Tripura: BJP ally IPFT forges alliance with TIPRA for council elections
Tripura: BJP ally IPFT forges alliance with TIPRA for council elections

All the political parties are making significant moves ahead of tribal autonomous council elections. In a big development, the IPFT, an ally of the ruling BJP in Tripura forged an alliance with the newly floated tribal-based TIPRA ahead of the polls.
The IPFT joined hands with the TIPRA a party formed by Tripura royal scion Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barman. IPFT President Narendra Chandra Debbarma and general secretary Mevar Kumar Jamatia, both are ministers of the BJP led government. However, said that they are still in coalition with the saffron party.

BJP spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee said that the IPFT did not share their decision with them.Bhattacharjee said, “However, our senior leaders are discussing the latest political development." Deb Barman told reporters for the greater cause of the “Tipra land” (a territory for the tribals) they would fight together in the ensuing elections to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), a politically important constitutional body.

In 2018, the BJP in alliance with IPFT won the assembly polls defeating the CPI-M-led Left Front. In the 60-member Tripura assembly, BJP has 36 seats and the IPFT eight and CPI-M has16.

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