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

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TRIPURA-Some Erosion of Left Base

Some Erosion of Left Base Mahadev Chakravarti TRIPURA is one of the few states in the country where both Lok Sabha and vidhan sabha elections were held simultaneously on February 16. Here the fight was mainly between the Congress Tripura Upajan Juba Samity (TUJS)-Tripura National Volunteers TNV combine and the Left Front consisting of CPI, CPI(M), RSP and Foward Bloc and both the camps considered the vidhan sabha election particularly as a life and death issue. The other parties are almost non-existent in the state, though recently the BJP has made some considerable inroads in areas where there is a mixed Hindu-Muslim population. L K Advani visited Dharmanagar in the North Tripura district on the eve of election and could draw a large crowd. The polt results in Tripura may not surprise many as it was expected that the Left Front would be repeating the trend of 1993 vidhan sabha and 1996 Lok Sabha elections. Let us now have a look at the comparative picture of the 1993 and 1998 vidhan sabha elections.

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