Agartala: The BJP’s ruling alliance, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), observed the 12th statehood demand day across 50 different locations on Sunday. However, the party called off the central event at Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.
Speaking with reporters at Khowai, Tripura forest minister and general secretary of IPFT said that the party was floated in 2009 with the aim to safeguard the rights of tribal population and for the overall development of indigenous people across the state.
“We are just 12 year-old-party, yet we have been quite for many things for our people and state. We have a total of eight MLAs, including two ministers in the present government. We have received support from people across all sections,” Jamatia said.
“We have decided in our party level that IPFT will contest in maximum number of seats. The issue between our coalition partner BJP will be sorted out with dialogue and soon planning for the TTAADC elections done,” Jamatia added.
The IPFT party is based on tribal population, therefore, it becomes important for the party to have power in the TTAADC. Over 80 percent of indigenous people live in the ADC area and if possible we will go to Guwahati and Delhi to discuss and resolve the issues immediately, Jamatia said.
Mevar Kumar Jamatia said that the number of seats in the autonomous district council is being increased from 28 seats to 50 seats. The TTAADC is being turned into Tripura Territorial Council.
“We seek cooperation from people from all walks of life to continue this trend of development,” Jamatia said.
Addressing the supporters at Bishramganj, party chief Narendra Chandra Debbarma said the statehood demand day was observed centrally at the ADC headquarters in Khumulwng, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this year the programme was cut short.
Within two and a half years of the formation of the BJP-IPFT coalition government by defeating the Left Front government, the indigenous people are receiving all the facilities from which they were deprived for many years, Debbarma said.
Meanwhile, a number of people joined the IPFT party in different places, including 26 voters from 12 families in Teliamura and 198 voters from 73 families in Kanchanpur under the leadership of Prem Kumar Reang under Dasda RD block.
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The BJP-IPFT parties are the partners in the coalition government that jointly defeated CPIM in the 2018 general assembly election.
Of the total 60 seats, the ruling BJP-IPFT coalition government has got 36 seats, of which IPFT has eight, and the opposition CPI-M has 16 seats in Tripura’s legislative assembly.
The TTAADC is spread across 68% of the total geographical area of the state and is home to over one-third of the total population of Tripura.