The Indigenous People's Front of Tripura, an anti-Left tribal party, today said it would forge an alliance with the BJP for the Assembly election due this year, while the saffron party said talks are still on in this regard.
The IPFT had long been demanding formation of a separate state by carving out areas under the Tripura 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 Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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 Brinda Karat 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 politics.... There is a concerted effort to disrupt peace and tranquillity in the state," she had said at a public rally at Sonamura in Sipahijala district.
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