MoS praises NEPA for imparting quality training to trainees

MoS praises NEPA for imparting quality training to trainees

SHILLONG: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra attended the Dikshant Parade of 51st Batch Basic Course Traineesheld at the North Eastern PoliceAcademy today. The minister also reviewed the passing out parade of the batch with of 189 trainees passed.

The 51st Basic Course comprised 25 Deputy Superintendent of Police comprising of Nagaland- 02 Dy. SP, Tripura – 08 Dy. SP and Arunachal Pradesh – 15 Dy. SP and 164 Sub Inspectors from the states of Tripura – 1 SI, Arunachal Pradesh – 94 SI, Assam – 69 SI (APRO Communication). Ofthe 189 trainees, 12 were lady officers in this batch.

Mishra during his address congratulated the 51st batch of NEPA and wished them a bright future ahead. He expressed that the kind of performance that has been displayed in the academy has enhanced the prestige of NEPA. He lauded the efforts of NEPA and the Director Shri Deepak Kumar for his relentless efforts in maintaining the prestige of the Institute.

“The Officers who are here at the Passing out parade have laid out a path for themselves. They have completed their training here and each trainees are thrilled of the fact that they are going to contribute to the nation”, he added. He acknowledged that North East is one of beautiful parts of the country while adding, “The diversity, knowledge, potential are immense. At the same time, there are also many. But people of NE are ready for the challenges”.

Reiterating the commitment of the Central Government for the development of the region, the minister said, “Our PM Shri Narendra Modi has put in all efforts to develop connectivity – air, railways, roadways, agriculture and other infrastructures. This region is a priority of the government”.

He praised the efforts of the police forces across the country and said that the Police forces are known for their diligence and they have effectively been assisting the citizens from preserving law and order to solving crimes, from assistance in disaster management to fighting natural calamity. The minister said that the trainees have been imparted with essential skills, knowledge and the required aptitude to deliver their best once they join active service. “Research, spiritual as well as physical training have been given to the Trainees here. This will aid in the work field. Their role has also become quite a challenge with the advent of AI and the digital world as a whole”, he added .

The minister further cited examples of India’s philanthropic aid for foreign countries. He said, “India has been able to retain its position in the global map. Our country is known for its compassion as we helped other nations in their needs. Be it Sri Lanka, Nepal or Türkiye, India has been there whenever they needed our help”.

The minister exhorted the newly passed out recruits to respect others and protect the constitutional rights of the citizens. He congratulated the young officers for displaying excellent parade and distributed theTrophies & Medals to the trainees for their individual performance during the training period.

Since its inception in 1978, NEPA has conducted 50 basic courses and 4456 trainees have passed out. With this Passing out Parade, a total of 4645 Basic Course trainees (788 DySP and 3668SI/ASI have passed out of NEPA in the past 45 years of existence.

The 51st Basic Course batch started on 18th April 2022. These trainees underwent a very well researched and planned basic training. As per basic training module these trainees were trained in indoor subjects viz Police Science, Legal Studies and Social Science and in the outdoor, training was imparted on Drill, Weapons Training, Physical Efficiency, Police Operations and Tactics. Specialisedinputs were given on Disaster Management, First Aids and Motor Vehicle Driving.

A short module on Jungle Camp was also organised where they carried out Cordon and Search Operations, Ambush and Counter Ambush, Raid, seizure etc. The trainees have been imparted with essential skills, knowledge and required aptitude to deliver their best once they join active service. In a bid to build a well-rounded personality and promote camaraderie, team spirit and sportsmanship, the trainees were encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities through various clubs like Extempore and Debate club, Photography ClubQuiz Club, Sports Club, Social Service Club, Literary Club and IT Club. They enthusiastically took part in various club activities.

Besides successful completion of Basic training, the trainees of 51st Basic Course have also participated in Post Graduate Diploma in “Police Administration and Investigation” from Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur.

NEPA is a full-fledged premier police training institution of the Ministry of Home Affairs. It is committed to teaching the police personnel of mainly the North Eastern States and from across the country to safeguard the value of freedom – freedom from disorder, criminal acts andcriminals.

