The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) says that so far no decision on the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) revision in Tripura has been taken.
Clearing the air of doubts, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in its press statement, “Union Home Minister met a delegation of INPT led by its President Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl on October 4, 2018. However, no assurance of any kind was given by Union Home Minister regarding the implementation of NRC in the state of Tripura. It is categorically asserted that no decision has been taken on the issue of NRC in Tripura.”
This statement by the Central Government came as a response to the recent claims made by the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) leaders who said that the Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured them of ‘taking initiatives’ for revising NRC in Tripura after the Assam NRC process gets over. In this respect, it can be seen that the statement made by both the parties are totally contradictory to each other. However, the press statement made by the central government has to be given top priority in this matter.
INPT, an indigenous regional political party in Tripura, led by Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl has been highly vocal for implementing NRC revision in the state. The political party has also been speaking against the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.
The INPT general secretary Jagadish Debbarma, while speaking about their meeting with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, “We were invited to discuss on NRC issue by the Office of Union Home Minister. Home Minister Rajnath Singh told us that NRC revision is being exercised in Assam and clearly stated that initiatives would be taken to revise NRC in Tripura after the process is completed in Assam”.
For further information on the NRC, the INPT leaders had even met former Assam Chief Minister and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) founder Prafulla Mahanta and KHADC executives in Meghalaya.