AGARTALA: Member of Parliament and president of Janajati Morcha, BJP's tribal wing in Tripura, Rebati Tripura has held the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) state and central leaders responsible for its defeat against Tripura Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) polls on Monday.
"IPFT did not have the strength to dominate the polls. I tried to make my state and central leaders understand the same but could not convince them," said Rebati Tripura.
In this regard, Rebati also criticised BJP's ally Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) for having skirmishes between both parties.
Rebati proclaimed further about IPFT's "activities" in the last three years, saying: "BJP MLAs and MP were attacked in the constituency of IPFT minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia. BJP state president and other leaders were attacked by IPFT ahead of the election at ADC headquarters."
Rebati also said the BJP's decision to fight in only 11 seats and leave 17 to IPFT backfired as people did not accept the latter.
In the TTAADC polls, royal scion Pradyot Manikya's newly formed party TIPRA swept 18 seats out of 28. While the incumbent BJP won 6 seats, their regional ally IPFT drew a blank.
Efforts to contact BJP and IPFT state leadership proved futile.
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