise at the moment. There would be a delimitation exercise in 2026, and neither the State Government nor Congress party nor BJP would have the authority to manipulate the process.

Ibobi also hailed MLA Brajabidhu for producing a white paper about the development works he undertook in Lamsang AC. Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam remarked that the white paper testified Brajabidhu's sincerity.

He appealed to all the people not to buy the arbitrary statements made by BJP. MPCC president TN Haokip and W Brajabidhu too spoke at the gathering.

CEO Manipur directed govt to move out T Ranjit from the post of DC I/W

Imphal Times

Imphal, September 29 2016: Chief Election Officer, Manipur today directed the state government for removal of the Deputy Commissioner, Imphal West T.Ranjit before the commencement of the 11 Manipur Legislative Assembly Election at the earliest time.

Reason for the directives is not known however, it is speculated that many political parties had complaint to the Election Commission of India regarding his close affinity with the ruling congress.

Moreover, source said that the government of Manipur had written letters to the ECI not to displace T Ranjit from where he has been taking charge as the Deputy commissioner of Imphal West.

Speaker tribunal quashes plea for disqualification of MSCP MLAs merged to INC

Imphal Times

Imphal, September 29 2016: Tribunal of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker has quashed the petition filed for disqualification of 5 MSCP MLAs who had merged to the Indian National Congress in 2014. The then Vice president of the Manipur State Congress Party Adim Panmei who had recently joined the BJP had filed a petition to the speaker tribunal for disqualification of the 5 MSCP MLAs who had merged in the Indian National Congress under the tenth Scheduled of the Indian Constitution.

Sagolband MLA, RK Imo Singh; Wangjing Tentha MLA, Paonam Brojen; Kangpokpi MLA Nemcha Kipgen; Tamenglong MLA Janghemlung Panmei, and Keirao MLA, Karam Thamarjit who got elected in the tenth Manipur Legislative Assembly election as Manipur State Congress Party (MSCP) MLAs along with some of the office bearers merged with the Congress Party on April 14, 2014.Following their merger, Vice President of the MSCP Adim Panmei filed a petition to the tribunal of the Manipur Legislative Assembly Sepeaker's Tribunal pleading disqualification of the 5 MLAs on the ground that the MLAs had violated the provision provided under the 10th Scheduled of the Indian Constitution.

In its Ruling, the speaker's tribunal, deliberated the merit of the case and finally c0me to the conclusion that the disqualification case filed against the five MSCP MLAs be dismissed for lack of merit. Interestingly, the petitioner Adim Panmei himself is no longer a member of the MSCP as he himself had joined the BJP in February 16, 2015. The speaker's tribunal verdicts stated that  the petitioner had failed to prove and substantiate his case. The tribunal also stated that merger of the MSCP with INC has satisfied the requirement of the para 4 of the Tenth Scheduled to the Constitution of India and there is no infirmity or illegality in the merger.

BJP to hold rally against Speaker’s violation of constitution

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | September 29

BJP Manipur Unit is all set to organise a protest rally on October 1 against the violation of the Indian Constitution by the state Assembly Speaker who has wrongly translated the Constitution’s provisions according to his own vested interest, said BJP Manipur state election management committee convenor Th Chaoba. Chaoba was speaking at a press conference at the BJP office at Nityaipat Chuthek this morning.

He continued the party will soon submit a memorandum to the state Governor and the President of India highlighting all the actions of the Speaker violating the Constitution and demanding proper action against him. Chaoba continued several disqualification cases of Manipur Legislative Assembly members have been put up before the Speaker’s tribunal under the anti-defection. However, he played favouritism in his judgments according to his wisdom, he claimed.

Wangoi MLA O Lukhoi, who recently joined the Congress, was an independent member prior to his joining the Congress. Lukhoi along with Th Bishwajit and Kh Joykishan, who had all won the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly with Trinamool Congress tickets, were disqualified by the Speaker.

The three had, then, joined the BJP, he said. Lukhoi, later, moved the court against his disqualification and at the same time resigned from the BJP, for which he was expelled for six years from the party, Chaoba added. Recently, Lukhoi and three other MLAs of the AITC joined the Congress, he said.

He said although Lukhoi is not an AITC MLA, the speaker had announced all four MLAs as belonging to the AITC. Chaoba also demanded a clarification from MLA K Ranjit who claimed that the centre’s framework agreement with the NSCN (IM) would threaten the state’s territorial boundary. He said the agreement is still not finalised and the BJP national president Amit Shah has already assured that it will not disturb the state’s boundary. Ranjit should know that leaders of the state have already met both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and centre’s interlocutor RN Ravi twice in this regard, he said. Chaoba said the Chief Minister Okram Ibobi is fully aware of the frame work agreement.

