In another blow to Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally in Tripura government, party’s youth wing’s general secretary Shukla Charan Noatia quit it on Monday.
According to information, Youth IPFT general secretary Shukla Charan Noatia has quit the party to join the Congress.
Noatia was the second top leader of the IPFT who left the party on Monday.
The youth leader of IPFT was also the chairman of Tripura Small Industrial Corporation (TSIC).
Earlier in the day, IPFT vice president Ananta Debbarma quit the party to support Congress candidates contesting the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.
Shukla was also the IPFT candidate from the Tripura West parliamentary constituency but his candidature was cancelled after scrutiny.
Official sources informed that the district magistrate and returning officer of Tripura West election district Dr. Sandeep N. Mahatme had cancelled Shukla Charan Noatia’s nomination for the ensuing Lok Sabha election as he was holding the office of profit as the chairman of the Tripura Small Industrial Corporation (TSIC).
After quitting the IPFT, Shukla alleged that internal democracy is not there in the party and it has moved away from its prime demand of seperate tribal state Twipraland on which issue it came to power.
When asked if he still maintains his demand for Twipraland which the Congress does not support, the young leader said that the present worry is the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which has to be stopped by not allowing thed BJP to come back to power at the Centre again.
The BJP in its manifesto released on Monday reiterated that it would pass the Bill if it is voted to power in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.
Shukla expressed his unhappiness before the media in presence of royal scion and Tripura Congress president Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma and stated that he would join the Congress.
Earlier, in a press conference held on Monday, Ananta Debbarma and few of his supporters announced that they would support the Congress candidates for the two Lok Sabha seats in Tripura.
Tripura Congress president Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarman was also present in the press conference held in his palace.