Agartala: Pradyot Kishore Deb Barman, on Thursday, announced the merger of the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) with the Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance (TIRPA) and termed it as post-poll unification.

This development was announced at a joint press conference by the INPT chief Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl and TIPRA chairman Barman at the Ujjayanta Palace.

“We have been talking for the last few months, and our call was for Thansa (unity). Many times political parties make alliances only before elections, but once the polls are over, nobody talks about community or unity,” Deb Barman said.

He also said that he is happy that the INPT, in their wisdom, decided on behalf of the entire community to strengthen the party.

“It is an important step because six months back, there were 7 to 8 regional parties, but now only one or two parties are left. This is historic as the oldest political party in Tripura has decided for the interest of our combined goal of Greater Tipraland to come together and work as a single entity,” Deb Barman added.

Speaking further, he said that for the last 70 years, they were divided among the community and ideology. But if people do not keep the ego, then everything is possible.

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“Many people came and went, but his commitment to the INPT was consistent. This is for the first time when the alliance partners have decided to merge because we are extremely committed to become one and fight for the same cause,” Deb Barman of TIPRA opined.

Meanwhile, INPT Chief BK Hrangkhawl said, “Some may not be very happy, but most are happy with the decision. We would have been happier if some old friends had been with us today. We are happy that under the leadership of our chairman, we won the ADC election,” Hrangkhawl said.

“Socially, we faced boycott at the time of the communist regime. We could not use it well to draw drinking water, our girl students were expelled from school when they wore traditional clothes, our Kokborok was not allowed in any institution, and we were beaten to forget our mother tongue. We came across all the atrocities, but today we can speak freely, and we feel proud,” Hrangkhawl added.

Earlier, both the TIPRA and the INPT contested the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) elections together. They won 18 out of 28 seats in the district council.

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