JORHAT, Dec 2 - State Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while paying glowing tributes to Swargadeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha, the founder of Ahom monarchy, said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s policy of �Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas� was in line with the ideals preached by the great king who laid the foundation of the Assamese society by uniting various tribes and ethnic groups and spreading the message of peace and tranquility.
Sonowal today was speaking as the chief guest at the function centrally organised on the occasion of Asom Divas also known as Siu-Ka-Pha Divas by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs with support from Jorhat district administration at the District Library auditorium here. Asom Divas is observed to mark the arrival of Siu-Ka-Pha in Assam from a province in present-day China.
The Chief Minister said that Siu-Ka-Pha who established the kingdom that was ruled by Ahom dynasty for over 600 years, was a visionary and a great administrator. His (Siu-Ka-Pha) efforts of fostering brotherhood and building bridges of friendship among various ethnic groups led to peace and amity prevailing in the kingdom and the growth of a strong Assamese society, Sonowal said.
�Siu-Ka-Pha very well understood that man is a social animal and society could progress a lot by living in unity and harmony��.one of the important pillars that makes a strong kingdom,� Sonowal observed.
Urging the people, especially the upcoming generations to follow the ideals of Siu-Ka-Pha to contribute to Assam�s journey of development and progress, the Chief Minister said that Modi�s policy of bringing in equal development for all sections of the society by uniting one and all, aptly fits the ideals preached and practised by the great monarch.
He also complimented the Prime Minister for introducing Act East policy to forge strong ties between India and South-East Asian countries in terms of trade, commerce, culture and education as that was expected to benefit the north-eastern region in general and Assam in particular.
The Chief Minister said the great Ahom monarch had shown the path of having friendly ties with neighbours and the same was being renewed.
Sonowal, while invoking Dr Bhupen Hazarika�s famous song Manuhe manuhor baabe and Mahatma Gandhi�s vision of a Ram Rajya, said his government has been trying to forge strong bonding between all tribes and communities of the State with all its diversities to make the Assamese society a strong one.
Having close ties between the people of Barak and Brahmaputra valleys and also between those residing in plains and hills, the often-repeated slogan of Sonowal was reiterated by him. He urged the parents and teachers to tell about the ideals of Siu-Ka-Pha and to follow the path of peace and progress and take Assam forward.
Minister of State for Power (Independent) Tapan Gogoi, Jorhat MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah, State Assembly Speaker and also the Jorhat MLA Hitendra Nath Goswami and president of Sadou Asom Ahom Sabha Satish Ranjan Gogoi were among the dignitaries who attended the function.
Earlier, the Director of Cultural Affairs Barnali Sarmah gave the welcome address. Sonowal later flew to Majuli island � his constituency � to attend panchayat poll campaign meetings.