Agartala: Ten days after resigning from the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), MLA Brishaketu Debbarma was welcomed to the Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) by party chairman Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman on Thursday.

Welcoming the MLA from Simna constituency to his party, Deb Barman said that the TIPRA would contest in all the 60 assembly seats, instead of 20 reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (ST), if the demand for ‘Greater Tipraland’ is not accepted by the state.

File image of Simna MLA Brishaketu Debbarma

“The resolution for ‘Greater Tipraland’ would be sent to the governor of Tripura. We have raised the matter for the indigenous people, which other political parties did not in the last so many years,” Deb Barman said.

He also said that the call for ‘Greater Tipraland’ might disturb some people sitting at Agartala. The people have made me a leader, not those sitting in Agartala.

“We had talked about ‘Greater Tipraland’ in the council session recently after which Brishaketu Debbarma resigned. We don’t pay heed whether the Tripura legislative assembly Speaker will accept it or not. It is up to the Speaker,” Deb Barman said.

The TIPRA chief further said that the TIPRA would contest the elections and their MLAs would raise the demand for ‘Greater Tipraland’ in the state assembly in Agartala.

“The voice must reach New Delhi. Time will come when an MP from TIPRA Motha will go to Parliament and raise voice in support of ‘Greater Tipraland’. We need to remain united as only 18 months are left for the assembly election,” Deb Barman added.

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MLA Brishaketu Debbarma joined TIPRA with over 650 families and said that he started politics with the aim of development for the indigenous people and the call for Greater Tipraland has inspired him to join the party.

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 personal grounds.

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