Tripura's royal offspring, Pradyot Manikya Debbarma, leads a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). The official announcement of the law has revived the protests in Tripura, a state that demonstrators believe is the most affected by the implementation of the amended citizenship law after Assam and West Bengal.
Mr. Debbarma was the former head of the Congress in Tripura. He left the party because of differences in the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
At the rally, by far the largest protest in Tripura against the CAA, Debbarma said that people who would benefit from the CAA should not stay in the state.
On Saturday, thousands of tribal communities took part in massive anti-CAA protests led by Debbarma, who recently launched what he believed to be a non-political organization called the Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance. He said the group would work to resist the CAA.
"The CAA will endanger the future of the aborigines. In Tripura, the aborigines are already under threat and the CAA will cause them more trouble," he said.
"After the country was divided, our state accepted a large number of migrants from what was then East Pakistan and has no place for accommodation," he added.
The indigenous tribal communities in Tripura often stated that they had been marginalized since the 1950s due to the large-scale settlement of non-tribesmen, to whom the majority of the population now belongs.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act makes religion the first test of citizenship in India. The government says it will help minorities from three Muslim-dominated countries to acquire citizenship if they fled to India before 2015 for religious persecution. Critics say it should discriminate against Muslims and violates the secular principles of the constitution.