A new political initiative was launched today in the northeast, aimed at taking control of the BJP in the region. The group, whose first two constituents are the Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (Tipra) and the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP), has yet to be named.
Tipra chairman Pradyot Manikya Debburman, head of the Tripura royal family, is leading the new platform. He said he is open to allying with West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress for the 2023 polls in his state.
AJP president Lurinjyoti Gogoi said the new platform is aimed at strengthening the regional political movement in the northeast. The final decision on this front, he said, will be announced shortly after a dialogue with all regional parties.
The launch is significant as the BJP and its allies control governments in all eight states in the region through the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), a political coalition formed in 2016.
“The entire northeast is now ruled by one party… the BJP and its allies. The BJP’s allies are not happy. You also saw what happened in Assam and Meghalaya,” Tipra’s chairman said in Guwahati today . .
“The idea is to form a central platform that speaks in the voice of the Northeast, not the language of Delhi.”
Debburman claimed to be in talks with many NEDA partners — the IPFT in Tripura and other organizations in Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram — because “their problems are not being addressed.” He called NEDA “just an election-winning machine”.
Addressing a number of AJP leaders and supporters in Guwahati today, Debburman referred to the potential for an alliance with the Mamata Banerjee-led party.
“The Trinamool must let us know in writing that they will support our demand for a Great Tipraland in Parliament. No one is untouchable in politics. Not even Congress is untouchable,” he said.
Tipra and AJP set the primary requirements for the new initiative. These include the immediate repeal of the Citizenship Act (Amendment), updating the National Register of Citizens, ensuring constitutional provisions for the protection of Tripura’s indigenous identities and cultures, and the formation of Tipraland or Greater Tripraland.
“The people of the Northeast are realizing and even paying for the BJP’s aggressive agenda to strengthen their position in the Northeast… they are trying to implement their concept of Hindutva which is different from the ancient traditions of Hinduism based on love and compassion,” said Mr Gogoi.
“As a result, many ethnic traditions and languages have become extinct or endangered.”