Agartala : BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, accompanied by party prabhari Avinash Khanna Rai, are in Agartala today to hold a meeting with state party’s State Committee, core committee and presidents of frontal organizations at the party headquarters to prepare a strategy for the upcoming general elections.
Ram Madhav is also planning to meet a delegation of the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), BJP’s partner in the coalition Government in the state.
The meeting with the IPFT leadership assumes significance keeping in mind the tribal party’s recent decision to contest the Lok Sabha elections alone. In his last central executive committee meeting recently, the IPFT decided to field candidates for both the Lok Sabha seats.
The IPFT initially sought to fight alone if it is not given the East Tripura Lok Sabha seat.
A five member committee headed by IPFT president NC Debbarma has already been constituted to select candidates for both the Lok Sabha seats, said party’s assistant general secretary Mangal Debbarma at a press conference here.
“We wanted to hold a meeting with the BJP leadership on the Lok Sabha elections, but they downplayed out request prompting us to take tough stand on the issue,” he said.
Debbarma said if the IPFT is allowed to contest from the East constituency, it would support the BJP candidate for west Tripura seat or else the party would contest both constituencies.