By Our Correspondent
Agartala, January 08, 2017: In the run up to Tripura’s forthcoming assembly election, outlawed insurgent group NLFT on Monday said CPIM’s allegations against them of pledging support to IPFT are ‘baseless’ and ‘blame game’.
CPIM politburo member Brinda Karat wrote in the party’s poll campaign booklet that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has got ‘direct links with banned insurgent groups’. She referred to a recent meeting of Prime Minister Modi with a delegation of IPFT at New Delhi.
The allegations were based on charges leveled by Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar about NLFT’s pledge of support to IPFT in coming polls.
NLFT’s self styled president D. Yamrok however rubbished the allegations and said his outfit would not support any political party in election. NLFT has been struggling for ‘sovereign Twipra’ since the 1990s in an armed rebellion against the Indian Union.
Yamrok today appealed the ‘peace loving people’ of Tripura not to be misguided by political parties.
Asked about his reaction on the issue, IPFT general Mewar Kumar Jamatia said they have been long denying ‘baseless’ charges leveled on them by CPIM. IPFT will file defamation suit against the communist party for maligning them with militant nexus, he said.
Senior CPIM leader and Deputy Speaker of the Tripura assembly – Pabitra Kar said certain opposition political parties of the state were involved in ‘executing’ the NLFT press statement today. He reiterated his party’s stand that IPFT was façade of NLFT.