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HSPDP kicked off the Election Campaign at Malki Shillong

The Hills State Peoples Democratic Party (HSPDP), one of the oldest regional party in the state, has kicked off the election campaign at Madan Malki Shillong, amidst the chanting of the slogan “Ha U Sing”, the lion being the symbol of the party. It is a diehard political party, led by Hopingstone Lyngdoh, who had recently passed away, yet the party is keeping its flag high. During the Hill State movement, it was the HSPDP which rejected outright different forms of autonomy, which fall short of a fully fledged separate state, because of its steadfastness, it is expected that it would garner a number of seats which it would bargain for formation of a government, as a ruling partner.

The HSPDP propagate that Article 371 of the Constitution of India should also cover Meghalaya, for empowerment of the state to protect customary laws, specially on land and administration of justice.

 

HSPDP Chief Ardent Basaiawmoit, has raised the slogan of national unity of India, as “Unity in diversity”, to counter against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attempt to bring about “unity in uniformity”, as every part of Bharat Mata has its own separate identity.

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The students accused CM for manhandling of public funds for Elections campaign

 

Probably it is the first time, in the Meghalaya elections, that a section of the students have been provoked, to be candid enough to speak out to vote against the party of the chief minister. The cause being that the students from the different colleges of Shillong, are having great doubts and suspicion, that most of them had not received the M-Tab, which is a part of the Student Digital Learning Aid Scheme. One of the students, Enlang Sawian, has straight away pointed out an accusing finger, that “the Congress has brought the scheme just to woo voters. Already an RTI has been filed by the Hynñiewtrep Youth Council (HYC), that there is manhandling of the scheme involving rupees six crore. The student had made a frontal accusation, that the funds would be used for the elections. To clear any misapprehensions, the student community of the state, is seeking clarification from the Union Human Ministry of human resource development, and for instituting a CBI enquiry, if there is misappropriation of funds in the implementation of the scheme.

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Will Ampati man claim the leadership??

Even as the elections are not in full gear, already there are whispers and speculations by the players, as who should be the leader in the end of the day. Of course it is the prerogative and preference, of the party, which gain an absolute majority, either by itself, or by forming an alliance or support from other likeminded parties, so as to enable in forming the government. The Congress if it can resume its electoral power, there is again the possibility that the Ampati man would continue to claim the leadership. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a new entrant, would have to take its time in choosing a leader, to be crowned as chief minister.

 

The National People’s Party (NPP), because of its confidence in taking a lead in the election run up, has already decided, that the chief minister would be a person, from the region which elects the highest number of legislators. The two regions being, the Garo region and the Khasi-Jaintia region. This of course is the headache of the party or parties which form the government next.

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Blame Game for the upcoming elections 2018

 

It is in the arena and backdrop of the Shad Nongkrem dance festival, at Smit, the capital of the Khasi state of Hima Khyrim, that the political big wigs of Meghalaya made a bee line to place themselves in the VIP dias in front of the courtyard of the Iing Sad the divinity thatched hut. Among them are Congress rebels, Prestone Tynsong, Rowell Lyngdoh also the Congress contender from Nongkrem John F. Kharshiing, NPP candidate H.S. Shylla and others. Tynsong had aired his sentiments to the accompaniment of drums and music, blaming the leadership of Mukul Sangma that has dropped the degree of popularity of Congress popularity in the whole state. That is why many questions have arise. Why so many prominent leaders are now tired and have instead chosen to drop out of the scene, like D.D. Lapang, Roytre Laloo, Roshan Warjri because they have got enough and cannot anymore digest, the way the Congress and also the government, are being run, by a solo plane, which is always taken home to land in the Ampati air strip.

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Prime Minister likely to inaugurate Shillong-Nongstoin-Tura road

Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi is likely to inaugurate the mega road project that was completed except for a small portion from Lad Mawreng to Mawmaram West Khasi Hills which is yet to fully complete but Shillong-Nongstoin-Tura road is completed.

 

On his visit to Shillong this coming Saturday it is also expected of him to hold official meeting with the state government official at the State Convention centre.

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