BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Nov 24: Assam on Tuesday remembered the great Ahom general Lachit Borphukan on the occasion of Lachit Divas. The programme was centrally organized by the State government at Lachit Borphukan Udyan in Jalukbari adjacent to Saraighat where the epic battle of Saraighat was fought between the Mughals and the Ahoms.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Cultural Affairs minister Bismita Gogoi and senior officials of the State government and the district administration paid floral tributes to the statue of the legend at Jalukbari.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi announced that a Skill Development University will be set up med after the great general who defeated the invading Mughal forces in 1671.
Gogoi further appealed the people of the State, particularly the youths, to be punctual and value time. “Lachit Borphukan set an example of patriotism, sacrifice and punctuality. We should stay united,” Gogoi said as he charged the BJP of trying to play divisive politics in the State.
“BJP is trying to divide Assam on religious lines. But the Assamese will never allow that to happen,” Gogoi said. He further alleged that BJP is now using Lachit Borphukan to further its political gain.
“The ideology of Lachit and his ideals are still relevant in the 21st century. These will never fade away, rather these will be more relevant in the coming days,” Gogoi said.
Stating that the statue of the great general couldn’t be completed on time, Gogoi said that the process has at least begun and soon it will see completion. He also reiterated that his government will not tolerate any illegal immigrants and will protect the indigenous people.
Speaking on the occasion, Cultural Affairs minister Bismita Gogoi said: “Knowing the past is essential to build a strong future. To dream of the future, we must know our glorious past.”