AGARTALA: In a significant effort to assert itself in the arena of regional indigenous politics in Tripura, the Indigenous Nationalist Part of Tripura (INPT) on Tuesday held a 6 hour demonstration in front of Jantar Mantar at Delhi demanding rollback of the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill among other issues.
A group of around 200 people joined the demonstration in front of Jantar Mantar today. The demonstrators led by INPT supremo Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl, general Secretary Jagadish Debbarma and others received support from people of Tripura living in Delhi as well.
When asked about the party’s agenda after today’s demonstration, Hrangkhawl said that a delegation is expected to meet Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju tomorrow. The leaders weren’t informed about final time of the meeting yet.
Home Secretary for Northeast Satyendra Garg was learnt to be coordinating the meeting between INPT leaders and the minister.
Asked about demands that would be placed before the minister, Hrangkhawl said that the agenda would include opposition to the proposed Citizenship Act amendment, revised cut-off year for citizenship, push-back or distribution of identified foreigners outside Tripura, introduction of Inner Line regulation in ADC areas, reservation of 50 percent seats in the state assembly for tribals, introduction of Kokborok in the 8th schedule of the Constitution, accepting Roman Schedule as the script for Kokborok language, empowerment of ADC including direct funding etc.
The meeting with Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju is being considered crucial in terms of fixing the next stronghold of politics of the indigenous masses, since IPFT, with its agenda of separate statehood, literally swept sympathy of majority of Tripura’s indigenous populace since its inception in 2009.
Speaking about his take on INPT’s movement this evening, Twipra Student’s Federation’s Chief Organizing Secretary Devid Debbarma said that there were many members of his organization at Delhi. However, none of them supported the movement in official capacities, neither did TSF extend any form of support to INPT’s agenda.
However, Devid assured that INPT’s movement against the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill had his personal moral support. “We have spoken against this Bill for several times in the past. Our agenda have issues of common interest”, Devid said.
The agitation by INPT at Delhi is seen by many political experts as an effort to consolidate its lost base in the hilly terrains of Tripura, that was largely won over by IPFT.
Source: The Northeast Today