Agartala: The Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), the ally of the ruling BJP in the state, deferred its proposed day-long bandh in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (ADC)-administered Tripuri-dominated areas on Wednesday after its leaders met with CM Biplab Kumar Deb on Tuesday evening.
As per IPFT assistant general secretary Mangal Debbarma, a high-level meeting was called upon in the state secretariat which was attended by CM Deb, deputy CM Jishnu Dev Verma and IPFT president and minister of fishery and revenue NC Debbarma, among others.
The bandh call was given by IPFT to press their demands for a separate homeland, apart from scrapping the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and holding of by-elections in all vacant seats of the ADC villages.
However, IPFT leaders said they will leave for the national capital on December 11 to stage a sit-in demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The leaders will also place one of its long-standing demands for a separate ‘Tipraland’ in front of the Prime Minister and the Union home minister during their visit to New Delhi.
Meanwhile, in the Gandacherra area of Dhalai district, local IPFT workers, unaware of the party leaders’ decision, imposed the bandh for six hours before they got to know about the deferment.
Earlier on November 29, after a meeting held at the Shahid Bhagat Singh Auditorium in Agartala, the IPFT leaders had called for a bandh in the Tripura Tribal Areas ADC-administered Tripuri-dominated areas of the state on December 5.
Talking to EastMojo, IPFT general secretary Mangal Debbarma said: “The party had promised to the people to get a separate homeland (Tripraland) for them and we are still demanding for it. But after CM Deb’s assurance to conduct elections in the village committee at the earliest and take forward our demands to the Centre, we have deferred the bandh call for now.”