Agartala, Jul 14: A 15 –member delegation of ruling BJP’s coalition partner in Tripura government Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Tripura (IPFT) led by its president and Revenue Minister N C Debbarma left for Delhi today to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in next two days.
The relation between BJP and IPFT has turned bitter following series of incidences and
power fights. Recently, house of Loksabha MP from East Tripura reserved seat Rebati
Tripura’s house was allegedly attacked by IPFT cadres and in retaliation BJP also
indulged violence in various places.
The IPFT General Secretary and Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kr Jamatia was accused
by BJP of maintaining clandestine relations with CPI (M) and held a meeting last week with them though Jamatia denied the allegation and stated it was a conspiracy hatched to weak BJP-IPFT government.However, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb was also reportedly has not been happy with the activities of IPFT leaders especially perpetrating violence and indulging terror in the mixed populated areas including forcefully collecting subscription from the traders and wage earners. The BJP has also taken an exception to the report of IPFT’s hobnobbing with opposition party leaders in number of occasions.The BJP sources said the party will have a detailed discussion on continuing the coalition with IPFT soon after the process of ensuing three-tyre panchayat election will be over by this month.
However, IPFT has been working hard and started persuading to capture Tripura Tribal
Areas Autonomous District Council with the support of other parties including BJP but the later party is not officially responded to it.“During the meeting with Modiji and Shahji we would press for other demands like inclusion of tribal dialect Kokborok in 8th Schedule of the Constitution, introduction of Roman script for Kokborok and implementation of the proposed development program of the state government for all round development of the tribal besides our core demand of a separate Tipraland,” said IPFT chief N C Debbarma.The Central government had earlier constituted a high-level committee to recommend various measures for the socio-economic, cultural and linguistic development of the tribal as per the coalition agreement of BJP and IPFT before last assembly election but Debbarma opined that they are in the dark about the implementation of the recommendations of the committee, which has compelled them to meet again with Prime Minister.
Despite being the partner of BJP in the government, IPFT had contested the Loksabha elections and now separately fighting in panchayat elections in a few rural development blocks against the BJP highlight separate statehood and time bound development program of tribals in Tripura.
In the government IPFT could not overtly go against the coalition principle on the
other its political existence virtually depended on the statehood demand, which
would be fundamental agenda for upcoming ADC election in early next year. The senior leaders of IPFT had come under severe pressure from the younger generation IPFT workers who felt that the party elders had compromised with the separate statehood demand for the sake of remaining in the power. (UNI)