Agartala: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ally, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), has written a letter to the Speaker of the Tripura Legislative Assembly demanding a separate block for the eight members of the party.
“The provision of the law allows the ruling partners to seat separately in a block and we want to avail of the facilities in the assembly. Therefore, we have asked the Speaker to make arrangement for our MLAs in the assembly,” IPFT general secretary and state forest minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia said.
Assembly Speaker Rebati Mohan Das admitted that he received the letter on Monday and informed about the same to chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who is also the leader of the House.
“The matter has been informed to the leader of the House and also the minister of Parliamentary affairs, Ratan Lal Nath. During the assembly session scheduled to be held during the third week of August, the matter would be raised in the assembly and the decision would be taken accordingly,” he said.
BJP state spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharjee said that the decision of the IPFT to seat separately in the assembly will be decided once the assembly begins. The change of seating order will not make any difference in the government.
“IPFT is a separate political party and their decision to seat separately in the assembly would not make any change in the government. We are in a coalition government but all the recently held elections, we have been contesting separately and even in the upcoming polls we will go on the separate contest,” Bhattacharjee said.
Of the 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.