Ramdas Athawale addressing a press conference in Agartala on Monday

Agartala: Ramdas Athawale-led Republican Party of India (Athawale) launched its Tripura unit through a press conference on Monday.

Satyajit Das has been appointed as the RPI president of the state committee.

Addressing the media persons, Athawale said that his party aims to contest in the next general assembly elections in 2023 if their alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) agrees to share 3-4 seats with them.

“We are launching the Tripura state unit. The RPI will work for people from various sections including scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward castes (OBCs) and all religions. Our party here will support the BJP government here. We expect that the RPI will ally with the BJP and contest the election together,” said Athawale, who is the national president of RPI.

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He also said that the new party would look for candidates for the forthcoming civic bodies and Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) election or support their alliance partners.

The Republican Party of India (A), a splinter group of Republican Party of India, was founded by Ramdas Athawale on May 25, 1999, and has its roots in the scheduled caste politics.

RPI aligned with the BJP in 2011 before the elections, and since then it has been a part of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

Athawale is the minister of state (MoS) for social justice and empowerment. He was happy to learn that cases atrocities in Tripura are lesser than other states, he added.

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“Tripura has social harmony which is why the number of cases reported in the last four years was only six including four from 2017, one each from 2018 and 2020. No case was reported in 2019 in the state,” Athawale said.

He also lauded the chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb for taking the initiatives to maintain the law and order situation and social harmony across the state.

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