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TNT News Desk with agency inputs | October 21, 2018

As demand for implementation of NRC in Tripura continues to intensify with state indigenous parties like INPT as well as the ruling ally IPFT threatening to launch an intensive movement if an Assam-like National Register of Citizens is not implemented in the border state, Tripura royal scion Pradyot Bikram Manikya Debbarma has said that he will move a petition in the Supreme Court to demand NRC in the state on Monday.

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Debbarman spoke to IE and said that there cannot be different rules for different states in the country when it comes to citizenship. “Implement NRC and the demand for a separate state will dilute, people demanding Tipraland are doing so because they feel they have lost all rights within the state of Tripura,” he told the Indian Express.

Debbarman further said that they are asking for their constitutional right as an Indian. “And if the government of India is earnest, they will take measures to ensure that genuine Indians get first preference compared to illegal migrants,” he said. The NRC is a register of citizens, which is maintained only in Assam. This was implemented to detect illegal migrants by verifying the details of every person in the state.

Senior Supreme Court Advocate and former Union MinisterSalman Khurshid well represent Debbarma.

The development comes days after a delegation of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura met Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding NRC in the state. However, the home ministry later in a statement said that no assurance was given by the Home Minister regarding the implementation of the NRC in the state.

In August, BJP Lok Sabha MP Nishikant Dubey had demanded that the NRC should be prepared for the whole country. He claimed that the census exercise did not happen in many places including Jammu and Kashmir and the North East.

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