The Academy also trains police officers from neighbouring Countries viz Bangladesh and Myanmar. Over a period of time, the Academy has created all required infrastructure and imparting training with the use of latest gadgets and techniques.

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Court grants bail to suspended cop

SHILLONG, APR 12: Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Wednesday said that the state government had pleaded before the Meghalaya High Court to allow implementation of the roster system ‘prospectively’. “After the High Court has given its ruling in 2022, we have filed an affidavit (on this matter) not less than three times where we pleaded with the High Court to allow us (government) to implement the roster system prospectively not retrospectively,” Tynsong told reporters. “But the High Court at that point in time insisted us that it should be implemented retrospectively meaning from the inception of the state reservation policy,” he said when responding to a query with regards to the demand of the Voice of the People Party to put on hold implementation of the roster system pending the review of the state reservation policy. Tynsong however informed that the government would soon convene a cabinet meeting and an All-party meeting to discuss the roster system. “Again we are waiting for the chief minister to reach Shillong and we will call a meeting, we will have a cabinet meeting and also we will have an all party meeting with all responsible leaders and we will share and will discuss how to go forward,” he said. When asked, the deputy chief minister said, “I have no right to reply on behalf of the High Court but that’s what I am saying the point is very clear that we pleaded already as we wanted to implement it prospectively but the high court insisted and said on record that it should be implemented from the inception of reservation policy. So as of today it stands like that.”

SHILLONG: A lower court on Thursday granted bail to suspended senior police official Gabriel K Iangrai.

This was confirmed by his advocate P Yobin.

Iangrai was arrested on November 2, last year by the CID sleuths following a raid conducted at his residence at Shyiap, Golflink.

A case was registered on October 28, 2022 based on the allegation of misappropriation of funds in the construction of NERS PSAP facility at Sadar PS Complex.

Prior to this, a probe team headed by Inspector General (Law and Order) Mukesh Kumar Singh had found Iangrai’s alleged involvement in procurement of 29 vehicles when he was holding the post of Assistant Inspector-General of Police (Administration).

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Meghalaya reach NE Friendship Tourney semifinal after Manipur beat Arunachal

Shillong: Meghalaya reached the semifinal of the 1st North East Inter State Friendship Tournament in Nagaland after Manipur defeated Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Meghalaya had beaten Arunachal by 8 wickets in Group A. With today’s win for Manipur, Arunachal have been knocked out. Manipur and Meghalaya will meet tomorrow to decide who qualifies as the top team from the group and who goes through as the second place finisher.

After winning the toss at Nagaland Cricket Stadium, Manipur opted to bat first and put up a competitive total of 253 runs with Bikash Singh top scoring with 74. Md Sultan Karim (53 runs) also helped in getting Manipur to a solid score.

Abo Nabam, Yab Niya, Darge Bagra and Techi Doria claimed two wickets each for the Arunachal side to get Manipur all out in 49.3 overs.

In the second innings Arunachal got off to a good start with openers Techi Doria scoring 31 and Neelam Obi 26. However, the disciplined bowling attack from Manipur got the better of Arunachal and they could manage to muster only 120/10 in the 44th over. Kishan Laishram was the pick of the Manipur bowling attack as he struck thrice. Rajkumar Rex, Bishworjit and Md Sultan Karim picked up two wickets each as Manipur won by a margin of 133 runs.

At Sovima Cricket Ground, Mizoram won the toss and elected to field first against Mizoram. Sikkim managed to put up 136 runs on the board, with the bowling duo of Rinsangzela and Remruatdika Ralte picking up five wickets of the Sikkim side with the score at a paltry 52. However, it was the resilience of Palzor Tamang (36), Lee Yong Lepcha (25) and Jeetendra Sharma (17) who made the board ticking before getting all out for a total of 136 runs in 38 overs.

