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Tripura tribal parties seek Bodo Agreement-like deal
 AGARTALA, Jan 31 - The Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) has welcomed the historic tripartite Bodo Agreement signed recently among the Centre, the Assam Government, and various factions of the NDFB and other Bodo organisations.

 “We welcome the historic agreement between the Centre, the Assam Government and the Bodo outfits and organisations. Now the time has come to give the same powers to the remaining nine autonomous district councils (ADCs) of the North East,” said INPT general secretary Jagadish Debbarma here today.

Talking to media persons, Debbarma said a unanimous resolution was passed in the Tripura Legislative Assembly in 2006, urging the Central Government to give more powers to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC). “There was a move to empower the TTAADC during the UPA regime, but it did not make much progress. Lately, the Centre has been mulling to bring in an amendment Bill to give more powers to some ADCs. Therefore, we want the Centre to provide the same powers to all the ADCs functioning in the North East, as was done in the case of the Bodoland Council,” he maintained.

“If the Centre ignores the genuine demand for equal powers to all the ADCs in the North East, the region will witness unrest again,” he warned.

Meanwhile, NCT general secretary Animesh Debbarma also welcomed the Central Government’s step to empower the Bodoland Territorial Council. “It is good that the Bodoland region has got more powers after the agreement, but the other ADCs must be given the same powers to maintain parity,” he told reporters here.

The Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), an ally of the BJP-led coalition Government, has also welcomed the move of empowering the Bodoland Territorial Council.

On being asked about empowerment of the TTAADC, party spokesman Mandal Debbarma today said that the State Government has already initiated a move to give more powers to the State’s lone tribal council.

“We hope the Centre will do something to empower the State’s tribal council to safeguard the interests of the indigenous people”, he said, adding that the party would not abandon its main political demand for creation of Tipraland.

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