Chingai, Phaibung electorates overturn UNC’s decision [Hueiyen Lanpao]


 People turning out to vote for the ADC election

People turning out to vote for the ADC election

Chingai (Ukhrul), Oct 25: The much speculated by-polls to the controversial Autonomous District Council (ADC) has concluded without any untoward incident and recorded a high turnout of voters despite the presence of volunteers deputed by United Naga Council (UNC) to derail the election on Monday.

According to the official sources, the ADC by-elections have been conducted peacefully and registered a good turnout of voters. ”The by-poll in Ukhrul district is by and large peaceful despite being declared sensitive,” said Chingai SDO L. Darsinso Aimol.

In both the Chingai and Phaibung constituency, the electorates in the two Naga-dominated ADC constituencies, while ignoring the UNC’s boycott call, have exercised their franchise.

In Poi village, an NSCN cadre was also reportedly assaulted up by local youths after the former snatched the voter’s list from the electorates.
Sources said the NSCN cadre was beaten black and blue by the local youths before he was rescued by visiting representatives of Tangkhul organisations.

In Chingai, the home polling station of Congress candidate Wilson Shatsang recorded 96% voting turnout, while Poi recorded 93%. The latter is the home polling of independent candidate Ningtam. Of the 10 polling stations in Chingai constituency, only four polling stations registered a voting.

Reliable sources said the polling agents at Namrei were reportedly detained and stopped from reporting to the polling station by NSCN-IM.
Sources from Senapati district authorities said Phaibung Khullen constituency registered 64.62 percent vote.

Meanwhile, the UNC has conceded that the Nagas have exercised their voting rights in the ADC by-polls. The Naga body was left with nothing to comment when asked about their reaction.

For security reason, according to an official source, the counting will take place at Imphal Deputy Commissioner office on October 31.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

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Inaugural function held at Lamdangmei village [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 25: A newly leveled site inauguration and corner pillar erection service for a Church building construction was held today at the Lamdangmei village, Nungba sub division Tamenglong district.

M Daniel, member Autonomous District Council, 19 Doulang constituency cut the ribbon for the newly corner pillar erection.

Speaking at the function, he stated that none of the previous elected representatives of the area in the last 35 years has ever taken up any developmental programme in the area, however soon after his election to the ADC, he has developed roads, and is trying to bring potable water into the area from the nearby villages and construct a water reservoir in the village.

He assured that he will complete the installation of the water reservoir in the village before the end of his elected tenure. Further elaborating on the developmental issues in the area, he informed that as an elected representative of the area, he is trying his level best to improve the living condition of the people of the area.

He further appealed to the people of the area to incorporate help and support in the construction of the church.

The people of the area have been wishing for a church in the village since the past many generations, and with the grace of god, the people has been able to turn their wish into a reality, he added.

He has further assured that in case of any difficulties arising during the construction of the church, he is ever ready to provide help from his best level.

He has further appealed to the people of nearby areas that even though the neighbouring villages speak different dialects and may have different lifestyles, it is time for the people to live in peace and work towards unity and development.

The ADC member had also donated Rs 50,000 for the construction of the church, while MPCC president Gaikhangam who was absent from the function due to some  had also donated a sum of Rs 20,000 and also sent his best wishes to the people of the area.

The function was also attended by Reverend TP Mordecai and Jagamlung former minister and Alar Thoitak ADC member along with villagers of the area.

Source: Imphal Free Press

ADC polls held amid UNC objection [The Sangai Express]

IMPHAL, Oct 24 : Amidst the strong objections raised by the United Naga Council (UNC), polling for left out MDC constituencies of Chingai in Ukhrul district and Phaibung Khullen in Senapati district were held today without any unwanted incident.
Counting of votes would be done at Imphal DC office complex on October 31.

Though Chingai MDC constituency has 10 polling stations, not a single voter came out in six polling stations.

The voter turn out  was however quite healthy in four polling stations.

Voter turn out at these four polling stations  was pegged at 80 per cent.

The polling stations where voters came out in large numbers were Chalou, Chingai, Poi (A) and Poi (B).

In Huishu, Quinga, Namrei, Rajai Khullen, Rajai Khunou and Maremphung polling stations, not a single however voter turned out to cast their vote.

