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2 Cabinet Ministers of BJP-IPFT Govt to hoist IPFT's protest for indefinite time in Tripura against CAA : BJP launches Toll-free telephone number 88662-88662 for CAA supporters, asks to give ‘Missed Call’
TIWN Jan 4, 2020
2 Cabinet Ministers of BJP-IPFT Govt to hoist IPFT's protest for indefinite time in Tripura against CAA : BJP launches Toll-free telephone number 88662-88662 for CAA supporters, asks to give ‘Missed Call’
PHOTO : IPFT held press meet, announced protest (top), BJP asked for missed call by CAB supporters (down)

AGARTALA, Jan 4 (TIWN): BJP had called CPI-M anti-Indian for opposing CAA and pelted stone during protests various times but what the BJP would do as now BJP ally IPFT is going to launch a protest against CAA for an indefinite period of time. Addressing media, IPFT leaders told that on January 6, from morning 10 am the protest will start which will be hoisted by IPFT President cum Minister NC Debbarma along with Minister Mebar Jamatia. Citizenship Amendment Act which has rattled whole India now to create turmoil in the BJP-IPFT alliance too amid BJP is already suffering from internal fights inside the party clashes. The Citizenship Amendment Act is also to see another protest led by Royal scion Pradyot Manikya from January 8. On the other side, CPI-M also to go in strike on January 8 led by trade unions where also this CAA will be an issue which is dividing the whole country silently. On yesterday, BJP’s two top MLAs hoisted a rally which was disliked by the party and protest further against the rally.

With all these, pressure is heavy on BJP which believes directly to shutdown opposition voice with violence and threatening. Now the protests rows in Tripura to be started from January 6 at a stress.

BJP on the other hand, launched Toll-free telephone number 88662-88662 for CAA supporters, asks to give ‘Missed Call’.

IPFT Assistant General Secretary and party spokesman Mangal Debbarma told media that the sit-in-demonstration from January 6 would be held at the headquarters of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) at Khumulwng, 25 km north of Agartala.

"Besides keeping the state out of the ambit of CAA and creation of a separate state for the indigenous tribals, we strongly want introduction of the NRC (National Register of Citizens) in Tripura to protect the demographic position of the tribals," said Debbarma, who was accompanied by his party leaders.

A delegation of IPFT leaders led by party General Secretary and Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on December 12 and discussed their demands.

"We are yet to see any outcome of our meeting with the Union Home Minister. We have alternative but to agitate in support of our demands," the tribal leader said.

The IPFT has been agitating since 2009 for the creation of a separate state for the indigenous tribals by upgrading the TTAADC, which has jurisdiction over two-thirds of Tripura''s 10,491 sq km area, home to over 12,16,000 people, mostly tribals.

Other tribal parties, including the Joint Movement Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (JMACAB), a group of many tribal parties, led by the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) and Tripura People''s Front (TPF), who had called off their agitation against the CAA on December 11 after a meeting with Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, have also hinted to resume their stirs.

Former Tripura Congress chief Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barman, who quit the party a few months back over the CAB issue and met Shah, on the same issue, has formed a new organisation to sphearhead the agitation.

The amended Citizenship Act provides Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh with a cut-off date of December 31, 2014.

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