IPFT leaders led by forest minister and IPFT general secretary Mevar Kumar Jamatia (middle) in New Delhi on Thursday

Agartala: A six-member delegation of Tripura’s ruling BJP alliance partner Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) met with BJP national president JP Nadda on Thursday to place a six point charter of demands which includes giving freehand in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) elections.

The delegation led by the state forest and tribal welfare minister and IPFT general secretary Mevar Kumar Jamatia met with Nadda at his residence in New Delhi to discuss the TTAADC seat pact.

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Speaking with EastMojo, Jamatia said that he apprised the national president about the pre-poll promises made by BJP leadership to give a freehand to IPFT in TTAADC elections.

“We told Nadda that during the 2018 election the BJP leadership including Himanta Biswa Sarma had given verbal assurance that IPFT would be given freehand if we settle down with nine seats in the 60 seats assembly elections”, Jamatia said.

He also said that the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma had told them the assembly elections are important for BJP being a national party, while most seats in the ADC elections would be given to IPFT to administer district council.

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“We had agreed with nine seats in the assembly elections but since they had promised that we would be given more seats, we have appealed to Nadda to give at least 22 seats to IPFT keeping the promise made ahead of state assembly in 2018 ”, Jamatia added.

The IPFT leader also informed that the BJP national president inquired on the state leadership and governance to which they have informed that Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is doing a good job and they do not have any problem with him continuing as the chief minister.

The IPFT delegation placed a memorandum demanding immediate publication of the high level modality committee report, passing the 125th amendment bill in Parliament, Roman script for Kokborok language among others.

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“We have also said that the 125th amendment is yet to be placed in the Parliament and apprised him about the unemployment problem in the state. The state has backlogs of jobs which were not filled-up by the previous government due to which the youths are unhappy”, Jamatia added.

The tribal welfare minister also said that they have sought immediate release of Rs 8,000 crore package announced for the development and welfare of the tribal population by the Centre.

The national president assured the IPFT delegation that he will discuss their demands with the senior leadership in the party including union home minister Amit Shah and Himanta Biswa Sarma.

“He said that being from a hilly state he understands the sentiments of the tribal people and he would discuss the matter with his colleagues. He may call us again in Delhi since he has the final authority to take the decision in BJP”, Jamatia stated.

He also met with the union home secretary, Ajay Kumar Bhalla in the afternoon and apprised him about their demands to which he has assured to forward the matter to the union home minister.

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