Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam

Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. An International level Rugby player and  a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]

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Saturday, 30 March 2019 17:14

The approaching day of redemption

Keeping pace with the increasingly oppressive temperature which is evidently getting worse with each passing year, the heat is truly on for the upcoming Lok sabha election which is just over a fortnight away. With the candidature for the various contesting parties having finalized, most of the public in the state have made their decision, some more openly than others.
This time around, there is obviously a perceptible change in the way people approach the ‘Election Festival’ in that the candidates are less vocal and are more subdued in their approach towards canvassing support of the public. Is it that they have really and truly lost the plot and are playing safe by keeping mum rather than invite the wrath and scorn of the ever increasingly unforgettable and unforgiving public who now have the means and the temerity to dig out empty promises and lies at the swipe of a finger on their smartphones? Or is it that they have shifted their gameplan to harness the power of the internet and are funding exorbitant amount of money without a trace to shore up proxy supporters to try and sway public opinion- a ploy not unfamiliar with the citizens of the nation?
Whatever the truth may turn out to be, one thing that is felt absent by all and sundry is the ‘Manifesto’ or ‘Pledge’ or ‘Promises’ or whatever else one might term it- the list of expressed necessities the candidates and the party is set out to fulfill. Rather than focusing on the future of the state and the country by raising issues and topics which the parties and candidates feel deserves attention and prioritization, there is a growing trend for self-declared supporters or idolaters as some had declared themselves, to delve into the past of the candidates and comparing the legal and criminal records. No doubt, such revelations are useful in considering the choice of right candidates but also can, and are often misleading to say the least. Such a growing trend also points to a submissive mentality of having forced to choose a lesser evil rather than viewing the election as an opportunity to make a resounding statement and to exercise the best gift of democracy. The sad reality is that the people in our state as is like the vast majority of others in almost every state does not see the whole process much beyond certain personal benefits and are willing to exchange or give up their suffrage for meagre financial gains.
In this connected digital world of today, it is easy to sway or be swayed by various inputs and social media contents. We need to consider the pros and cons in a very objective manner taking into consideration the ability for individuals to handle various pressures and challenges and their response to the same. This should be viewed as a golden opportunity for the public to rectify the wrongs perpetrated by the representatives and serve as an example that the aspirations and needs of the common people cannot be ignored nor abused. But for that to happen, we the people need to exercise our suffrage with utmost care and respect. Let us all realize our worth and act accordingly. We are the source of power and if there is anyone to blame for the stupid and self-centred people winning elections, it is ourselves. It is almost too late to make another mistake that will haunt us for the next half-decade and probably the rest of our lives.
Our acts rather than our words will determine if our society as a whole is matured enough to warrant passing judgment on our leaders. Notwithstanding the plethora of promises and rosy pictures of a better future being peddled by the political parties in their bid to woo the voters which has come into significance during such times, it will ultimately be the decision of the public to retrospect, deliberate and act on our own decisions. And the time to act is now.

IT News
(with input from AIR)
Imphal, March 26,

Filing of nominations for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections comes to an end today. 97 constituencies spread over 13 States and Union Territories will go to polls in this phase on the 18th of April. All 39 Parliamentary constituencies of Tamil Nadu will go to polls in this phase. Other States and Union Territories where voting will take place in this phase are Karnataka 14 seats, Maharashtra 10 seats, Uttar Pradesh 8, Assam, Bihar and Odisha 5 seats each, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal  3 each, Jammu and Kashmir 2 , and Manipur, Tripura and Puducherry 1 seat each.
In the state of Manipur, all together 8 candidates are in the fray.  For INC, the candidate is  K. James, for BJP, the candidate H Shokhopao popularly known as Benjamin Mate,  for NPP Thangminlien Kipgen, for NCP Angam Karoung Kom, for NPF Lorho S Pfoze, for NEIDP Ashang Kasar, for JDU HangkhapauTaithul and Leikhan Kaipu as Independent candidates.
In Assam, several senior leaders have filed their nomination papers for this phase. 5 seats -Karimganj, Silchar, Diphu, Mangaldoi and Nagaon will go to the polls. Deputy Speaker of the state assembly Kripanath Malla, sitting MLA Rupak Sarma and youth party Dilip Saikia are in the fray from the BJP. From the Congress, sitting MP Sushmita Dev, senior leader Bhubaneshwar Kalita , Biren Singh Engti and former minister Pradyut Bordoloi are contesting elections. Over 68 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their vote in this phase.
In Tripura, candidates from different political parties have already filed their nominations for the East Tripura constituency, which will go to polls in the second phase. BJP candidate Rebati Kumar Tripura, IPFT candidate Narendra Chandra Debbarma and CPI-M candidate Jitendra Choudhury are in the fray for this seat.
The scrutiny will take place tomorrow, while Friday is the last date for withdrawal of candidature for this phase.

Imphal East, March 17,

Ahead of the 17th Lok Sabha Election 2019, office of the District Election Officer, Imphal East conducted an awareness workshop cum meeting on Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) and media related matters at the conference hall inside DC Imphal East Complex yesterday.
The awareness campaign which was organized with an intention to sensitize the media fraternity on media related regulations were attended by media personnel of various organizations and DEO Imphal East staff.
DEO Imphal East which has constituted the MCMC to keep a check on cases of paid news and certification of political advertisements in the district has started functioning a day after the Election Commission of India announced schedule for the 17th Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on 10th March 2019. DEO/DC Dr. Rangitabali Waikhom is the chairman of the MCMC Imphal East District committee.
An interactive session related to paid news, MCMC, and other media related matters was also held. Smt. Ch. Nomila Devi, Nodal Officer (Media/Communication), Shri L. Roshan Singh, Nodal Officer  (Cyber Security and ICT Application) and Km. Sagolsem Snehprabha, Nodal Officer (Media Monitoring Control Room) MCMC Imphal East, fielded queries from the media and DEO Imphal East staff.
L. Roshan Singh said that monitoring paid news in electronic media will be very challenging in the coming general election.
According to Sagolsem Snehprabha, this committee will scrutinize print and electronic media to identify political advertisements in the garb of news in the media. It will also certify political advertisements in the electronic media in the district.
She further said that the candidates or political parties could appeal against the decisions of the district committee to the State-level MCMC. The candidates could also approach the Election Commission against the decision of the State-level body

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