IPFT gives cold response as BJP announces Tripura CM

Agartala (Tripura): The Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Tuesday gave a cold response to the announcement of the chief minister and deputy chief minister.

Nitin Gadkari, Union minister and the BJP’s central observer for Tripura, on Tuesday announced that Biplab Kumar Deb will be the next chief minister and Jishnu Debbarma will be deputy chief minister.

The BJP won 35 seats out of 59 in the Tripura legislative assembly elections.

The IPFT, which won eight seats, has said it would support the government from outside if it was not given ‘respectable’ positions in the ministry.

It was also pitching for the chief minister to be selected from the tribal community.

After the BJP named chief minister and deputy chief minister, IPFT president N.C. Debbarma gave a cold response to the development and said there is no question of us being pleased or displeased.

He also said that the BJP alone decided the name of chief minister and deputy chief minister.

The IPFT president said the party has discussed this development with other senior leaders and will also discuss this with BJP leaders Himanta Biswa Sarma and Ram Madhav tomorrow.

Sarma, the Assam minister is now the BJP’s Northeast India strategist while Madhav is the BJP’s Northeast in-charge. (ANI)