It is reported that 1772 people cast their votes in Chingai MDC constituency out of the total 3694 voters.

Altogether 25 sections of CRPF were used for the polls in Chingai.

Notably, Congress candidate Wilson and indepen- dent candidate Ningthem are slugging it out for the Chingai MDC seat.

Phaibung MDC constituency recorded 64.62 per cent voter turn out.

Out of a total 4475 voters, 2892 voters cast their votes in five polling stations.

While polling station number 17/2 recorded maximum voter turn out at 798, only 33 votes were polled in polling station number 17/5.

It is reported that polling personnel have reached Senapati district headquarters.

In view of the strong objections raised by some groups, counting of votes would be done at Imphal on October 31 at the recommendations of the respec- tive District Election Officers.

At the moment the ADC members who were elected from the Naga dominated hill districts are currently functioning from Imphal.

Source: The Sangai Express

 

Moderate turn-out recorded despite boycott call of pending ADC polls [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, October 24: Elections to 17-Phaibung Khullen district council constituency in Senapati and 3-Chingai district council constituency in Ukhrul have been conducted under tight security arrangement today.

The voters’ turnout in the election was moderate despite of  the boycott call from various organizations. The turnout at Phaibung was 63.28 percent while Chingai recorded only 44.71 percent turnout.

As per the information received from the state election commission, the election was held in five polling stations at Phaibung and 10 polling stations at Chingai

17/5 Lower Phaibung polling station recorded the highest turnout of 98.96 percent while 17/4 Phaibung Khunou recorded the lowest turnout of 4.10 percent. The other three polling stations of Phaibung Khullen, namely 17/1 Phaibung Khullen (A), 17/2 Phaibung Khullen (B) and 17/3 Phaibung Khunou were marked with moderate turnout of 65.85, 78.39 and 72.16 percent respectively.

Moderate voters’ turnout was recorded in four polling stations of Chingai while the remaining six polling stations marked no turnout.

The turnout at 3/1 Chingai High School was 73.9 percent, 3/2 Poi (A) and 3/3 Poi (B) were 90 percent and 3/6 Chalon was 55.6 percent.

Source: Imphal Free Press

Pending ADC election to be conducted today amidst tight security [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, Oct 23: The election commission of Manipur will be conducting the pending Autonomous District Council election to the 17-Phaibung Khullen district council constituency under Senapati Autonomous District Council and 13-Chingai district council constituency under Ukhrul district, tomorrow amidst huge security arrangement.

The commission is going ahead with the election amidst the total bandh imposed by the All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) and much opposition to the ADC election from the United Naga Council (UNC).

Sources said all the polling personnel including security forces have reached their respective polling stations since yesterday.

Apart from state security forces, altogether 32 companies of CRPF are will be deployed during the poll.

A total of 8444 voters are going to exercise their rights in the two district council constituencies in 10 polling stations. 4475 voters alone will cast their votes in 17-Phaibung Khullen district council constituency and 3169 voters in the 13-Chingai district council constituency.

The result of the election is likely to declare on October 31.

Source: Imphal Free Press

KSO asserts respect and not communal hatred needed for survival [Imphal Free Press]

IMPHAL, Oct 22 (Newmai News Network): Stating that any political agenda of the government directed along communal lines would spell their (Meiteis, Nagas and Kukis) doom, Kuki Students’ Organization (KSO) said it is on this ground that the students’ body is apprehensive of the move for ‘alternative arrangement’ for Nagas within Manipur state which, in the context of the current situation, the political history of Manipur, terminology and coverage, is unquestionably communal in nature.

The KSO had already clearly stated that the Sadar Hills Distict Demand Committee’s (SHDDC) demand is not communal in nature, but some Naga bodies and the state government are intent on making it a communal issue leading to outrages communal statements being leveled against the Kuki community which KSO has taken very seriously, necessitating a clarification on ‘communal lines’ by it, stated the KSO today.

“The state government is squarely to be blamed. Autonomous District Council (ADC) election was held for the Sadar Hills ADC. However, after the ADC was formed, the people of Sadar Hills were appalled to find that their ‘district’ had turned out to be ‘Senapati and we had a unique situation where two ADCs existed in a single district”, said KSO.

It said the state government must remember that it had conducted a successful election exercise with the support of the people of the district and that appropriate administrative structure should be in place and democratic governance and the rule of law should normally follow suit.

