AGARTALA, July 22 � The new building of the Tripura Legislative Assembly was today inaugurated by Governor D Y Patil amidst a boycott by the opposition Congress MLAs.
Patil inaugurated the building in presence of the Assembly Speaker, Ramendra Chandra Debnath, Chief Minister, Manik Sarkar and his Cabinet colleagues, two Lok Sabha MPs from the State and top government officials.
The 13,000 square metre new Assembly building was built at a cost of Rs 30 crore with all modern amenities.
Leader of the Opposition Ratan Lal Nath said the Congress boycotted the inauguration programme to protest the �terror unleashed by the Marxist Government on the opposition supporters and activists� alleging that more than 300 Congress supporters were injured on July 10 last when Tripura State Rifles (TSR) resorted to unprovoked lathicharge on Congress agitators here.
Ujjyanta Palace, the royal palace of the erstwhile Manikya Kings has been used till date as the Assembly House. King Radhakishore Manikya Bahadur built the palace in 1901 at a cost of 10 lakh rupees despite financial constraints.
When the Kingdom of Tripura merged with India in 1949, royal properties were nationalised and Ujjayanta Palace was converted as the State Legislative Building. � PTI