Agartala: Hours before the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected members of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — the ruling party in Tripura — has announced that they would not attend the function on Monday citing post-poll violence instigated by the Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) supporters.

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.

Speaking at a press conference, BJP leader and newly elected member Bimal Kanti Chakma said that massive violence is taking place across the state after the announcement of the results of the TTAADC elections. “The situation that we are witnessing across the ADC area has been created by the TIPRA supporters. They have created an atmosphere of unrest in different places which was never witnessed in the past,” Chakma said.

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He also said that the indigenous people have never in the past fought among themselves and alleged that houses are being looted, vandalised and set on fire for not supporting TIPRA.

“All nine elected members of the district council from the BJP have decided that we would not attend the swearing-in ceremony on Monday. We have written a letter to the governor demanding a separate programme for the oath taking ceremony of our members,” Chakma added.

He also said that a delegation of MDC have handed over a letter to the governor already requesting him to fix another date for BJP members since the present situation does not allow them to take oath together.

“We have also had discussion with TTAADC chief executive officer Balin Debbarma. We will meet administrator GK Rao to discuss the matter. The members are worried to move in their own areas. Even the ADC officers are scared of the TIPRA Motha supporters and are facing problems in running the offices,” Chakma added.

He further said that the BJP members have been elected with the support of the people and they would play an active role in opposition in the council. “We will fight TIPRA supporters in a democratic manner and raise our voice against the misrule towards the indigenous people in the ADC area,” Chakma said.

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