ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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North-East Regional Parties-High Hopes and Hard Realities

North-East Regional Parties High Hopes and Hard Realities Udayon Misra EFFORTS at achieving greater co-ordination between the different regional parties of the north-eastern states have been under way ever since the Purbanchaiiya Lok Parishad or the North-Eastern People's Conference was formed in the early part of 1978. Virtually the brainchild of former Socialist, Nibaran Bora, the Purbanchaliya Lok Parishad (PLP) visualised for the first time an effective united platform of all the regional parties of the north-eastern states. The preamble to the PLP's constitutior states in unambiguous terms that the aim of the organisation would be to integrate the north-eastern region of the country with the Indian mainstream by speeding up its social, economic and political development. The party, whose area of operation included Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal and Tripura, sought to achieve effective understanding and unity among the different peoples of the northeastern region while at the same time ensuring their independence of thought, belief and expression. It was precisely in keeping with the overall north-eastern perspective that the founder-members of the new party named it the Purbanchaliya Lok Parishad, although for all practical purposes the workings of the party were limited to the Brahmaputra Valley of Assam.

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