14 June, 2021

‘For Tipraland, Open To Both Cong, BJP’

A new nativist party upends Tripura’s political landscape, leaving even the BJP behind. Pradyot Kishore Manikya Deb Burman, chairman of TIPRA, talks about their fundamental demand: Greater Tipraland.

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‘For Tipraland, Open To Both Cong, BJP’

The fledgling Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) has swept the elections to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council, winning 18 seats with its ally INPT. TTAADC has 30 members, of which 28 are elected. The ruling BJP won just 9 while its ally IPFT failed to open its account, One seat went to an ind­ependent candidate. The Left Front, which had ruled the state for 25 years, drew a blank as did the Congress.

Pradyot Kishore Manikya Deb Barman, TIPRA chairman and a scion of Tripura’s erstwhile royal family, tells Bhavna Vij-Aurora that the indigenous people of the state have expressed their anger against the BJP-IPFT for failing them. Excerpts…

You launched TIPRA as a social organisation. Why did you convert it into a political party?

The other regional parties could not take an independent line on the issue of Greater Tipraland. I realised that the state needs an independent narrative rather than a national narrative. As an...

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