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Tripura's IPFT to press for separate tribal state, NRC

IANS  |  Agartala 

Ruling BJP ally, IPFT, will restart its agitation from Wednesday to press for its decade-old demand for a separate state for the tribals in Tripura, a said here on Tuesday.

The (IPFT) as part of its agitations would observe a 12-hour shutdown in the Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas on Wednesday.

It will also hold a sit-in demonstration in on December 11 and submit a memorandum to and detailing the party's demands, the tribal leader said.

"The and its seven frontal organisations have called for the strike on Wednesday in the TTAADC areas in support of the party's long pending demands," IPFT's spokesman and Assistant told the media.

The other 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 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, there are two ministers -- (IPFT President) and Tribal Welfare and (General Secretary).

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

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: Tue, December 04 2018. 15:08 IST
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