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Tue, 28 Jan 2020

Northeast Today

BJP ally IPFT calls bandh against citizenship Bill

BJP ally IPFT calls bandh against citizenship Bill
December 08
12:27 2019

NET Bureau

The regional Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), BJP’s ally in the coalition Government of Tripura, has called a 12-hour bandh in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas on December 9 in protest against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

The IPFT has also appealed to the people of the State to support the proposed bandh on Monday next. Party spokesman Mangal Debbarma, however, stated that all essential services would be kept out of the purview of the bandh.
The IPFT and its allied organisations have also called the bandh in support of its demand for a separate Tipraland State, Debbarma said today.

Expressing concern over the ongoing developments relating to the citizenship Bill, he said that the IPFT has intensified the movement against it and the party staged demonstrations across the State on December 2.

“The IPFT had submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister and met several Union ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah, to register its protest against the CAB on the one hand and to demand an NRC all over the country on the other,” he said.

Earlier, another tribal-based political party, Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), had staged a 12-hour national highway and railway blockade in protest against the citizenship Bill, which gained a massive response.

The Congress, too, has condemned the redrafted version of the citizenship Bill, which will likely exclude three States of the North East region out of its ambit, besides autonomous tribal areas in three other North Eastern States, terming it “more dangerous” than the previous version.

The chairman of the Pradesh Congress Committee ad hoc committee, Pijush Kanti Biswas, told media persons that the Union Government is now preparing to introduce the Bill in Parliament on the basis of religion, which is politically motivated, against the interests of the people of the North East, and violates Article 14 of the Constitution.

The Bill will leave out tribal areas (autonomous councils) in Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura, which were created under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, said Biswas, adding that non-tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura will fall within the ambit of the Bill.

It shows that the BJP Government is now trying to increase its vote share by creating division of areas and through communal instigation, it is trying to disturb peace and tranquillity of the region, Biswas alleged.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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