ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Nagaland- Unexpected Initiative

has certainly never lacked surprises; nevertheless, the emergence of three, and possibly four, distinct configurations contesting all the 294 assembly seats was unexpected. Only a few weeks ago in the elections to Parliament, the Janata Party and the CPI(M)-led left front and the Congress-CPI alliance were facing each other in virtually straight contests; now. not merely have these alliances fallen apart, but the CPI too has emerged, at least in the number of seats it is proposing to contest, as a major force. With the emergence of a group which calls itself the West Bengal Congress for Democracy and with the decision of the SUC to stay out of the left front of which it was ever an inconvenient partner there might even come about some kind of an unofficial understanding among these three parties, leading to quadrangular contests for most of the seats.

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