First BJP-IPFT govt likely to take oath on March 8

Tripura: Newly elected MLAs of BJP-IPFT alliance to meet today

First BJP-IPFT govt likely to take oath on March 8

Debbarma also demanded that the chief minister should be from among the indigenous MLAs and said it was the tradition of the northeast that a chief minister is selected from the indigenous community.

However, the BJP leader said a final decision on the next Chief Minister of Tripura would be taken by the BJP Parliamentary Board, which would meet in New Delhi this evening.

Debbarma further said the BJP and IPFT had fought the elections in alliance with the sole aim of defeating the CPI-M and it was achieved.

The BJP wrested Tripura, the last Left bastion, and received invitation to be part of the government in Nagaland, while Meghalaya elected a hung Assembly. The term of the current Nagaland assembly ends on March 13.

Manik Sarkar, the four-time Chief Minister said that the BJP victory had caught him off guard and was completely unexpected.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony. Here in Christian dominated state BJP could win only 2 seats but its North East Democratic alliance partner National People's Party got 19 seats. "A one-day special session of the Meghalaya legislative assembly will be held on March 7 at 10 am, where the newly elected MLAs will take oath before protem Speaker at the assembly chamber", Mr Simons said in a statement. It was ironical that the BJP which swears by nationalism could join hand with an anti national divisive regional party. "We're hopeful the central government will form a high-level monitoring committee to look into our demand".

However, according to sources, to offer a truce to its ally, BJP leaders have unofficially offered the post of Deputy Chief Minister to the tribal party.

Clarifying the meaning of "respectable" positions, IPFT chief Debbarma stated it meant proportionate representation of IPFT MLAs in the Cabinet and allocation of major departments to them.

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