Setting aside all speculations about his possible political plan, the Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman on Friday took oath as MLA of the Tripura legislative assembly along with the 13 ‘Tipra Motha’ MLAs in the floor of the state assembly.
They were sworn in as Protem Speaker Binoy Bhusan Das at a ceremony on the assembly premises and all 13-MLAs of Tipra-Motha took the oath in Kokborok and Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman took oath in Bengali.
After the swearing in, Sudip Roy Barman speaking with media persons said that the "the battle is lost, but the war against BJP goes on.”
Why we are defeated and the results and statistic are in every voters of the state and after receiving over 60 % of votes by all anti-BJP parties and this is for the first time in the history of state that any party by securing only 38.97 % votes are able to form government,” said Sudip.
He said that Congress is the only party to respect the 60% of anti-BJP voters who have sacrificed a lot, but few have an agenda and wanted to be a kingmaker , which gave the mileage to BJP.
BJP won the elections only for division of anti-BJP votes, which has created obstruction over aspiration of state’s people, said Sudip and added that the Congress will play the role of constructive opposition and the seat adjustment among the Left parties and Congress has accepted, which does not come into reality because of hidden agenda. “We are failed because we were unable to consolidate the anti-BJP votes in a single platform,” said Sudip and added that CPI(M), Congress and Tipra-Motha will join hands and will raise the issues related to the people of Tripura.
He added that like people of Tripura they also upset and their war against the oppression rule of BJP will continue and they are not giving up politics and the fight between 33 (BJP-IPFT MLAs) and 27 (CPI (M)-11-Congress-3 and Tipra Motha-13) will continue both inside the assembly and outside the assembly.
After the official swearing in Tipra-Motha chief Pradyot Kishore Debbarma also spoke to media persons and said that his party can not wait whole life for appointment of the promised ‘interlocutor’ by Union Home Ministry to go into the demands and grievances of the tribal people of Tripura.
“It is a day of pride that all legislators of Tipra-Motha took oath in their mother language, which sends a message to the entire Northeast and to be proud of your community and your mother language,” said Pradyot.
He also said that when he was elected to ADC , he also took oath in Kokborok and it’s a great moment of pride.
He said that they will raise the issues related to their demand after the Governor address and the party has internal discussion over the strategy of the party and state will witness on the floor of the House.
“Our all MLAs are well informed and are educated and they will take on the government and will raise the issues not only for Tiprasa, but will raise issues for the entire state of Tripura,” said Pradyot.
He said that they will decide over the selection of opposition leader and the issues related to their demand for ‘Greater Tipraland’ is their core demand and will be raised on the floor of the assembly.