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Another name off Sabha list

Guwahati, Aug. 13: Writer Nirupama Borgohain has written to Asam Sahitya Sabha to withdraw her name from the list of contestants for the Sabha president post.

Sources said in a letter to the Sabha’s president, Imran Shah, Borgohain said she was not willing to participate in an election and would have no objection if she were offered the post.

The development has cleared the way for a two-member contest between writer Dhrubajyoti Borah and Haren Kalita for the prestigious post.

On August 7, Borgohain told The Telegraph that she was not willing to become the president of the Sabha by winning an election. She said she would withdraw her name from the list of contestants if required to contest.

Before her, two other contestants — Arun Sarma and Paramananda Rajbongshi — had withdrawn their names.

Borgohain, one of the most respected litterateurs in the state, won the Sahitya Akademi award for her novel Abhijatri.

The general secretary of the Sabha today in a press communiqué described the ongoing controversy “harmful” for the state. He said the recent amendment of the bylaws of the Sabha at Mangaldoi was done according to the constitution of the Sabha.