AGARTALA, Oct 29 - Indigenous National Party of Tripura (INPT) has decided to intensify its movement demanding compilation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State.
The move has assumed significance following the filing of two writ petitions by Tripura People�s Front (TPF) and State�s royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman in the Supreme Court demanding NRC.
As the demand for NRC is gaining ground, the INPT has decided to stage a demonstration in Delhi to garner support on the sensitive issue. �We are going to have a meeting in second week of November to prepare a roadmap on NRC issue. Once the roadmap is ready, we will kick start the movement for NRC�, party�s general secretary Jagadish Debbarma told the media here on Monday.
This time, the party wants to add one more issue � The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in its charter of demands. �If the Bill is passed then migrants will get citizenship status which will jeopardise the identity of the indigenous people in Tripura. That is the reason we are strongly opposing the Bill�, he said.
Interestingly, the Indigenous People�s Front of Tripura (IPFT), an ally in the BJP-led coalition government has remained silent on its core demand of Twipraland. There has been no major movement by the IPFT for the past six months although party�s assistant general secretary Mangal Debbarma said Twipraland is a political demand. �It has nothing to do with the government�, he said.
However, many view INPT�s decision on NRC as aimed at gaining ground in the hills in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections. In the recently concluded Assembly elections, the INPT has failed to make a mark in tribal belts.