GUWAHATI: Kaliabor’s Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi today became the first ever politician to attend the historic annual Mukali Bihu programme, organised by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) at Judges Field here.
Gaurav accompanied his mother Dolly Gogoi for the apex students’ organisation’s felicitation of his father and former chief minister Tarun Gogoi who was conferred the Padma Bhusan posthumously this year.
AASU chief adviser Samujjal Kr Bhattacharya traditionally felicitated Dolly Gogoi with gamocha, xorai, japi and a citation addressed to Tarun Gogoi.
No politician has ever attended the AASU Mukali Bihu in the past. Neither does the AASU invite any politician to it.
The Congress leader’s visit to the Judges Field shortly after the Assam assembly election assumes significance after his party fought the elections on the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act plank in tune with the AASU, which has been spearheading the agitation against the Act enacted in December 2019.
The counting of Assam polls will be held on May 2.
Gaurav also attended the Bihu celebrations at Latasil ground shortly before Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal turned up there.
Along with Gogoi, the AASU also Padma Shri awardees Imran Shah, Gopiram Barbayan Burabhakat, Bijoya Chakraborty, Mangalsing Hazowary, Birubala Rabha, Lakhimi Barooah, Dulal Manki and Ruman Sarma.
Arjuna awardee pugilist Lovlina Borgohain, who is the first woman boxer from Assam to qualify for the Olympics, was another personality to be feted on the occasion.
The other to be honoured on the occasion include Sahitya Akademi awardees Late Dharanidhar Wary, Arup Kumar Saikia, Madhurima Gharphalia, Ajit Boro, Dwijen Kr Das, Newton Konwar Basumatary, Anjan Baskuta, national film awardees Chandra Mudoi, Sunil Dutta, Dilip Kumar Doley, Benjamin Daimary, Debajit Gayan, Rukshana Tabassum, Santanu Sen and Farok Iftikar Laskar.