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Live webcast of influx meet

Guwahati, Dec. 2: A mega conclave on Assam’s influx problem, which will see politicians and intellectuals having diverse opinions on the issue share the same platform in Delhi, will be webcast live to enable people to view the event worldwide.

The conclave, organised by the All Assam Lawyers’ Association, will be held at the Chinmaya Mission auditorium in the national capital on December 8 where politicians of different hues will speak their mind on the contentious issue and suggest solutions.

The list of speakers include Assam Accord implementation minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, AGP president and former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, Assam BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal and BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgayari, among others.

Addressing a news conference here today, the association’s president, Nilay Dutta, said they had decided to webcast the conclave live following numerous requests from people who would not be able to attend the event.

General secretary of the association, Sailendra Das, said people sitting anywhere across the globe could visit the website to watch the conclave live on the Internet.

“The conclave will begin at 10am,” he said.

According to the organisers, the conclave will basically revolve around infiltration, ethnic divide and constitutional solutions and will make an attempt to draw a road map for peace in Assam.

Other notable persons who will also address the conclave are AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti general secretary Akhil Gogoi, Samajwadi Party Assam unit president Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury, former Union secretary of tourism Madan Prasad Bezbaruah, Bodo Women’s Justice Forum president Anjali Daimari, Mising Mimang Kebang president Ranoj Pegu and senior advocate of Gauhati High Court Kamal Nayan Choudhury.

Das said former Supreme Court judge Mukundakam Sarma would deliver the inaugural address and the association’s Delhi chapter president, Vijay Hansaria, will give the welcome address.

“For long, Assam has been disturbed by the issue of illegal immigration from Bangladesh. Recently, tensions have erupted between different ethnic communities and suspected illegal migrants in different parts of the state, which resulted in violence and loss of innocent lives,” he said. “The violence in Assam had also impacted other parts of the country. We feel that the problem has dragged on, evading amicable solutions.”

“We need to bring back peace and harmony to the state and we believe that it is not impossible once all the stakeholders take a collective and holistic approach and our conclave is an attempt in this direction,” he added.

Vijay Hansaria, president of the association’s Delhi chapter, which, too, is involved in organising the event, said a paper would be presented at the conclave documenting various developments and memoranda submitted by various organisations for solving the problem of illegal migrants and bridging the ethnic divide from the date of signing of the Assam Accord till date. He said the paper would also be brought out in the form of a booklet and distributed among the audience at the conclave.