Agartala: The BJP’s partner in the Tripura government Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) will take part in the demonstration at Jantar Mantar of New Delhi on Nov 30 and Dec 1 next along with opposition Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Alliance (TIPRA) of royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman to press for separate Tipraland under Article 3 of the constitution.
Pradyot told media today about 1500 supporters of TIPRA and IPFT are scheduled to sit in the demonstration and a passenger train with 15 compartments has been booked to ferry the supporters from Agartala tomorrow evening, which is scheduled to reach Delhi on Nov 29 next.
Along with Pradyot Kishore, TIPRA president and senior tribal leader Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhwal and IPFT general secretary and Tribal Welfare Minister of Biplab Deb’s cabinet Mevar Kr Jamatia and many other senior leaders of both the parties would join the programme, which was supposed to be held last month but cancelled due to not getting permission.
Calling upon all tribal parties, fronts and organisations to extend their support to separate state movements, Pradyot stated that they would likely meet Union Home Minister Amit Saha and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the demand. They already urged Amit Shah on earlier occasions to place the Constitution (125th Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the upcoming session of Parliament to ensure the empowerment of ADC and development of the indigenous population.
Meanwhile, IPFT leaders alleged that BJP has yet to comply with their commitment to solving socio-economic, cultural and linguistic problems of the tribal of Tripura believing of which indigenous people had voted IPFT to power but till date no progress in the commitment.
Despite being in alliance with the BJP, IPFT supports the demand of NRC in Tripura and scrapping the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, they said adding, “All the tribal-based parties join hands for unity and development of indigenous people of Tripura – not any specific community.”
IPFT President and Revenue Minister of Tripura government N C Debbarma stated IPFT had struck an alliance with BJP before 2018 assembly election with the assurance that BJP will give free hand to them for running ADC, the status of district council would be elevated with greater autonomy and power and separate development initiative for indigenous people of Tripura.