DERGAON, Nov 16 � Noted writer Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora has been elected as the new president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha, the apex literary body of the State.
In the Sahitya Sabha election, Dr Bora defeated his rivals Dr Naren Kalita and Dr Puspa Gogoi.
According to the results declared at the 13th executive meeting held today at Dergaon Marwari Dharamshala, Dr Bora secured 397 votes, while Dr Kalita and Dr Gogoi got 197 and 193 votes respectively.
On the other hand, the present general secretary, Prahlad Tasa, was elected as the new vice president of the literary body. Tasa secured 442 votes, while the other candidates, Jadav Sarmah and Dr Malini, received 202 and 83 votes respectively.
Dr Paramananda Rajbongshi, the present vice president, was elected as the new general secretary. Dr Rajbongshi, who secured 361 votes, defeated Upendrajit Sarmah and Devojit Bora. Sarmah and Bora got 178 and 166 votes respectively.
Meanwhile, the executive meeting chaired by outgoing Sabha president Imran Shah adopted several resolutions. It was decided to expel one Biren Saikia, who had filed a case against the election process at the Jorhat district court and later got it transferred to the Gauhati High Court, from the Sabha. In another resolution, it was decided to serve a showcause notice on noted writer Atulananda Goswami for his alleged protests against some activities of the Sabha.
The Sabha also adopted a resolution to demand of the Central Government to start a chair in the name of Srimanta Sankardev, where proper research and analysis of the life and works of the Vaishnavite saint and social reformer can be made at the national level.
The meeting also decided to amend the byelaws of the Sahitya Sabha. It was resolved that the names of the president and the secretary would henceforth be sent by the district and branch committees.
Today�s meeting also resolved to demand a full-fledged Assamese department in the Delhi University.
The executive meeting also decided to set up the Sabha�s eighth office in Kohima.