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Assam Elections: Facts and Factors

Assam Elections: Facts and Factors


The first round of polling for the Assembly elections in Assam will take place on April 4. Commentators and those who are following the political scenario are divided on whether there is even an overarching issue in this largest state of Northeast India which has been governed by the Congress since last 15 years now.
Last year, the Congress faced a major dissidence and a strong Congress satrap Himanta Biswa Sarna switched sides to the BJP along with his MLA’s. At that point one wondered whether 79 years old Tarun Gogoi would be able to retain the state for the Congress or not. As political developments unraveled in the aftermath of the Bihar elections, politics unraveled in Assam too. BJP formed an alliance with BPF (Bodoland People’s Front), formally with the Congress party and its last minute alliance with AGP despite massive dissidence in the rank of files of both parties is trying to depict as if the real opposition in Assam is them. Actually the …