GUWAHATI: Appealing to the people of Assam to go ahead with their protest against the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), the North East Tiprasa Civil Society (NETCS) on Sunday said that since the indigenous people of Tripura have turned into minority on their own land they are left with no option but to demand a separate state.
Addressing a press conference at Dispur Press Club on Sunday NETCS chief adviser Chitta Ranjan Debbarma said that had Tripura been merged with Assam they would have got autonomous district councils like other tribal people of the State. However, in Tripura they had to fight 18 years to get the Tripura Tribal Areas District Council.
“Tripura is the only State where the indigenous people have been reduced to minority. Hence we’re left with no option but to demand a separate state. With the implementation of the CAA more people will be flooding into Tripura. Too often the voice of the Northeast doesn’t reach the Centre. Hence we need help and assistance from the people of other states of the region so that we can scrap the CAA not only in Tripura, but also in the entire north-eastern region,” Debbarma added.
Debbarma said, “We want the Centre to withdraw the CAA completely from Tripura, if not the long-standing demand of elevation of the Tripura Tribal Area Autonomous District Council to Tipraland State under Article 3 of the Constitution of India is to be fulfilled.”