Hindustan Times (Delhi)

BJP forges alliance with tribal party in Tripura

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AGARTALA: The BJP on Thursday forged an alliance with the tribal-based Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) to unitedly fight the February 18 elections to the state assembly, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said here. “After a series of discussion­s, the BJP and the IPFT (NC Debbarma faction) formed an alliance to fight unitedly against the ruling Left,” Sarma, BJP in-charge of Tripura elections, said. According to the deal, the BJP will field candidates in 51 of the 60 seats and the IPFT in nine. “If any leader of other parties is keen to enter this alliance, he or she has to contest on BJP’S lotus symbol.” Sarma, convener of the Bjp-led anti-congress North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), said his party would not form any alliance with other two tribalbase­d parties — Indigenous Nationalis­t Party of Tripura (INPT) and National Conference of Tripura (NCT). “The names of nominees would be declared on Saturday evening or Sunday morning,” said Sarma, a former Congress Minister who joined the BJP before Assam assembly elections in 2016. On the IPFT’S separate state demand, he said the Modi government and a Bjp-led government in Tripura — if one is formed — would take steps to develop the scio-economic condition, education, language and culture of the tribals. He said PM Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, home minister Rajnath Singh, UP CM

Yogi Adityanath and others will campaign for the party from February second week.

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