BJP-ally IPFT to protest for separate state for Tripura tribals

Agartala, June 21: Ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), will hold demonstrations across the state in August to press its demand for a separate state.

Speaking to Media, IPFT Vice President Ananta Debbarman said “We will organise sit-in-demonstrations across Tripura on August 23 in support of our demand for a separate state and withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016,” IANS reported.

“We would continue our agitation in the state to highlight the two important demands.”

The IPFT has been protesting since 2009 for a separate state to be carved out by upgrading the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which has jurisdiction of more than two-thirds of the state’s 10,491 sq km area, home to over 12,16,000 people, mostly tribals.

Most political parties, including the Communist Party of India-Marxist, Congress and the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura, have rejected the IPFT demand, stating it was not practical to divide the small state.

The IPFT, a tribal-based party, formed an alliance with the BJP before the February 18 Assembly polls and bagged eight seats in the 60-member assembly.

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