Agartala 01 Sep,2023: In a fresh development amidst the ongoing factional disputes within the Tripura Congress, Samrat Roy, the State President of NSUI and a staunch follower of former PCC President Birajit Sinha, found himself at the receiving end of a show-cause notice from NSUI’s Tripura observer, Anushesh Sarma, on the previous day. The notice, demanding an immediate response, questioned Samrat Roy’s endorsement of the Tribal Student Federation’s (TSF) campaign advocating for the adoption of the Roman script for the tribal ‘Kokborok’ language.
Just a few days earlier, Samrat had actively participated in TSF’s movement, even joining their call for a bandh (strike), and delivering impassioned speeches against the BJP government’s perceived reluctance on this matter. Samrat has promptly submitted his response to the show-cause notice today, elaborating on the context and reasons behind his involvement in the movement.
When asked about the issue, Samrat expressed his bewilderment at the notion that he had done something wrong by supporting the TSF’s cause for the Kokborok language. He pointed out that the commitment to introduce the Roman script for Kokborok had been included in their pre-election manifesto ahead of the February 16 assembly elections. He questioned, “So, I am unable to realize what wrong I have done by extending support to the movement or by participating in it.”
Samrat clarified that his primary goal is to bolster NSUI’s student base across all demographic groups. His involvement in the movement was a strategic move to garner support for his organization, particularly from a section of tribal students who have been distanced from the Congress for an extended period. He believed that his role in the movement might have been misrepresented and misinterpreted when reported to NSUI headquarters. Samrat expressed optimism that the national leadership of the Congress-affiliated student body would recognize his objectives and contributions in a more accurate light.