Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Tripura: BJP ally seeks separate tribal state

Tripura: BJP ally seeks separate tribal state

Ram Pada Jamatia, another candidate of BJP from 30-Bagma (ST) constituency said, " The people of Tripura got independence after long time from CPI-M regime, which is victory of people."Mr. Jamatia won as BJP candidate from Gomati District under Udaipur subdivision with good margin that counted 24074 votes and nearest candidate Naresh Ch. Jamatia from CPIM party had secured 21241 votes.

A day after winning Tripura elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) ally Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) has put the demand for a separate state for the tribals back on the table.

It is a tradition in the northeast that a chief minister is selected from the indigenous community, he added. When asked how they plan to cope up with the functioning of the new government with its inexperienced MLAs, Deodhar said, "There are eight who have previously served as MLAs and ministers".

The massive victory threw the spotlight on Biplab Deb, who took over two years ago as the BJP's Tripura chief, its youngest in any state.

The IPFT would also seek a separate block for its MLAs in the Assembly if it was not given "respectable" positions in the cabinet, he said.

BJP, which did not have a single councillor in all of Tripura and lost its deposit in 49 constituencies out of 50 in 2013 assembly elections, had managed this land sliding victory.

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State BJP president Biplab Deb said that a joint meeting of 43 BJP and IPFT MLAs will be held here tomorrow in which Union minister Nitin Gadkari will be present.

CPI (M) MP Jitendra Chaudhary told The Indian Express that there had been 200 cases of violence against the party since Saturday night.

"Now if we are not given respectable positions, we would support the government from outside", he said. The BJP had won 35 and IPFT 8 seats.

The tribal council area comprises two-third of the state's territory and the tribals form one-third of the population.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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