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Assam : Elections under the Shadow of the Gun

The shadow of insurgency and insurgent groups looms large over the elections to the Assam state assembly likely in mid-April. The political parties to be watched and which could play a key role in government-formation after the elections are the smaller parties.

Once again, it’s election time in Assam. The polls to the 126-member state assembly are slated for mid-April. Attempts at alignment and re-alignment by political forces have started gaining momentum. But these are uncertain times in this insurgency-ravaged state and the polls to the 11th Assam assembly are set to be held under the shadow of the gun as in the past two elections, 1991 and 1996.

More than half of the state’s 2.2 crore people are voters (names of an estimated 1.5 crore people are enrolled in the latest updated voters’ list). They have heard, during earlier elections, parties promising to end insurgency and bring peace back, rid Assam of illegal foreign nationals (read Bangladeshis), usher in economic growth, reduce unemployment and so on. This time, too, the issues and promises remain exactly the same.

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