TRIPURA DYFI, TYF Organise Protest on Railway Issue

DEMOCRATIC youth of Tripura gave vent to their anger against the deprivation of Tripura of a railway division. Recently the chairman of the Railway Board announced that three new railway divisions will be opened at Jammu (J&K), Gulbarga (Karnataka) and Silchar (Assam). Of these, while Karnataka and Assam are ruled by the Congress party, the Congress is a partner in the ruling coalition in Jammu & Kashmir. This step of the Congress led UPA government is no doubt aimed at reaping political benefit in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and the Tribal Youth Federation (TYF) termed the decision as yet another instance of the political deprivation being meted to the state of Tripura for a long time. Opposing this discrimination, the two youth organisations recently launched a three day protest programme throughout the state. On Sunday, March 2, the two organisations organised protest marches and meetings at more than 25 spots across the state. The protest programme continued till March 4.

At Agartala, the protest meeting on March 2 was preceded by a militant march of the youth. The meeting in front of the Agartala railway station was addressed by DYFI state president Pankaj Ghosh, its state secretary Amal Chakraborty and state secretariat members Tapan Debnath and Swapan Poddar. These youth leaders said the setting up a railway division in Tripura was one of the four demands on which the DYFI and TYF had organised a “March to Guwahati” last year, and that the two organisations were steadfast on the demand. While having no objection to Silchar becoming the headquarters of a railway division, the two organisations said the longstanding demand of the state of Tripura has again gone unheeded. Terming it as a clear case of political deprivation, the youth leaders questioned the silence of the Congress party in Tripura on this issue. They said the Congress led governments at the centre have time and again deprived the state, but that the people would not forgive them and teach them a befitting lesson in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.

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