Agartala: Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) chairman and royal scion Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman will take oath as the new chief executive member (CEM) of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) on April 20.

The swearing-in ceremony will be held at Nuai Auditorium Hall at Khumulwng, the headquarters of the tribal council.

The 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 on Sunday evening at Raj Bhavan and placed the demand to form the new council.

The TIPRA chairman has proposed the name of Ananta Debbarma, an elected member from Halahali-Asharambari constituency, for the post of chairman of the council.

All the members of the council will take oath on April 20 at the auditorium. The swearing-in ceremony is likely to have a limited number of guests in view of the recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.

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The TTAADC election was mainly contested between opposition CPIM, which was in power in the ADC for last four terms straight, the ruling BJP-IPFT alliance which is now in power and the Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) — a new alliance of most indigenous parties of Tripura headed by royal scion Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman.

The TTAADC was constituted through a vote by secret ballot on January 15, 1982, and the elected members were sworn in on January 18, 1982. Subsequently, the Constitution of India was amended by a Bill, and it was unanimously passed on the floor of Parliament on August 23, 1984, for the introduction of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution in India.

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

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