Another shock to BJP in Tripura: IPFT youth brigade follow Ananta Debbarma to join Congress
Hours after Tripura ruling alliance partner Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) vice president Ananta Debbarma quit the tribal party, IPFT’s entire youth brigade followed suit and joined Congress, accusing IPFT leaders of fulfilling self-interests at the cost of tribal welfare.
Speaking to reporters at Raj Andar, annexe of the royal Ujjayanta Palace here, Youth IPFT general secretary and Tripura Industries Development Corporation (TIDC) chairperson Shuklacharan Noatia said there is no democracy in IPFT and three leaders are calling all the shots at the cost of ‘Tipraland’ demand. The tribal leader joined the Congress with nine other youth leaders and said more are expected to follow the suit.
“I have quit IPFT since the party has declined to speak up against Citizenship Amendment Bill. If passed, the Bill will damage tribal interests across the country. Congress is directly opposing the legislation. So, we have joined the party,” Shuklacharan said.
Shukla was earlier named IPFT candidate for West Tripura Lok Sabha seat. But his candidature was later rejected over issues of Office of Profit. Shuklacharan alleged that his nomination was dropped due to a conspiracy hatched with BJP.