IPFT looking to form poll alliance with BJP in Tripura

Agartala/Guwahati, December 31: Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) is in reportedly talks for forging a poll alliance before the assembly elections scheduled early next year.  IPFT,  is an anti-Left tribal party which is campaigning for a separate State for the indigenous communities of Tripura.

IPFT President NC Debbarma, who led the party delegates at the first round meeting held in Guwahati on Tuesday, also put forward the demand for forming a separate state in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomus District Council (TTAADC).

The TTADC constitutes two-third of the state’s territory and is home to tribals who form one-third of the population.

According to reports, Debbarma said “In the talk BJP agreed to recommend to the Central Government for a study. We have unanimously agreed that CPI-M, which is ruling Tripura for last 25 years, is our common enemy and it should be thrown out from power”.

Debbarma also said that in the next round of talks that would be held in the first week of January in Delhi, their demands would  also be put forward to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

IPFT, he said, is demanding formation of high level committees to study its demands, including the separate State but the response was earlier poor.

IPFT general secretary Mewar Kumar Jamatiya reportedly said that Chairman of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Himanta Biswa Sarma led the talks on behalf of BJP. The party’s Tripura in-charge Sunil Deodhar and other leaders were also present, Jamatia added.

The IPFT has a considerable support base in 20 tribal reserved constituencies out of the total 60 in Tripura apart from the ruling CPI-M.

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