Tripura: Hundreds of IPFT supporters march for Twipraland in Delhi; BJP says no separate state
AGARTALA | March 19, 2018
Hundreds of representatives of BJP's ally in Tripura Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), including a minister, joined a demonstration in New Delhi on Sunday in which they raised their demand for a separate state of Twipraland headed by their President N.C. Debbarma who is the newly elected Fisheries and Revenue minister of the BJP led IPFT alliance in Tripura. Sindhu Charan Jamatia, a sitting MLA from Ampinagar also took part in the rally.
While speaking to this correspondent, State BJP Vice President Subal Bhowmick said, "This is IPFT's core agenda and BJP cannot stop someone from demonstration but the BJP's stance is clear and we can never support the demand for Twipraland".
Opposition parties have raised questions against IPFT's demonstration rally for a separate state as well as BJP's stance in this regard.
"The party, that became a partner in the government despite the statehood demand being rejected, has gone back to its original stance to press for a separate tribal state. It is a bad sign for the BJP government in Tripura," said Jagadish Debbarma, vice-president of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT).
CPI(M) MP Jitendra Debbarma has accused the IPFT of forcefully raising money from the locals for their rally saying that the the state administration is behaving like a mere spectator.
A Congress spokesperson has raised questions on how a sitting MLA can take part in a rally while stating that if BJP and IPFT are allies, there has to be a collective responsibility towards this matter but the BJP's stance is very shady in this regard.
This has led to speculation about the equation shared by BJP and IPFT.