Split in BJP’s ally IPFT in Tripura: Elected president warns to move court

Soon after the reconstitution of the state committee of ruling BJP’s ally IPFT headed by veteran leader and Revenue Minister N C Debbarma on Thursday, the formerly elected president of the party and Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kr Jamatia threatened to move court challenging the validity of Debbarma’s committee.

Agartala, May 13: Soon after the reconstitution of the state committee of ruling BJP’s ally IPFT headed by veteran leader and Revenue Minister N C Debbarma on Thursday. The formerly elected president of the party and Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kr Jamatia threatened to move court. Challenging the validity of Debbarma’s committee. Talking to media Jamatia alleged a vested quarter mobilized N C Debbarma to destabilize IPFT for their interest.

Which the party’s rank and file would not accept. Being the senior-most politician of the state at the age of 88 years. Such activities from Debbarma is ‘most unfortunate’. And certainly not suitable for the ‘interest of the indigenous people’ of Tripura, Jamatia stated. He said after a two-day long state conference in presence of the all the general members and frontal organizations, the election for each of the posts for the next two years was held on April 3 last where N C Debbarma lost.

Accordingly, the new committee headed by Mevar was constituted and the party has been functioning under the by-law of IPFT. Suddenly, his move for a fresh election of the state committee sent a bad message to the grass-root level and affected the organization. “We shall take legal action against the newly formed state committee in an interim conference diverting the elected committee and party constitution where N C Debbarma announced himself as the party president again. IPFT has been a party of discipline for last 14 years, no such situation has emerged. I will raise the issue before our advisory board and other senior leaders,” Jamatia attributed.

Being the elected president of the party. Efforts have been made to sort out the issue internally. But if failed there will be no other option except for moving the court. He said denying the charge of Debbarma against him. And that the conspiracy was hatched to merge IPFT with royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman’s party TIPRA Motha. “N C Debbarma had signed an agreement with TIPRA supremo. I was only following his footsteps. When the agreement was signed inside the palace. I was not in the position to negotiate as at that time he was the party president. But if anything happens now, I shall be doing in consultation with my fellow leaders,” Jamatia added.

However, IPFT sources said that N C Debbarma has been in talks with BJP to join along with three other MLAs – Prem Kumar Reang, Sindhu Chandra Jamatia and Prasanta Debbarma, which Mevar Kr Jamatia, Dhirendra Debbarma and Dhananjoy Tripura were opposing. Instead, the latter faction insists on merging with TIPRA Motha to step up the Tipraland movement. The Mevar faction accused BJP of ruining their prospect of violating the alliance principle. The BJP has not performed as per the agreement instead; they have been working for weakening IPFT and poaching them. However, N C Debbarma wanted to remain as minister in the cabinet. At cost without thinking about the future of the party, its leaders and the indigenous community especially.

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