Tripura Govt Starts Demolishing ‘Illegal’ Party Offices on govt land

Notices were served to nearly 300 political offices belonging to CPI(M), Congress and other regional parties across Tripura as well as some offices of the ruling BJP. The decision to demolish all unauthorised offices of political parties, syndicates and trade unions was taken at a state recent cabinet meeting.

The new BJP government in Tripura on Monday began the demolitions of ‘illegal’ political offices and makeshift structures build on government land across the state, drawing flak from Opposition parties.

“After field survey it has been found that some of the party offices are built on government khas/departmental land, so you are hereby directed to vacate the concerned party offices built on the government land within seven days of receipt of this letter,” a letter from the Tripura government, dated April 17, 2018, read.

State Revenue Minister NC Debbarma and president of ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) said, “They were given prior notice but they didn’t vacate the premises. Therefore, we acted as per law. They had encroached upon the premises for the last several years and that is not right.”

BJP MLA from Agartala, Ashis Kumar Saha defended the demolitions. “There is nothing wrong if the government is taking action against illegal structures built by political parties on government land. The previous government allowed such illegal activities but we will not allow it in Tripura anymore. We are here to clean the entire system that was knee-deep in corruption. The state government wants to reclaim these lands for developmental activities,” said Saha.