AGARTALA, July 3 - Cracks have been widening between the two partners � the BJP and the Indigenous People�s Front of Tripura (IPFT) � of the ruling combine in Tripura. The IPFT is in fact mulling to contest the ensuing Lok Sabha elections alone.
�The decision to go it alone in the Lok Sabha elections slated for next year was taken at the party�s coordination committee meeting recently,� said IPFT assistant general secretary Mangal Debbarma here today.
Debbarma said the BJP has already engaged four leaders, including two ministers, for picking up candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, and that there has been no talks with the IPFT in this regard.
Asserting that the IPFT was keen on a dialogue with the BJP on selection of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, Debbarma said that the saffron party�s latest move has prompted his party to think otherwise.
On the selection of the block advisory committee (BAC) chairmen for 41 blocks, the BJP leadership did not pay any heed to the IPFT�s wish list, he said, adding that in a coalition government there must be better understanding between the alliance partners.