INPT demands 50 percent reservation in Tripura Assembly

November 14th, 2007 - 2:01 am ICT by admin  
Agartala, Oct.10 (ANI): With the Left leadership and the UPA Government deadlocked over the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, tribal parties in Tripura smelling an early poll, have upped the political ante to secure a role for themselves in the state.

Frontal organizations of the tribal Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), including their women front and student’s wing took to the streets of Agartala on Wednesday with a list of 27 demands.

Shouting anti-Left slogans, the demonstrators demanded 50 percent reservation of assembly seats, the withdrawl of the National Security Act (NSA) from Tripura, additional power with direct funding to the Autonomous District Council (ADC), immediate implementation of the National Tribal Policy 2006 and and inner land permit.

The party also demanded for fulfilling of the vacant tribal reserved post in different state departments and opening of state human rights office.

The party General Secretary Rabindra Debbarma said that among the demands the prime are 50 percent reservation for tribal in the Tripura assembly seat, returning back of the once owned tribal land presently owned by non-tribal and inclusion of the Roman script for Kokborok (Tripuri tribal language).

Debbarma also mentioned the NSA should be withdrawn from the state as instead of applying it against the militants the state government is using it for mainly their political intentions.

Scheduled elections to the 60 seat Tripura State Assembly is on early next year, but the political parties of the state have already started their poll preparation. (ANI)

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