From a Correspondent
Tezpur , May 2: Bijit Saikia, former Industry Minister, was admitted at Down Town Hospital, Guwahati due to prolonged physical ailments and filly, he breathed his last on Tuesday afternoon. He was very close to Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rabha during the period of his tenure as a leader of a students’ union. His contribution to the people of Tezpur during the Chinese aggression in 1962 was very commendable and under the banner of Youth Emergency Organization (YEO), he along with Hiren Choudhary, Tilak Kakoti and Aswairya Kakoti set a march to safeguard the people of Tezpur in this embarrassing situation. He was a prolific persolity in the sphere of sports and his contribution towards uplift of the standard of sports is very praiseworthy. He was associated with numerous social activities and subsequently, taking part in politics under then Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia of the Congress government, he earned a good reputation in the field of politics through benevolent service to the people and his dymic thoughts.
Bijit Saikia was born at Ketekibari, Tezpur in 1942. At the age of 75, he departed leaving his wife and son. All sections, including different organizations, mourned the demise of the great persolity. Paying respect to Saikia, Hemanta Baruah, president of Tezpur Sahitya Sabha, said that he was not only a sound political leader but the contribution he had made in the field of social work and culture was truly outstanding and unforgettable.