In the 2nd innings, Sikkim bowlers Ankur Malik and Palzor Tamang ran havoc through the batting line-up of Mizoram, claiming six and three wickets respectively. Zothanzuala (23) and Joseph Lalthankhuma (21) were the only players to trouble the opposition but Mizoram were bundled out for 88 runs in 39 overs, giving Sikkim victory by 48 runs.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Cricket Association Honorary President and NECDC Convenor, Naba Bhattacharjee, unveiled the winners and runners-up trophy in Dimapur today with the Honorary Secretary of the Nagaland Cricket Association.

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VPP says allegation that party is promoting communalism is totally baseless & erroneous

VPP condemns Rakkam for statement against hunger strike by Basaiawmoit

SHILLONG: The opposition Voice of the People Party (VPP) on Thursday termed the allegation that the party is promoting communalism among communities living in the state as totally baseless and erroneous.

It said that implementing the roster system without reviewing the reservation policy disproportionately affects the youth from a particular community who have to bear the burden of historical circumstances.

In a statement, VPP spokesperson Dr Batshkhem Myrboh said the condemnation and protest by certain individuals and groups against the VPP for impressing upon the NPP led MDA-2 government to review the reservation policy and to withhold the implementation of the roster system during the pendency of such a review is unfortunate, uncalled for and unreasonable.

He said it is a known fact that reservation policy is a sensitive matter, but its sensitivity should not prevent the rational application of mind to it.

It is an undeniable fact that the state job reservation policy lacks rational and justifiable basis as it totally ignores the ground realities such as population structure of the state and the rights of the differently abled persons besides others.

Dr Myrboh said that the VPP president Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit in fact presented a mature and responsible speech in the just concluded Meghalaya Legislative Assembly regarding the reservation policy and the roster system.

In the speech, he (Basaiawmoit) categorically clarified that he never intended to bring deprivation and that he was never against any community. All communities should enjoy the benefits and privileges according to what they deserve.

He said it may be reminded that VPP is a party formed by the conscious, responsible, honest and peace loving but fact speaking people of the state adding clean politics with zero tolerance for corruption, nepotism and undue political influence in the functioning of all recruitment bodies/boards is the strong founding principle of the Party.

Urging the people of the state across communities not to fall prey to the attempt of people with vested interest to incorrectly malign the Party as being communal and bigot, the VPP leader said, “We are cognizant of the fact that every effort is being made to tarnish the image of the Party with the ill intent to stop its influence and spread from reaching every nook and corner of the state; the reason being that the Party has unsettled the electoral performances of those who view and practice corruption and deceitfulness as essential ingredients of politics.”

Further, the VPP welcomes and appeals the people of Garo Hills to join hands with the party to make an all Meghalaya party to bring development and progress as we are committed to bring alternative politics in the state.

“VPP is the only hope for a true future for Meghalaya. The leaders of those parties (or their earlier parties) who enjoy an overwhelming support in the Garo Hills consistently fail to bring development in Garo Hills. Though such parties unreasonably oppose any attempt to rationalise the state job reservation policy, yet they are not serious in the development of the region especially in the education sector,”Dr Myrboh said.

“Non-seriousness in the development of education is the greatest disservice that any leader or party can commit against any community. When there is a lack of competitiveness of our, such leaders and parties should take full responsibility,” he asserted while maintaining that the VPP is fully committed to develop and empower the youth irrespective of the communities and sections they belong to and to make them nationally competitive.

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ACHIK expresses regrets over KAS statement

Meghalaya Govt to set up a separate Directorate of Forensic Sciences

SHILLONG: The Achik Conscious Holistically Integrated Krima (ACHIK) on Wednesday expressed regrets over the statement made by the Khasi Authors Society (KAS) of leaving Garo language aside from the inclusion in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

In a statement, ACHIK education secretary Macklawrence M Sangma countered the statement made by KAS general secretary that the Garo language is becoming a barrier to the Khasi language for inclusion in the Eighth Schedule.

He said the person holding such a dignified position could have been more generous in weaving the words by saying that Khasi language has somehow been listed and that the Garo Society should focus and concentrate more in literary works and research.

Sangma said that trivial words belittling the status of Garo language is uncalled for and could have been evaded.

