AGARTALA, Sept 1 - Tripura has drawn mixed response from political parties on the growing demand for NRC, following the publication of the final National Register of Citizens in Assam.
State Congress president Pradyot Kishore Debbarman, who has been fighting for NRC in Tripura for quite sometime, was the first to reiterate his party�s stand on the sensitive issue. �We want NRC to be implemented in Tripura but genuine citizens of the country should not be disturbed or harassed. It is a Supreme Court-monitored process. And it should not be implemented on the basis of ethnicity, religion, caste and language,� he said.
A writ petition seeking implementation of NRC in Tripura is pending with the Supreme Court.
Even as the ruling BJP is yet to clear the air on the issue, a senior party functionary said Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has made it clear that there is no need to implement NRC in Tripura. But there has been no official statement from the ruling party after the publication of the final NRC in Assam that left over 19 lakh people out of the list.
The opposition CPI(M) is against introduction of the process in the rest of the country. In a press release, the CPI(M) politburo said the government should spell out what will be the status and rights of those who have been excluded. It said the CPI(M) is against the introduction of the NRC in the rest of India, as the BJP government at the Centre intends to use this process for its �divisive communal agenda for sharpening polarisation�.
The Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) has been a strong supporter of NRC in Tripura. �We want NRC to be implemented in Tripura as the state shares a long border with Bangladesh and illegal influx is a problem for the small state,� the party�s general secretary Jagadish Debbarma said.