The Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) may be a regional party in Tripura, India. its a member of the North-East Democratic Alliance and North-East Regional Political Front, a gaggle of political parties of the northeast that supports the National Democratic Alliance (India). The party existed from 1997 to 2001 until it had been merged into the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT), and reformed in 2009. The party is allied with BJP within the 2018 Tripura legislature election and won 8 seats out of 9 contested seats. The party got 7.5% of the entire votes polled. The BJP got 36 seats and with a complete of 44 seats the BJP-IPFT coalition have two-thirds majority at the legislature .
The IPFT made its political breakthrough within the 2000 Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) elections. The militant separatist organization National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) had declared that it might only allow the IPFT to contest the election; in light of a series of assassinations, death threats, and kidnappings, only the Left Front and therefore the IPFT participated. The IPFT ended up winning 17 out of 28 seats, taking a majority on the TTAADC.
The Tripura National Volunteers (TNV), Tripuri nationalist militant group, supported the IPFT within the 2000 elections. In 2001, after pressure from the NLFT, the TNV merged with the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura. In 2002, the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) was formed as a merger of the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura and therefore the Tripura Upajati Juba Samiti (TUJS).
The newly formed INPT formed an alliance with the Indian National Congress for the 2003 Tripura legislature election, during which the INPT won six assembly seats.
After the 2003 assembly election, 6 District Councilors split faraway from the INPT to make the Nazi Party of Tripura (NSPT), under the leadership of Hirendra Tripura and Budhu Kumar Debbarma. The NSPT formed a government within the TTAADC by forming a coalition with the communist CPIM party. Following this, more INPT leaders defected, leaving to hitch the Indian National Congress.
In 2005, another youth leader and INPT MLA Animesh Debbarma left the party to make the National Conference of Tripura (NCT).
Before the 2009 Loksabha election, some INPT leaders decided to revive the IPFT party under the leadership of former All India Radio Director N.C Debbarma. the most demand of the IPFT is that the formation of "Tipraland", a state within the TTAADC, under articles 2 and three of the Indian Constitution.
The IPFT contested both of the Loksabha seats of Tripura in 2009, but received only a few votes. It also contested 21 out of 28 ADC seats within the 2010 Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council election, but only received a complete of two ,216 votes.
The IPFT also did not gain a majority within the 2013 Tripura assembly elections, receiving 11,234 votes in 17 contested seats. Following these elections, IPFT leader Patal Kanya Jamatia left and joined the INPT, ultimately leaving again to make the Tripura Peoples Front (TPF).
In the 2015 ADC elections, the IPFT contested 27 of the 28 seats. Despite securing the second-highest number of votes at 115,252, the IPFT was unable to realize one seat. The IPFT split again following these elections, with some members like Retd. TCS officer C.R Debbarma & Rangchak Kwthang leaving to make the Tipraland State Party (TSP). The party was further weakened after some prominent IPFT youth leaders, including David Murasing and Pabitra Jamatia, left the party to hitch the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the party in power nationally in India, on 11 December 2016, but David Murasing ultimately leaving again BJP on 16 August 2017 to make Twipra Dophani Sikla Srwngnai Motha (TDSSM).