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Tribal party reiterates demand for a separate state

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Agartala, October 4, 2010: The Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) which performed badly in recently held elections has declared that its demand for a separate state for the tribals would continue to be top of the agenda. The party leaders, most of whom are deserters from other parties, spoke out that the issue will have a serious implication in future tribal politics if not now.  

IPFT has forged knot with other regional parties to put forward demands of similar nature and put pressure on the union government. Then regional parties from all northeastern states would organise a demonstration and rally at New Delhi on October 28 and 29.

“I am leading a big delegation to join the protest programme at Delhi. The participants would be from the IPFT and a few other tribal forums”, IPFT President Narendra Chandra Debbarma said.  

IPFT is demanding creation of a separate tribal state with areas under the sixth schedule of the constitution. The demand has faced a strong objection from the mainstream parties like CPI(M) and the Congress.  

Debbarma expected that several thousand leaders and activists from regional parties would visit Delhi for the purpose. They include 2500 people from Bodoland in Assam.  

More than one hundred tribal men and women would represent the IPFT in Delhi. Narendra Chandra Debbarma asserted that every regional party does not necessarily have a common agenda, but every demand is common towards achieving rights of the indigenous people in respective areas.  

“In January last we observed a 72 hour hunger strike in Delhi and the forthcoming stir is the follow up to make the government leaders understand plight of people of the region”, he said.