Union home minister Amit Shah will chair the meeting with a 15-member delegation on Friday evening Credit: File image

Agartala: Union home minister Amit Shah has invited the Tripura royal scion, Pradyot Kishore Manikya Deb Barman. along with the leaders of different indigenous non-political organisations to discuss over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 before tabling it in the ongoing session of Parliament.

Speaking with EastMojo, Deb Barman said that he along with leaders of the Tripura Students’ Federation, Kshatriya Samaj, North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), Tripura Indigenous Lawyers’ Association (TILA), Joint Action Committee (JAC) and prominent tribal leaders of the state will be meeting Shah in New Delhi on November 29 to express their views and discontentment over the Bill in its present form.

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“Our only concern is that Tripura had already done the citizenship process in the late 1940s followed by 1956 and 1070s during the Liberation War, so Tripura should not be included in the bill. The security of the indigenous population is in danger and if the bill comes into existence then people will have to suffer more,” Deb Barman said.

A letter signed by Anindiya Kumar Bhattacharjee, additional secretary, Tripura government, said, “As per information received from the Union home ministry, Union home minister has convened a consultation meeting with representatives of various political parties as well as Civil Society Organisation to discuss various issues related to proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill.”

The proposed meeting is likely to be held in the residence of the Union home minister in New Delhi at 9 pm on Friday, the letter added.

A 15-member delegation will leave for New Delhi on November 29. It is also learnt that the leaders and organisations from other Northeastern states like Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur are likely to meet Shah in New Delhi to discuss issues related to the implementation of the contentious legislation.

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