ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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ASSAM- Assertion of Regional Identity

Assertion of Regional Identity Udayon Misra DISPROVING all earlier speculations, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has been voted to power in Assam with a clear majority in the state assembly. It has secured 64 scats in an assembly of 126 seats and with two independents from Caehar and Karbi Anglong having joined it, it now has 66 members. This is the second time when Assam will have a non Congress government, the last occasion being the Janata government of 1978. But whereas the Janata success could be explained by a variety of factors including the fact of a Janata government at the Centre, the recently formed AGP's electoral success has left many political analysts con founded. Those who had based their calculations on the major linguistic and religious groups of the state discovered that the Assamese national upsurge which marked the elections clearly cut across caste and community divisions.

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