GUWAHATI, Jan 2 - Former Director General of Assam Police and litterateur Kuladhar Saikia has been elected as the next president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, the apex literary body of the State, for the term 2020-22.
Of the 619 votes considered, Saikia, a Sahitya Akademi award winner, bagged 269 votes. Saikia will take over the reigns of the top post from the incumbent president Dr Paramananda Rajbangshi.
Ever since the counting of votes started at Hojai, Saikia emerged as the runaway winner and had secured an unassailable lead even before the third and the final rounds of counting were over, spokesperson of the Sabha’s election team BK Mahajan told The Assam Tribune.
Mahajan informed that a total of 634 votes were cast in the entire process out of which 15 votes were rejected on technical ground. The counting process was undertaken under CCTV surveillance to the satisfaction of all concerned.
As many as seven candidates, including Dr Joyshree Goswami Mahanta and Surya Hazarika, were in the fray for the post of the president. The new president will take charge at the biennial session of the Sabha to be held at Sualkuchi.
Writer Mrinalini Devi was elected as the vice president of the literary body after she bagged 308 votes leaving behind Padumi Gogoi, Dr Basanta Kumar Sarma and Rati Mohan Nath in the race.
Jadav Sarma bagged 323 votes to be the next secretary of the Sabha. Sarma outraced Debojit Bora and Harendra Kalita.