Agartala, Nov 21 : The tribal based parties in Tripura, including, ruling BJP’s ally the IPFT welcomed Union Home Minister Amit Shah's announcement to carry out National Register of Citizenship (NRC) throughout the country, BJP and Congress remained non- committal and CPI (M) opposed it.
The IPFT leaders said large scale influx from neighbouring Bangladesh has affected demographic profile of the state and indigenous population reduced to minority due to continuous migration in Tripura. However, the party reminded that NRC should follow the stipulated norms not like Assam. “The NRC exercise has to be done with clear cut mandate to identify the illegal migrants settled in India after creation of Bangladesh in 1971. We don’t believe that only tribal would live in Tripura. Since royal dynasty, the state has a unique character of multi-culture, language, belief and community and we want to retain it but not with the immigrants,” said a senior IPFT leader here.
He mentioned that over population in a small geographical boundary has led to scarcity of resources and poverty becomes a phenomenon for the rural people in Tripura. The kings of Tripura had sheltered non-tribals before partition of India and afterwards also the people living in Chakla-Rashnabad were considered as inhabitants of hill Tripura. “The decision of NRC across India will ensure better life of genuine Indians; improve law and order situation, security and sovereignty of the country,” the leader said adding that India become the lay ground for foreign nationals, which made the country prone to security threat.
Meanwhile, welcoming the decision of NRC, opposition Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) urged the centre to ensure fair exercise of citizenship identification. On the other, the party called national highway and rail blockade on December 5 next to press for removing proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) from the business of current session of Parliament. However, CPI (M) opposed the decision of NRC especially in Tripura citing the reason that there have not been any incidence of uncheck influx and demographic change might be happened due to population explosion.
The NRC has apparently no reason to believe that will bring balance between tribal and non-tribal but the pre-notion of influx in carrying out NRC exercise will have adverse impact in the state, a senior CPI (M) leader commented.
On the other, another group of tribal raised the demand to carry out NRC based on the last exercise of citizenship held in 1951 instead of 1971. They argued that sudden drop of 20 years record of citizenship will largely frustrate the aim and objectives of NRC in the country. (UNI)