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Tripura tribal bodies, royal scion move SC against CAA

Different tribal based parties including a CPI-M’s frontal body and Tripura’s royal scion have decided to move the apex court against the new Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, claiming that the new law is against the interest of the people of the Northeast.

Tripura Rajya Upajati Ganamukti Parishad (TRUGP), state’s oldest tribal-based party and frontal organisation of Communist Party of India-Marxist and All India Chakma Social Forum (AICSF) on Monday announced to file petition before the Supreme Court against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019.

Former Tripura Congress chief Pradyot Manikya Debbarma, on Monday, told mediapersons that he has already filed the case against the CAA in the Supreme Court.

“Either veteran lawyer Kapil Sibal or Abhishek Manu Singhvi is expected to deal my petition in the Supreme Court,” told Debbarma, who also met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on December 12 and requested him to keep Tripura out of the purview of the CAA.

Before leaving for New Delhi, TRUGP President and former Tripura Tribal Welfare Minister Jitendra Chaudhury said the enactment of the CAA is entirely against the very principles of the Constitution and idea of Indian nationhood.

“After the Partition in 1947 and the subsequent developments, influx of crores of people during the past several decades had already flooded the eastern part of the country, causing multiple problems in the social, cultural, political and economic life of eastern India,” Chaudhury, also a senior CPI-M tribal leader, told mediapersons.

He said that not only within the country, many other countries officially or un-officially expressed their opposition against the CAA.

“Bangladesh Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Maitry Sangsad while expressing their strong opposition to the CAA said that life and security of the minorities of that country would be further endangered due to this Act. Atrocities on the 1.75 crore minorities in Bangladesh by the Muslim fundamentalists would be increased,” Chaudhury apprehend and said that to remain in power the BJP is utilising the CAA as a tool.

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