KSO also said,  “It would be pointless to debate about our origin or uniqueness unless we are discussing anthropology or genetic science or demography”, etc.

Saying that as far the political rights are concerned, the Kukis had fought against a world power (British) to maintain their political control/supremacy in this part of the world and added that the majority Meiteis of the plains too had done the same on separate/earlier occasion.

“All these three communities have survived together for centuries till today. Unless we have a healthy respect for one another, communal hatred will destroy us all, not any outside force. And any political agenda of the government directed along communal lines would spell our doom. It is on this ground that KSO is apprehensive of the move for’ alternative arrangement’ for Nagas within the state which, in the context of the current situation, the political history of Manipur, terminology and coverage, is unquestionably communal in nature”, KSO added.

Source: Imphal Free Press

ADC teachers protest Government apathy [The Sangai Express]


IMPHAL, Oct 22: Decrying alleged indifferent attitude of the Government members of All Manipur District Council Teachers’ Association staged protest demonstration at Thangmeiband Road near THAU ground, today.

Interacting with newspersons on the sideline of the agitation, Association president L Daihrii said members of the Association were constrained to stage the protest as repeated reminders to the Government for release of pending salaries and arrears, and implement pension scheme for employees of Autonomous District Councils are yet to evoke positive response from the Government of Manipur.

Informing that a memorandum highlighting the Associa-tion demands has also been submitted to the Governor, he said in addition to non-release of monthly salaries from March till June this year,  over 7000 member teachers of the Association are being deprived of arrears pending from 2004 till 2005 when the 5th Pay Commission was implemented.

Daihrii reminded that grievances of the ADC teachers and other employees had already been highlighted to the Government of Manipur in the form of hunger strike from September 5, 2009 at the Sangakpham premises of ADC House.

Contending that the agitation was called off following an assurance by the then Education Minister to honourably address the issue, the Association president lamented that the assurance is yet to be translated into action by the Government. Daihrii also strongly resented non-release of six months arrears pertaining to implementation of the 6th Pay Commission despite release of arrears for the same period already released for employees of other departments.

Further highlighting that a Gazette notification of the Government had approved pension scheme for the ADC employees, he alleged lack of seriousness and commitment by authorities of department concerned for non-implementation of the Scheme. Daihrii blamed lackadaisical attitude of the department concerned for the pension scheme file process yet to reach office of the Accountant General.

Holding the Chief Minister responsible for the suffering of ADC employees, the Association president suggested that the CM translate into action his assurance at a recently held reception programme of newly elected ADC Members, to initiate all possible measures for addressing pending issues of the ADC employees. He also expressed strong resentment against the CM not according importance to various issues of the ADC employees with the assertion that previous attempts to meet him (CM)  did not materialise. It is said that along with staging of the protest demonstration educational institutions administered by the Autonomous District Councils in six hill districts remained shut today. Daihrii also affirmed that if there is positive response from the Government of Manipur on the demands of the Association the ceasework strike launched since October 3 would be called off. 

Source: The Sangai Express

UNC dares ADC Members, holds protest [The Sangai Express]

Imphal, Oct 20: The United Naga Council (UNC) on Wednesday dared the Autonomous District Council ( ADC) Members to come in the hill districts of Manipur and campaign for the upcoming polls to the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly which is likely to be held in February next year.

A sit-in-protest cum public meeting was organised against the creation of Sadar Hills district and inclusion of Naga villages in the valley districts at Irong Ngaobikhong village, Senapati district today.

UNC general secretary, Gaidong kamei accused the Government of Manipur for attempting to take advantage by creating unrest among the Nagas and Kukis so as to give away some parts of the hills to valley districts of the State.

He maintained that they were not protesting or planning to fight with other communities but to safeguard the land and right of the people.

Kamei said, “A single ADC member will not be allowed to come in the hill districts nor will be permitted to launch any campaign for Chief Minister O Ibobi in the forthcoming election and the message of UNC is loud and clear.”

“How long the ADC members will stay at Khuman Lampak in Imphal or under the protection of Manipur police commandos in their complex”, questioned the UNC general secretary.

He also said they have been elected for five years only, which UNC has already declared null and void. “Where will they go after the completion of the term as they cannot be returned to their respective native villages”, he further twittered.

