The IPFT delegation with BJP working president JP Nadda in New Delhi Credit: File image

Agartala: The extension of administrator’s rule in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council Elections (TTAADC) has left BJP ally, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) worried, and the party feels it might lose support in the region.

The party officials placed a four-point charter of demands to Block Development Officers (BDO) across the state. The first three out of four demands were related to the death of Biswajit Debbarma, a fireman who was lynched at Panisagar.

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The party in its memorandum said that the general election to TTAADC was initiated by the state election commission as per direction of the state Government in the early part of 2020, but that exercise was withheld by the state government due to COVID-19.

“On expiry of the tenure of the council, the administration of TTAADC was taken over by the governor of Tripura for 6 month from 18 May 2020. During the aforesaid period, the state government have not directed to the state election commission for restoring the election exercise. Resulting which the administration of the TTAADC has been further extended for another 6 month from 18th November 2020,” the memorandum reads.

The memorandum also cited the Election Commission of India, which had formulated guidelines to conduct the election even during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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“The general election of the Bihar state assembly and vacant seats of other assemblies of other states have already been conducted and completed by now. Moreover, BTC elections in Assam is also re-scheduled and going to be conducted on December 7 & 10 next”, the copy reads.

The term of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in Assam had also expired in April and elections were postponed due to the outbreak of the virus. The administrative power was handed over to the governor to manage the administration.

“Postponement of general election to TTAADC amounting to deprivation of fundamental rights of the constitution to the citizens of TTAADC areas and also functioning of elected councils. Therefore, general election of TTAADC should be conducted at the earliest without any other further delay”, the memorandum statement added.

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Speaking with EastMojo, Tripura forest minister and IPFT general secretary Mevar Kumar Jamatia said, “We have called for a core-committee level meeting in the second week of December to decide on the next course of action. If the elections are not announced by January, our party will have to sit and decide what could be done to create pressure and conduct the polls at the earliest.” Jamatia said.

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He also said that the party is confident of winning all the seats that it will contest in the TTAADC polls.

The present Tripura government has a total of 44 MLAs including 8 from IPFT party, while the opposition CPIM has 16 MLAs in the 60 member’s legislative assembly.

The TTAADC covers 7,132.56 sq km, which is around 70 per cent of the geographical area of the state. It is also home to one-third of the state’s population.

The TTAADC consists of a 30 member council, of which 28 are elected, and the Governor nominates two members. To increase the strength of the tribal council, the government has decided to increase the number of seats to 50.

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