North East : Some Hopes, Some Disappointments

Key Trends  Election Commission announces single-phase assembly polls in three north eastern states - Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland - on 23 February, 3 and 5 March respectively. Poll related violence anticipated in Tripura and Nagaland. Assam Panchayat elections provide Congress maximum number of seats, but margins far reduced over 2001. Stability in the state indicated as regional party, Asom Gana Parishad will not be able to pose viable challenge to Congress in near future. ULFA and DHD (Black Widow) continue to strike in Assam with large scale supportive operations such as extortion and kidnapping. Gajraj Corps strategy of surrender of ULFA continues to have salutary impact with over 50 cadres laying down arms during the month. Efforts to restart talks with the ULFA...
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