Contrary to the KAS’s GS, who thinks that Garo or A·chik population is less, the Education Secretary

Said he would like to bring to knowledge that there are Garo speakers in Assam, Nagaland,

Tripura, Arunachal and West Bengal apart from Meghalaya.

“Even in Bangladesh, one can find an interesting population that speaks Garo language, the example of which is that there is a Garo MP in Bangladesh that represents the tribal in Bangladesh.

Apart from Bangladesh, one can find Garo people being represented by Garo MLA in Assam Assembly and Tripura Assembly. The number of representations in Assembly in different state signifies the strength of numbers of Garo speakers in the other state,” he said while adding that the Garo language is also being studied in Schools colleges and university and even Ph.D in Garo is

being taken up.

“The joint resolution was taken by the Assembly but it does not mean that just because we are not fulfilling the criteria one cannot make absurd statements to hurt the sentiments of the Garos,” Sangma stated.

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Congress launches Jai Bharat Satyagraha to protest against disqualification of Rahul Gandhi

Opp Cong slams Modi govt for betraying trust of the people for 9 years

SHILLONG: The opposition Congress on Wednesday launched the Jai Bharat Satyagraha to protest against the recent conviction and disqualification of its leader Rahul Gandhi as Lok Sabha MP.

AICC media coordinator and Assam PCC senior spokesperson Bobbeeta Sharma told reporters that the Jai Bharat Satyagraha will start from today and continue from today till April 8.

During this period a series of street corner meetings will be organised.

Sharma said that the Congress will do everything to save democracy.

She alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is willing to destroy Democracy in order to save his “Param Mitr” Adani.

“Rahul Gandhi has been targeted because he asked Modi ji about Adani,” the Congress leader said.

She said that on February 7, Rahul Gandhi asked 2 simple questions on the Adani Mega Scam in his speech in the Parliament –

Rs. 20,000 crore or 3 billion dollars are in shell companies owned by Adani. Adani could not have generated this money. He is in the infrastructure business, where did this money come from? Whose money, is it? Whose shell companies are these? These companies are working in the Defence field. Why does nobody know? Whose money is this? There is a Chinese national involved in this. Why is nobody asking the question, who is this Chinese national? That was the first question.

Rahul Gandhi also asked what is the Prime Minister’s relationship with Adani?

He showed the picture of PM Modi in Adani’s plane, relaxing. He gave documentation about the Defence industry, about the airports, about statements made in Sri Lanka, about statements made in Bangladesh, pictures of Narendra Modi sitting with the State Bank (of India) Chairman in Australia who reportedly sanctioned $1 Billion loan to Adani. That was the second set of questions, with proof.

Sharma said just 9 days after Rahul Gandhi’s speech in Parliament on Adani’s scam, the defamation case against him was revived.

Very specific references to Adani Scam from Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge’s speech in Rajya Sabha and Rahul Gandhi’s speech (almost entirely) was expunged from Parliament’s records.

She said in the ongoing second half of the Budget session of the Parliament, for the first time in the history of India a Ruling party – the BJP is disrupting the Parliament and not letting it function. This is a diversionary tactic to save adani. While a United Opposition wants a JPC (Joint Parliamentary Committee) on the same.

She also said Rahul Gandhi was attacked by BJP Ministers and denied an opportunity to speak in Parliament despite three requests to the Speaker, including two written requests and one meeting. This clearly shows that PM Modi doesn’t want his relationship with Adani to be exposed.

Stating that BJP’s diversionary tactics is proven by 3 ridiculous allegations, Sharma said, “First, they claimed that Shri Rahul Gandhi asked “foreign forces” to help India in London. That is a White Lie!
If anyone goes through the entire transcript of Rahul Gandhi’s statements in the U.K, they would not find any such statement. Instead, what he said was “this is our problem (erosion of democratic institutions under Modi); it is an internal problem and it is India’s problem and the solution is going to come from inside, it is not going to come from outside”

She said second, BJP is now raising the bogus bogey saying Shri Rahul Gandhi indulged in targeting the OBC, just because he asked a question to PM Modi ! Another Bogus diversionary tactic by the BJP! How can a person who walked 4000 km in the “Bharat Jodo Yatra”- to spread unity – target a community?

