INPT to launch anti-left tribal forum in Tripura

Agartala
1 Aug 2017

The Indigenous National Party of Tripura (INPT) will form a forum of anti-left tribal political parties for a united fight against the ruling Left Front in the coming elections, a party leader said today.
"We have decided to form the forum of anti-left tribal parties to protect and safeguard the identity and political and economical interests of the indigenous people of the state and fight against CPM in the next elections slated for February next year," INPT chief Bijay Hrankhawl told newspersons. "We would approach the National Council of Tripura (NCT), Twipraland State Demand Party (TSDP) and Indigenous People s Front of Tripura (IPFT) to come under one umbrella, Hrankhawl said.
In the 60-member Assembly in Tripura, twenty seats are reserved for tribals and the CPM won all the seats in the last elections held in 2013. Meanwhile, IPFT and another non-left party, Twipraland State Party (TSP) have decided to intensify their movement for a separate state - Twipraland. "We will continue to organise stir for a separate state unless the interests of the tribals would not be guarded, IPFT president N C Debbarma told newspersons. IPFT blocked the national highway and rail line in the state for more than 10 days from July 10 over 'Twipraland' demand. The party withdrew the blockade after interventions by the state government and Centre.