SILCHAR, Nov 8 - Ahead of the buzz for filing of nominations papers starting from November 9 by aspiring candidates for the forthcoming panchayat elections in Barak Valley, the Cachar district administration along with police officials organized an all-party meeting to ensure a free-and-fair election.
According to the data available from the Cachar District Administration, out of 162 Gaon Panchayats, 1659 polling stations have been earmarked for the purpose of polling.
In the presence of officer in-charge of various police stations in the district, Village Defence Parties (VDPs), ADCs; with DIG Southern Range Debraj Upadhyay, SP Cachar Rakesh Roushan and Additional SP Rakesh Reddy, Deputy Commissioner Cachar Dr S Laxmanan said, “Candidates from different political parties of the district shall contest in the second phase of panchayat elections in the state for which the filing of nominations shall start from November 9. We have deputed 39 officers all across the district to accept the nomination forms. All the political parties have been briefed about the Do’s and Don’ts of the election and we urge upon the political parties to contest in the elections in the true spirit of democracy and discourage violence.”
DIG (SR) Debraj Upadhyay appealed to the parties to set an example of fair spirit and free from foul play in the pursuit of power.
“ Police will keep a vigil on the proceedings,” the DIG said asking all the ICs and OCs to closely monitor passing of inflammatory comments by the parties and candidates during the campaigns.
SP Rakesh Roushan echoed the DIG saying that all the officers have been well-briefed regarding their roles and duties to ensure a smooth election and efforts would be taken to maintain peace during the elections.
On the other hand, expressing their reactions and exchanging greetings ahead of the nominations, leaders of different political parties, including the Congress, BJP, AIUDF and AGP were happy to say that they wish to see an impartial approach from the administration and police during the election.