Agartala, Jul 8 : The partner of ruling BJP in Tripura government Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) in its general conference has re-elected Revenue Minister N C Debbarma as president and Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kr Jamatia as general secretary of the party for the next three years last night.
Debbarma said that there was detailed discussion on the various political issues and tribal development programs initiated by BJP-IPFT government in past one year. The conference has also an emphasis on the political strategy of IPFT keeping eyes on the upcoming election to Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (ADC).
According to IPFT sources, despite being the partner of BJP in the government and opposition of BJP, IPFT would continue its fight tooth and nail for separate Twipraland by elevating the status of ADC. The party would go for movement and agitation to persuade the demand of Twipraland and also press the Central government for achieving the demand.
“The IPFT believes in nationalism and Indianness but not at the cost of hindering fast development of the tribal community in the state. Besides, socio-cultural and economic development, we have been fighting for political autonomy of ADC. During CPI (M) and Congress rule for past 47 years of Tripura’s birth, tribal people were used as a tag for vote bank politics,” IPFT leaders said.
While appreciating Narendra Modi led government, they opined that IPFT was included in Northeast Democratic Alliance (NDA) and unitedly they fought last year’s assembly election against the Left Front. As part of the alliance condition, BJP government at the centre has already constituted a high power modalities committee for socio-economic, cultural and linguistic development of tribals in Tripura and the state government sought a special package of Rs 8000 Cr to centre.
“But we don’t feel these are enough and our fight would continue until Twipraland is made,” a top IPFT leader said adding that Narendra Modi led union cabinet last November had approved the amendment of Article 280 and VI schedules of the constitution to empower ten autonomous district councils of Tripura, Assam, Mizoram and Meghalaya.
The tribal of Tripura have been demanding the suitable amendment for more financial and administrative power for the betterment of the people living in ADC areas of Northeast. About 68 per cent of the total geographical area of Tripura has fallen under VI schedule that spread over almost all eight districts of the state and the state government had proposed the centre to rename district council to territorial council considering the practicability.
However, the party conference has decided IPFT fight alone in upcoming panchayat and ADC election like last Lok Sabha and panchayat by-poll, as being a separate political entity IPFT has it’s core agenda to fight at the grassroots level. The BJP has its own political vision like IPFT but both the parties came together to fight against communist and Congress keeping the core issues of both the parties intact and there is no scope of reading between the lines.