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By Our Reporter | Agartala | March 14, 2019

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Wednesday held the first round of seat sharing arrangement with alliance partner Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) for the two Lok Sabha seats in Tripura. But the efforts of mediation from Madhav did not seem to have much of an impact as no concrete solution was arrived at a meeting between the leadership of both the alliance partners.

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“We had a meeting with Ram Madhavji at the state Guest house for which we have been waiting for a long time but unfortunately no concrete solution came out in today’s meeting. We have made our stand clear in front of BJP leadership that we will certainly contest from the East Tripura (Reserved) Lok Sabha seat no matter what. We have also put forward all our concerns regarding the alliance. Madhavji has taken note of all our concern and has said that he will get back to us after discussing with the BJP central leadership. But from now on we will proceed with our preparations to contest in both the Lok Sabha seats of the state”, said Minister, Mevar Kumar Jamatia.

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Though BJP in-charge Sunil Deodhar says BJP wants to contest in both the Lok Sabha seats while adding, “We are prepared to fight in both the seats and will try to convince our alliance partner IPFT leadership to support us in both the seats”.

Madhav had earlier informed media persons here, “We had the first round of discussions, our Deputy CM (Jishnu Dev Varma) will have another round by evening or tomorrow morning and finalise electoral understanding with the IPFT.”

However, IPFT in a press conference on Tuesday evening at the Agartala Press Club made it clear that they are prepared to field candidates in both West Tripura and East Tripura Lok Sabha seats but if BJP thinks that both the alliance partners must fight the General elections together than they are ready to field no candidate from the West Tripura (General) Lok Sabha seat but in that scenario BJP should not field any candidate in East Tripura (Reserved) Lok Sabha seat.

Ram Madhav along with state’s BJP in-charge Sunil Deodhar, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Devvarma had a closed door meeting with an IPFT delegation which comprised of IPFT President , N.C. Debbarma, IPFT Vice-President Mevar Kumar Jamatia, Ananta Debbarma , Brajalal Debbarma and other office bearers of IPFT to discuss about the IPFT leadership regarding the upcoming general elections.

BJP and IPFT had formed the government in the state last year after the Assembly polls, unseating the Left Front. IPFT has said it will contest the Lok Sabha polls in the state on its own.

BJP on the other has maintained its position clear from the very beginning on the issue of general elections that all the decisions will be taken by the central leadership and the entire state unit will abide by it.

“See, we are a national party unlike IPFT which is a regional party. The problem is that all our decisions are taken in consultation with our central leadership. Today Ram Madhavji had come to Agartala and had a meeting with our entire state leadership. He also had a meeting with our alliance partner IPFT and has returned to Delhi with all the opinions and demands. The next decision will be taken by our central leadership”, said BJP spokesperson Dr. Ashok Sinha.

Voting for both the seats in Tripura will be held on April 11 and 18 respectively.

The Election Commission of India on Sunday announced the dates for the Lok Sabha elections 2019. The Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19. The votes will be counted on May 23.

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