Union home minister Amit Shah is likely to chair the meeting with indigenous leaders in Shillong on Jan 19

Agartala: Union home minister Amit Shah will hold a crucial meeting with the leaders from different indigenous political parties, NGOs and stakeholders from the Northeast over Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) on January 19, said IPFT general secretary and state tribal welfare minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia.

He said that in the meeting the IPFT leaders will discuss the implications of the implementation of CAA. The Centre will certainly look into the problems and take the decisions accordingly.

“A wide range of protests is going on across the country over CAA, especially in the Northeast. Even the NDA partners are opposing the Act from being implemented and Tripura is no exception, as IPFT has also opposed the Act,” Jamatia said.

He also said that since 2016 they have been opposing the CAB which was unfortunately passed in the assembly. The Act is a threat to the people of the country, it will affect both tribal and non-tribal people and this will affect the state in a large scale.

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“Tripura shares a large international border and therefore the influx has continued. Citizenship has been given to people several times therefore even being the partner with the BJP in government, we had to step down and protest against the Act,” the tibal minister said.

The IPFT leaders had earlier held discussion with the Union home minister and he is aware of the consequences on the implementation of the CAA in Tripura.

“The population of the state will further increase on the implementation of the Act and the indigenous will become the minority. Therefore the demand for a separate state is being made by the IPFT party for the last many years. The union home minister has also given the assurance to look into our demands,” Jamatia added.

He also said although no official letter has been received from the office of the Union home minister, a meeting is scheduled for the indigenous political parties, NGOs and stakeholders over CAA on January 19.

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