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Assam-Setback to Congress(l)

March 4, 1978 ONE feature of the results ot the eiec- tions to the Assam assembly that de- ves notice is the very poor showing of the Indira Gandhi Congress, in sharp contrast to its triumphs in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Contesting as many as 118 of the 126 seats, the party has been able to win in only eight constituencies, trailing well behind the Janata (53), the Congress (26) and the CPI(M) (11). Even more noteworthy has been the fact that the party has fardel very poorly in the various reserved constituencies it contested, winning one of the seven seates reserved for the scheduled castes and none of the 16 seats reserved for the scheduled tribes. The party has fared equally poorly in the various areas where the Muslim population is concentrated, and of the 27 Muslim candidates who have won. only, three belong to the Indira Gandhi Congress.

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