Manik Sarkar Al­leges BJP for In­cit­ing Tibals for Sep­a­rate State De­mand

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The BJP has been try­ing to in­cite a sec­tion of Tripura’s trib­als to raise the is­sue of a sep­a­rate state the way Congress had done in the past, Chief Min­is­ter Manik Sarkar said in Agar­tala last fort­night.

“The BJP has been try­ing to get a foothold in Tripura by us­ing a small sec­tion of tribal lead­ers to raise the de­mand for cre­ation of a sep­a­rate state. The Congress had also done the same years ago, and cre­ated the Tripura Upa­jati Juba Samiti (TUJS), with which it also formed a coali­tion gov­ern­ment about 30 years ago. This time the BJP is try­ing to prop up the Indige­nous Peo­ple’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) with the same de­mand,” Sarkar told. He also pointed at the 11-day road block­ade in Tripura called by the IPFT in July to press for cre­ation of a sep­a­rate state. Assem­bly polls in Tripura are due in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

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