After the differences over the issue of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Citizen Register (NRC), Tripura’s royalist Pradyot Manikya Deb Burman, who split from Congress two years ago, has now given a big blow to the state’s ruling party BJP. He has formed a new alliance with a party that is in the ruling coalition. This has happened when the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) elections are going to be held.
Deb Burman has formed the Tripura Indigenous People’s Regional Alliance (TIPRA) in collaboration with BJP’s Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) ahead of the tribal council elections in the northeastern state. TTAADC elections were originally scheduled on May 17 last year, but were halted due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Now these alliance TTAADC elections will be fought under the leadership of Pradyot Manikya Deb Burman. On Friday, 42-year-old Pradyot officially announced that the Tipperland State Party and the IPFT (Tipra) merged with the Tripura Indigenous People’s Regional Alliance (TIPRA).
The state’s ruling party, BJP, suffered another setback when almost all tribal political parties of the state decided to come together with TIPRA. However, the IPFT has not yet withdrawn its support from the Biplab Deb government in the state, where they have two ministers.
Pradyot Manikya Deb Burman, who was earlier the Tripura Pradesh President of the Congress, left the party in 2019. Their main demand has been for a separate state “Greater Tipperland” for indigenous tribal communities in Tripura. IPFT has also gained political fame since 2009 by demanding a separate state.