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Meghalaya Elections 2018

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is brought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?” – Mahatma Gandhi

Elections in Meghalaya are due to be held in the month of February 2018. But all the political parties are upbeat. Every political party has a reason to believe that Congress is down and out. However, Dr Mazel Ampareen Lyngdoh a Cabinet Minister in Mukul Sangma government feels otherwise and says that it is wrong to wipe off Congress. BJP which has no MLA in the state of Meghalaya is confident to form the next Government and have appointed the BJP National Spokesperson Nalin Kohli and Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam, as the BJP’s in-charge of election in Meghalaya are frequently visiting Shillong, meet the press and grabbing every opportunity to get publicity and space in the newspaper. On the other hand the regional parties believes that people are fed up with the Congress and anti-incumbency factor will play a major role in isolating Congress from the election scene. NPP appears to have made its presence in the Khasi and Jaintia Hills better, as seven MLA’s and five MDC’s have already joined the party till 28th October 2017. The seven MLAs who have inclined to join NPP are Prestone Tynsong, Rowell Lyngdoh, Sniawbhalang Dhar, Ngaitlang Dhar (all from Congress), Remington Pyngrope (UDP) and Independents Stephanson Mukhim and Hopeful Bamon. The MDCs who have inclined to join are HS Shylla, Pyniaid Sing Syiem, Ricky Shullai, Victor Ranee and Jansing Tynsong.

NPP is having reasonably good presence in Garo Hills. They are bound to give better performance in the coming elections. Dr.Mukul Sangma the Chief Minister of Meghalaya should not be undermined as he knows how to play his cards well. He is the only Chief Minster after S. C. Marak who has completed his full term in the office. All attempts to destabilise him have terribly failed in the past. It is also not clear whether voters will buy the concept that Dr.Mukul Sangma is corrupt. Every body is saying so but nobody is telling what corruption he did? The National Secretary of BJP of Scheduled Tribe Morcha, Hayithung Bill Lotha recently in a press conference termed Dr. Mukul Sangma as corrupt. Reacting to this Dr. Mukul Sangma threaten to go court and term the word as irresponsible. The term “corruption” is grossly misused in Indian Politics and it has reached to such a height that honest and dedicated bureaucrats are shying away from moving the files. This is dangerous for the development of the nation. It is a sweeping generalised remark and lacks merit. Eastern Panorama in its efforts to understand the mood of the people spoke to all the political parties and ask them five common questions. They are as follows:

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Rohingya Crisis

SEVEN SISTERS BEWARE CHILDREN OF LESSER GODS WILL HARM YOU

The Rohingya refugees, practically speaking, are children of lesser gods. We all sympathise with them. However, the danger Muslim refugees of Iraq, Syria, Yemen and other Arab countries are posing to UK, Germany, France and other European Nations indeed causes serious concern for India in the wake of mass migration of the Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

Persecuted by the Myanmar Army, some 389,000 Rohingya have already entered into Bangladesh that shares 4,096-km long international border with India. It is here where the danger of Rohingiya factor looms large. The Modi Government at the Centre has already announced that India would not give shelter to Rohingya and they would be pushed back if they come here.

Nearly 40,000 Rohingya have already entered India and have started creating problems in a number of states including highly sensitive Jammu and Kashmir state. The Union Home Ministry has officially acknowledged that 10,000 Rohingya are living illegally in Jammu. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Rohingya are also living illegally (besides Jammu) in Haryana, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Chennai.

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