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AGARTALA | JAN 6, 2020:

A senior leader of the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) in Tripura on Sunday joined Congress giving a boost to the grand old party in state. Around 150 IPFT workers also joined the party, Congress tribal front leader Rajeshwar Debbarma claimed.

Budhirai Debbarma, who was the Chairman of the Central Advisory Committee of the IPFT, was handed over the Congress flag by acting PCC president Pijush Biswas at the Congress Bhavan.

He said that IPFT has lost credibility among the indigenous community and has fooled people with separate tribal state. It has lost the trust of the indigenous people, he said.

Congress leader Rajeshwar Debbarma said a large number of IPFT leaders and workers would soon desert it to join his party.

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The IPFT has announced an indefinite stir to demand withdrawal of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and implementation of the NRC in Tripura. Party leader Shuklacharan Noatia said they would hold protests at Khumulwng, headquarters of the TTAADC.

The agitation programme was seen as a ploy to pacify a section of leaders who felt the IPFT had failed to raise a strong voice on the contentious CAA.

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