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AGARTALA | Dec 6, 2019:
Tripura has 20 Indigenous MLA's out of which 10 belong to BJP and 8 to IPFT and two are from the communists. The east Lok Sabha seat is also represented by Rebati Tripura who belongs to the indigenous community. Incidentally Pradyot Manikya's uncle is Jishnu Devvarma, who is himself a Deputy Chief Minister.
Manikya said that the indigenous representatives of Tripura have remained silent on this issue for too long and they will have to answer to the people if things go sideways.
On the other hand, Manikya said that he along with other indigenous leaders of the state have tried their best to negotiate and put pressure on the Centre.
"There are other demands such as raising the assembly seats from 20 to 25 and land coming under the purview of TTADC. Apart from this the direct funding to the district council is another matter that is under consideration. The sealing of the border before 30th of June has been promised by the home minister as well," said the royal scion.
He pointed out that their most important demand is that "we want the illegal settlers to be equally distributed across India as Tripura cannot take the burden anymore."