Members of GMP, a tribal wing of CPI-M, call for a protest rally placing an 18 points charter of demand here in Agartala Credit: EastMojo Image

Agartala: The supporters of Gana Mukti Parishad (GMP), a tribal wing of the Opposition CPI-M, on Saturday held a rally protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) here in Agartala city.

Speaking with EastMojo, former minister and CPI-M leader Manik Dey said that the protest rally is called placing an 18 points charter of demands, including the repeal of CAA, pass the ADC empowerment and Kok-Borok Bill for inclusion in 8th schedule of the constitution during the present parliament session among others.

“There is no work in the state and people are starving. The people also refuse the central policies like CAA, NRC and NPR. Over 10 thousand people have come down the streets against the BJP-IPFT government,” Dey said.

The rally started from in front of Rabindra Shatabarshiki Bhawan and after marching across the streets of the city, it ended at Swami Vivekananda Maidan, where the CPI-M leaders address the people appealing to intensify against the government to reject the CAA in the state.

Lashing out at the ruling BJP in Centre for implementing CAA the GMP president and former MP Jitendra Chaudhury called for a unified struggle.

“The youths are unemployed, a farmer is committing suicide every 28 minutes across the country. The union budget did not mention anything for the unemployed youths but they are worried about the minorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The ST, SC are getting weaker but they center is not worried about the fact,” Chaudhury said.

He also said that even the foreign parliaments are criticizing the Indian government’s policy. The people living in Australia, New Zealand, Chicago, USA, UK and cities like New York, Paris are also protesting openly against the CAA.

“The CAA itself is communal and the move will only divide people. The faith of the people on a secular constitution,” Chaudhury added.

Speaking further, Chaudhury also took a dig over the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura for making promises Tipraland- a separate state but failed to even raise a single question in the state assembly.

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