GUWAHATI, March 24 � Dudhnoi town today became the symbol of unity in diversity as people belonging to different indigenous groups of Assam showcased their rich cultural heritage in the cultural procession brought out on the occasion of the 16th conference of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU).
Thousands of people from cross-sections of society flocked to Dudhnoi to participate in the cultural procession, which was flagged off by AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya.
The second day�s programme in the four-day conference started with hoisting of the flag of the student body by AASU president Sankar Prasad Roy. This was followed by homage-paying to the martyrs of the Assam movement by the general secretary of the organisation Tapan Kumar Gogoi. President of the Asam Sahitya Sabha Dr Dhrubajyoti Bora formally inaugurated the book fair and exhibition. Chairman of the North East Students� Organization (NESO) Samuel Jerwa, who was also present at the conference, stressed the need for unity among the states of the region.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, AASU adviser Bhattacharya said that the last meeting of the present executive committee of the student body was held last night. The meeting discussed various burning issues of the State like the problems faced by the students, update of the National Register of Citizens of 1951, problem posed by infiltration of foreigners, implementation of all the clauses of the Assam Accord, etc. The main aim of the executive meeting was to finalise the line of action of the AASU for the days to come. He said that the AASU would adopt several resolutions during the delegates� meeting in the next two days and it would be formally announced in the open session on March 26.
More than five thousand delegates different parts of the State are participating in the conference and Bhattacharya expressed the hope that the delegates� meet would be able to evolve strategies to be adopted by the AASU in the days to come.
The conference, held after a gap of ten years, will also see a change of guard of the student body with the election of a new committee on March 26.