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law and order situation in the state" have, as usual, been the main poll issues for the Congress(I) but it is unlikely that the money and muscle-power of the party will cut much ice with the people of Tripura. One proof of the disillusionment of the people of the state with the Congress(I) and its role in the state was the outcome of the Teliamura by-election last year. The Congress(I) lost the seat to the CPI(M) in the constituency which was taken to be a stronghold of the former. The Congresses discomfiture, at the all-India level is going to influence the voting pattern in Tripura, Another factor that will militate against the Congress(I) is that while the CPl(M)-Ied Left Front has carried the people with it throughout the last ten years in voicing the legitimate demands of the state for the setting up of industries, the construction of railways and in its agitations against the stepmotherly attitudes of the centre towards the north-eastern states in general and Tripura in particular, the Congress(I) has not raised its voice in support of the genuine demands of the state. The TVJS, the electoral ally of the Congress(I), has pledged to restore law and order in Tripura, to take necessary steps for the formation of village councils in the ADC areas and also to rehabilitate the landless tribal jhumias if voted to power. Many supporters of both the Congress(l) and TUJS do not take kindly to the marriage of convenience between the two parties. Besides, the suspected links between the TNV on the one hand and the TUJS-Con- gress(I) combine on the other will also affect the poll results in the state. The Front, which announced its list of candidates in September is way ahead of the other parties in electioneering. CPI(M).stalwarts like Jyoti Basu and EMS Namboodiripad have campaigned for it long before the date of the election was announced. Mass rallies, street corner meetings, door-to- door campaigns by candidates

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