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Assam Elections

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The article “General Elections in Assam: Persistent Issues and Shifting Alignments” by Parvin Sultana (EPW, 20 April 2019) offers an inadequate analysis of the electoral churnings in the state, and presents a misleading picture. The purpose of this rejoinder is to address some of those issues by providing an alternate assessment of the Lok Sabha elections in Assam.

The author assumes that the decision to introduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 would be an issue that would work against the electoral prospects of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliance. This is because the author has seen a “massive backlash” against the bill that saw the involvement of “more than a 100 organisations.” Readers should understand that with the exception of the All Assam Students Union (AASU), Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and a few others, most of these organisations are very limited in size. The participation seen in the various protest movements consisted mostly of the members of these organisations along with a few prominent elements of civil society. Popular participation remained low throughout the course of protests.

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Updated On : 17th May, 2019

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