Tripura: IPFT MLA disqualified for not following resignation norms
File image of MLA Brishaketu Debbarma

Agartala: Tripura Legislative Assembly (TLA) Speaker Rebati Mohan Das on Wednesday rejected the resignation letter of legislator Brishaketu Debbarma on procedural grounds.

Debbarma, a sitting MLA of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), an ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state, had submitted his resignation letter to the Speaker on Tuesday evening on personal grounds.

“IPFT MLA Brishaketu had sent his resignation letter through someone and did not meet me personally, which is against the convention and legislative practice,” Das said.

In his letter, Debbarma had written, “I Sri Brishaketu Debbarma was duly elected as MLA from the 1-Simna (ST) Assembly Constituency in the Tripura Assembly Election, 2018 as a candidate from the IPFT and now due to some personal reason I am tendering my resignation as MLA from the said Assembly constituency; in this regard, I would like to request you kindly to consider my this letter as resignation letter attracting the above and also to accept the same immediately all codal formalities.”

The copy of his resignation was also forwarded to the president of IPFT and chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

Speaking further, Das said that the IPFT MLA did not meet him physically for tendering his resignation letter and forwarded the letter to the chief minister and his party president, which goes against the official procedure.

“I wanted to contact him over the phone, but it was switched off. I have not accepted the resignation,” Das added.

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Earlier, IPFT assistant general secretary and spokesperson Mangal Debbarma had said that he would not comment and that his party would meet to discuss the matter.

The BJP-IPFT alliance defeated the Left Front government in the the 2018 state assembly elections, winning 44 of 66 seats. The BJP won 36 seats, while its ally IPFT won eight of nine seats that it contested.

Sources confirmed that the exit of the IPFT MLA was planned, and he would join the Tipraha indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) shortly in presence of party chairman Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman.

Meanwhile, Brishaketu Debbarma, during an interview with the media, said that he had tendered his resignation. Since his party had stopped the movement of Tipraland, a separate statehood for the indigenous people, he was forced to take the decision, he added.

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