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IRAQ-Public and Other Agendas

the name of elections. But the same people are likely to be revolted by the ruthlessly violent means that ate being used to force a boycott. The recent pro-poll violence in the northeast indicates that even the non-involved common people are being made targets by the anti-election forces in their bid to intimidate the voters, In Tripura, the militant All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTP) guerrillas, as a follow- up to their call to boycott the elections, have attacked villages, set fire to huts and killed innocent villagers, including children. In Assam, the ULFA which has also called for boycotting elections, is targeting the candidates. It has already claimed two victims -a CPI(ML) candidate who has fallen to their bullets and a state minister who has been seriously wounded The situation is slightly different in Nagaland, where the insurgent NSCN (Isak- Muivah) had earlier opposed the elections, but has refrained from resorting to violence so far to carry out its boycott call. There seems to be a consensus among the Naga voters that elections should not be held till some of their outstanding demands are met. The tribal general assemby, the Naga Hoho, as well as the various non-governmental organisations working in Nagaland have opposed the polls, Responding to the call, in the recent assembly elections there no opposition party set up any candidate, as a result of which all the candidates of the Congress Party were declared elected unopposed The coming Lok Sabha poll also is being boycotted and the opposition candidate, who had earlier decided to contest the only Lok Sabha seat from his state has already withdrawn.

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