Agartala: With the election for the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) knocking on the door, political circles are abuzz with many starting to shift loyalties. The TTAADC election is likely to be held in May-June.
Recently in two public meetings, a good number of party workers announced the shifting of their loyalty and noticeably in both the cases, the ruling BJP was the biggest looser while the CPI(M) also suffered some setback.
In the first incident, the Pristha Pramokh of BJP in Ward No. 12 of the Ambassa Municipal Council Gopal Sutradhar along with 71 families of his locality, mostly his relatives, walked straight into the Ambassa Congress Bhawan and announced that he has decided to leave the BJP and join the Congress.
District Congress president Manik Deb and other leaders like Kripesh Roy and Ninguram Halam welcomed them. Talking to reporters, Sutradhar said lack of discipline and disregard to commitments forced him to leave the BJP.
In another incident, a large number of workers, both from the BJP and CPI(M), joined the IPFT in a meeting at Chakmaghat in Teliamura sub-division where IPFT general secretary and Forest Minister Mever Kumar Jamatia and other leaders were present.
Party sources claimed that 3,300 voters of 536 families have joined the IPFT. They include some important party functionaries of the BJP. Rajendra Reang who led the deserters expressed deep anger against BJP MLA of Krishnapur constituency Dr Atul Debbarma. He said the eminent doctor hardly ever visits his constituency and remains busy with his medical business in New Delhi.