TNT Desk | May 16, 2018
The spate of clashes between the supporters Tripura’s victorious BJP and IPFT has raised numerous questions in the minds of people in as far as the smooth functioning of the new government is concerned. The differences between them do not cease to portray themselves and recently the row over nomination of chairmen of block advisory committees (BAC) adds more to the already existing strains.
The posts under the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (ADC) have become a bone of contention between the two parties.
While IPFT has demanded 60% of the BAC chairmen’s posts for their party workers, BJP wants the nominations based on the credentials of candidates.
A group of IPFT supporters blocked the national highway at Sabroom in South district on Tuesday in protest, but withdrew the agitation later.
They had gheraoed Lefunga block in West district on Monday too, besides the Champahoar police station in Khowai district demanding the release of three IPFT workers, arrested over a clash with BJP three days ago.
“My people are my first priority. Such agitation or violence by IPFT that hamper people’s daily lives are not encouraged. My government will not tolerate if any such incident occurs further from their side,” Biplab Deb said, hinting at taking a drastic step.
Deb talked to cabinet minister NC Debbarma, the president of IPFT, on the issue.
Debbarma said the blockade was lifted after getting assurance of looking into their demands.
“Their demands are under consideration,” he said.
A new coordination committee, comprising three members of BJP and two of IPFT, was constituted to maintain harmony among the coalition partners last week following violent incidents over the past two weeks.
Featured image courtesy: Pranab Shil via the Telegraph