Agartala:The alliance of BJP and IPFT in Tripura has become strain in the backdrop of power fight for capturing Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (ADC), which was exposed badly during 24 hrs ADC headquarter bandh ended this morning.
Though there was no untoward incident reported during the strike, IPFT leaders including
MLAs criticized Biplab Kumar Deb led state government here and warned to scarp the
alliance if situation not improves. The IFPT leaders became critical to performance of the
government so far as tribal development issues are concerned.
IPFT MLA Brishketu Debbarma while addressing the picketers in Khumlung on Thursday alleged that BJP has not been adhering to the principle of alliance rather trying to befool
the innocent minds with impractical statements. In any adverse situation or eruption of
public sentiments in hills has visibly shifted to the shoulder of IPFT supporters and police
has been harassing them deliberately without any basis.
He alleged, "We have been facing question as a coalition partner of Tripura government
from the people on the poll promises of BJP. They gave tall promises before elections and
we had also believed in them like the voters and now it appeared as false. But we the
MLAs are facing trouble in the localities. MLAs have no power and gradually, it surfaced
that things getting centralized."
There was series of promises for the tribal development and empowerment of ADC but in
past two and half years nothing happened. The people living in the hills have to remain been
in problems and people across the state are unhappy with the healthcare, education, public
service systems, and law and order. By default, IPFT has been getting the blame and
implicated wrongly, which the party can't tolerate anymore, he maintained.
"We have a very clear demand that supporters of our party cannot be implicated with false
charges and the government must release our leader Pradip Debbarma immediately who
was arrested by police on a fabricated charge of attacking BJP office and it's leaders," he
pointed out adding that BJP is wholeheartedly trying to break the IPFT in rural areas. But,
unfortunately, people are less interested in going with BJP.
People have understood as to how the BJP came to power depending upon tall claims
and empty promises. Before the elections, the IPFT has been branded as a wayward
organization but not a single time IPFT tried to disturb the peace and tranquility. On the
other hand, the BJP is trying to incite trouble in the ADC areas," Debbarma told reporters.
"The Chief Minister is well aware of IPFT's stance. We have even made it clear if BJP
wants to run the government alone then break the alliance and run the government independently. But, we will not retreat from our demands'. The movement of IPFT was to
protect the identity of the indigenous population and it had nothing to do with power or
an administrative chair", he stated.
The MLAs in this coalition government are not more than that of a puppet. There are
no powers conferred in the hands of legislators whether he belongs to IPFT or BJP
does not matter, the MLA added.(UNI)