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IPFT rejects CM’s appeal to end blockade agitation, meeting fails

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Agartala, July 16, 2017: IPFT has rejected appeal of Chief Minister Manik Sarkar to end the highway and railway blockade agitation and suggested the union home ministry can only settle their separate state demand. The tribal party has been paralyzing Assam Agartala national highway and the railway services since morning of July 10 to press demand for Tipraland or land of tribal. 

Manik Sarkar broke his silence on Sunday to speak on indefinite agitation and its usual consequences. He said the IPFT should withdraw the protests as its causing sufferings for people of the state.

Sarkar informed he had a talk with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to apprise him about the situation. Earlier on Sunday top leaders of IPFT including President Narendra Chandra Debbarma joined a meeting at civil secretariat where Chief Secretary and Director General of Police requested them to end the blockade.

IPFT said they would not relent to Chief Minister’s advice or approach of state officials as the separate state demand is very much genuine, legitimate and justified to protect 33 percent minority tribal of the state. It informed two senior leaders of the party are in Delhi to discuss the issue with junior home minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday.