Agartala: Two days after the elevation of three ruling BJP MLAs to the state cabinet, the alliance partner Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) has written a letter to the chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb requesting a ministerial berth in the newly inducted cabinet.
The IPFT party chief and revenue minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma and general secretary and tribal welfare minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia have requested to retain the present portfolio in the ministerial cabinet.
Recently, in the chief minister’s cabinet reshuffle, IPFT chief NC Debbarma was stripped of the fisheries department’s charge. It was handed over to Mevar Kumar Jamatia whose charge from the forest department was given to Debbarma in exchange.
With the induction of three ministers, the strength has increased to a total of 11 against 12 sanctioned slots for the state cabinet. IPFT was promised three berths of which only two were filed after the 2018 elections.
“… it has come to our notice from the recent statement in the newspapers and other media platforms that the ministerial cabinet is going to be extended by inducting 3 (three) more cabinet ministers in the Cabinet, Govt. of Tripura,” the letter made available to EastMojo reads.
“It is humbly requested that the one cabinet berth should be provided to us as we being the alliance partner of the present Govt. of Tripura with maintaining the present portfolio given to the present 2 (two) ministers representing our party IPFT,” the letter adds.
The copy, which was also marked to the national BJP president JP Nadda, NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma and state BJP chief Dr Manik Saha, also requested to constitute a coordination committee between the BJP and the IPFT.
“It is to be noted that since BJP-IPFT as alliance partners we need more close coordination and cooperation amongst us for the smooth running of the govt for which it is our humble request that a coordination committee between IPFT BJP may be constituted immediately,” the letter added.
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