File photo of IPFT and TIPRA leaders Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: Hours after two indigenous political parties merged with The Indigenous People’s Regional Alliance (TIPRA), the BJP ally at the state level–Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT)–announced an alliance with TIPRA after holding a series of talks with the chairman.

After the merger of two political parties, Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman’s political party was renamed Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA).

Speaking at a press conference, Deb Barman said that IPFT and TIPRA would work together for the development of the indigenous people of the state.

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“The demand for the Tipraland state is the only alternative for the existence of indigenous tribes in their land. The Tipraland statehood demand shall be the TTAADC areas including other indigenous inhabitations areas of the state,” the newly formed political party said.

The chairman also said that if voted to power, a resolution demanding ‘Greater Tipraland’ will be passed in the district council.

The IPFT president and Tripura revenue minister, Narendra Chandra Debbarma said that his party has been fighting against the economic and social deprivation of indigenous people of the state.

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“The IPFT and TIPRA are working with the same goal and therefore we have decided to come together and work for the same cause after a series of discussions,” Debbarma said.

He also said that the alliance between the two parties would continue even after the district council polls in the future elections of the state.

Both the TIPRA and IPFT signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and exchanged the papers in presence of the media at Ujjayanta Palace.

Meanwhile, IPFT general secretary and tribal welfare minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia said that his party would fight together with TIPRA in alliance with common interest.

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He also said that his party is not happy with the performance of the present coalition government, but did not comment if they would exist in alliance with BJP.

“We are a separate party and differ in opinion, so we do not need permission from our ally party for taking any political decision,” Jamatia said.

Of the total 60 seats, the ruling BJP-IPFT coalition government has 36 seats, of which IPFT has eight, and the opposition CPI-M has 16 seats in Tripura’s legislative assembly.

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The TTAADC polls, earlier scheduled for May 2020, were deferred by the state election commission citing COVID-19 restrictions, following which the administration was handed over to the Tripura governor for six months, and later extended for another six months on November 17.

The TTAADC covers 68% of the total geographical area of the state and is home to over one-third of the total population of Tripura. The district council has 30 seats, of which 28 are for elected members, while two are nominated by the Tripura governor.

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