Agartala: A day after the call of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to the tribal voters of Tripura not to vote for TIPRA Motha—a dominant political force in the hills—in the ensuing assembly elections, Motha supremo and royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman reacted sharply on Saturday and appealed to the voters to respond to the call to EVMs on February 16 next.
In an election rally in Krishnapur of Khowai on Friday, the Assam CM asked voters not to waste their votes by voting for TIPRA Motha, saying that TIPRA Motha may win some seats, but it can’t form a government, and it has no link at the center, so Pradyot can’t pursue his “Greater Tipraland” demand.
Pradyot replied to Sarma alleging that BJP wants to divide the country in the name of language and religion. During the BJP’s five-year rule, there has been an attempt to divide Tripura by its name.
The saffron party has adopted the strategy of dividing the country. The people of Tripura elected the BJP in 2018 on the basis of lofty promises of development and welfare, but it now appears that all was a farce.
“TIPRA Motha is a platform of all the communities and religions that has been working for the development of Tripura in the spirit of the Indian Constitution without any socio-cultural, religious, or communal bias. We are fighting the election for a cause, not to enjoy the power, and firmly believe Motha will play a key role in the formation of the next government,” Pradyot stated.
He appealed to vote against the BJP, which does politics on religion, language, and community and pursues the politics of division. Pradyot alleged that the BJP’s governance in the last five years was complete misrule.
The people of Tripura want to come out of the clutches of violence, disparity, and communal politics, for which Motha has been fighting beyond all politics.
According to him, the BJP wants to divide the country in the name of language and religion, but TIPRA Motha’s demand for Greater Tipraland is not accepted. pointing out that the indigenous people of Tripura will answer this duplicity of the BJP in the election.
“I once again urged voters not to give the benefits of vote sharing to the BJP,” Pradyot said, appealing to all the boys and girls of Tripura who are outside the state to come to their assembly constituency before February 14 and vote for Motha to assert their rights.