Agartala: Amid discussion and protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in the state, banned insurgent group National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT) wrote a letter to Tripura East MP Rebati Kumar Tripura show causing him for voting in favour of CAA, and threatening to call for his social boycott.
The letter, dated December 18, said that the Boroks (indigenous) think Parliament of India is imposing the burden of illegal immigrants on the state of Tripura. The rights of the Boroks to oppose it as the state have been repeatedly and flagrantly violated.
The letter from the banned militant outfit to the MP also claimed that chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb himself is an illegal immigrant.
“…When the ma [mother] tasked with ensuring the well being of all the citizens across the country in support of the CAB talks about the suffering and agony of the illegal immigrants in Parliament he should have paid equal attention to the suffering and havoc caused by these very immigrants to other citizens particularly in small state like Twipra [Tripura] where concentration of infiltrators is the highest and state’s Hon’ble Shri Biplab Dev is one of them. This is not justice. This is hypocrisy and bias,” the letter read.
NLFT secretary-general D Uomthai said, “… regrettably, no lawmaker of the country, has ever made any effort to know how the illegal immigrants are tearing apart our lives, culture, economy, polity and society. The CAB failed to address the roots of political conflict in Twipra and aggravates the wounds. The emerging outcome of it not only undermines the Borok people’s case against the illegal immigrants and infiltrators but puts very existence of our in great danger. It consolidates the hold of illegal immigrants and enslaves us in our ancestral land.”
“… Your vote in the Lok Sabha on Dec 10, 2019 in favour of the CAB, although a single vote would not have changed the outcome, in principle is considered to constitute a vote to let outside voice dictate our daily lives….The Boroks of the state, particularly the voters from the East Tripura LS constituency have every right to ask you as to why, in your conduct as MP, you have failed to preserve, protect, defend the aspiration the people and abused the mandate, faith and trust reposed in you?” the NLFT letter asked.
The banned outfit also said that the indigenous people have every reason to believe that the MP’s conduct in Lok Sabha on Dec 9, 2019 was ‘quid pro quo’ to benefit yourself. As such, the people have the right to know as to why he should not be socially boycotted and declared unfit to hold and enjoy any office of honour in the state of Twipra, the letter added.
The NLFT was formed in 1989 with the agenda of a sovereign Tripura under Dhananjoy Reang as its self-styled chairman. While most of NLFT have either surrendered or have been neutralised, some hundred insurgents are still active across the Indo-Bangla international border.