Assembly elections are due in Tripura next year. Before this the multiplication of political parties has started. On the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday ruled out an alliance with the regional political party Tipra Motha.
Tipra Motha is headed by Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma, a descendant of the royal family. This regional party had won the 2021 Tripura Tribal Area Autonomous District Council Elections (TTAADC) elections. Tipra Motha defeated BJP and its ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) in this election.
The party’s vice-president Ashok Sinha said, “BJP will field in the 2023 assembly elections without any new electoral partner, but the alliance with IPFT will remain as the saffron party does not spare any of its allies.”
He further said, “It has been made clear in our brainstorming meeting that BJP will contest the elections in the state on its own strength and the alliance with IPFT will continue.” BJP does not support any new alliance including Tipra Motha. He said that the saffron party still has a solid presence in the tribal areas.
Sinha also claimed that IPFT voters had voted for Tipra Motha in the Tribal Council elections. He said the BJP won all the seats except two. While Tipra Motha won all the seats allotted to IPFT.
Tipra Motha had won 18 seats out of 30, while the BJP won 10 seats. The other two seats are nominated by the Governor. The Autonomous District Councils govern the two-thirds of the state, with one-third being predominantly tribal.