A report from Agartala said that with the Assembly elections in mind, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) has decided to organise a rally at Khumulwng in West Tripura district on August 23. The rally, which would be joined by indigenous people, will be held to mark the tenth Twipraland Diwas. Manish Tamang, the convenor of National Federation of New States, Raja Bundela, another leader of the organisation and secretary of All Bodo Students’ Union Promod Boro have been invited to the programme but are yet to confirm their participation, said IPFT president NC Debbarma. The decision to change the venue from Agartala to Khumulwng was made in a meeting of party’s executive committee held on August 14, he said. He said there was unrest in the capital during IPFT’s rally for Twipraland demand on August 23, 2016 leaving several people injured.
The Bodoland movement
A report from Guwahati said that a series of protests by organisations demanding a separate Bodoland state is likely to affect normal life in the lower Assam districts from August 28. The Peoples' Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM), an umbrella body of 55 organisations, today said the fresh agitation was announced as the BJP-led government at the Centre and the state failed to fulfil their pre-poll promise to solve the Bodoland issue through talks. The protest will begin with a 10-hour national highway blockade by women on August 28 followed by 12-hour Assam strike on September 12 and a mass hunger strike from October 1. They have also announced a 24-hour railway blockade in October and an indefinite economic blockade from November to further their 50-year-long demand for a separate Bodoland state.
Additional Judicial Court and Library inaugurated at Dibrugarh
A report from Dibrugarh said that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while inaugurating the Additional Judicial Court Building and Bar Library at Judicial Court campus said that the four pillars of democracy (Legislature, Executive, Judiciary and Press) ought to work hand in hand in the most respectful, truthful and dignified manner to establish a healthy and just society. Sonowal said that everyone expected the four pillars of democracy to work towards building a strong and powerful democratic society. The Chief Minister also urged the judiciary to ensure that no one felt discriminated against and that all sections benefitted equally from the justice delivery system. He further said that the State Government was committed towards digitisation of the judiciary and would do everything to upgrade the legal infrastructure in the State. He said that Rs 300 crore was provided for improving the legal infrastructure in different districts of the State.
Liezietsu calls Rio meet illegal
A report from Dimapur said that Naga People's Front president Shürhozelie Liezietsu had termed the general convention of the party, called by Neiphiu Rio next month, as "illegal and unauthorised". Suspended NPF member Rio had not been delegated the power by party president Shürhozelie to convene the general convention. It had come to the notice of the party's central headquarters that an "unauthorised person", Thangsat Kuki, former office secretary of the NPF and at present with the Rio group, had been circulating an "illegal circular" on social media, calling for a meeting of the central executive council (CEC) on August 22. Article IV (3) (c) (iii) of the Constitution of the NPF stated that any member of the party may requisition a meeting of the CEC by presenting to the president a memorandum signed by one-third or more of the executive council and such a meeting be convened within 15 days from the date of receipt, said a party communiqué. The NPF communique said that the person circulating the circular was no longer a member of the NPF. Shürhozelie was neither in receipt of any requisition letter signed or attested by the required one-third members of the CEC, nor was he authorised to hold such a meeting. It said that the circular should be treated as illegal and mischievous that was creating confusion among the CEC members.