Luizinho Faleiro with Tripura Congress leaders in Agartala on Friday.

AICC general secretary Luizinho Faleiro on Friday said the Congress is determined to protect the culture and distinct identity of various ethnic groups of Northeast.

“Our party is determined to protect customs, culture, traditional lifestyle, language besides the distinct identity of various ethnic groups and indigenous people in the region as the BJP has evil designs to destroy them,” Faleiro said in Agartala.

Faleiro, who came to Tripura 25 days after state party president Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barman resigned from the post and quit the party, held a series of meetings with senior party leaders to choose a new state party chief and to further strengthen the party organisation.

He said Northeast region has diverse culture and traditions with hundreds of ethnic groups among the tribals and people with diverse religion.

“The BJP has evil designs to destroy the ethnic unity and traditions for their narrow political gains,” Faleiro said.

He said that in the name of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the BJP to obtain political and electoral mileage is forcefully imposing the ideology and plan of the saffron party among the people of northeast India.

“We are firm to resist the evil designs of the BJP and the party led government at the centre,” he added.

Faleiro said that the previous Congress governments have always been sensitive, sympathetic and supportive to the cause of the people of northeast India.

“The BJP led government’s ‘One Nation – One Language’ proposed policy would be a dangerous proposition for the unity and integrity of the people of northeast,” said the AICC leader.

He said that the Congress has chalked out a countrywide programme to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

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