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Tripura MPs, student body to boycott PM's programme

IANS  |  Agartala 

Three CPI-M MPs and the Student Federation (TSF) on Friday said they would boycott Narendra Modi's Saturday programme in in protest against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

The TSF is part of the (NESO), which is spearheading agitations in the entire northeastern region excluding against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Two members -- and -- and a member Jharna Das Baidya, all belonging to the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist, announced the boycott of the Prime Minister's programme in

"The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, if enacted into a law, would grossly harm the cause of the northeastern region in future and fracture the secular fabric of the country. The bill has been conceived against the spirit of our Constitution," the MPs said in a joint statement on Friday.

Respecting the genuine sentiments and anguish of the people of this country in general and the northeast region in particular, the bill must be withdrawn, the MPs said.

The ruling has strongly opposed the boycott call, urging the government to take stern action if any individual or organisation tries to disturb the Prime Minister's tour.

The TSF's and NESO told the media that they are urging the people protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to not attend any event of the on Saturday.

"We would not organise any physical demonstration on Saturday. NESO constituent in -- Students' Union -- would also organise a suitable agitation programme in its state on the same issue," Debbarma told the media.

said that people of the state have already boycotted those who gave the call to boycott the Prime Minister's trip to Tripura. "A record number of people would attend the PM's public rally here on Saturday," he said.

Meanwhile, several tribal parties and NGOs on Friday held a massive demonstration in Manughat, 100 km north of Agartala, demanding the withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

The agitation was led by the newly formed (Amendment) Bill (MACAB), a conglomerate of several NGOs and four tribal outfits, including Tripura's oldest tribal party, the Indigenous (INPT).



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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 19:18 IST