Around 350 members of the IPFT’s central committee attended the meeting which begun on Sunday afternoon and ended on Monday afternoon Credit: File image

Agartala: The Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), the ruling ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Tripura, has decided to contest separately in the upcoming three-tier Panchayat elections, by-elections of the village committees and Autonomous District Council (ADC) areas as well as ADC polls. The decision was announced after an intensive two-day-long discussion at Nuai auditorium in Khumulwng, the at TTAADC headquarters, on Monday.

Speaking with EastMojo, Mangal Debbarma, assistant general secretary of IPFT, said that elaborate discussion took place regarding the Lok Sabha election where the results were unexpected and depressing.

IPFT’s ruling ally BJP enjoyed a landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections where it won both the Parliamentary seats of Tripura with a huge mandate.

Debbarma said, “After prolonged discussion with the central committee members present in the auditorium, the party had decided to participate in the ensuing elections of three-tier Panchayat, by-election of village committees in state and ADC areas as well as ADC polls in coming months.”

Apart from this, the party leaders also elaborately discussed regarding the consequences of its partner BJP and coalition government in Tripura; further, strategies were also figured out to remain in power.

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The meeting, which started on Sunday afternoon and ended on Monday afternoon, was attended by around 350 IPFT central committee members. IPFT’s president and revenue minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma and party’s general secretary and tribal welfare minister Mewar Kumar Jamatia were also present in the meeting.

Earlier speaking to reporters, Jamatia said that the IPFT along with its associations had analysed the political situation and the organisational setup in the state. Moreover, there is a possibility of discussions about the future of the alliance with BJP in Tripura.

He said that the results of the IPFT in the Lok Sabha elections are unexpected. There is an internal conflict in the party. Further, he claimed that the results of the Lok Sabha elections are related to the current political situation in Tripura.

An IPFT leader, on condition of anonymity, said that the contest in Lok Sabha election was a wrong decision as BJP had earlier offered the indigenous party to capture the ADC in the future while it contests the Lok Sabha elections. However, now that IPFT failed in the general election, the BJP does not think of IPFT of great importance anymore, the leader added.

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