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BJP ally IPFT renews separate state demand

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

The Indigenous Peoples Front of (IPFT), an ally of the ruling BJP, has renewed its old demand for a separate state for tribals to protect and safeguard their socio-economic and political interests.

The IPFT placed the demand to a high power committee set up by the to probe the socio-economic, cultural and linguistic problems faced by Tripura's tribal communities.

"... the should make serious attempts to find out the reasons behind the demand for the separate state of 'Tipraland' and address the related issues accordingly," the IPFT memorandum submitted Friday night to the MHA committee said.

The tribal party had long been demanding a separate state, 'Tipraland', by carving out areas under the jurisdiction of Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) which covers two-third of the state's area.

The IPFT formed a coalition with the (BJP) before the February assembly election in which the Communist Party of (Marxist)-led was ousted.

The saffron party had then claimed that the IPFT would not raise the demand for a separate state.

The ruling BJP remained silent on the statehood issue but demanded before the Committee that the TTAADC be turned into an autonomous state council which would be granted more power and direct funding from the Centre.

said the party placed a set of suggestions before the panel for overall development of the tribal communities and demanded a Regiment in the for more employment opportunities for tribal youths.

The party also suggested adopting Devanagari script for Kokborok language and appealed for its inclusion in CBSE and ICSE curriculum.

The Indigenous of Twipra (INPT) led by its met the delegation and sought Inner Line Permit and revision of Nation Register of Citizens (NRC) in Tripura to safeguard the identity and interests of the indigenous people.

The CPI(M) submitted a memorandum to the Committee with 7-point demands including all-round development of the state instead of only in tribal council areas.

The party's opposed the BJP's demand for direct funding from central government to the TTAADC saying it would only encourage separatism in the state.

The BJP's demand for using Devnagari script for Kokborok language also met with opposition from a section of tribal intellectuals.

Tribal youth activist said Kokborok should be introduced in school curriculum with Roman script and not Devanagari.

said his party would send its demands to the soon.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 20:45 IST