Agartala, Jan 26 (PTI) Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy today congratulated the people here for maintaining ‘its long tradition’ of peace and harmony and said the state should uphold democratic values under all circumstances. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Govt Employees, Pensioners of THIS State to Get 3% Hike in Dearness Allowance From March | Details Here

Addressing the 69th Republic Day function at the Assam Rifles ground here after unfurling the tricolour, Roy thanked the police, paramilitary forces and army of the country for protecting the border areas. Also Read - Republic Day Violence: Delhi Court Sends Actor-Activist Deep Sidhu To 14-Day Judicial Custody

“The main characteristic of our country is peace, harmony and development. Without the development of northeastern region, the development of the country is not possible. We must pay attention to this and uphold the values of democracy,” he said. Also Read - 'Reflects Your Love For Nation': PM Modi Sends Letter of Praise to Dubai Boy Who Made His Portrait

The relation between the present government and Bangladesh is very cordial and the neighbouring country is helping India check infiltration and smuggling, he said.

Tripura shares 856-km-long border with Bangladesh.

Exhorting people to remember the freedom fighters of our country, Roy said their contributions should not be belittled by religious or caste-related violence.

“There is no place for violence and intolerance in our Constitution. Our Constitution also does favour any particular religion or community. Let us pay our respects to the great freedom fighters of the country,” he added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.