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Councillors to take oath on Monday

Borjhar, Dec. 19: Elected members of the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) will take oath of office on December 23.

Sabbir Hussain, commissioner of lower Assam division, will administer the oath of office to the elected representatives of the council at Dudhnoi playground in Goalpara, 113km from Guwahati.

The council was set up after the Rabha Accord was signed on March 10, 1995, between the then Hiteshwar Saikia-led Congress government, All Rabha Students’ Union and Rabha Hasong Demand Committee. But elections to the council were held last month for the first time.

Of the 36 general council constituencies, 16 are in Kamrup and 20 council seats are in the neighbouring Goalpara.

The Rabha Hasong Joint Movement Committee, a conglomeration of 24 organisations, swept the polls, winning 29 council seats followed by the Congress that won three seats. The BJP managed to win just one seat while Independents bagged three seats. There are seven women members in the council.

“I received a letter on Dece-mber 18 from the welfare of plains tribes and backward classes department to administer the oath of office to the new council members,” Hussain told The Telegraph today.

There will be four nominees from the state government who will be selected on community basis.

The students’ union will also organise a victory celebration programme on the day of the oath-taking ceremony. Union secretary Tankeswar Rabha said the decision on who would hold the top post of the council would be finalised after discussions with others.