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Tripura's IPFT defer agitation on statehood

IANS  |  Agartala 

Ruling BJP's ally the has postponed its Wednesday's shutdown in following a meeting with Biplab Kumar Deb, an (IPFT) said here on Wednesday.

They will, however, go ahead with a proposed sit-in-demonstration in next week to press for its decade-old demand for separate state for the tribals, introduction of NRC in Tripura, he added.

"After a high level meeting between Biplab Kumar Deb, Deputy and our top party leaders the strike was postponed last night (Tuesday)," and Assistant told IANS.

The party delegation was led by President

"However, we are firm to hold a sit-in demonstration in next week and submit a memorandum to and highlighting the party's demands," Debbarma said.

The IPFT, a tribal based party, as part of its agitations earlier announced to observe a 12-hour shutdown in the Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas on Wednesday.

"The IPFT and its seven frontal organisations had called for the strike in the TTAADC areas in support of the party's long pending demands."

The other IPFT demands include introduction of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Tripura, withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, introduction of inner-line permit in the TTAADC areas and inclusion of tribals' Kokborok language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution.

The IPFT has been agitating since 2009 for a separate state to be carved out by upgrading the TTAADC, which has a jurisdiction over two-thirds of the state's 10,491 sqkm area, home to over 12,16,000 people.

In the nine-member council of ministry, headed by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, there are two IPFT ministers -- Debbarma and Tribal Welfare and (General Secretary).

Meanwhile, another tribal based party -- Indigenous (INPT) -- has also called a road and rail blockade in Tripura on December 10 on almost the same issues.

The state's oldest tribal-based political party, INPT, as well as the ruling BJP, opposition and Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front have, however, been opposed to IPFT's separate statehood demand.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 12:00 IST
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