Agartala: After several rounds of talks and discussions, the ruling BJP and its alliance partners Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) have finally agreed to contest the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council Election (TTAADC) elections together on April 4.
Both parties announced their alliance candidate list at a joint press conference at Agartala Press Club on Tuesday evening.
BJP state president Dr Manik Saha said that of the total 28 seats, BJP would contest in 14. However, in 3 seats, there would be a friendly fight between the two parties.
“We have decided to contest the polls together based on 11:16 seat share”, Dr Saha said.
Meanwhile, the IPFT President Narendra Chandra Debbarma announced candidates for 16 seats.
“We have already announced the list of candidates. The list of candidates for 18 constituencies has been cancelled. Now, we have decided to field candidates in 17 constituencies”, Debbarma said.
He also said that the names of the candidates for one seat will be announced later.
BJP state president Dr Manik Saha said the candidate list has been prepared with mutual understanding.
When questioned about the absence of the East Tripura Member of Parliament Rebati Tripura in the press conference, Jishnu Dev Varma said the party has taken the decision taking all the leaders into confidence.
Earlier in 2019, both BJP and IPFT had decided to contest the Lok Sabha election separately in which BJP won both the seats.
The district council has 30 seats, of which 28 are for elected members, while two are nominated by the Tripura governor.
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.