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December 18, 1985

The Assam People's Council, a new party formed in northeastern India by native Assamese who want to expel more than 1 million illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, took a strong lead in Assam state elections over Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's Congress-I Party. The Congress Party has controlled the state government for all but two years since 1947. A student-led anti-immigration campaign in the state has stimulated ethnic violence that has taken more than 4,000 lives in six years.

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