Agartala: The petition filed against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) by former Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee President and royal scion Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman has been listed and would be heard by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde has called for a hearing over the pleas filed against the (CAA) on December 18 next.
In a Facebook post on his page, Deb Barman wrote, “Grateful to the Hon’ble SC that it has listed my matter on Wednesday, I will do my best to ensure that the concerns of the NorthEast and Tripura on the Citizenship Act are brought to the attention of the SC. Thanks also to my counsel. Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi for representing us in this fight, as I said that we will not compromise”.
“Also please don’t resort to any violence – your anger should not be directed towards the Bengali speaking community please realise that our own Political leaders have betrayed us they are the ones who have spoken in one language before elections and are silent now”, he wrote in his post appealing to all to maintain calm.
The Left affiliated indigenous body, Tripura Rajya Upajati Gana Mukti Parishad too is planning to move the Supreme Court.
Former East Tripura MP Jitendra Choudhury said they would file a petition in the apex court challenging the Act that has left Tripura and other states of Northeast burning.
“We shall mention all the negative effect that this new Act will have on Northeast. In Tripura’s context, the majority has already become a minority today and it had a multi-pronged effect on their land, culture, identity. If we invite, through CAA, more such migration, our people will be further threatened. Through our petition we will request the Supreme Court to scrap the Act from the state”, Choudhury said.
Commenting on the recent unrest in Tripura, Choudhury said that some people from other political parties had tried to interfere in the protests and create unrest in the state.
The All Assam Students Union (AASU), Congress MP in Rajya Sabha, Jairam Ramesh too have filed petitions against CAA in SC. The hearings are slated for Wednesday.
Leaders of BJP’s ally in Assam, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) who has three ministers in the BJP government in the state, has also said they would move the apex court against the Act.
Senior AGP leader and former chief minister of Assam, Prafulla Mahanta said on Monday that the his party might withdraw support to the Assam government over CAA. The three AGP ministers had stepped down from the government last year to register their protest against the Bill.
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