Manik Sarkar Alleges BJP for Inciting Tibals for Separate State Demand
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.