The ruling CPI(M) in Tripura today alleged that the BJP is in league with a tribal party and an underground insurgent outfit, and has hatched a conspiracy to defeat the Left Front in the state Assembly elections scheduled for early next year. Addressing a press conference, CPI(M) state secretary Bijan Dhar, said BJP is trying to use the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), a tribal party which champions the demand for separate state, and an insurgent outfit, the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT), to defeat the Left Front government and foment communal tension between tribals and non-tribals. The IPFT has called for an indefinite blockade of the Assam-Agartala national highway from July 10 unless its demand for a separate state is conceded. "The United Naga Council, a front of the NSCN(IM), had blocked roads in Manipur's Naga dominated areas to create crisis in that state and to fish in the muddled waters," Dhar said alleging the blockade call by IPFT is supported by NLFT. He also alleged that the BJP is clandestinely supporting the demand and has not opposed the highway blockade move. IPFT representatives had met Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh on May 17 and had submitted a memorandum demanding a separate state curving out the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which constitute two third of the state territory.
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