IPFT refuses to meet PM owing to celebration of Tipraland day

IPFT refuses to meet PM owing to celebration of Tipraland day

Agency News

Agartala, Aug 22: The ruling BJP’s partner in Tripura government tribal-based Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) is scheduled to observe Tipraland day tomorrow with an agitational program at Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (ADC) headquarters Khumlung.

The IPFT Spokesperson Mangal Debbarma today said that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has scheduled a meeting with IPFT delegation today New Delhi to discuss on our demands but the party has requested to defer the meeting owing to their pre-scheduled program to press for the core demand of the tribal community.

“During the last month’s visit of IPFT legislators, ministers and leaders to Delhi had intended to meet PM but since he was busy it could not happen. Now, PMO has given time to IPFT leaders for discussion today. Unfortunately, the appointment collided with our mega program. We have expressed our inability for the day and requested to fix another date,” Debbarma said.

“We got a call from the PMO office on Aug 20 last, which has fixed an appointment for us today to discuss the progress high-level modality committee had constituted as per the pre-poll condition of BJP and IPFT. The committee had held a discussion in Tripura and interacted with different stakeholders but no report has yet been tabled,” Debbarma stated.

He said besides, IPFT leaders and tribal intellectuals, leaders of the federation for the formation of new states would join 11th demand day for separate Tipraland. If the alliance partner BJP doesn’t agree to share a seat for the upcoming election to ADC, IPFT will alone contest and the door of discussion with others have been kept open, he added.

On the other hand, opposition tribal-based party Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) to hold central rally at Khumlung on Aug 24 with the tribal leaders including ministers and MLAs from neighbouring Mizoram and Assam to consolidate tribal vote bank ahead of ADC election and empowerment of ADC in the socio-economic interest of the tribal communities and political autonomy.

The INPT president Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawal alleged that the rally would protest the misrule of BJP-IPFT government in Tripura and not implementing the assurance of Centre to empower ADC. He alleged Centre has so far done nothing to empower VI schedule based 10 ADCs across the northeastern region and implement NRC in the state for which the party is fighting in Supreme Court. (UNI)