The royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman-led TIPRA Motha returned the favor by whooping 4 BJP leaders to his side two days after over a thousand followers of BJP’s ruling alliance partner Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) and TIPRA Motha joined the saffron party.
Moreover, the TIPRA Motha president Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl told a press conference on Wednesday evening that Kumar Halam, a BJP state leader and block chairman of Durga Chowmuhani RD Block, BJP Minority Morcha leaders S K Darlong and Mujib Miah, and BJP ST Morcha president Khagendra Reang had all left the BJP and joined Motha.
“TIPRA Motha welcomes all residents of the state. We’ll be bringing in more and more influential folks from various political parties. “We have active women and youth groups with us,” Hrangkhawl stated.
The news comes after Union Minister of State for Social Empowerment and Justice Pratima Bhoumik claimed that TIPRA Motha was attempting to deceive the public with its quest for statehood.
TIPRA Motha chief Debbarman responded to her statements by saying that the desire for statehood is a constitutional demand and that those accusing him of ethnic politics were spreading destructive lies.
Debbarman, who has appealed to the IPFT, the state’s second major tribal organization, to join hands with TIPRA Motha and together promote the statehood demand, claimed his request is receiving a “positive reaction.”
He also stated that his party’s functioning is based on the premise that it is for everyone and that it is striving for a Constitutional solution for the people.
“We haven’t reached an agreement with anyone.” The Tiprasa (Tripuri tribals) have realized that joining political parties is not the sole way to find a true answer. “The national government must provide a comprehensive and definitive solution,” he stated.
Debbarman also urged tribal chiefs to think about Tiprasa’s interests rather than their own status.
“Consider what other parties have to offer in terms of tangibles. All we hear is development, development, development, and financial bundles. However, no one has created a special package for our development. TIPRA Motha will never abandon its supporters,” according to Debbarman.
TIPRA Motha is referred to as a “tiny party”; Debbarman
Moreover, Debbarman said his party is often referred to as a “tiny party,” but that it will not be intimidated by anyone and will contest elections in both tribal and non-tribal areas.
His remark was in response to BJP state vice president Patal Kanya Jamatia’s recent remark that Motha was a little party with a “small dream” when it called for Greater Tipraland.
Debbarman also hinted that in the coming month, many more people would join TIPRA Motha.
Over the last few weeks, Tripura’s tribal politics have seen a series of shocks. Among these are the BJP’s boasts that it will win 50 or more seats in the 2023 assembly elections on its own.
TIPRA Motha’s ‘Greater Tipraland’ demand is essentially an extension of IPFT’s Tipraland and seeks to include every tribal person in the proposed state, including those living outside the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council areas, as well as providing support to ‘Tiprasa’ or Tripuris in other states such as Assam, Mizoram, and those living in Bangladesh’s bordering areas, through a development council.