Agartala: Three days after MLA Brishaketu Debbarma of the ruling BJP’s ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) tendered his resignation, Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) chairman Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman on Friday visited the residence of the legislator and held discussion with him.

The development came amid speculation of the MLA joining TIPRA to contest the by-elections under the new party from Simna assembly constituency, from where he was elected in 2018.

Speaking with reporters, TIPRA chairman Deb Barman said that both of them have been in contact for more than a year now, even before both IPFT and TIPRA started discussing a pre-poll alliance for the Autonomous District Council (ADC) elections.

“We had talked and agreed that the demands of both the parties can be discussed together in Delhi. We maintained a good relationship. Now, since he has resigned and has immense pressure on him, I have come here to express my solidarity to him,” Deb Barman said.

He also said there is nothing called political equation among the party leaders and meeting Brishaketu was his responsibility to support him in the hard times.

When questioned about being in contact with other IPFT MLAs, he said that nobody from any party is in contact with him, adding, “I have been in contact with Mevar Kumar Jamatia, but it does not seem that he will join me and even if he wish, I have no plan yet. He is general secretary and minister from IPFT,” Deb Barman added.

He also said that TIPRA will fight the next general assembly elections and if the national party wishes to forge an alliance, they would have to give in writing that the demand of Greater Tipraland will be accepted.

“Any party that accepts our demands and gives in writing that Greater Tipraland will be accepted once voted to power will be welcomed in the party. If they do not agree we will fight alone in at least 30 seats,” Deb Barman said.

Meanwhile, MLA Debbarma said that he himself handed over the hard copy of his resignation letter through the PA of the Speaker and would not return to the IPFT at any cost.

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

Debbarma, a sitting MLA of the IPFT, an ally of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state, had submitted his resignation letter to the Speaker on Tuesday evening citing personal reasons.

“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.

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