ANN Service DIGBOI, Jan 9 - “The BJP government in Assam is always with the Gorkhas of the State on all aspects of their development,” said Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today while acknowledging the supreme sacrifice made by Dalbir Singh Lohar and several other Gorkhas in the freedom struggle of India. Sonowal was speaking on the second day of the North-East Gorkha Mahotsav which is under way at the Bhakta Bahadur Pradhan Samanya Khetra at Golai in Digboi in Tinsukia district.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal being feted at the NE Gorkha Mahotsav at Digboi, on Wednesday. – Photo: ANN Service, Digboi
The mahotsav which commenced on January 8 was organised under the banner of the All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU) in association with the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, Assam Gorkha Sanmelan and Assam Nepali Sahitya Sabha along with 13 other organisations of the Gorkha communities in the State. Dignitaries including RP Sharma, the BJP MP from Tezpur, Rameswar Teli, Dibrugarh MP, MLAs from Digboi and Margherita beside Gorkha leaders, representatives and office bearers of various Gorkha organisations from the north-eastern part of India attended the mahotsav today.
Lauding the socio-cultural contributions of the Gorkha community in Assam, Sonowal stressed on the overall development of the State which is possible only when people irrespective of caste, community and creed strive to work and walk together peacefully with a secular outlook, mutual cooperation and assistance.
Receiving the Swatantrata Senani Dalbir Singh Lohar Excellence Award conferred upon by the Gorkha community, Sonowal assured to resolve all the problems of the Gorkhas beside opening new avenues for the promotion of their education and employment through competitive examinations. Admitting the loyalty of the Gorkhas towards his government, Sonowal asserted that his government in the State is committed to protect and stand for the cause of the community.
Meanwhile, urging for greater solidarity, harmony and protection of the indigenous people of Assam, Sonowal assured that with special focus on the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord of 1985, the government has come up with constitutional, legislative and administrative means to protect, preserve and promote the social, cultural and linguistic identity and heritage of the indigenous communities of Assam. “No forces whatsoever can dismantle the socio-cultural fabric of Assam,” he assured without commenting on the Citizenship (amendment) Bill, 2016.
The mahotsav being attended by several thousand Gorkhas from across the region with a colourful four-day-long agenda of various socio-cultural and literary activities, looked more like a saffron platform on its second day with all the top brass of the BJP occupying the centre stage. The festival will conclude on January 11 next.