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BJP dilly-dallying on alliance irks INPT

From a correspondent
Agartala, Jan 3: The Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) has expressed unhappiness over the way the BJP is dealing with the issue of forming alliance for the forthcoming Assembly election.
This has prompted the INPT to take a unilateral decision instead of waiting for the saffron party.
The state election committee of the party met here on Tuesday and expressed dissatisfaction over the dilly-dallying tactics which the BJP has adopted and thereby decided to meet again in January 5 to take a final call over allying with the BJP.
“We are not ready to go for alliance neither with the BJP nor with other political parties at the cost of our self respect,” Jagadish Debbarma, general secretary of the INPT told the reporters after the election committee meeting.
 Earlier, during a meeting in presence of the Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is also the election in-charge of BJP in Tripura, both parties had decided to form an alliance and were scheduled to meet again on December 28 to finalize the modalities. But the BJP leadership has not taken any such initiative.
Meanwhile, the BJP has initiated a dialogue with the leaders of the Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Twipra(IPFT), who are demanding a separate State comprising the areas of the present Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council.  However, the saffron party is opposing to the demand of IPFT.  It is learnt that both BJP and IPFT are trying to find out a compromise formula for forming an alliance. A 10 member delegation of the IPFT has left for Delhi to discuss with the BJP leaders.