As BJP celebrates Tripura victory, cracks appear in alliance with IPFT

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However, according to sources, to offer a truce to its ally, BJP leaders have unofficially offered the post of Deputy Chief Minister to the tribal party.

"We will support the new government from outside if the IPFT is not given "respectable" positions in the ministry", the party president, N.C. Debbarma, said on Monday.

The CPI (M) alleged that the supporters and activists of the BJP-Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) alliance were terrorizing its workers and burning party offices since the announcement of poll results on March 3.

Mounting pressure on its electoral ally BJP, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) today said that it would support the new government from outside if it was not given "respectable" positions in the ministry.

Pranajit Singha Roy, a newly elected member from BJP said, "Development for the people is our priority at present because the left front government in Tripura completely failed to fulfill the demands of common people in the last 25 years."Mr. Roy won as BJP candidate from 31-Raadhakishorepur Assembly constituency with 22,414 votes defeating RSP candidate Srikantaa Datta, who got 17568 votes in the assembly election of Tripura".

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"Legislature members will decide who should be made the Chief Minister in a democratic way as BJP believes in democracy", Deb told ANI.

Clarifying the meaning of "respectable" positions, IPFT president NC Debbarma said it meant proportionate representation of IPFT MLAs in the cabinet and allocation of major departments to them. "We won the elections because of our victory in the reserved Scheduled Tribe constituencies".

Analysing the poll outcome, Fadnavis said the BJP did not win the elections because of some vote division, but due to the people's trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. The emeeting is expected to be attended by all 35 BJP MLAs from the state and senior leaders including BJP state in-charge Sunil Deodhar.

It is a tradition in the northeast that a chief minister is selected from the indigenous community, he added. "We're hopeful the central government will form a high-level monitoring committee to look into our demand".