AGARTALA, April 3 - The dream of bringing about a division in Tripura on ethnic lines would succeed despite misguided efforts being made by Congress and regional forces, Chief Minister Bilab Kumar Deb has alleged.
�A mischievous effort is on to misguide people on these sensitive issues in Northeastern States as well as in Tripura. The opposition forces are also trying to provoke ethnic violence in the State but their efforts will not succeed�, the Chief Minister said while addressing an election rally at Takarjala, a tribal belt in West Tripura district on Tuesday.
Deb said that the idea of National Register of Citizens (NRC) had been mooted by the country�s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at the behest of Assam�s first Chief Minister Gopinath Bordoloi.
�The law passed in Parliament had provided for preparation of NRC and it was done in 1951 but was never updated. It was only after a Supreme Court order in 2006 that the updating of NRC was taken up and such NRCs should be there for all States, he said.
Deb asserted that BJP and its allies are determined to protect the vital interests of the indigenous people of North East.
�We assure you that BJP will work for your welfare by empowering the ADC and by ensuring your livelihood and prosperity; nothing will be done to even remotely damage your interest. You can rest assured of this�, he said.
The rally was attended by a large number of people belonging to the indigenous communities of Takarjala and its outlying areas, a stronghold of IPFT supremo NC Debbarma.
IPFT, which is a partner of the BJP-led coalition government in Tripura, has decided to contest the Parliamentary election alone.