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The stage is ready for the election 2004 and the Left, the ruling party in Tripura is all set to prove its dominance in this north eastern state.
PTI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2004 06:04 PM IST

The stage is ready for the election 2004 and the Left, the ruling party in Tripura is all set to prove its dominance in this north eastern state.

It was Left Front all the way in the 1999 Lok Sabha elections as CPI-M candidate Samar Chowdhuri contesting from the West Tripura constituency defeated his nearest rival from Trinamool Congress, Sudhir Ranjan Majumder, former chief minister of Tripura by a margin of 1,98,399 votes. As expected it retained both the seats in the state. But the elections saw major instances of violence triggered by the tribal insurgents. The Congress and the BJP therefore took the opportunity to blame their defeat to hands of violence and poor organisational presence during the elections.

In the 1999 Assembly polls This year in a bid to win the trust of the voters the Opposition has triggered the issues of   law and order and ethnic rivalries in a bid to improve the previous election showdowns. But it is still to be seen if these will attract the voters in a state where voters have focussed more on local rather than national politics. This could just be another sweep for the Left but as for the Congress and the BJP, they are not leaving any stones unturned to rewrite history in this State with strong Left initiation .

But the Left is unperturbed by the oppositions moves as it remains upbeat and confident of increasing the winning margins. As for the Congress the possibility of vote split in the region between them and the Trinamool Congress could well give the Left an undue advantage at this time.

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