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Indian home minister to mull NRC for Tripura

  • Published at 01:21 am October 6th, 2018
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A delegation from the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (INPT), led by party President Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl, called on the Indian home minister in Delhi to discuss the implementation of the NRC in their home state

Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said he will contemplate whether to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Tripura.

A delegation from the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (INPT), led by party President Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl, called on the Indian home minister in Delhi to discuss the implementation of the NRC in their home state.

“The home minister assured that he would mull over the matter after the NRC process in Assam is completed. There are legal aspects which have to be considered,” the INPT president told this correspondent over the phone on Friday.

The INPT delegation included party General Secretary Jagadish Debbarma, and Assistant General Secretary Rabindra Debbarma.

Prior to leaving for Delhi, the INPT President spoke to reporters in Agartala about the necessity for the NRC in Tripura, as well as in the rest of India.  

“Following the creation of Bangladesh in 1971, there has been a huge influx from across the border. Now, people are crossing the border daily due to ineffective border management,” Hrangkhawl said.

 “Unless there strong action, the indigenous people of the state will be reduced to a minority,” he added.

The INPT president also claimed that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was introduced by the BJP-led NDA Government in July 2016, would encourage infiltration from across the border. 

The bill seeks to grant citizenship to minorities belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Christian and Parsi communities from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan.