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Cong, Sena, AAP MPs join sit-in for Greater Tipraland, urge Centre to consider demand

Congress' Deepender Hooda, Shiv Sena's Priyanka Chaturvedi and AAP MP Sanjay Singh addressed supporters of Pradyot Debbarman-led TIPRA Motha at Jantar Mantar on November 30 and December 1.

Written by Sourav Roy Barman | New Delhi |
Updated: December 3, 2021 1:19:43 pm
Shiv Sena MP Priyanka chaturvedi at a dharna at Delhi's Jantar Mantar demanding a separate state for the tribal natives of Tripura. (Twitter/PradyotManikya)

The demand for a separate state for the tribal natives of Tripura has once again taken centre stage with the political outfit of the royal scion of the state jointly staging a dharna with the BJP’s tribal ally IPFT at Jantar Mantar, where MPs from the Congress, Shiv Sena and AAP turned up over the past two days.

Congress MP Deepender Hooda, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi and AAP MP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh addressed supporters of Pradyot Debbarman-led TIPRA Motha (Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance) and IPFT (Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura) at Jantar Mantar on November 30 and December 1.

At the demonstration, Chaturvedi backed the demand for a separate state, while Singh said the Centre should “consider” it. Hooda said he will raise the issue with the top leadership of the Congress, which has a diminished presence in the state due to erosion of its base following the entry of the BJP and TMC.

Pradyot is likely to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday to hand over a memorandum with the demand for a separate state, which he calls “Greater Tipraland”.

The demand to carve out a separate state for the indigenous communities of Tripura, which has a total population of 36.74 lakh (2011 census), is connected with the change in its demographics, which has reduced its indigenous population to a minority.

Pradyot, who quit in Congress in 2019, is chairman of TIPRA Motha, which won the majority in this year’s Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council elections.

“Our single-point agenda is achieving our goal of a separate state,” Pradyot said on Thursday. He said if no national party gives him in writing that they support his demand of a separate state, his party will alone field candidates in 35 seats.

Tripura Tribal Welfare and Forest Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia, who is the general secretary of IPFT, also joined the demonstration.

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