By Our Reporter
Agartala | April 24, 2018
The BJP with its ally IPFT may have swept the 2018 State Assembly Elections but the relationship between them do not seem to be a smooth sailing one, especially given the fact that the BJP had made many promises to the IPFT but the same do not seem to be fulfilled thereby straining the ties between them.
During the election campaigns of 2018 assembly elections of Tripura, BJP had promised that the development of TTAADC as soon as they come to power and that they would form a high level committee to give more power and financial autonomy as well as Kokborok language will be included in the 8th schedule of the constitution.
But since the new BJP led government has sworn-in there has been no efforts by the government to address the issues which they had promised to the indigenous people of the state. On the other hand their own ally, the IPFT has been protesting for the formation of a high level modulation committee to find out solutions for the development of the TTAADC which the BJP had promised prior to the elections.
Replying to the issues of inclusion of ‘Kokborok’ under the Eight Schedule of the Constitution and on the issue of amending the provision of the sixth schedule & empowerment of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) which was raised by Jitendra Choudhury (Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha) on the Zero Hour of the Winter Session of 2017, the MOS (Home) Kiren Rijiju did not give a concrete answer to the promises made by BJP to people of the state and could only assure that the matters are being “discussed with the State Government concerned and is under consideration of the Government”.
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It may be mentioned that the relationship between Tripura’s allies BJP and IPFT do not seem very smooth sailing as the demand for Twipraland – which led IPFT to form an ally with ruling BJP is yet to see the light of the day. And amidst these differences, the BJP’s approach to the demands raised by the indigenous people lacks clarity.