Tripura: Tribal Parties Divided Over Joining NEDA

Story highlights

  • Regional parties divided over the proposed joining of NEDA
  • INPT has decided to approach BJP for an electoral alliance
  • IPFT led by NC Debbarma stuck on their demand of a separate state

The regional political parties of Tripura are divided over the proposed joining in North-East Democratic Alliance, a conglomeration of regional parties floated by BJP with its head quarter at Guwahati.

The Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) in its meeting on Tuesday has decided to approach BJP for an electoral alliance but the other major regional party the Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Twipra (IPFT) led by N C Debbarma is still maintaining a stubborn attitude over its demand for a separate state. However, the breakaway faction of the IPFT led by Rajeswar Debbarma is very much flexible about going with BJP.

INPT led by Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawal in a meeting on Tuesday has decided in favor of forging alliance with BJP in order to oust Left Front form the power. They have set a minor condition of seeking clarification from BJP about its proposed state council in place of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council.

But the IPFT led by N C Debbarma is still pursuing a stubborn attitude about their demand for a separate state. While asked about the prospect of joining NEDA Mr Debbarma clearly said ‘we can consider any such proposal only if our demand for a separate state is discussed’.

‘Two representatives of the IPFT had attended the first meeting of the NEDA at Guwahati last year only to convey this message and there is no change in our stand’, he said.

While asked about any fresh invitation to join the NEDA he said they have received no formal or informal message so far in this regard.

However, the breakaway faction of the IPFT led by Rajeswar Debbarma is positive about an electoral alliance with BJP. ‘We are having a positive attitude regarding this and a final decision will be taken in the meeting of the party’s Members of the Central Committee to be held at Agartala on September 14.

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