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Tripura: IPFT meets Rajnath on Tipraland, Delhi wants state govt on board
AGARTALA, November 06: Yet another attempt of IPFT to seal the deal of a separate state has ended in a fiasco.
A nine member team of the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) on Sunday met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the demand for Tipraland – a separate state for indigenous communities.
Speaking to this correspondent, IPFT supremo and leader of the team NC Debbarma said that they had reiterated the demand for a separate state. The demand was raised with the central government on several previous occasions beforehand including a recent meeting with MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in July earlier this year.
On the issue of Rajnath's response to IPFT's plea, NC Debbarma said that the Home Minister had agreed to form a high power committee to discuss modalities of forming a new state. However, the minister had imposed a mandatory condition of having the state government on board.
"We have told them that Tripura is being ruled by a communist government and they will never agree to our demands", NC Debbarma told this correspondent. He added that the Home Minister didn't budge on his condition, indicating yet another futile discussion on the issue of Tipraland.
A team of IPFT leaders led by general secretary Mewar Kumar Jamatia earlier met MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju after a series of meetings with MHA interlocutor and JIC chief for Naga peace talks RN Ravi and Joint Secretary (NE) of the Ministry of Home Affairs Satyendra Garg.
IPFT leaders met Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh on the issue of Tipraland as well.
Delhi has so far rejected the issue of autonomous state in Tripura under Section 240 (a) straightaway saying that the proposal was most impractical.
Autonomous State was implemented in Meghalaya in the 1970s for 10 months only, which didn't come to any help.
(TNT-The Northeast Today News)
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