Challenging the district councilors, Gaidon Kamei once again dared them to come to the hill districts if they have the guts.

“The Naga issue has become a global issue and we should support the peace talks between NSCN-IM and the Government of India to avoid commitment of mistakes in the peace process”, appealed the Naga leader.

T Disinang, Chairman, Liangmai Naga Council, Senapati who spoke at the meeting alleged the Manipur Government for creating problem between the Kuki and Naga communities saying Sadar Hills district cannot be created after curving out Naga inhabited areas.

The sit-in-protest cum public meeting was jointly organized by people from Kangpokpi, Saitu and Saikul Assembly Constituencies under the aegis of Saikul Area Naga People’s Organization (SANPO).

In the meeting, it was also informed that SANPO will submit a memorandum to Prime Minister to urge him to uphold the MOUs signed between the Government of Manipur and various Naga frontal organizations regarding formation of the proposed Sadar Hills district.

Source: The Sangai Express

ADC teachers staged sit in protest [Hueiyen Lanpao]

Imphal, October 20: Teachers under the Autonomous District Council (ADC), Chandel staged a sit in protest at the Indoor stadium ,Japhou Bazar, Chandel Dist Head quarters today.

Speaking at the sidelines of the agitation, HT Pollingson Anal, President, ADC Chandel branch said that the arrear for the financial year 2001 to 2005 have not been released so far inspite of repeated requests. The first installment of the Six Pay commission starting from October 2009 to March 2010 has also not been released so far.

He further said that the government should give away the monthly salary from May to October 2011 which has not been released as yet. The transfer and posting of the ADC teachers every now and then by the newly elected ADC members should be stopped as it hampers the teachers from performing their duties properly.

He appealed to the concern authority to fulfill all their demands in the earliest possible time. he sit in protest was also held at the Deputy Commissioner’s office, Tamenglong today which was jointly organized by the ADC Teachers Association, Tamenglong and Head Quarter’s Forum of ADC Tamenglong. A memorandum was also submitted to the Chief Secretary through the DC, Tamenglong.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao

UNC challenges ADC members [Hueiyen Lanpao]

 Imphal, Oct 19: The United Naga Council (UNC) on Wednesday dared the Autonomous District Council (ADC) members to come in the hill districts of Manipur and campaign for the upcoming polls to the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly which is likely to be held in February next year.

A sit-in-protest cum public meeting was organized against the creation of Sadar Hills district and inclusion of Naga villages in the valley districts at Irong Ngaobikhong village, Senapati district today.

UNC Seneral Secretary, Gaidong Kamei accused the Government of Manipur of attempting to take advantage by creating unrest among the Nagas and Kukis so as to give away some parts of the hills to valley districts of the state.

He maintained that they were not protesting or planning to fight with other communities but to safeguard the land and right of the people.
Kamei said, “No a single ADC member will be allowed to come in the hill districts nor will he be permitted to launch any campaign for Chief Minister O Ibobi in the forthcoming election and the message of UNC is loud and clear.”

“How long the ADC members will stay at Khuman Lampak in Imphal or under the protection of Manipur police commandos in their complex”, questioned the UNC general secretary.

He also said they have been elected for five years only, which UNC has already declared null and void. “Where will they go after the completion of the term as they cannot return to their respective native villages”, he further twittered.

Challenging the District Councilors, Gaidon Kamei once again dared them to come to the hill districts if they have the guts. “The Naga issue has become a global issue and we should support the peace talks between NSCN-IM and the Government of India to avoid commitment of mistakes in the peace process”, appealed the Naga leader.

T Disinang, Chairman, Liangmai Naga Council, Senapati who spoke at the meeting charged the Manipur Government of creating problem between the Kuki and Naga communities saying Sadar Hills district cannot be created after curving out Naga inhabited areas.

The sit-in-protest cum public meeting was jointly organized by people from Kangpokpi, Saitu and Saikul Assembly Constituencies under the aegis of Saikul Area Naga People’s Organization (SANPO).

In the meeting, it was also informed that SANPO will submit a memorandum to Prime Minister to urge him to uphold the MOUs signed between the Government of Manipur and various Naga frontal organizations regarding formation of the proposed Sadar Hills district.

Source: Hueiyen Lanpao