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Stripped, abused tribal to contest LS polls

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Nov 18, 2008 at 06:52pm IST

New Delhi: A tribal girl in Guwahati who was stripped by hoodlums about a year ago, has decided to contest the next parliamentary polls from Tezpur in Assam.

Last year, Lakshmi Oraon felt her dignity being stripped off as she fought off the local goons.

This year she has joined the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) along with her family and will contest on the its ticket.

The AUDF is a political party that was floated to take on the Congress before the 2006 assembly election in the state. With Lakshmi's candidature, the AUDF hopes to make inroads into some 20 lakh tea garden workers in the state, which is a sizeable chunk by any measure.

Lakshmi was abused while participating in a demonstration by All Assam Adivasi Students Association in November 2007.

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