Agartala, November 12, 2022: Claiming “No Compromise”, Tripura’s royal scion and TIPRA Motha chairman Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarman on Saturday reiterated the people of ‘Tiprasa’ community to remain united in achieving the constitution demand of “Greater Tipraland” through “One Last Fight” in the forthcoming assembly election slated to be held early next year.
TIPRA (Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance) Motha, a socio-political regional party in Tripura on Saturday organized a mass gathering at the premises of Swami Vivekananda Maidan also known as ’Astabal’ here in Agartala city. The prime attraction of today’s mass gathering event was Indian footballer Bhaichung Bhutia.
Addressing the gathering on Saturday afternoon, TIPRA Motha chairman Pradyot, who is also known as ‘Bubagra’ (Maharaja in Kokborok dialect), said “In India, ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ is being celebrated as part of 75 years of independence. But what did we receive in these 75 years of independence! We don’t have jobs, we don’t have ‘Patta’, allotment power, there are schools but no teachers, hospitals constructed and doctors have come, but don’t have medicine. If any ‘Tiprasa’ needs to get treatment facilities, then he or she has to enjoy the benefit by lying on the floor. Or else, have to visit Vellore, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata for treatment. 75 years of independence and so called AKAM, what has been done, what has happened to us. Why did we become so weak? Thousands of years have been ruled by the royal scions, we have become poor, begging and demanding for right in our place. The reason is we have no ‘Thansa’, no unity. If there would have been unity, then the state would be yours, the system would be yours, but nothing is there.”
“The BRU people resided at Kanchanpur for 23 years, what did they receive? Ministers, MLAs, MPs visited, what did the ‘Tiprasa’ get? Many raised slogans of ‘Chalo Paltai’, many said ‘Chalo Ultai’, the real thing is parties have changed, but the leaders are those only, those who have been in CPIM’s regime are now in BJP’s regime. Contractors changed their flags. The problem of Tiprasas won’t be solved by changing the party. Today, this Bubagra is fighting for you people, I am fighting for a solution for the 10323 teachers spending my own money. I am trying, don’t know whether they will get justice or not”, he added.
Castigating the ruling party in Tripura, Bubagra said “The present leaders in power before the assembly election in 2018 committed to provide jobs, Rs 340 per day under NREGA scheme, get jobs through miss call, Morcha told about State Council, etc. Did people get anything? In the CBSE script, ‘Tiprasa’ cannot write their own language in the scripts, why do you people deny us our rights? We have not denied your rights. Today Mevar joined with us, Brishaketu and Dhananjoy were MLAs, you people couldn’t do anything as power wasn’t with you people, power was with the constitution and the constitution is not for the Tiprasa. Standing in Agartala city, I am saying I will die, but will not quit.”
Claiming to witness the power of Thansa in the assembly election of 2023, Pradyot said “There was once an allegation that Pradyot is against the Hindus. But the Manikya family has set up Tripura Sundari Temple, I worship ‘Mandal Chandi Mata’. This family has gave plot for construction of Mission Church, set up mosques for Muslim community, Benuban Bihar for Buddhist community. You people claim that Pradyot is communal. Till today, I never sought to vote seeing religion, tilak or beard, the politics of temples and mosques are being done by you people who are sitting with the state and country’s power.”
“Tiprasa knows how to provide, they don’t know how to snatch. At the present day, when we demand for greater tipraland and constitutional rights, the ruling party is asking to accept monetary offers, or become minister or MP, not demand for rights. What is the MP doing? We want ‘Greater Tipraland’. We are not against anyone. We respect Rabindranath Tagore, Jagadish Chandra Bose. Here, people have come from different religions. We never do politics based on religion, and will never do it in future also. History is witness, when Motha formed the government in TTAADC, not a single Bengali family was attacked. This is the culture of Tiprasa, we don’t love violence. Attacking and threatening people is cheap politics, we never indulge in such cheap politics”, TIPRA Motha chairman told the gathering.
He also said “I am not a great person like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will come here and announce projects or schemes worth Rs 20,000 crore. I don’t have that power. But I will say to all Tiprasa that go to the SDM office and file an application for ‘Patta’ land and for allotment. Achieving power in 2023, TIPRA Motha will provide allotment to all Tiprasa people. Bubagra cannot give you much, I don’t have such a huge amount of money with me. But one thing, I love you people very much. Bubagra cannot cheat the souls of Maharaja Bir Bikram and Maharaja Kirit Bikram by selling the people of Tiprasa. I will die, but will never ever think of doing this with the ‘Tiprasa’ people.”
Pradyot appealed to all ‘Tiprasa’ people that the ruling party may offer money to MDCs and leaders of Motha, and if they feel like betraying the community, then Tiprasa will not spare them. “This time, I will do ‘One Last Fight’ in the assembly election of 2023. Two months are left for the polls, to fight for a last time. Democracy is in danger. Motha is not a party, it is a movement, it is for survival, existence and justice for ‘Tiprasa’. I challenge you, if you have the guts and courage, throw me off. For the ‘Tiprasa’, Bubagra will love to die, but will not compromise”, he also added.
Speaking at the programme, Indian footballer Bhaichung Bhutia said that the regional political parties have great significance. “I am also leading a party in Sikkim. The local issues are well understood by the regional political parties. In any situation, these parties will stand with you while the national parties won’t. Bubagra told me that Motha will contest in 40 assembly constituencies. I am hopeful that the Moth will win in all the seats contested and form government in 2023”, he added.