Pradyot Manikya led TIPRA Motha emerges single-largest party at TTAADC Polls

The newly formed party Tiprasa Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) Motha led by royal scion Pradyot Manikya Deb Barman has scripted history by sweeping the crucial Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) polls.

As per reports, the TIPRA along with its ally INPT has won a majority by grabbing a total of 18 out of 28 seats, BJP and its ally Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) faced a major defeat. BJP managed to secure just nine seats, IPFT and Congress failed to secure even a single seat. Meanwhile, the ADC polls also marked the end of the CPI (M), which has ruled the council for 15 years.

Reportedly, TIPRA chief Deb Barman who won from the Takarajala-Jampuijala ADC constituency is expected to form the next Executive Committee (EC) in the TTAADC.

Meanwhile, Deb Barman took to Twitter to reveal the figures received by the new regional party from his seat in Takarjala-Jampuijala.

“Many people asking me for the votes share from my seat in Takarjala/Jampuijala well here it is – TIPRA 13461 IPFT/BJP 2768 CPIM 426 NOTA 226 CONG 221. I extend my commiseration to all the opponents,” Pradyot tweeted.

Counting for the TTAADC election began today from 7:30 am amid tight security. A total of 16 counting centers were set up to decide the faith of 30 contestants, said reports.

It needs to be mentioned here, that the TIPRA was formed following the exit of the royal scion from the Congress in September 2019. Deb Barman thrived to form his own party in the interest of the tribal community of Tripura and formed an alliance of few tribal parties and termed it as TIPRA. One of the major demands of the indigenous parties is the creation of ‘Greater Tipraland’ that stands to bring an end to the socio-economic and deprivation of indigenous communities by forming a separate state with all TTAADC areas under the jurisdiction of the state.

The 30-member TTAADC governs two-thirds of the state’s territory. Elections to 28 of the 30 seats were held on April 6 and the remaining two seats will be nominated by the governor as per the state government’s advice.

The five-year tenure of the TTAADC expired on May 17, 2020. Thereafter the Governor’s rule was imposed for a period of six months which was later extended for another six months on November 17.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma wished the royal scion on the ‘big win’ in the Tripura ADC.

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