Agartala: A delegation of the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra led by its general secretary and Forest Minister Mever Kumar Jamatia on Wednesday met union Minister for Development of North East Region Dr Jitendra Singh at New Delhi and submitted a memorandum on several issues including their core demand for creation of a separate State of Twipraland.
IPFT is a partner in the ruling coalition of Tripura led by Bharatiya Janata Party.
Before the last Assembly election, they entered into alliance with BJP though the later refused to accept their main demand. The BJP then assured to form a high power committee to look into matters related to development of the tribals. The IPFT said they are maintaining silence over the Twipraland demand in the interest of the alliance but not abandoning it.
Mangal Debbarma, assistant general secretary of the party, who also was in the delegation, said that apart from Twipraland, their other demands include early formation of a high power modality committee to look into matters related to developments of the tribals in the State, inclusion of Kokborok in the Eighth Schedule of Constitution and introduction of Roman script as medium of instruction for the language.
The delegation also demanded filling up of all tribal reserve vacant posts including backlog. The minister did not made any specific commitment but assured the delegation to look into the matter.