The BJP-IPFT combine scripted history yesterday by winning the Tripura Assembly polls with a two-third majority, ending 25 years of uninterrupted rule of the CPI (M)-led Left Front in the north-eastern state. "There is an apprehension that we may not be given proper representation in the Cabinet and important portfolios would not be allocated to us as the BJP, the major constituent, alone secured 35 seats", Debbarma was quoted as by PTI. Clarifying the meaning of "respectable" positions, IPFT president NC Debbarma said it meant proportionate representation of IPFT MLAs in the cabinet and allocation of major departments to them.
The first ever BJP-IPFT combined government in Tripura is likely to take oath of office and secrecy on March 8 next in a mega function at the largest open stadium of the city in presence of top leaders of the country.
"The Congress, which got 36.5 per cent in the last election, lost all its votes to the BJP".
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday alleged that the BJP has managed to win the Tripura polls by joining hands with an anti-national divisive outfit and pumping in money. "And of course whoever is the leader of the House will naturally be the Chief Minister", he added.
CPI (M) MP Jitendra Chaudhary told The Indian Express that there had been 200 cases of violence against the party since Saturday night.
"Now if we are not given respectable positions, we will support the government from outside", he said.
The BJP leadership did not make any comment on the IPFTs demand.
We are hopeful that the Central government will form a high-level monitoring committee to look into our demand for a separate state for the tribals.
This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.