The tussle for the tribal vote has taken one other flip in Tripura, with royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman calling on the IPFT, the opposite huge tribal outfit within the state, to affix palms with it.
The attraction by the TIPRA Motha chief, to the Indigenous Peoples Entrance of Tripura, got here a day after greater than a thousand folks from their two outfits joined the BJP on Monday. The IPFT is an ally of the BJP, however relations between the 2 have been rocky because the BJP tries to make inroads into the tribal vote by itself.
“Those that don’t wish to be part of the Motha and are going from the IPFT to affix different events… I wish to inform the Youth Tipra Federation to elucidate to them (the necessity) to get collectively. I wish to inform the IPFT to affix us,” Debbarman stated, including that the calls for of the TIPRA Motha and IPFT had been comparable. “What’s the purpose of elevating the identical demand from separate events? Let’s be part of and change into one celebration. Everybody will get one thing,” he stated in a video message on social media.
Monday’s improvement was an enormous blow to the TIPRA (Tripura Indigenous Peoples Regional Alliance) Motha, which made a powerful debut by sweeping the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous Improvement Council (TTAADC) polls final yr, barely three months after Debbarman fashioned the celebration. The TIPRA Motha was floated with representatives from nearly all tribal events within the state.
Within the video message, Debbarman, a former Congress chief, additionally issued an attraction to tribal leaders of different events such because the BJP and CPM to unite for the tribal trigger.
IPFT leaders declined to touch upon Debbarman’s name for unity.
Welcoming the 1,045 members of the Motha and IPFT into the BJP fold on Monday, Union Minister of State for Social Empowerment and Justice Pratima Bhoumik accused the Motha of deceptive tribals with its Better Tipraland slogan.
Addressing a rally at Mandwi, 30 km from Agartala, she alleged “persistent efforts” in tribal areas to halt improvement and to malign the BJP-led state authorities. The BJP alone had given tribals respect and dignity, she stated.
Bhoumik stated the Motha was really serving to the CPM, and requested why the Better Tipraland demand hadn’t been raised earlier than the BJP got here to energy.
In an indirect assault on Bhoumik for her feedback Tuesday, Debbarman stated: “Watch out for leaders who create worry… Please perceive that our demand is for the indigenous folks however not towards anybody.” He challenged the Union minister to debate the matter with him on dwell TV.
In a video message posted on social media Monday, Debbarma alleged “a propaganda to separate us from one another”. “We by no means stated you (the non-tribals) could be despatched to Bangladesh, or that you wouldn’t be allowed to dwell in peace.”
Debbaraman’s ‘Better Tipraland’ demand seeks to incorporate each tribal particular person within the proposed state, together with these dwelling outdoors the TTAADC areas, moreover offering assist to ‘Tiprasa’ or Tripuris in different states like Assam, Mizoram and so on and people dwelling within the bordering areas of Bangladesh by a improvement council.
This goes past the IPFT’s demand of Tipraland, which seeks a separate state for the tribals of Tripura.