Agartala: The Tripura royal scion and former president of the state unit of the Congress party, Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman under the banner of newly formed The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) flagged off a motorcycle rally against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) here on Saturday.
Speaking with EastMojo, Deb Barman said, “We have been holding big rallies but this time we have decided to get a core team of young bikers numbering in over 300. The volunteers will move from village to village spending nights. We have pamphlets and leaflets which will be distributed among the people to inform them why we are against CAA.”
He also said that they are not against any community or religion. The move is to preserve the distinct identity, culture and to control the rising population.
“The volunteers are going to move for next 18 days across the state spending nights in the villages itself and holding small meetings and spreading awareness messages among masses”, Deb Barman added.
When questioned, if this was a part of his ADC campaign ahead of elections this year, Deb Barman said that if people think that it is a move to lure people, then CAA is also a move to win the West Bengal elections, Barman said.
He also said that people should not come and watch a rally where somebody will give speech. The people today need to understand that today we do not have employment, education, proper infrastructure and here the government is inviting people from Bangladesh.
This is a clear game of vote bank politics. They came to the power with various promises like MGNREGA, job employment, 7th pay commission, smart phone for children and other issues but now they have stopped talking on all this, Deb Barman added.
He also said that the BJP came into power because the people wanted to throw out CPI-M and now they must start talking on issues which they have raised in the past.