Diyun:- There are rumours doing the round in thin air that the state assembly elections could be preponed by six months which aptly means that October ‘2018 may witness a fierce election in Diyun-Bordumsa Constituency. (Unless there is a dramatic take over by Takam Pario as the new Chief Minister of the frontier state)
Diyun-Bordumsa Constituency is already a hot cake, the presence of Chakma-Hajongs make it even hotter but the hottest is the fact that it is the only general constituency in the state.
Now everyone wants the hot cake and not just a piece of it. The common notion is that if Nikh Kamin can get to eat that Cake without much efforts, why can’t I?
This notion or the greed has brought many desiring persons from all the corners of the state to Diyun and Bordumsa. Suddenly, everyone is playing NICE-NICE with Chakma and Hajongs and also making empty promises. Suddenly, the Singpho leaders are also playing NICE-NICE, BROTHER-BROTHER & SAME RELIGION-SAME RELIGION with Chakmas.
Indeed, it is nice to be wanted in politics but Chakmas should be very vigilant and mindful before committing their loyalty to the persons who are fraying to eat the hot cake. Before they do that let us scrutinize the interest of Chakmas before anything else.
Nikh Kamin: enjoys great rapport with Chakmas, his perception amongst the majority Chakmas is “If he can't do good, won't do harm to Chakmas”, treats everyone as equal and the equal treatment meted out to Chakmas is the factor that makes him the favorite. Under Nikh Kamin’s term, the No-Discrimination policy is visible in all the major spheres of life of Chakmas.
Credit also goes to Nikh Kamin for implementation of NERCORMP project in Chakma villages, the subsequent development of village road infrastructure and gradual achievement of sustainability with the help of project activities.
All in all, there is a great sense of contentment amongst the Chakmas under the leadership of Nikh Kamin after 25 years of sense of suffocation under CC Singpho’s rule as MLA. Many call it a sense of independence.
Samlung Mossang: (photo not found) from Miao is best known as the brother of Minister Kamlung Mossang and a contractor of food and civil supplies to Bijoynagar who employed many Chakmas to carry food and civil supplies for him.
Though he has no credit in his favour for the Chakmas but would be judged with the performance of his brother in Miao Constituency where Chakma votes from Dharmapur, MPen, Deban and Kharsang. And it is well known that the Chakma areas in Miao constituency are the most neglected devoid of basic necessities like electricity, road communication, education (at least secondary) etc.
The perception of Kamlung Mossang is the perception of Samlung Mossang amongst Chakmas which is not very favorable. Also Chakmas think that Mossangs are shrewd politicians: they wear mask of a friend but not exactly a friend.
The issue of Ratnapur, Gulokpur and Milanpur disappearing as Chakma villages is also perceived as the political brain child of Kamlung Mossang which is greatly going to go against Samlung Mossag if he contests as an MLA Candidate.
Mayong Maio: is the underdog amongst all the contestants. He has contested unsuccessfully in the last four elections and is the only hope of Singphos to return to power.
His perception in Chakma society is hostile and it is generally believed that if he comes back to power, it will be back to square one (CC Singhpho’s rule). So, the highest probability is that Chakmas won’t go with Mayong Maio.
Dana Takio: is another unknown face doing the rounds of Diyun and Chakma villages who is completing his paper work to retire from his government service at Food and Civil Supplies.
So far much is not known about him but is being known that he is married to a Singpho lady who is related to CC Singpho and there is saying in Chakma language which goes like that “Bono jamei para peyochey?” which literally means Singphos will make him do as per their whims and fancy.
Majority Chakma voting for him is highly unlikely but some would prefer who is a non-neighbor.
All in all, though Chakmas do not have highest number of voters but has become wanted in politics. Again in politics, money power also matters a lot.
So, who are you voting for?