26 Aonglenden A/C common platform

26 Aonglenden A/C common platform
The two candidates (seated centre) flanked by chairman and secretary of Dilong Yimten and executive members (standing), after the program. (NP)
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, MAR 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/30/2019 11:59:22 AM IST


A common platform for the two candidates of 26 Aonglenden A/C by-election was held on March 30 at Community & Youth Hall Dilong Ward.

The common platform was organized by the Dilong Yimten where the two intending candidates -- Sharingain Longkumer of NDPP and Alem Jongshi of INC -- declared their intentions and promises in front of the ward’s denizens.

Dilong ward is one of the urban areas under 26 Aongleden A/C with two polling stations. Before the candidates declared their candidatures, a lot was drawn to choose the first speaker and Sharingain Longkumer got the opportunity to speak first. Declaring his candidature, the candidate stated that it was a privilege and an honour to contest from the prestigious 26 Aonglenden A/C. He said that he stood for the youth and for bringing change. Sharingain also said he was honoured to walk in the footsteps of glorious leaders that the constituency had produced in the past. He pointed out that the constituency has around 40-50% voters in the age group of 18-35 years and this, according to him, are the future human resources. He therefore, appealed to the voters of Dilong ward to vote for him so that he could represent the face of the youth of the constituency and in the assembly.

Alem Jongshi, the INC candidate, in his speech, urged all legitimate voters to exercise their franchises on polling day without fear or hesitation. Making his stand clear, the INC candidate accused the BJP of operating under a hindutva agenda trying to turn India into a Hindu country undermining the tenets of the Indian Constitution. 

Citing several examples, he warned that if BJP were to remain in power, minorities like the Nagas would have to bear its brunt. The INC candidate also stated that his priorities, apart from the Congress manifesto, included health care –a good hospital in Mokokchung; education–an upgrade in the system; youth –focus on skill development to generate self employment avenues; infrastructure and economic development and social harmony.

I. Tia Soyah, chairman of Dilong Yimten in his speech explained some rules and regulations as resolved by the ward authority to be strictly followed by all concerned during the entire electioneering process. Among these rules were that, a congenial atmosphere should be maintained and no one should disturb the peaceful atmosphere of the ward. Secondly, only recognized camps will be allowed in the ward. 

Thirdly, no outsider will be allowed inside the polling station or its vicinity on polling day. Lastly, only two polling observers from the ward will be allowed inside the polling station from each party, the names for the same are to be submitted to the Yimten beforehand. However this will not apply to observers assigned by the respective party higher ups.

Short speeches were also allowed to two members from representatives of each candidate. A special prayer was said over both the candidates by Rev. P. Chuba Jamir, associate pastor, MTBA.

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