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Tripura ruling allies continue to bicker over appointment of BAC chairmen

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

A day after Minister warned coalition of stern action for holding agitations over the appointment of chairmen to the Block Advisory Committees (BACs), the today demanded that these appointments be stopped forthwith.

The Indigenous People's Front of (IPFT) is a of the BJP in the coalition government in that came to power in March after putting an end to the 25-year rule of the Left Front in the north-eastern state.

"They (IPFT) were cautioned many times against causing such public sufferings, but they are not listening. If they continue to cause public sufferings, nobody will be spared," Deb, who is also the of the state, told reporters here.

N C Debbarma, who is also the state Revenue minister, said in a conference, that the had in a notification on May 11 last announced the names of 27 chairmen of BAC, but they should not be appointed and the should postpone the appointments.

We want that the should formulate a concrete policy regarding nomination of the BAC chairmen and there should be provision for representation of women. To table a bill in state assembly in this regard is necessary. And if it is time-consuming, an ordinance could be passed by the concurrence of the If it is done, the rift between the two constituents could be averted," told reporters.

The disagreements between BJP and the IPFT, a tribal party, over the nomination of the BAC chairmen came to fore when the latter resorted to agitations in various parts of the state.

Sources in the IPFT said their grievance was that they could not get the of their choice at many places.

The BACs monitor the implementation of developmental schemes of the government at the grassroots level.

A five-member state-level coordination committee of the BJP and the IPFT, which was formed last week to ensure better coordination within the government, had recently released a list of 27 BAC chairmen.

The list has become a bone of contention between the ruling allies as disagreements over it have been reported from various districts.

The BJP had secured 35 seats, while the IPFT had bagged eight seats in the March election for the 60-member

of Police (Law and Order) Smriti Ranjan Das said IPFT activists blocked 8 at Shakbari and Sachirambari in district for about two hours yesterday.

However, the police managed to get them to withdraw the blockade following long persuasions and there was no untoward incident, he told

A group of IPFT activists, including women, had gheraoed the Lefunga block office in district yesterday, demanding that a of the outfit be made the in the area, instead of someone from the BJP.

According to of Police (West Tripura) Ajit Pratap Singh, 750 people, including 150 women, had gathered around the Lefunga block office on Monday, but were persuaded to disperse in the evening.

IPFT supporters had also gheraoed the station in district, around 70 kms from here, yesterday.

of Police (Khowai) Krishnendu Chakravertty said nearly 350 people had gheraoed the police station and tried to damage its outer fence, demanding the release of arrested tribal leaders.

"The mob was turning unruly, but things were brought under control subsequently. They tried to damage the outer fence, but there was no major damage," he added.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 01:10 IST