Union home minister Amit Shah had assured to look into the matter of exempting Tripura from CAA purview in a meeting held in New Delhi on Dec 12 last year

Agartala: The six members of the Joint Movement against Citizenship Amendment Act (JMACAA) have expressed their disappointment over the treatment they received from officials during their 10-day stay in New Delhi where they had gone to meet Union home minister Amit Shah to demand exemption of Tripura from the purview of the contentious law.

Speaking with EastMojo, Anthony Debbarma, convenor of JMACAA, said they are not happy with the way they were “harassed” by officials of the ministry of home affairs (MHA).

“The chief minister called us and said that a meeting was arranged with Union home minister in New Delhi on January 9. Once we reached the office of the minister, they said that the meeting will be held on January 10, but again it was changed and fixed on January 11. We kept on waiting and day after day the meeting was postponed by the office of the home minister,” Debbarma said.

It is an insult, racial discrimination and there is no respect at all. They called us to Delhi for a meeting but the home minister never showed up, the convenor alleged.

“The chief minister went to New Delhi on January 16 and we had a meeting with him. He assured us that the next day we will have a meeting but it never happened. There is no point in staying there,” Debbarma said, adding: “We decided to return home since they did not give us any priority. We will once again hold a meeting in Agartala and decide on the next course of action.”

Earlier, on December 12, Amit Shah had met a JMACAA delegation and assured them to look into the matter of exempting Tripura from the purview of the CAA. But so far nothing has happened in this regard, Debbarma added.

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