Third, then came BJP’s disqualification. Within 24 hours of the judgement by a lower court in Surat, Gujarat- BJP moved at a “lightning speed” to disqualify Shri Gandhi from the Lok Sabha, even though the court itself had given him 30 days to appeal in a higher court! Why is BJP so scared of Shri Rahul Gandhi ? she asked.

She said BJP President J P Nadda’s cheap ploy to to allege that the OBC community has been insulted proved clear frustration.

“Firstly, the statement made by Rahul Gandhi was asking why some thieves have the same surname (Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, and Narendra Modi) – not that anyone called Modi is a thief. No community was targeted. Secondly, neither Nirav Modi nor Lalit Modi are OBCs. And whatever their caste, did they not commit fraud? Why is the BJP protecting fraudsters?
Thirdly, the Congress party has 2 OBC Chief Ministers. This proves that Congress values their contribution,” she added.

Further, Sharma said that Rahul Gandhi and the Congress will not get scared.

“During the Bharat Jodo Yatra, we went directly to the people and heard their concerns – price rise, unemployment, social inequality, and the capture of institutions. We will continue to raise these issues of the people and continue to send our message directly to the people,” she said.

“The maximum two-year sentence for criminal defamation is unheard of – we can hardly find cases where it was given, especially to an elected representative. On the other hand, cases against BJP leaders are dealt with exceeding leniency. BJP MP from Banda, Uttar Pradesh, RK Singh Patel, was convicted in November for halting a train, blocking public roads, and pelting stones at police personnel – but only got 1 year in prison,” she added.

The Congress leader also reminded that the British used to punish Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad either with sedition or jail sentences and said, “The Congress eventually won against the British. Now, the Modi government is targeting Rahul Gandhi for exposing thieves and scamsters. The Congress will win again.”

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HYC seek law minister’s intervention into “illegal” OM on roster system

Meghalaya Govt to set up a separate Directorate of Forensic Sciences

SHILLONG: The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) on Wednesday demanded the state government to rectify an Office Memorandum (OM) which stated that the reservation roster should be prepared retrospectively as it is “illegal”.

A memorandum in this regard was submitted to Minister in-charge Law Ampareen Lyngdoh for taking necessary intervention.

“It is also a settled law that any Notification in order to have retrospective effect has to be authorized by a statute and in our opinion the Office Memorandum dated May 10, 2022 has no statute which authorized to prepare the Reservation Roster to be effective retrospectively. Hence, it is illegal and the government must rectify it at the earliest,” HYC president Robertjune Kharjahrin said in the memorandum.

He said they have seen various advertisements in government offices, certain reserved categories has got more seats than the others because of this faulty and illegal Office Memorandum.

“This may lead to deprivation of job to the deserving candidates and also leads to unnecessary litigation. Hence, the Office Memorandum needs to be rectified immediately,” Kharjahrin said while adding “Based on the above facts and circumstances, we would like to urge you to take necessary steps for rectification of the Office Memorandum dated May 10, 2022 on the matter relating to the maintenance of reservation roster.”

Kharjahrin said the HYC is of the opinion that the guidelines for the preparation of Reservation Roster as per the Office Memorandum dated May 10, 2022 is contradictory to the Resolution dated January 12, 1972.

“The guidelines as per the OM dated May 10, 2022 provides that the Roster shall be prepared since the time the Reservation Policy came into effect i.e. from the year 1972.
However, the Resolution stated above, clearly specify in Paragraph 2 that after the expiry of the second year, these reservations shall be treated as lapsed in case of non-filling of reserved category posts in any recruitment year,” he added.

The state government in pursuant to the judgment of the Meghalaya High Court dated April 5, 2022 and judgment dated April 20, 2022 – had notified the guidelines for the same vide office memorandum dated May 10, 2022.

