Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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IT News ( agency inputs)
New Delhi, Sept 25:
Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora today announced the poll date of Bihar Assembly today following this the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has come into effect. The CEC however said that bypolls for 1 Lok Sabha and 64 Assembly Seats including the vacant assembly seats of Manipur will be announced after a review meeting on September 29 following issues raised by some states on poll timing. 
Voting for Bihar assembly elections will be held in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7 in one of the biggest elections globally during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by counting of votes on November 10, the Election Commission announced on Friday.
Announcing the poll schedule for the 243-member Bihar assembly, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said voting will begin as usual at 7 am but the period will be extended by one hour until 6 pm, except in the Left Wing Extremism-affected areas, so that COVID-19 patients can vote in the last hour of the day.
“The world has changed significantly since the last major election in our country, which was held for Delhi assembly, and the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a new normal in every aspect of our life.
“Bihar assembly polls will be one of the biggest elections globally to be held during the prevailing COVID-19 situation,” Arora said.
He also said special protocols have been readied for voters who are COVID-positive patients.
Announcing the poll schedule at a press conference here, Arora said the number of phases for 243-member Bihar assembly polls has been reduced keeping in mind security arrangements and festive season, among other factors.
Voting for the first phase on October 28 will cover 71 assembly constituencies, while the second-phase voting on November 3 will cover 94 seats. The third phase of voting on November 7 will cover 78 assembly seats.
Counting of votes for all seats will take place on November 10.
According to the Election Commission, 7 lakh hand sanitisers, 46 lakh masks, 6 lakh PPE kits, 6.7 lakh face shields and 23 lakh pairs of hand gloves have been arranged for Bihar polls.
Besides, postal ballot facilities will be provided wherever required and requested. Social distancing norms will need to be followed at public gatherings during the poll campaign.
Arora further said anyone using social media for mischievous purposes, such as for flaring communal tension, during elections will have to face consequences, while hate speech will be also dealt with harshly by the Election Commission.
On bypolls for one Lok Sabha seat and 64 assembly constituencies, Arora said the Election Commission will take a decision after a meeting on September 29 where issues raised by some states on timing of polls would be discussed and a press release should be issued subsequently the same evening.
The notification for the first phase of Bihar assembly elections would be issued on October 1, while the last date of nominations would be October 8 and withdrawal of candidature can be done till October 12.
For the second phase, notification would be issued on October 9, nominations can be filed till October 16 and candidature can be withdrawn till October 19.
The third-phase notification would be issued on October 13, the last date of nominations would be October 20 and the last date for candidature withdrawal has been fixed October 23.
The number of people accompanying a candidate for submission of nomination has been restricted to two, while a door-to-door campaign can have maximum five people including the candidate.
Arora further said there are about 18.87 lakh migrants across 38 districts of Bihar, out of which 16.6 lakh are eligible to vote. While 13.93 lakh already had their names on the electoral rolls, 2.3 lakh more have been registered and the process is still on, he added.

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Imphal, Sept 25:

Expressing discontentment for dropping him out from the Ministry of the N. Biren Singh led government, former CAF and PD Minister Karam Shyam today said that he had whole heartedly work to ensure that the government completes its term by putting all his effort during crisis time, however, the way he along with some ministers are dropped is not satisfactory and opines that the fall out of the reshuffle may sabotage the effort to keep the government from completing its term.

“I am doubtful that the government will complete its full five years term in view of the present political development in the state”, Karam Shyam said indicating President Rule in the state . He said that he is not fortunate enough to raise the issue which the N. Biren Sigh government violated all norms and understanding of coalition party to the LJP leader Ram Villas Paswan as he has been presently undergoing treatment at ICU.

The soft spoken former Minister who got elected from the Langthabal Assembly constituency from LJP , however wishes the government and the newly elected member to perform better duty then the former team.

Anguished over the judgment of the Chief Minister, Karam said that it was him who first moved on to make him as the Chief Minister of the state even though the BJP don’t have the number. He along with the NPP had rejected better offer from the Congress party with hopes that a new government will do good for the people of the state.

“I am not upset for dropping out of the ministry , I will continue to serve the people and for the cause, however, the way the reshuffle took place is more like humiliation to some of the members who were ministers in the government”, Shyam said adding that he wish them perform better than the earlier ministry.     

