Rajbongshi on Sunday.
Picture by Kongkon K. Bora
Sivasagar, Aug. 10: Asam Sahitya Sabha today accepted the resignation of chief electoral officer Iswar Prasad Borthakur, who had put in his papers after the executive meeting at Mangaldoi.
The Mangaldoi meeting had paved the way for nomination of Sabha vice-president Paramananda Rajbongshi for the post of general secretary, a subordinate post compared to vice-president, but considered more “lucrative”.
After a heated spate of criticism from various quarters for the past week, the literary body today held a special executive meeting at Sibsagar Commerce College here, with 54 executive members attending it.
Sabha general secretary Prahlad Tasa told reporters after the meeting that the executive discussed the resignation of Borthakur and unanimously accepted it.
Tasa ruled out any objection by the executive committee over the nomination of Rajbongshi to the post of general secretary for the 2015-17 term.
He clarified that Bor-thakur was not pressured to tender his resignation.
The Sabha executive at Mangaldoi was held on August 2, which shortlisted names for different posts of the literary body. The name of Rajbongshi was shortlisted for both the president and the general secretary, leading to an outcry in the intellectual as well as media circles.
This incident had led to the resignation of Borthakur from the post of chief electoral officer, followed by the withdrawal of names by Arun Sarma and Rajbongshi from the president’s post and Anis Uz Zaman from the vice-president’s post.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Sabha legal adviser Jayanta Deva Sarma said Section 29 of the Sabha’s bylaws specifically mentioned that a vice-president could contest the president’s post but was silent on whether he could contest for the post of general secretary, a subordinate post. “However, Section 79 of the Sabha’s bylaws mentions that in such cases where the bylaws were not clear, the executive can make necessary rules and regulations by a special resolution,” he said.
Rajbongshi, who, too, was present in the meeting, told The Telegraph that he was dedicated to the Sabha. Without naming anyone, he termed his attackers “intellectual terrorists”.
Asked why he chose to contest the general secretary’s post, considered subordinate to his present post, Rajbongshi said he did not propose his name for the post, but was nominated by the executive committee.
Besides Arun Sarma and Rajbongshi, Nirupama Borgohain, Dhrubajyoti Bora and Naren Kalita were nominated for the president’s post at the executive meeting held at Mangaldoi. Malini (Nilima) Saikia, G.L. Agarwalla, Prahlad Tasa, Anis Uz Zaman and Jadav Sarma were nominated for the vice-president’s post. Other names nominated for the general secretary’s post were Debojit Bora, Upendrajit Sarma, Jadav Sarma and Dashu Kalita.