BJP MLA Kh Joykisan said that the rally on October 1 will be against the Speaker of state for the pending disqualification cases in his tribunal court. He claimed that the Speaker is taking up cases as he chooses, while dumping all others in the backburner. Although the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly tenure is about to end in another two-three months, there are still many cases pending with the Speaker’s tribunal including the case regarding the five MSCP MLAs, he said. He added the party will also held separate rallies in all districts and all 60 Assembly constituencies.

New pol party floated

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL| Sept 30

A new regional political party christened as ‘Meeyamgi Thougalloi Manipur (MTM) has been formally formed at Imphal today. Chungkham Joyraj (retd army officer) is the convenor of the adhoc committee of the new party.

People to file cases against MLA on NFSA

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | September 30

Residents of Naoriya Pakhanglakpa A/C have decided to form a committee for filing a complaint against sitting MLA at the law court over unfair distribution of NFSA rice. While talking to media BJP secretary O Malesh said that the people of constituency have not received rice for the last four months rice.

But recently, the rice quota for two months was forcibly distributed through agents. But people got only four kgs instead of five as per rule. For AAY cardholders each house should get 35 Kg but the agent has distributed only 15 kg. When people complained the agent said it was the directive of DC. Malesh said that the National Food Security Act was passed by parliament and there is no provision for involving any Minister or MLA in NFSA.

‘Third front’ floated, Radhabinod may join

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | September 30

There have been speculations by political analysts for quite some time now that a regional party would be floated in Manipur before the 2017 Assembly election, where dissident Congress MLAs will make a beeline. This regional party, dubbed as a third front, is speculated to play a major role in forming a coalition government, on case neither the BJP nor the Congress win majority. The speculated regional party will become a major third front, political pundits predicted.

Making the predictions true, Manipur National Democratic Front (MNDF), a regional party has been formed and the Election Commission of India gave recognition to the new party on September 8. The man at the helm of affairs of the MNDF is former Congress minister from Thongju Assembly constituency, Bijoy Koijam. He had contested from this constituency on Congress ticket in the November 2015 bye-election and lost to Thongam Biswajit Singh, the incumbent BJP MLA.

The leadeers of the new party boast of having the potentional to become the “game changer.” The reason for leaving the Congress fold, according to Bijoy Koijam, is to revive ‘regionalism.’

The regional party was formally launched and the party’s functionaries felicitated at a simple function held at Classic Hotel here today. Among the prominent leaders present at the launch of the party is former Chief Minister and veteran politician Radhabinod Koijam. He professed to be an advisor of this regional party. The president of the MNDF is Ch Priyokumar from Naoriya Pakhanglakpa Assembly constituency. He had contested general election thrice and lost every time. He was a former member of Manipur PCC.

Former JD (U) general secretary Lien Gangte, who was seen frequenting BJP office earlier is the vice-president and spokesperson of MNDF. The political stance of the new party is to field at least 10 candidates in the five hill districts and another 30 in the valley. Bijoy alleged that the Chief Minister and his ministers had not done justice as far as development projects are concerened. “They just visit the project sites as if they are having a picnic. After that no follow-up action comes delaying completion of the projects.

He said focus should be given by ministers to the Indo-Myanmar border fencing issue instead of coming back after shopping at Moreh. He added that the regional party need not depend on the Centre and will focus on vexing issues of the state. Vice-president Lien Gangte on similar note voiced that the party will have the mandate of the people in solving issues loke Inner Line Permit, wich divides the valley and hills.

“We need to resolve such issues after consulting all stakeholders to promote harmony among disfferent communities. Our party has such objectives, “ he added. The MNDF will organise a political convention very soon, probaly next month, Bijoy said.

Cong eyes minorities in NE

The Sangai Express

Imphal, September 30 2016: Concerned with the recent setbacks to the party in the North East including the defeat of the party in the recently concluded elections in Assam and the removal of Congress Government from Arunachal Pradesh, the Congress party is now focusing on minorities (Christians and Muslims) to re-emerge as the dominant party of the North East region.

As part of this strategy, the Minority Department of the All India Congress Committee is formulating a strategy for the Congress party to attract the minorities (Christians and Muslims) towards the Congress party. The department has entrusted Congress ideologue from Assam Rejaul Karim Laskar to develop the strategy after visiting all the eight States of the region and holding interactions with the Pradesh Congress presidents and other senior leaders of the Congress party.

Laskar, who is former spokesperson of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, is also a prominent author and scholar. He will be visiting all the eight States shortly and hold interactions with the PCC presidents concerned and other senior leaders of the eight States of the region and based on these interactions he will submit his report to the AICC Minority Department. This strategy assumes significance in the backdrop of the coming Assembly elections in Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland which have sizable Christian population.

