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Anti-Left tribal party decides to tie up with BJP in Tripura

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

The Indigenous People's Front of Tripura, an tribal party, today said it would forge an alliance with the for the Assembly due this year, while the saffron party said talks are still on in this regard.

Tenure of the 60-member Assembly ends on March 6 this year. The CPI(M) led has been in power in the state since 1993.

"The decision to forge an alliance with the was taken unanimously in the two-day deliberations of the party's central committee concluded yesterday," N C Debbarma said here.

said the party's central leadership and the are discussing about forming an alliance and the talks are positive.

The had long been demanding formation of a separate state by carving out areas under the Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), comprising two third of the state's territory and home to tribals, who form one third of the state's population.

"The party would keep the separate state demand in abeyance for now as the central government has agreed to examine our problems and take measures," the IPFT chief said.

During a meeting between IPFT leaders and Union Home Minister and in New Delhi on January 5, the Ministry of Home Affairs has agreed to form a modality committee to explore the socioeconomic, sociocultural and linguistic conditions of the tribals.

CPI(M) Politburo member last week slammed the BJP for planning to form on alliance with the IPFT.

"They are forming an unholy alliance to divide Tripura for narrow electoral ... There is a concerted effort to disrupt peace and tranquillity in the state," she had said at a public rally at Sonamura in district.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 18:05 IST