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All is Not Well: Tripura’s Ruling Alliance Partners BJP and IPFT Clash Once Again

On the two Lok Sabha seats in Tripura -- East and West -- the BJP and IPFT are contesting each other.

Controversy has yet again surrounded the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) — the ruling alliance — in Tripura. IPFT General Secretary Mevar Kumar Jamatia has reportedly said on Thursday evening that the BJP could not have come to power in the northeastern state without the support of the tribal party.

As per a report published in the Indian Express by Debraj Deb on Thursday, Jamatia, who is also Tripura Tribal Welfare Minister said that the BJP could not have done well had it not received the support of IPFT. “If IPFT did not support the BJP in the Assembly elections, they could not have fared well in the polls. They could not have formed the government in Tripura,” he is quoted as saying.

These comments have reportedly come in response to Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s statement two days ago where he said that the IPFT won eight Assembly constituencies due to the BJP’s support and a Modi wave.

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Per the report, in the past the two parties indulged in a series of clashes over the nomination of Block Advisory Committee (BAC) chairman in April last year. A state-level monitoring committee and district monitoring committees had to be formed to seek a resolution. The allies also reportedly grappled with the nomination for Lok Sabha polls and finally went separate ways as BJP unilaterally announced to stage candidates in all two Parliament constituencies in the state.

The state Congress, which reportedly stretched out its hand for alliance with the IPFT had to face rejection. “Sadly our words for unity have been rejected by the IPFT. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies”, Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debburma, the state Congress chief, wrote on his Facebook page, per the report.

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