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M’pur ADC councilors take oath
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUN 26 (NPN):
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Published on 27 Jun. 2010 12:35 AM IST
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Elected members of the Manipur (Hill areas) District Council took oaths en masse on Saturday at a grand ceremony at Indoor Stadium of Khuman Lampak Sports complex in the presence of the Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh.
A total of 136 councilors including two each of six district councils took part in the oath taking ceremony. There were 26 councilors for each district council except 18 and 24 for Senapati and Ukhrul.
Among the 18 councilors for Senapati, two are government nominees as eight seats are lying vacant after no candidate filed nomination or retired from candidatures before election was held on June 2 in response to the diktat of the UNC.
Four women councilors, two from Ukhrul and one each from Churachandpur and Tamenglong district were also among the councilors who were administered oath by respective deputy commissioners of each district except of Sadar Hill District Council which falls under Senapati district. The Chief Executive Officer of the Sadar Hill ADC administered the oath to the councilors of the sub-division.
Addressing the gathering, chief minister O Ibobi Singh expressed hope that the councilors would discharge their duties sincerely.
He also assured of adequate compensation to the houses and properties of the ADC candidates damaged by suspected boycott supporters. Houses and properties of as many as 30 candidates were ransacked and damaged by the miscreants for violating their diktat.
The large turn up of people on the day of polling despite boycott called by some civil organisations was the clear indication that people wished to have their own local bodies, Ibobi said.
Stating that Manipur was a state of democratic India, he said everybody had the right to support or oppose certain policies and programme of the government.
He further said that district councils were defunct for more than 20 years when the demand for sixth schedule in the state hill areas came up and the state government had to defer the election to the council for such a long time as there was no consensus on the demand of the sixth scheduled of Indian constitution.
Stating that it was the bounded duty of a government to put its best to deliver equal rights to all section of people, Ibobi said the state government decided to conduct the ADC elections.

 
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