Friday, 25 September 2020 18:49

PLA observes 42nd Raising day

IT News
Imphal, Sept 25:

Army wing of the Revolutionary People’s Front (RPF) , the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) today celebrated its 42nd Raising Day at its General head Quarters, techtical Command , Strategic Command , 252 Mobile Battalion and other units, Dpeartment including its central Bureah SR-1, Sr-2, Sr-3, SR-4 etc.
The rebel group waging war against the government of India for restoration of the Independence of the erstwhile nation celebrated the raising day by hoisting the party flag and by paying respect to the departed cadres who had lost their life fighting for the cause of the freedom movement .
A statement by the Secretary Publicity of the RPF , Roben Khuman said that this year’s celebration was held in a simple way as people across the world are facing extreme hardship due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a part of the celebration Red stars and festoon – the symbol of the PLA were placed at various places under the jurisdiction of Division 2,4,6,8 and 10. On the occasion held at various places the message of the RPF president Irengbam Chaoren which was produced here in this newspaper was read out.

Six congress MLAs sacrificed their official positions in a desperate bid to save the N. Biren Singh led government by resigning from the membership of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, at a time when 3 prominent members from the BJP left the ruling party and joined the congress when the opposition congress was making full preparation of moving a no confidence motion against the N. Biren Singh led government. Without going much further into the politics of saving the government or those trying to topple it, one thing that need to be discussed is the episode of the major reshuffle that took place yesterday. Reshuffling of the ministry has been a long pending demand from almost all the BJP MLAs and has been a desire of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh for reasons best known to himself. Attempts to reshuffle time and again either owing to the pressure of the BJP MLAs or the initiative of the Chief Minister were never successful as the real power of making changes to the government lies in the hands of the central BJP leaders. This time however, when the state is going to witness by-election of vacant assembly seats and the term of the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly is just 1 and half years left, a major reshuffle took place under the blessing of the central BJP leaderships. The Chief Minister who felt that there was no cooperation from among the Ministers in his government finally managed to replace all those whom he cannot control. The ensuing by-election certainly is going to decide the fate of the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh as well as the BJP party in the state of Manipur. Among the 13 vacant assembly seats ECI has already announced requirements for by-election of five assembly constituencies as the remaining 8 constituencies have pending cases at law court and thus cannot hold by-election as of now. Now the Chief Minister is in a position to control his ministry unlike before and if he can utilize his wisdom in ensuring his candidates win the by-election, it will make sure that his position become more secure and may become a more powerful chief Minister than he was before.
But the major obstacle now is from MLAs of his own party. May be because the Chief Minister inducted two ex-MLAs to his ministry, instead of MLAs from the BJP who had been demanding for a reshuffle since a very long time, at least 10 BJP MLAs including the 3 Ministers whom he dropped and the coalition political party NPP which have 4 members and the lone LJP MLA are reportedly camping to wage war against the N. Biren Singh leadership. So 15 MLAs, and that too from within his own party and two coalition political parties are likely to take extreme decisions like resigning en masse from the government. Whether this will be possible or not is a matter yet to be seen as it is likely that the ECI will issue notification for the by-election within a couple of days. Whether the resignation will have any significance once the election code of conduct comes into force is a matter again to be decided as anything can happen in politics. Resignation can be put on hold taking advantage of the Election Code of Conduct. Whether the law permits or not, nothing is impossible in politics. It happened before and is happening now not only in Manipur but also in almost every other parts of the country. However, this time the extreme decision taken by the Chief Minister by reshuffling the Ministry and appointing two ex-MLAs of the congress is a real risky game akin to playing with fire, as various political analysts point out. As of now there is no guarantee that by-election of the Wangkhei Assembly constituency will be held. The government can appoint any persons as minister but if he cannot become a legislature within 6 months than he or she will automatically cease to be a minister. As for O Lukhoi, the ex-congress MLA who had joined BJP by sacrificing his Congress membership to save the N. Biren Singh government at the time of vote of confidence in August this year, by-election will be held. Besides, there is still a ministerial berth yet to be inducted and nothing about keeping the seat vacant has been mentioned from the CMO except some unconfirmed rumours about Speaker Yumnam Khemchand denying the offer.
Is Biren playing some sort of risky political game foreseeing the future? And if he cannot keep those revolting against him in check, what will be the fate of his government?
It is at this point that people are expecting the imposition of president’s rule in the state. Is this what Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has also been expecting as alternative if in case his political gambits fail? A matter that needs to be pondered keeping in mind the evidently reckless and risky move by the present chief minister which smacks of a desperation and utter disregard for the present pandemic situation which cannot go out of hand due to the political upheaval.

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