The convenor of Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) and Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has invited the TIPRA Motha leaders to discuss the matter of ‘Greater Tipraland’.
This has led to a meeting being scheduled in Guwahati between the top leaders of TIPRA, including party supremo Pradyot Kishore Debbarma and Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Moments before departing for Guwahati, royal scion of Tripura, Pradyot Debbarma said, “We have been asked to come by NEDA convenor.”
The appointment of a mediator for talks regarding the Greater Tipraland issue is expected to be the top agenda for discussion between the NEDA convenor and Motha leaders.
In a late evening tweet, Pradyot Kishore wrote, “Thank you @himantabiswa for your assurance and statement today. We are keen to resolve the indigenous peoples issues and we are glad the process has been initiated in a time bound manner. I also thank the home minister @AmitShah who has taken the time and effort to address the problems of our tiprasa people. The tiprasa are united (thansa) for a better future and I am willing to sacrifice everything for our people”.
The delay in the central government’s decision has caused tension in Tripura, and TIPRA Motha is threatening to escalate their protests if their demands are not met.
Notably, the main demand of TIPRA Motha is a constitutional resolution for the tribal population, who are one-third of Tripura’s population.
Speaking to reporters at the Assembly, Opposition leader Animesh Debbarma said, “Assam CM and NEDA chief Himanta Biswa Sarma had invited us for discussion on behalf of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Our supremo Pradyot Kishore Manikya Debbarma, senior party leaders Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl, I and many of our MLAs joined the talks. We heard the Assam CM on how the central government was working for permanent peace, progress to ensure people of all sections can live with identity and dignity. I am personally so impressed and happy that the CM of a large state like Assam gave us time and briefed us about Home Minister Shah and PM Modi’s outlook for Tripura”.