No Respite for Tripura From Rail-Road Blockade, IPFT To Continue Agitation

The blockade has affected the supply of essentials including food grain and fuel

No Respite for Tripura From Rail-Road Blockade, IPFT To Continue Agitation

"Until we know what transpires in Delhi we can not withdraw the blockade unilaterally", said IPFT chief NC Debbarma.

According to IANS, Nag said, "For the past six days the IPFT leaders and members are blockading the vital national highway and the lone railway line causing serious distress to the people".

The state government delegation that discussed the issue and asked the IPFT leaders to withdraw the blockade in the overall interest of the people, was led by chief secretary Sanjib Ranjan, with DGP AK Shukla, home secretary Shantanu Singh, and additional DGP SS Chaturvedi also remaining part of the team.

"On the directions of Union Home Minister (Rajnath Singh), Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Monday talked to Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and told him he would talk to IPFT leaders on Tuesday afternoon", the Home Department official said.

The Congress on the other hand complained that while the state government had not taken any step to remove the blockade, a section of unscrupulous traders were taking advantage of the situation and creating an artificial crisis of essential commodities.

The IPFT's demand for a separate state carved out by upgrading the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas dates back to 2009.

The Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), after a failed meeting with the Tripura Government on Sunday, has made a decision to continue its agitation demanding for a separate state.

Debbarma said that the state government should also communicate its decision to the central government about IPFT's statehood demand.

The IPFT has sought the Governor's intervention and a tri-partite meeting between them, the Centre and state government to resolve the matter. However, Dhar stated that there is no provision of "Autonomous State Council" in the Constitution.

"Separate state demand would not help in development of the tribals and it would also upset the tribal and non-tribal ethnic unity and harmony", Debbarma told the media.

The politically important TTAADC constitutes two-thirds of Tripura's 10,491 sq km area, which has 12,16,465 (mostly tribals) of the state's 37 lakh population residing in it. The officials pointed out that the State government is not ready to accept the demand for ‘Twipraland State and urged the IPFT leaders to withdraw their disruptive blockade programme which is affecting normal life of the State. "People of Tripura have no support for this demand", the note said.

Most of the political parties, including the ruling CPM, Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have rejected IPFT's demands saying it is not practical to divide the small state.

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