The recent clash between the ruling partners of Tripura, BJP and IPFT have reached such an extent that they are now creating debates in the filing of nomination for the September 30 panchayat polls. The nomination filing for the panchayat polls has led to involving in clashes between the party workers compelling the police to interfere. The intra-clash between the party workers reached an extent of injuring at least 15 party workers.
A police official of Tripura states, “At least 15 members of the BJP and IPFT were injured in the intra-party clashes and subsequent police lathi charge at Boxanagar late Monday evening. The clashes broke out when IPFT members went to file nomination papers.”
As stated by the police, many harmful weapons like bombs, explosive materials and sticks were being used by the party workers which forced the cops to interfere and open fire in the air. Had the police not interfered between the two political parties’ members, severe issues might have occurred. The candidate of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) could not even submit their nomination papers within the official time due to the clash.
The police official further said, “On Monday night, IPFT members attacked the residence of Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Birendra Kishore Debbarma and assaulted his wife and others at Golaghati.” As per reports, Debbarma was not at home during the attack.
However, this is not the only reason and more clashes took place between the political parties over the filing of nominations in Khowai, West Tripura and Sipahijala districts on Tuesday.
It was only last week that the Law and Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath who is also the Chairman of BJP’s panchayat election committee announced that they would field candidates for all the 3,386 vacant seats of gram panchayats. This did not sound well to the IPFT leaders and they expressed their disagreement with the announcement.