SIVASAGAR, Dec 17 - Former AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi, a vociferous opponent of exploitative political culture of national parties, was chosen as president of the newly formed regional political party Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) after two marathon sessions of the delegates meeting at Sivasagar Natya Mandir here on Thursday. The two-day AJP political convention that concluded at the Boarding Field here also selected Pabindra Deka, the three-time MLA from Patacharkuchi and a former minister in the AGP-led government in the State, as its executive president, while Jagadish Bhuyan, the two-time MLA from Sadiya and a former minister, was made the general secretary of the party.
The meeting also announced names of 11 vice presidents � Adip Phukan, Dr Sikhar Sarmah, Rana Changmai, Rabindra Kr Dutta, Imdad Ahmed, Polash Ranjan Baruah, Pradip Ranjan Kar, Dr Haren Chutia, Dr Biren Baruah, Israel Nanda and Praneeta Deka. The eleven secretaries of the party are Bani Gam, Dipok Hazarika, Amal Deka, Rajiv Bhattacharjya, Abdul Hakim, Sanjay Dev, Raphael Kujur, Jan Bora, Raju Phukan, Biswajit Tipomiya and Ranjan Basumatary. Announcing the names of office-bearers, Dr Krishna Gopal Bhattacharjya, one of the two chief advisers, said the new political party will strive hard to fulfil expectations of millions of its supporters spread over in every nook and cranny of the State.
Soon after the announcement, the young AJP president expressed his gratitude to the entire AJP team and took oath before the people of Assam to give his best for the cause of healthy regionalism, growth and swabhimani Assamese nationalism.
Lurinjyoti Gogoi, in a well-articulated speech before a large crowd, said that AJP, born out of a painfully tumultuous period, will give the people their dream state, make it shine once more and urged every Assamese to identify themselves with the cause of rebuilding the trust the Assamese society had since the early days but lost midway during the imported political culture from Delhi.
He called upon all to associate and assimilate with AJP�s dream of a composite and rich Assamese society. He assured that all settlers in Assam between 1951 and 1971 are safe and secured and are part of the Assamese society. He said the Assamese people will install a new government in Dispur in 2021 defying all odds and political conspiracy.
Earlier, in the open session, presided over by chief adviser Basanta Deka and attended by a host of AJP leaders and distinguished persons, Adip Phukan, in his speech, said that RSS supported the British Raj and they do not have any moral right to rule India.
Jagadish Bhuyan in his speech said the Assamese people are not beggars to move about Delhi and other places with begging bowls. �We had everything in the past and still have all resources to make our state number one in the country,� he said.
Rana Changmai in his speech said that the BJP government has unleashed a terrible political culture of domination and injustice to the farmers in Delhi who are protesting against the new farm laws.
Chandra Kanta Teron, president, ASDC (Karbi Anglong), said that national parties have been deceiving both the plains and the hills.
Dr Hemanta Phukan delivered the welcome address.
The AJP adopted altogether 19 resolutions in the convention. The party that is born out of AASU and AJYCP in a critical phase Assamese national life resolved to end the political culture of exploitation through communal and divisive forces.
The party also resolved to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 tooth and nail, and safeguard the Assamese identity at any cost. It also resolved to do whatever necessary for a correct NRC in Assam.
In another resolution, the new party will oppose the construction of the Subansiri Lower hydroelectric project as it has been termed by experts as a potential threat to Assam.