Rebati Kumar Tripura (File image)

BJP MP Rebati Kumar Tripura has claimed he “received threats” from the proscribed National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) for voting in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (Now Act) in Parliament.

The Lok Sabha MP from East Tripura on Monday said he received NLFT’s letter five days ago and was threatened of dire consequences for voting in favour of the CAB.

“The NLFT rebels have threatened me of dreadful consequences for voting in favour of CAB in Parliament. I am an MP from a party, which imposed a whip for voting in favour of CAB. Everybody knows what could be the consequence if I had defied the party whip,” Rebati told reporters.

Rebati claimed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) would not affect them.

“The concern of the indigenous people to be further reduced to minority is genuine, but the amended citizenship will not affect them,” he said.

Rebati said that illegal immigration should not be allowed to continue anymore.

“There was influx of people to our state for last 70 years. But in the CAA, it was clearly mentioned that the law would not be applicable in sixth schedule areas. So, it can be said that the interest of the tribals in the state are protected,” said the BJP MP.

Regarding NLFT’s threat, the MP said he would meet chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb and apprise him about the threat from the insurgent outfit.

Rebati said that he would not “bow down to the threat” and would continue to work to protect the interest of the tribals of the state.

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