Home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday agreed to a “constitutional solution” to meet the demands of the indigenous people of Tripura. The decision was arrived at after a post-poll meeting with a TIPRA Motha delegation led by party supremo and ex-royal Pradyot Kishore Debbarma.
Taking to Twitter, Debbarma said, “The Home Minister has started the process for a constitutional solution for the indigenous people of Tripura. An interlocutor for this process will be appointed and this will be within a specific time frame.”
The leader thanked the home minister for understanding the “genuine problems of the Son of the soil”.
“We successfully got our Bru people rehabilitation in our state after 23 years by signing the Bru accord and today we have started a huge dialogue to ensure that our survival and existence are protected. Issues such as alliance and cabinet were never discussed only the interest of our dopha was discussed,” he said.
The meeting was held at the state guest house in Agartala and was also attended by BJP president J P Nadda and Tripura’s newly sworn-in chief minister Manik Saha.
The BJP had earlier made it clear that it was unwilling to concede a division of the tiny state of Tripura. However, its leadership also spoke of a willingness to give more legislative, financial and executive powers to the Tripura Tribal autonomous council which exists and runs affairs in areas dominated by tribal communities.
Debbarma, a descendant of the former ruling family of Tripura, had long been seeking a constitutional remedy to the demands by his party for a separate state of Tiprasa. The Tipra Motha recently won 13 seats in elections to the 60-member Tripura state assembly.