Tripura’s indigenous bodies express resentment against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016

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By Our Reporter

May 10, 2018

The Tripura Peoples' Front (TPF), Tripura State Party (TSP) and Indigenous Peoples' Front of Tripura ( IPFT-Tipraha) on Wednesday sat for a one day hunger strike in protest of the Govt. of India's Citizenship (Amendment), 2016 Bill which the Central government is planning to bring in. They also held a protest March in different parts of the state. Introduced on July 19 in the Lok Sabha, the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 if passed will allow illegal migrants from certain minority communities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship provided they fulfill certain criteria.

" In the Citizenship Act of 1955, it is clearly written that foreigners who come into India after 26 January, 1950 will not be considered as Indian citizen. But in 2016 Government of India, Amended the Bill to give citizenship to illegal migrants. This bill if passed then our state will be the most affected. We have already become micro minority in our own state and now if the government legalizes all the migrants by giving them Indian citizenship under this act then within the next 5 years we the 'Indigenous' people of the entire North-East India will get extinct", said, Chitta Debbarma, TPF, Vice President.

He further added " If the Government of India doesn't think about our existence then we will be forced to take legal action against the Government of India. We will take them to court on the basis of 'Instalment of Accession' which the Government of India has signed with our Maharani Kanchan Prabha Devi".