At point D (1) of the office memorandum, it is stated that “In order to prepare the reservation roster, names of all the candidates holding the post as on the date of notification of this OM starting with the earliest appointee, since the time the Reservation Policy came into effect, subject to information being available, shall be filled up in the Reservation Roster against the point in the Roster”.

As per the resolution dated January 12, 1972 which provides for the Reservation Policy in the state, it is clearly stated in paragraph 2 that “If sufficient number of suitable candidates for filling up the reserved vacancies is not available from the respective classes in any particular year, then such vacancies will be available to others. But the deficiency in the number of Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes will be carried foward to the next recruitment year and made good in the recruitment of that year, provided that reservation on account of deficiency shall not be carried forward for more than one year. After the expiry of the second year, these reservations shall be treated as lapsed. It has also been decided that at no time shall the number of normal reserved vacancies and the carry forward vacancies together exceed 90 per cent of the total number of vacancies in that year”.

It may be mentioned here in that the Meghalaya High Court vide order dated May 11, 2022 – has clearly stated that “Since the roster system is now in place, and without going into the merits thereof, the suo motu proceedings are dropped”.

Further, the Meghalaya High Court has clearly stated that “The validity of the roster system has not been gone into”. Hence, it may not be misconstrued that the High Court has accepted the validity of the roster system as per the Office Memorandum dated May 10, 2022, the HYC leader stated.

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Govt exploring option of joint venture to revive MCCL: CM

SHILLONG, MAY 2: National People's Party (NPP) national president Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday said his party is waiting for the People Democratic Front (PDF) to take a decision on the proposed merger with the NPP "We have been engaging with them and we have been discussing with them about the possibility,” Sangma said. He said, "I am told the PDF is having a central executive committee meeting as we speak...and post that they will have a general council meeting so I think PDF leaders will be in a better position to telly ou what the decision they are taking.” When asked, Sangma said, "As of now we are only discussing the matter so we will wait for the decision that they take and accordingly decide on how to move forward."

SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday said the government is exploring the option for a joint venture to run the Mawmluh Cherra Cements Limited (MCCL).

Replying in the House, Sangma said that the government cannot continue investing on the MCCL and for the interest of the employees and state finances, it is exploring all options of a joint venture partnership to run the company.

He however said the government is yet to take a final decision on the matter.

The CM informed that the government was not able to revive the Mawmluh Cherra Cements Limited (MCCL) despite having invested over Rs 350 crore.

He said during the last five years, Rs 100 crore was also infused to take care of the salaries and dues of the MCCL.

Sangma informed that joint venture partnership is part of the three options that the government is examining. The other two options being for the government to continue to invest in the company or to close down the company.

“These are only way out and we are trying to come up with the best solution so that not too much financial stress is put on the government,” he said.

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Assam, Meghalaya likely to hold border talks in May

Conrad: Depending totally on history and past documents may not be the best approach to solve boundary dispute

SHILLONG: Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday informed that the border talks between the two chief ministers will take place in the month of May.

Sangma said he has always been talking to the Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at a personal level and that the communication in fact has already started.

“But officially, we will try to work it out sometime in the later part of April or maybe around the month of May,” he said.

“We can start the process and discussion because we would like the regional committees to sit down and do our homework, get familiar with all the issues. We expect in the month of May we can start in April also but we just want to do our homework well,” he added.

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Election for Sohiong seat to be held on May 10

SHILLONG: The Election Commission of India on Wednesday announced holding of the election to the Sohiong Assembly seat on May 10.

Election in Sohiong was adjourned due to the demise of former home minister and contesting candidate of United Democratic Party (L) HDR Lyngdoh on February 20.

The election will be held simultaneously along with four other Assembly constituencies in 3 states.

Informing this, State Chief Electoral Officer FR Kharkongor said that the date of polling has been fixed on May 10 while date of counting on May 13.

The date of issue of gazette notification will be on April 13 and the last date for filing of nomination will be on April 20.

Scrutiny of nominations will be held on April 21 while the last date of withdrawal of candidatures will be on April 24.

The ECI has also announced that the model code of conduct will come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Assembly constituency going for election is included, subject to partial modificaton as issued by the Commission

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