New Delhi, 13th June 2017: Indian Leader Vijay Jolly led 9 nation poll observers delegation to monitor Cambodia council elections held last week. Royal Government of Cambodia invited Int’l poll observers & political leaders of Nepal, China, Russia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Mongolia, Philippines & India. Also prominent leaders of Colombia, Romania, EU, Hungary, Spain, Japan, Belgium, Portugal, Cyprus & Turkey participated. The program was remarkably conducted by Mr. Yara Suos, MP National Assembly & Vice Chairman External Relations, Cambodian People’s Party.
Besides Indian leader Vijay Jolly, Colombia Former President Andres Pastrana of Centrist Democrat International (CDI) and Ex-Speaker Indonesia Agung Laksono of Centrist Asia-Pacific Democrats International (CAPDI) were present.
Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia for 32 long years is credited for its economic growth and stability. The Cambodia elections were conducted in a free, fair & violence free atmosphere. Out of 78,65,033 registered voters nearly 70,40,594 voters casted their ballots. 94,595 candidates from 12 political parties contested for 1,646 communes of Cambodia. The total voter turnout was 89.52%. Social media played significant role.
The indelible poll ink supplied by India was marked on the fingers of all voters in Cambodia. This strengthened India – Cambodia Friendship & Understanding.
Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) led by popular Prime Minister Hun Sen with 51.39% of popular votes won 1163 communes while main Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party led by President Kem Sokha with 44% of votes, won 482 communes. The Khmer National United Party won single commune.
Indian leader Vijay Jolly met Prime Minister Hun Sen leader of Cambodia National Party (CNP), Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Chief Whip Son Chhay & His Royal Highness Prince Norodom Ranaridh, President Funcinpec Party. Mr. Jolly also paid courtesy call on Indian Charge d’ Affairs a.i. Rajiv Kumar at Indian Embassy.
In his meeting with Indian leader Vijay Jolly, Prime Minister Hun Sen reiterated his desire to visit India in 2018 and to meet, greet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India was first nation to recognize Cambodia in 1981 & fondly recollected by the Cambodia PM. The great statesmanship of Late Smt. Indira Gandhi was specially remembered by PM Hun Sen. The greetings of BJP (Indian People’s Party) led by President Amit Shah and its 100 million strong party workers were conveyed by Mr. Jolly to the Cambodian leadership.
President Senate of Cambodia Mr. Say Chhum & Interior Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng met the visiting delegates. Deputy Commander in Chief of Royal Cambodian Armed Forces General Hing Bun Hieng accorded a 101 Soldiers Salute to delegates led by Vijay Jolly & Mr. Cesar Rossello of IDC-CDI at Military Headquarters. Dinner banquet was hosted by Gen. Hieng & his gracious spouse. The Deputy Governor of Siem Reap Province Sang Riha also hosted a gala reception.
Visit to world famous “Angkor Wat” Hindu temple was highlight of Cambodia visit.
Khmer is the local language of native Khmer people. It is official language of Cambodia. Khmer has been influenced considerably by Sanskrit and Pali. The varn-mala of Hindi & Khmer is similar. The Hindu gods worshiped in both the countries are similar.
The epic tale of “The Reamker” in Khmer version is of Ramayana, a hindu story that originated in India and is popular in many parts of South East Asia.
The similarity of gods worshipped by Indians and Cambodians clearly depict that we had common ancestors. Lord Shiva, Ganesh, Vishnu, Goddesses Lakshmi statues are abound and find special place in National Museum of Cambodia. The author of the report clicked several pictures to support his claim. A special visit to the Golden Buddhist temple in Phnom Penh “Ounalorm Pagoda” was fascinating.
Visiting Indian leader Vijay Jolly also met with Her Royal Highness Princess Soma Sisowath of Cambodia and offered condolences on the recent demise of her mother.
The other prominent International leaders on Cambodia visit were Ex-President Colombia His Excellency Andres Pastrana and Vijay Jolly of ICAPP- India apart were Cesar Rossello Coordinator Asia & Pacific idc-cdi, Member of European Parliament Ms. Ramona Nicole Manescu-Romania, Alberto Riuz of cdi, Nepal Ex Dy. PM Sujata Koirala & Yogendra B. Shahi, Drs. Ir. Anton Nangoy-Indonesia, Ms. Julia Kudeneeva-Russia Central Election Commission, Russian MP Alexey V. Chepa, Mongolian People’s Party leader Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan, Yu Danna-Communist Party of China, Mrs. Lenabelle & Mrs. Lynn – Philippines, Mario David -Portugal, Noritada Morita of Asian Institute of Technology-Thailand, Cyprus Member of Parliament Dr. Kyriakos Hadjiyiannis, Dr. Nalinee Taveseen Ex. Minister-Thailand, Ms. Gozde Dizdar-Turkey & Rene Gradwohl of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung- Germany.
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