Jagadish Debbarma, general secretary, Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT)(right) addresses media persons in Agartala on Friday. Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: Following the framing of sedition charges against three of their leaders by the state government, the indigenous political parties in Tripura have formed the Movement against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MACAB) to register their protest against the contentious legislation.

Addressing media persons, Upendra Debbarma, convener of MACAB, said that the charges of sedition framed against the three leaders are baseless and none of them were involved in raising any anti-national slogans. Debbarman also demanded the state government to immediately withdraw the charges made against the leaders.

Debbarma, who is also vice-president of North East Student’s Organisation (NESO) and advisor to Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), said that a 15-member delegation also met the leaders of various political parties in New Delhi and Mumbai recently. These parties have already assured us to support the NESO by opposing and voting against the said Bill in Rajya Sabha, he said.

Adding further, Jagadish Debbarma, general secretary, Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), said, “We have formed the non-political platform to oppose the Bill. But the state government, out of fear, has decided to suppress the movement. That is why it has decided to frame false charges against us. We shall remain united and fight against the evil minds.”

Earlier, the delegation members also met Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Saugata Roy, MP (TMC); Conrad K Sangma, chief minister, Meghalaya; Uddhav Thackeray, leader of Shiv Sena; to name a few.

Uddhav Thackeray also assured them of voting against the Bill in Rajya Sabha to safeguard their rights and give justice to the people of Northeast, he added.

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