Agartala: Volunteers of the newly formed organisation — The Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIPRA) — of royal scion Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman completed their 5,443-km motorcycle rally against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) covering all districts of Tripura on Wednesday.
The motorcycle rally with over 300 volunteers was flagged off by Deb Barman on February 8 at the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) headquarters and covered all 60 assembly constituencies of the state meeting people, especially the indigenous tribals, and discussed on CAA.
Speaking in a press conference, TIPRA spokesperson Paritosh Debbarma said that a total of 12,033 bikers with over 4,600 motorcycles took part in the rally against the CAA in last 19 days.
“The movement against the CAA will continue in the second phase under the leadership of royal scion Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman. We have received good response from the people during the campaign against the CAA,” Debbarma said.
He also said that during the movement political parties like, CPI-M, Congress, Tripura Peoples Front (TPF), Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT), and Tripura United Indigenous Peoples’ Council (TUIPC), including the ruling BJP supporters, extended their support.
Earlier on February 8, while flagging off the motorcycle rally, 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.