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Independents may challenge Cong in DHAC
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 HAFLONG, May 31 – Though the Congress has already claimed majority with 15 (10 Congress and five Independents) members in the Dima Hasao Autonomous Council, elections for which were held recently, another equation has surfaced as the number of Independent candidates supported by the Dima Hasao Dol (DHD-J) led by Daniel Dimasa alias Debolal Gorlosa and the Indigenous People’s Party rose to 11 after their unification. Thus, it cannot be ruled out that the united Independent members may claim majority provided they manage to bring four more members into their fold.

Meanwhile, conscious citizens of Dima Hasao district have appealed to all the political leaders, intellectuals and members of the public not to allow any outside agent, individual or organisation to interfere in the political affairs of the hill district and not to provide opportunities for easy money making. The Dima Hasao district with a population of not even two lakh has witnessed a series of political activities with the alleged interference of some outside agents who are working to serve their vested interests.

Some senior citizens, on condition of anonymity, said that the local political leaders should not allow or encourage anyone, particularly outside agents, to play with the lives and future of the people of this district. As the people have made them public leaders, the leaders should also give importance to public voice or suggestions rather than listen to the dictates of outside agents who are always trying to distance the tribal people from their leaders for narrow gains. It is alleged that politicians, businessmen, officials and intellectuals from outside befool the simple and innocent people of the district by manipulating the local leaders.

The senior citizens have called upon the people of the district to raise their voice against the alleged unfair practices indulged in by outside agents and not allow them to interfere in the political affairs of the district. People have given their mandate to these leaders for the permanent solution to the problems being faced by the people of the district for a long time. The seniors urged the elected leaders not to forget the problems plaguing the district.

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