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AGARTALA | Dec 5, 2019:
Deb Barman was clarifying on the concerns raised by a section of the society on his silence on the Tipraland demand vis-a-vis citizenship amendment bill wherein they had observed that having a separate state will protect the indigenous people of Tripura from the bill.
"If you're saying that having a separate Tipraland, the pressure on CAB will fade, then this is wrong. Because if that was the case, then states like Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland, where majority of the population are the tribals, would have remained silent on the issue," Deb Barman said adding that these tribal-dominated states understood that if a bill like CAB is passed, then their population is in danger.
He pointed out that in Mizoram, majority of the population are Mizos, in Nagaland, the Nagas, in Meghalaya there are the Khasis, Jaintias and Garos, Arunachalees are a majority in Arunachal Pradesh, in Manipur, there are the Kukis, Meiteis and Nagas but they are all up in arms against the Centre over this bill.
"Don't interlink the demand for separate statehood with CAB; If you want to demand for Tipraland, do it; this is your constitutional right but at this point and time, we must concentrate only on CAB and I repeat, we oppose the CAB in its present form," said the royal scion.
He informed that during their meeting with union home minister, Amit Shah in New Delhi recently, the indigenous and political leaders from Tripura raised excellent points but none of them spoke about the Tipraland demand because it was not in the agenda. "We spoke only about CAB because at this moment, the entire Northeast is worried about this bill," he said.