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In Tripura the ruling BJP’s alliance tribal partner Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) on the allegation of its supporters being attacked by the cadres of its big brothers has threatened to think on alternative.

IPFT spokesperson Mongal Debbarma at a press conference in Agartala on Tuesday said, “On the midnight of June 14 a section of BJP goons in Gandacherra attacked the house of our leader Premsadhan Tripura. We protest that incident and never expected it. We have also noticed attacks in Ambassa on the house of our AGM Jibanjoy Reang. His house boundary and other properties have been destroyed by a section of BJP supporters. We are very sorry to say that despite being alliance partners if such incidents continue we shall not tolerate it anymore and in coming days shall think over organizing major agitation.”

“In a similar style again on June 15 in around 200 to 250 BJP cadres attack the house of our leader Premsahan Tripura at Gandacherra. They burned a new bike and destroyed everything in his house. All members in that house beside our supporters present at that moment was also physically assaulted,” he added.

He alleged that after the completion of the 2019 Parliamentary election throughout Tripura BJP cadres have been organizing attacks on alliance IPFT supporters and on the members of other non-BJP political parties.

Debbarma expressed that the manner in which non-BJP supporters are being attacked by the BJP, he and his party leaders are very worried and demanded that such attacks should immediately come to an end.

The IPFT spokesperson said, “Despite  BJP and IPFT alliance partners in the government we are being regularly attacked with weapons, houses vandalized beside threats. We have tolerated them a lot and maybe in the coming days, we have to think over some other alternative. We want his to stop immediately or IPFT shall get prepared to agitate against it or face it.”

The rift in the ruling alliance in Tripura came to the fore Monday as the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) alleged that BJP workers were attacking its supporters after the Lok Sabha election, a charge denied by the saffron party.

Pinaki Das

Pinaki Das is Northeast Now Correspondent in Agartala. He can be reached at: pinakianisk@gmail.com

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