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Mahabir Lachit Borphukan’s valour recalled
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Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa laying the foundation stone for developmental works at Lachit Borphukan’s Maidam at Holongapar off Teok, on Friday. – Photo: ANN Service, Teok
 TEOK, Nov 24 - Lachit Divas was observed at the Holongapar-based Lachit Maidam here in sync with the legendary Ahom commander’s birth anniversary today.

A programme organised at Lachit Borphukan’s maidam was attended by Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Teok LAC MLA Renupoma Rajkhowa, Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Birendra Mittal, besides others. A foundation stone for developmental works at the maidam was laid by MP Tasa.

It may be mentioned here that as per the commitment made by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, a sum of Rs 1 crore has since been released to start the initial welfare works at the maidam.

Essay and on-the-spot painting competitions were also organised among the children present as a part of the official programme.

In Tinsukia: Along with the rest of the State, Lachit Divas was observed in various place of the district today, our Correspondent adds.

In Tinsukia, the district-level committee of All Assam Hindu Students’ Union (AHSU) organised Lachit Divas at the District Library complex with a day-long programme.

On the occasion, the flag of the Union was unfurled by the chief adviser of the central committee Ratan Singh and swahid tarpan was initiated by Gopal Deb and Rakesh Ranjan Baruah, joint secretaries of the central committee of AHSU. The tree plantation drive was started by Nandita Roy Gohain, Circle Officer (Revenue).

Competitions on drawing, recitation, patriotic dances etc. were also organised. The programmes concluded with the prize distribution meeting which was addressed by several speakers, including Nayan Bhattacharjee, chief patron of the central committee.

Reports about observation of the Divas by different organisations have been pouring in from various parts of the district.

In Baihata Chariali: Under the aegis of Bihdia-Jajikona and Kamalpur mandal BJP committees, Lachit Divas was observed at Karara Sankardev Sishu Niketan today, an ANN Service report stated.

The programme began with banti prajalan by Chandi Charan Deka followed by offering of tributes before the portrait of Lachit Borphukan. At 11 am, a discussion was held under the chairmanship of Rajib Lochan Sarma, president of BJP’s Kamalpur mandal committee, where Bhabesh Kalita, MLA of Rangiya LAC attended the occasion as chief guest.

In his lecture, MLA Kalita briefly spoke about the stellar role of the Ahom general Lachit Borphukan in the famous Saraighat battle to save the nation from the attack of the numerically superior mighty Mughal army.

Participating in the meeting as speakers, Ramen Barua, Borga convenor of BJP’s North Kamrup district committee and Dhanbar Hussain, general secretary of Bihdia- Jajikona mandal BJP committee also spoke about the patriotism, sacrifice and bravery of the war-hardened Lachit Borphukan and urged the BJP workers to follow the ideals of the Ahom general for overall development of the State.

Manabendra Kalita and Mukul Kalita, vice president of Kamalpur and Bihdia-Jajikona mandal committee respectively, besides youth workers of Kamalpur LAC BJP committee also attended the meeting.

In Dibrugarh: Floral tributes were paid before the statue of Mahabir Lachit Borphukan, the legendary commander of the Ahom army on the occasion of Lachit Divas today near the Deputy Commissioner’s office here, our Staff Correspondent adds.

The event was organised by the Tai Education and Cultural Centre, Boiragimoth. Lohit Konwar, president of Tai Education and Cultural Centre presided over the function. The president of Dibrugarh district Sahitya Sabha Durlav Chetia, writer and educationist Jyoti Borgohain, Arnab Handique, social worker Meenu Baruah, Dhaneshwar Konwar and several others lit lamps around the statue of the great Ahom general and paid their respect.

Earlier, Lohit Konwar hoisted the flag while the function was attended by several others.

The assembly during the sraddhanjali expressed their resentment against the district administration for not attending the programme despite the venue being next to the DC’s office. The organisers were also barred from using public address systems, they alleged.

“It is very unfortunate that Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri and her administrative officials tried to prevent us from paying respect to the great Ahom commander,” Durlav Chetia rued.

In the evening, the Tai Ahom Students’ Union lit candles around the statue of Veer Lachit Borphukan in the Chowkidinghee area. A procession was also taken out as a tribute to Bir Lachit Borphukan by members of Hindu Yuva Chatra Parishad.

Our Staff Reporter in Guwahati adds: Coinciding with Lachit Divas, the Seemanta Chetana Mancha, Purvottar today orgainsed Desh Bhakti Samabesh in 63 places along the eight international border districts of Assam - Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Baksa, Karimganj, Cachar, Udalguri, Chirang and South Salmara, our Staff Reporter adds.

Major townships of the districts were covered under the programme.

More than one lakh people, including noted personalities and people from various walks of life, besides volunteers of the organisation joined the occasion which was marked by various events, including public meetings.

Discussion on issues revolving around national and border security and the role of civilians was also held.

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