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ASSAM- Election at Bayonet-Point

ASSAM Election at Bayonet-Point THERE have been unusual elections in India before, like those held for the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly under Bakshi Ghulam Ahmed, or those held in Assam itself for the assembly seats from the Naga Hills District in 1952 and 1957 which were marked by an almost total absence of opposition candidates; but the elections in Assam for the 125 assembly seats and the 12 unfilled Lok Sabha seats from the state due next month promise to be almost as unique as those exercises in 'popular participation' in the early 1950s, It is true that the early expectations that there would be virtually no candidate outside those belonging to the Con- gress(l) are now being belied; for, apart from the Congress(I) which, of course, is contesting all the seats, there is a left-democratic' front, comprising the Congress(S), the CPI. the CPI(M). the SUCI and a few smaller parties taking part in the elections. But it is still not clear whether, finally, after the last dates for nominations January 19), scrutiny (January 20) and withdrawals (January 22), there would be as many candidates as is normal in any ordinarily contested elections left in the field to contest the 126 assembly seats and the 12 vacant Lok Sabha seats.

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