The day-long protest on Dec 2 has been called to raise demand of a separate state for indigenous people, scrapping of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament
Agartala: The Tipraland State Party (TSP) has called for a daylong strike in Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) opposing the Citizenship (Amendment Bill) (CAB) and in demand of a separate ‘Tipraland’ for the indigenous people of the state on December 2 this year.
Speaking with EastMojo, TSP president Chittaranjan Debbarma said, “A 12-hour-long strike has been called in the (TTAADC) headquarters in Khumulwung on December 2. The strike has been called keeping our two demands in front of the state and the Centre -- granting a separate state named ‘Tipraland’ for the indigenous people and scrapping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament.”
He also said that the strike will begin from 5 am in the morning and will end at 5 pm. A number of people from across the ADC area will gather on that day.
“The government should scrap the Bill and it should not be tabled in Parliament. This Bill is against the indigenous people of Tripura and also for the entire Northeastern region. Indigenous people in Tripura have been reducing from majority to a minority due to the influx of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and from other countries. If illegal immigrants are allowed to stay here permanently then the indigenous people of the Northeastern region will be in danger and slowly we will lose our identity and rights,” Debbarma said.
He also said after December 3, they will continue their movement up to December 19 on these two demands. A few other indigenous regional political parties of the state have extended their support to the strike.
On the recent decision of the BJP-Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) government to elevate the status of the TTAADC into a ‘Territorial Council’ to provide more autonomy and financial grants to it, Debbarma said that changing the name of the council would not solve the issue of the indigenous people of the state.
The TTAADC covers 68% of Tripura's territory and is home to the tribals who constitute one-third of the state's population.
Earlier on November 19, the TSP has staged a dawn-to-dusk hunger strike at Baramura hill range in West district, demanding scrapping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and a separate state of Tipraland for the indigenous people of the state.