Poll campaigns picking up

Cong ropes in Asrani for campaigning

ITANAGAR, Mar 25: With roughly 15 days left for the simultaneous elections on 11 April, campaigning by various political parties in Arunachal Pradesh is picking up pace.
The Congress party has roped in popular Bollywood actor and comedian Gobardhan Asrani, popularly known simply as Asrani, to campaign for the party, reports Lepa Rada DIPRO.
Asrani on Monday campaigned for the INC’s official candidate for Basar constituency, Marpin Basar, as well as for the parliamentary seats.
Addressing a gathering in Basar, he appealed to the people to cast their votes in favour of the INC candidates.
Asrani also enthralled the public with his famous dialogues from Sholay.
Our Pasighat correspondent adds: East Siang DC Kenny Singh has issued an order prohibiting mass sloganeering and use of loudspeakers and public address systems from 10 pm to 6 am, effective immediately.
The order has been issued after receiving complaints from students who are preparing for examinations.
The police have been directed to keep strict vigil on the law and order situation and continue their intensive checking drives to ensure implementation of the election model code of conduct (MCC) in letter and spirit.
Meanwhile, the general observers appointed by Election Commission of India for the upcoming elections have started to arrive in various districts.
General observer for Lower Dibang Valley district, Pradeep Kumar Chakraborty, on his arrival in Roing on Sunday took stock of the poll preparedness in the district, DIPRO reported.
The district completed its first randomization of EVMs in the presence of political parties on 24 March.
Tax, Excise & Narcotics Commissioner Anirudh Singh held a meeting with the officials of his department on Monday, and briefed them about the rules and regulations to be followed while the MCC is in force.
Election observer for Tirap, N Shivashankara, has also arrived in the district. He may be contacted at the mobile phone number 6009180749 for any grievance relating to the election process and information regarding violation of the MCC by any political party, during office hours from 10 am to 11, according to a release from the Tirap DC.