28 - 09 - 2020

Amit Shah holds meeting leaders of JMACAB, Pradyot meets later

Agartala, Dec 13,2019: A team of Joint Movement Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (JMACAB), a forum of different tribal political parties and civil society bodies, on Thursday met Union home minister Amit Shah in his parliament chamber to discuss the nitty gritty of the just-passed contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), already assented to by the president Ramnath Kobind.

Earlier the leaders had met Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on 11th December evening and Biplab had assured them that he would arrange for their meeting with the union home minister. This happened yesterday in the parliament chamber of  Amit Shah. 

In the two hour discussion Amit Shah listened carefully to the points of misgivings raised by the JMACAB delegation and expressed  his sympathy. He also pointed out that the ADC in Tripura encompassing roughly 70% of the state would be out of purview of the CAB but still said that he would look into the points raised by the JMACAB leaders. "The discussion was held in a friendly and cordial manner and the union home minister assured us that he would address the concerns of the indigenous people ; we are or less satisfied but the discussion has to continue" said Anthony Debbarma from Delhi. He also dismissed as 'baseless' the news circulating in the state that a fresh 'bandh' has been called in the state.

      

Shortly after JMACAB's meeting with the union home minister, Tripura's royal scion and former PCC president Pradyot Kishore also met the union home minister along with tribal leader Patal Kanya Jamatya. Patal Kanaya asked the home minister why the entire Tripura could not be kept out of the purview of CAB like Nagaland , Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. Shah said that the matter would be looked at afresh though the bill has already been passed.