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Crack widens between BJP and IPFT on BAC chairmen issue
 AGARTALA, May 17 - The crack has widened between BJP and Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) with NC Debbarma exhorting the State Government to ‘postpone’ implementation of selection of chairpersons of 27 Block Advisory Committees (BACs).

The development came on Wednesday night after Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb’s tough words on growing ‘intolerance’ by IPFT leaders and supporters by blockading roads.

“I have already warned IPFT leaders to shun the path of blockading roads or else the government will not tolerate any movement which causes extreme inconvenience to public”, the Chief Minister had told the media while visiting Sonmaura on Monday.

After the terse warning, IPFT leaders – NC Debbarma, Mever Kumar Jamatia and Ananta Debbarma held a meeting here to discuss the ‘burning issue’ and came up with the party’s view.

“We are of the view that the government should postpone the decision of appointing Chairpersons for 27 Block Advisory Committees, otherwise it will not be possible to tackle the volatile situation”, IPFT supremo told the media after the party meeting on Wednesday night.

He continued, “The government must have a formula giving due representation of ST, SC and others in forming BAC. A list was submitted to the government for picking up Chairpersons of BAC but our view was ignored deliberately”.

IPFT would be joining the meeting of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) to be held in Guwahati on May 20. “It is obvious, the issue will be raised in the meeting to seek justice”, said an IPFT leader.

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