Lurinjyoti quits, Nath remains prez; Sankar Jyoti new GS of AASU

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17th convention concludes, Samujjal to associate with AASU

HT Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Nov 22: All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) president Dipanka Kumar Nath has been re-elected as the president while Shankarjyoti Baruah has been named as the new general secretary of the students’ body.

The new office-bearers of the AASU were named at the 17th convention of the students’ body that concluded on Saturday night.

General secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi heading out to join the newly-floated Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP).

Gogoi resigned as the general secretary during the 17th general convention of the student body.

In his speech, Gogoi called for a relentless democratic movement for securing a better future for the indigenous Assamese people. “The rights, culture and language of the indigenous Assamese must have to be protected by all means,” he said.

“Indigenous Assamese will not accept the life of second category citizens in their motherland,” he said, adding that “we need a proper NRC as also implementation of the Clause 6 of Assam Accord for securing our future”.

Gogoi said, “People of Assam have already shown to Delhi and to the world up to what extent we can organise a movement if the powers that be at the Centre forced to implement the Citizenship Amendment Bill in our land.”

He also said that the AASU would also continue its journey and struggle to uplift the student community of the state. “We, the AASU, would like to watch our new generation of students in a better and stronger position in the next 20 to 30 years,” he added.

Lurinjyoti become emotional and cried during his speech.

Meanwhile, Nath has been re-elected for the second consecutive term as AASU president. He hails from Goalpara district.

Introducing a new face, Sankar Jyoti Baruah was named as general secretary of the AASU. Baruah hails from Duliajan in Dibrugarh district. He was serving as president of Dibrugarh district AASU.

AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya is in a dilemma over his future. Samujjal, who is known to be the face of AASU, had announced that he will quit the body during the Duliajan convention. However, he has taken some time as he said he “needs to talk to his conscience following the demand of the delegates to not leave”.

Around 8,000 AASU delegates from across Assam have participated in the Duliajan conference.

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