Tripura minister demands NRC revision, to submit memorandum to PM Modi

FILE PHOTO: People check their names on the draft list at the National Register of Citizens centre at a village in Nagaon district

Tripura Tribal Welfare minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia on Saturday supported the revision of NRC in the state and hoped that his party IPFT would soon demand it like several other states.

Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) is an ally of the ruling alliance headed by BJP which came to power after the Tripura assembly polls in February this year.

Jamatia, who is the general secretary of IPFT, said, We were always seeking NRC in our state (Tripura). Other states are now demanding NRC revision and hopefully our party will also demand it in Tripura, Jamatia said.

He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah had made a lot of statements on NRC and said talks on revising the national register is going on at the central level. "I think this issue (NRC) is a burning issue.

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had rejected the demand for NRC revision saying there was no public demand for it and that he was unaware of any IPFT call for it.

Meanwhile, the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT), another tribal regional party, has demanded NRC revision in the northeastern state like in Assam.

A three-member INPT delegation of the party led by its president, Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl is slated to visit New Delhi and submit a memorandum on the issue to Prime Minister Narendra Modi this month, its general secretary Jagadish Debbarma told reporters.

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," Debbarma said.

Possibilities of filing a petition with the Supreme Court to allow NRC revision in Tripura would be discussed in the next party meeting, he added.