Former MP and Tripura Rajya Upajati Ganamukti Parishad president Jitendra Chaudhury (middle) addressing a press conference in Agartala on Monday Credit: EastMojo image

Agartala: The Tripura Rajya Upajati Ganamukti Parishad, an indigenous wing of the CPI(M), announced a nine-day mass sit-in demonstration starting from January 17.

A mass sit-in demonstration was held across all the sub-divisions of the state to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) on Monday.

Addressing a press conference, former MP and Tripura Upajati Ganamukti Parishad president Jitendra Chaudhury termed the act as a ‘black law’ and urged the people from every community to come forward to oppose the CAA.

“People across the nation are protesting against this bill. The protest will continue until the bill is scrapped by the government. I urge people from every section to come forward against this Act,” Chaudhury said.

He also said that a mass sit-in demonstration will be conducted in every sub-division of the state. The ruling BJP has passed this Act to divide the people of the country, he added.

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“The cut-off year in the CAA is December 31, 2014, which means the previous cut-off date of March 24, 1971, now has no relevance. The Northeast region, especially Tripura, being very close to the international boundary of Bangladesh will have the influx problem,” Chaudhury said.

Speaking further, he said that NRC is a tool through which BJP is trying to make the country into a Hindu Rashtra.

“After the publication of the final NRC list in Assam and the way it was conducted shows that they have failed to identify the illegal immigrants and it was only done to suppress a particular community. NRC would mean nothing after implementation of CAA,” Chaudhury added.

Speaking over the communal tension that took place surrounding CAA, he said, “We saw how a protest took a turn of conflicts between certain communities living peacefully in the state.”

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