Agartala: Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) chairman Pradyot Kishore Manikya Deb Barman on Sunday evening met with Tripura governor Ramesh Kumar Bais to stake claim to form the new council in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).

An alliance of TIPRA and Indigenous National Party of Twipra (INPT) had recorded a landslide victory in the tribal council election held recently, winning 18 of the 28 seats for the 30-member council.

Deb Barman along with all the elected members met with the governor in the evening at Raj Bhavan and placed the demand to form the new council.

After coming out of Raj Bhavan, Deb Barman told reporters that the TIPRA had placed a stake to form the council and the governor has accepted the same.

“The TTAADC comes under the governor and we have placed the demand for forming the council. The government will notify the dates for the oath-taking ceremony and accordingly the dates would be announced,” Deb Barman said.

He also said that he earlier met with TTAADC chief executive officer Bolin Debbarma in his residence and held a discussion to form the council.

“We do not want the same mistake as it had happened in the year 2000. We want a clean and transparent government and we are working to keep the faith of the people to develop the TTAADC,” Deb Barman added.

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Speaking further, he said that he will take oath as the chief executive member (CEM) of the council. However, he maintained that the violence against his own people needed to end as it was an old culture followed in Bengal and Tripura.

“In 2018, the BJP-IPFT attacked our people and the statues were removed. We will not tolerate the violence and the culture of celebration has to come to an end, as violence takes place on the day of celebrations,” Deb Barman opined.

He also announced that rallies had been suspended. He warned that those involved in violence and extortion would face legal action and would be suspended from the party.

The oath-taking ceremony will be held before May 17 as per the notification of State Election Commission of Tripura.

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