Tripura: Mevar Kumar Jamatia took over the reins of IPFT.
Agartala: In a significant political development, Fisheries and Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia has been unanimously elected as the new party supremo of the IPFT (Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura) in the Tripura cabinet. The IPFT is a junior ally in the government. on Sunday.
He replaces one-year-old NC Debbarma, a senior minister in the Council of Ministers, who suffers from a number of ailments. Over the past year, Debbarma has been hospitalized several times for her illness and discharged after recovering.
These decisions were taken at a meeting of the party’s central committee held at Dasarathdeb Smriti Bhavan in Agartala. Apart from the Jamatia, Dhananjay Tripura and MLA Prasanta Debbarma have been selected for key posts of General Secretary. The party said that other important posts in the party’s central committee would be filled on time.
Addressing a news conference after the Central Committee meeting, the Jamatia said, “I thank all my colleagues in the party for their confidence in me while our party is going through difficult times. We have suffered one electoral defeat after another and the position of the party is not very good.
Reiterating the party’s basic demand for separate statehood, the newly elected president said, “It is true that we are in alliance with the BJP but our ideology is different and sometimes we can make decisions independently. We feel that a separate state is the only solution to all the problems facing the local people of the state.
Regarding the new changes, he said, “In the two-day state conference, we held elections for two posts, the president and the general secretary. State conferences are held every three years to elect the party’s new central committee, according to the Jamatia.
It is noteworthy that the IPFT has come to power in alliance with the BJP. It won eight of the nine seats it contested for the tribal majority, but lost the party in the recent TTAADC elections. The BJP has on several occasions blamed the poor performance of the IPFT for the defeat in the Sixth Schedule elections.