Tripura tribal party demands for separate tribal state

Agartala: A newly formed tribal party Tipra State Party (TSP) agitated here demanding for separate tribal state.

Hundreds of TSP supporters under the banner of Tipra Land Movement brought out a procession from Vivekananda Stadium in Agartala in demand of the separate ‘Tipra Land’.

The supporters expressed that the separate tribal state is necessary for the existence of the tribal people, who at present are at the threat of extinction.

“The main aim of the Tipra State Party is demand for formation of separate state taking the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council and as per the Article 2 and 3 of the Indian Constitution. This is because we may have got the ADC under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution but it has filed in fulfilling the desire of the local tribes,” said Chitta Ranjan Debbarma, President TSP.

“Due to the division of Indian, a big number of the tribal population was later born in Bangladesh, and which has turned the local tribals into minority and facing the threat of extinction. They can become majority only if under the Article 2 and 3 of the Constitution they are self controlled,” he added.

The protesters viewed that the existence of identity of some 12 lakh tribal of the state is at stake.

According to the protestors, during the rule of the Maharaja the ratio of tribal was 95 percent but at present the government ratio is 31 percent while the non-government calculation based on the practical ground is much less.

The fast deduction in the ratio of the tribal section of the population is at the threat of existence and so we are demanding for separate tribal state like that of Telengana and hope that in the coming future the central government is going to fulfill their demand which is very much constitutional.

Later a five member’s team submitted a memorandum of demand to Governor Tathagata Roy. (ANI)