AGARTALA: Governor's rule was extended for another six months in the 30-member Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) after its six-month tenure expired on Tuesday, said Tripura's Tribal Welfare Department Director L.T. Darlong
The election process had to be deferred earlier in the TTAADC due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The political activities in the TTAADC have already gained momentum as most of the political parties are holding rallies to woo the voters.
The Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), an ally of the ruling BJP, is a dominant political force in the tribal dominated areas of Tripura. However, the BJP is yet to decide any alliance with the IPFT for the elections to the tribal autonomous bodies. The politically important TTAADC, until May 18, when the Governor's Rule was first promulgated, was governed by the Opposition CPI-M which has a substantial base among the tribals.
CPI-M State Secretary Gautam Das and Tripura Pradesh Congress President PijushBiswas had separately asked the BJP-led State government to conduct the TTAADC elections at the earliest.
The IPFT has been agitating since 2009 for the creation of a separate State by upgrading the TTAADC, which has jurisdiction over two-thirds of Tripura's 10,491 sq km area which is home to over 12,16,000 people, 90 per cent of whom are tribals. The politically important TTAADC was constituted under the sixth Schedule of the Constitution in June, 1985. (IANS)
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