CEO flags off democracy van

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | October 1
Chief electoral officer, Manipur Vivek Kumar Dewangan today flagged-off a Democracy Van at Secretariat, South Block Imphal relating with the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) campaign.The 1st meeting of the State SVEEP Core Committee was also held today at the Conference Hall, Secretariat South Block.The meeting discussed the agenda relating to the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) campaign in Manipur State with reference to the ensuing State Assembly Election, 2017.

The State SVEEP Core Committee is to supervise the implementation of SVEEP Plan in the entire State. The CEO said SVEEP is very important, and it consist of multi intervention programmes that reaches out through different modes and media to educate citizens, electors and voters about the electoral process to increase their awareness and participation. The Election department aims at 100 percent voter turn-out in the election. If the voter turn-out is 90 percent it would be a big achievement. Awareness among voters is very much important so that the voters can come out to cast their votes without any pressure in a free and fair manner, he said.

During the course of meeting, the Nodal Officer (SVEEP) presented power points on SVEEP to the participants. At the state level, the CEO was assisted by Nodal Officer (SVEEP) in consultation with a Core Committee consisting of representatives from government depts, educational institutions, youth organisations, CSOs etc. In the district level, DMs/DCs who DEOs are being administrative head of the district are fully responsible for successful implementation of SVEEP action plan in the Districts. Addl CEOs Nidhi Mani Tripathi and RK Dinesh and members of the State SVEEP Core Committee also attended the meeting.

BJP cancels planned rally against Speaker

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL | October 1

State BJP cancels the planned rally yesterday as the Speaker Th Lokeshwar ‘woke up’ to the call for justice in the pending disqualification proceedings. The decision was conveyed by BJP MLA Kh Joykishan to the media at a press conference at their Nityaipat Chuthek office today.

Joykishan also claimed that it is good that the Speaker had declared his verdict on the pending disqualification cases against MSCP MLAs yesterday as soon as the BJP announced to take out a rally against the wrongs of the Speaker.
The BJP has decided to cancel their rally for the time being, since the Speaker seems to be awake from his deep slumber, he said. Nevertheless, two more similar cases are still pending, he said adding that but if in case the remaining two cases are not declared within October 3, BJP will take out the same rally.

State Election Management Committee BJP convenor Th Chaoba also said the BJP workers are proud of the Prime Minister for his diplomacy in convincing foreign countries to fight unitedly against terrorism. Joykishan also congratulated the BJP led NDA government for the successful conduct of surgical operation across the Line of Control. Saying that the Congress had been demanding why the BJP led government was silent on the September 18 attack on Uri Army camp, he said the surgical strike was a reply to the attack.

Meanwhile, four of the six seeking BJP ticket for the 2017 state Assembly election for Heingang Assembly constituency have agreed to support whoever gets the party ticket and work for the welfare of the party, according to Heingang mandal president H Lukhoi. Lukhoi said Yanglem Mangi Singh state councilor of BJP, Th Romeo aspiring candidate, P Suraj up-Adhyaksha Imphal East and M Rosinikumar, all of whom are seeking BJP ticket have agreed to strengthen Heingang Mandal BJP and to work together to defeat the sitting Congress MLA. Unfortunately, the other two aspiring candidates, P Saratchandra and N Kapoor failed to attend a meeting held today, he said adding all confusion in the mandal will be settled by October end.

Ex-minister Aza vows to take up unfulfilled tasks

Imphal Free Press

UKHRUL | October 1
A Aza, an aspiring BJP candidate of 45-Chingai (ST) assembly constituency addressed a press conference at UDWJA office at Viewland here yesterday wherein he gave intention to complete the task left undone during his term as the MLA of the constituency due to time constraints. Maintaining that he got little time to address and fulfill all the important needs of the people at one go, Aza who was the former YAS minister expressed willingness to go the extra mile and complete the task at hand including road construction and upgradation of LM Block.

He emphasised on the need to improve the prevailing education system and other bottlenecks in the district. “We have promised to support whoever gets the party ticket and take pledge before the party to stand in support of each other," he said. “If party ticket is given to the right candidate I believe that BJP will get two-third majority and form the next government in the state,” he asserted.

Observing that all round development and better governance in the district will surely come, Aza said that he could sense wave of the people towards BJP during his visit to some of the villages. As part of his third phase mass contact programme, permanent executive member, BJP Manipur Pradesh A Aza will continue touring villages including Kachai, Chingai and Peh with an aim to spread party vision and share what NDA government had done for the North East states. He slammed Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Dy CM Gaikhangam over the "poor state of government schools" in the hill districts especially in Ukhrul where there is acute shortage of Maths and Science teachers and rampant frequent transfer of teachers.

No comments:

Post a Comment