Tripura Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia on Saturday supported the revision of NRC in the state and hoped that his party, Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), an ally of the ruling alliance headed by BJP, would soon demand it like several other states.
Jamatia said that they were always seeking NRC in Tripura. Other states are now demanding NRC revision and hopefully their party will also demand it in Tripura as they feel indigenous communities in the state were suffering an identity crisis.
He said, talks on revising the national register is going on at the central level.
However, CM Biplab Kumar Deb had rejected the demand saying there was no public demand for it and that he was unaware of any IPFT call for it. It is may be noted that, Deb’s parents had migrated to India as refugees from Bangladesh before his birth and purportedly, his father is a citizen of India since 1967.
Meanwhile, the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT), has demanded NRC revision in the state like in Assam.
Speaking to media, INPT General Secretary Jagadish Debbarma said, a three-member INPT delegation of the party led by its President Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl is set to visit New Delhi and submit a memorandum on the issue to Modi this month.
As a primary step we will go to Delhi on August 28 and submit a memorandum in favour of NRC in Tripura to the Registrar General of Citizen Register, the PMO, the Home Minister and others. Other decisions will be taken later,” said Debbarma.
Possibilities of filing a petition with the SC to allow NRC revision in Tripura would be discussed in the next party meeting, he added.