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Rahul to galvanize party functionaries in Meghalaya for LS polls

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 31 2019 12:31PM
Rahul to galvanize party functionaries in Meghalaya for LS polls
Shillong, Mar 31 (HS): With the Lok Sabha polls for Meghalaya scheduled to be held on April 11, the national president of the Indian National Congress (INC), Rahul Gandhi will visit Shillong on April 4 to galvanize the party’s rank and fold in preparation for these crucial polls. Rahul will address a party meeting at the State Convention Centre which will be attended by sitting MP from Shillong Vincent H Pala, MLAs, MDCs and party functionaries. Congress spokesperson and Mawsynram MLA Himalaya Shangpliang said that Rahul will arrive in the city on the evening of April 3. “Accordingly he (Rahul) will address a meeting to be attended by MLAs, MDCs and party functionaries on the following day at the State Convention Centre at 10 am,” Shangpliang said. Shangpliang also informed that the objective of the meeting is to motivate the party workers to work hard so as to ensure victory of the party from the Shillong seat. He however maintained that Rahul will not address any election campaign or public rallies during his short visit. EC to issue ballot paper in Braille for visually impaired The Election Commission has made arrangements to issue braille-enabled ballot papers for Visually Impaired voters at all polling booths in the state. Chief electoral officer F R Kharkongor said the EC initiative, a first in Meghalaya, will facilitate more than 800 visually impaired electorates to vote by a secret ballot. “We are making preparations to make the election more inclusive. We have already mapped over 4,500 persons with disabilities to ensure that they get priority at the polling booths,” Kharkongor said. He said the ballot paper pasted on the electronic voting machines (EVMs) will have the names and symbol of candidates in braille alphabets. The visually challenged voters in the state have hailed the initiative of the poll panel. “The initiative will help us to cast votes independently,” said a visually impaired voter. The social welfare department has asked all community resource workers to be present at poll booths to assist the aged and the differently abled. The election department, in close coordination with the Meghalaya Deaf Association, has also imparted training on sign languages to booth-level officials. Hindusthan Samachar/Dhrubajyoti/Shri Ram Shaw\
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