Correspondent AGARTALA, Jan 7 - Thousands of indigenous people under the banner of the Joint Movement Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (JMACAB) today came out on the streets here and protested against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Protesters under the banner of JMACAB holding an anti-CAA rally in Agartala on Tuesday. – Photo: Correspondent
People belonging to regional parties raised slogans against the CAA in today’s protest rally. However, no untoward incident was reported as tight security arrangements were made. The protesters were later picked up by the police in front of the Rabindra Bhavan.
JMACAB adviser Chitta Debbarma, INPT leader Rabindra Debbarma and NCT leader Animesh Debbarma addressed the anti-CAA gathering on the occasion.
Meanwhile, the latest protest has set alarm bells ringing in the BJP Government. In Tripura, except the BJP, all other parties including the Congress, CPI (M) and IPFT (an ally of the BJP-led coalition Government), have strongly opposed the CAA.
The JMACAB adviser warned of launching a massive agitation to compel the Centre to keep Tripura out of the amended citizenship Act.
“After we staged an indefinite strike opposing the CAB, Union Home Minister Amit Shah promised to hold a meeting with our organisation. Unfortunately, a month has gone by, but no meeting has been called yet. Today’s protest is aimed at drawing the attention of the Centre. If our concerns are not addressed, the agitation will be intensified,” he categorically stated.
If the JMACAB’s demand to keep Tripura out of the CAA is not met, the stir will get more intense, warned Animesh Debbarma, president of a regional party.
“We do not have any reservations about people coming from neighbouring countries, but they should not be settled here as indigenous people who were once in majority in Tripura, have been reduced to a minority. If the CAA is implemented here, the existence of the indigenous people will be further endangered,” he maintained.
Meanwhile, Tiprasa – a new party led by Tripura’s royal scion, which has been strongly opposing the CAA – was not present in today’s rally.