Tripura: IPFT alleges ally BJP behind attacks on workers, threatens to look for ‘alternative ways’
Amid reports of clashes between workers of Tripura’s ruling alliance partners, the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of harassing its workers and threatened to look for “alternative ways” if the violence doesn’t end.
“BJP cadres are continuously attacking IPFT supporters since recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. We are very afraid and are being regularly harassed by our partners. It is unfortunate that we are being subjected to threats and assaults despite being an ally in government. This should stop,” IPFT spokesperson Mangal Debbarma said at a press conference on Monday evening.
In an oblique reference to a possible split in the alliance, Mangal further said his party would look for “alternative ways” if the violence doesn’t immediately end. When asked if the IPFT would walk out of the government, he said, “I don’t want to comment on it at this stage.”
Over 100 IPFT workers were injured in a series of assaults since Lok Sabha election results were announced on May 23, Debbarma claimed, adding that south Tripura’s Jolaibari sub-division, west Tripura’s Jampuijala sub-division, and north Tripura’s Sadar sub-division, along with Khowai and Dhalai districts are the worst hit by violent feuds between the alliance partners.