Parliamentarian accuses Baptist Church of aiding separatists

October 6, 2014 by  
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Tripura Rajaya Upajati Ganamukti ParishadTripura, October 1, 2014: A member of parliament from Tripura has alleged that the separatist movement in the state has again resurfaced after the new government came to power under the leadership of Narendra Modi and blamed the Baptist Church for supporting the separatists.

“Church, mosque or temple should not be utilized for the vested interest of the political parties to achieve political goal. A microscopic section of the Baptist churches are backing the separatists and we are upset with that,” Jitendra Chowdhury, who belongs to the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said.

According to him, the IPFT (Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura), a local tribal party, is using the platform of churches to spread demand for a separate tribal land in Tripura.

The senior tribal leader was addressing a press conference of the Tripura Rajaya Upajati Ganamukti Parishad, a tribal wing of the CPIM along with other senior members at the party office in Agartala.

“What we are saying is that church leaders should come forward and restrain them (IPFT) from utilizing the church platform,” said Chowdhury.

He said though tribal separatism was not new to the state. Tripura had belatedly become the most peaceful state in the region. Now with a new government in Delhi led by non-secular forces, separatism was resurfacing in Tripura.

The Leftist leader alleged that after BJP came to power in Delhi, separatist forces are again very active in Tripura and are spreading ethno- communal hatred as the polls to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) draws near.

– easternsky media

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