GUWAHATI, April 12 - Governor of Assam and Nagaland PB Acharya has lauded the Election Commission, the police force and the voters of Assam for conducting and participating in a free and fair election.
The Governor expressed his satisfaction that nearly 82 per cent votes were cast in the first phase and 85 per cent votes were cast in the second phase.
He termed it a remarkable achievement. He congratulated the people on exercising their democratic and constitutional rights in huge numbers.
The Governor said in a statement that in the tribal belts also there is democratic awakening and the percentage of polling in those areas was also remarkably high. He added that violence has no place in a democracy. One can achieve one�s goals by democratic means.
Acharya appealed to the insurgent groups to shun violence. He said they should come overground and engage in dialogue with the government for peace.
The Governor congratulated the Election Commission on successfully conducting the elections despite presence of many sensitive polling centres.
He said that in spite of the NRC not being completed for want of a thorough revision, the Election Commission came out successful.
Acharya expressed concern about the security of the North East where the Supreme Court had given the direction for a proper NRC so that foreigners cannot influence and take over power.
He appealed for completion of the NRC with dedication and full care to save the North East from the illegal immigrants. Any external danger is not only a danger for the North East, but for the entire country, he added. �We should remember Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s reiteration that unless the North East develops, India cannot prosper. Insurgency and violence are roadblocks to development,� he said.
The Governor further said that the Election Department and the police force have seized more than Rs 11.5 crore from different troublemaker individuals and groups. He lauded the election department for their concern to ensure a fair and free election.