A Joint Action Committee of Civil Society (JACCS) on Friday urged the Tripura Chief Minister Biplap Kumar Deb to name the ‘Puspavant Palace’ after Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya, who constructed the structure in 1917.
The JACCS, a joint body of NGOs and students, made the demand following reports that said the Palace, which served as the Raj Bhavan till two days ago, would be developed into a museum to be named after Rabindra Nath Tagore.
Opposing the reported move to rename the century-old royal structure as Tagore museum, the JACCS demanded that it should be named after the Maharaja as a tribute.
Further, they demanded that a statue of the king may be installed in the Palace and it should be preserved as a heritage building.
“Such an initiative taken by State Govt. is against the integrity of the indigenous people of Tripura,” said Anthony Debbarma, Convener of JACCS during a press conference in Agartala.
Mr Debbarma urged the chief minister to reconsider the decision, adding that the joint body will be constraint to launch indefinite massive protest if their demand is not met.