Agartala: The Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), the ruling ally in Tripura’s BJP-IPFT government, seems to be on the verge of a big split with former IPFT President NC Debbarma declaring the present state committee headed by the state’s tribal welfare minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia “illegal”.
Meanwhile, Jamatia has condemned Debbarma’s “dubious” role intended to break the party at a time it needed a “united effort for revival”.
At a press conference, former IPFT Supremo NC Debbarma said, “Due to certain inconsistencies in the election process we declare the new state committee as invalid. This is why we are convening a new meeting of the members of central committees on May 12.”
Debbarma’s statement sparked a row as the new state committee was formed in his presence on April 3. While Debbarma was a contestant for the post of president, Mevar Kumar Jamatia defeated him in the internal elections to become the party’s head.
Out of respect, however, Debbarma was given the post of advisory committee chairman. But, within months Debbarma revolted against the present state committee.
Speaking on the issue, IPFT President Mevar Kumar Jamatia said, “The behavior of NC Debbarma is very unfortunate. On April 03, an election was conducted in his presence. People from all the 34 divisions attended the state conference and exercised their voting rights. I won the elections with almost twice the votes he secured. He is a senior leader and we all respect him but such kind of behavior just to retain the post of IPFT president is unfortunate.”
Jamatia said, “The meeting that he has convened on May 12 is completely illegitimate and it does not have any approval from the end of the elected state committee of the IPFT. Even after the formation of the new state committee, we have been in touch with him and each and every decision of the party was taken after consultation with him.”
However, the strife within the party has triggered resentment among the party rank and file. One of the senior leaders of the party said, “We have multiple challenges ahead. TIPRA, the ruling party in ADC, is trying to damage our support base and our ally BJP is also making efforts to trigger erosion. At this juncture, when we need our leaders to be united, but we are witnessing a wave of dissidence playing out within the state party unit.”
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