Tripura Congress president Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman speaking during the demonstration at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

Agartala: Demanding the restoration of dignity and identity of the indigenous people of Tripura, hundreds of Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) members under the leadership of party president Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman, staged a dharna, (a sit-in demonstration) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Sunday.

Speaking at the sit-in demonstration, Deb Barman said that the Tripura government does not allow the indigenous people to organise a mass rally or celebrate the indigenous day in state capital Agartala.

“We are not allowed to organise a protest rally in our own land, therefore, we came here in Delhi. The Congress has changed and we know our democratic rights. If you don’t let the people of Tripura hear the demands, we will let Delhi see the face of Tripura,” Deb Barman said.

Speaking further, he said that the leaders of Tripura do politics for their own benefit. They divide the people in the name of community and caste.

“I have joined politics for the people of our state. My grandmother Kanchan Prabha Devi gave away the state to the government of India and today I am being questioned on whether I love my country or not,” Deb Barman added.

The ‘Delhi Abhijaan’ was called after Tripura government denied the protesters to hold rally in state capital Agartala

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He also took over East Tripura MP Rebati Kumar Tripura and said that his remarks of ‘Puila Jati Ulo party’ was being presented in a different way, whereas it actually means, ‘the society is above party and politics’.

The ‘Delhi Abhijaan’ was called by the TPCC members with a five-point charter of demands.

The TPCC members held their day-long sit-in demonstration demanding the inclusion of the Kokborok in Roman, direct funding for ADC under the provision of Article 244 (A), expeditious implementation of Forest Rights Bill 2006, expeditious implementation of Peace Accords signed between the Centre, state and armed groups of Tripura and opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The TPCC leadership included the president of the ST cell, Dinesh Debbarma, and Ananta Debbarma, among others.

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