GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday unveiled a statue of Bharatiya Janasangh founder Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee at Barpeta Road on his 120th birth anniversary.
Dr Sarma unveiled the statue of the nationalist leader in the presence of minister Ranjeet Kumar Dass.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sarma said, “Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee, a great lover of Assam, introduced study of Assamese language in Calcutta University where he became the youngest VC at the age of 33.
We all in Assam should know about his contribution to promotion of Assamese language.”
The chief minister also asserted Mookerjee’s role in saving Assam from merging with East Pakistan.
“In the words of great freedom fighter Pushpalata Das, Assam could not have been saved by Gopinath Bardoloi alone from merging with East Pakistan without active help from #SyamaPrasadMookerjee and Sarat Chandra Bose,” he added.