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Ashok Singhal inaugurates road dedicated to Padma Bhushan Bijoy Chandra Bhagawati in Tezpur

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TEZPUR, Nov 26: Ashok Singhal, the minister for housing and urban affairs and irrigation in Assam, inaugurated a program on Saturday to dedicate a prominent road in Tezpur to the memory of Padma Bhushan Bijoy Chandra Bhagawati. The road stretches from the main branch office of the State Bank of India under Ward No. 5 of Tezpur Municipality to the Industrial Technical Institute.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Dr Jaimini Bhagawati, the son of Bijoy Chandra Bhagawati, a renowned Gandhian, freedom fighter, former Union minister, and trade union leader. Other dignitaries present included former minister of Assam Ranjit Datta, district commissioner Deba Kumar Mishra, and noted social worker Minakshi Bhuyan.

Minister Ashok Singhal reflected on the contributions made by Bijoy Chandra Bhagawati to the country in various dimensions. He highlighted Bhagawati’s significant role during the partition plan to keep Assam within the borders of India.

Dr Jaimini Bhagawati, in his address, emphasised his father’s role in India’s freedom struggle, spending nearly six years in prison as a freedom fighter and becoming an important trade union leader. Bijoy Chandra Bhagawati served as the Member of Parliament from Tezpur for three consecutive terms from 1957 to 1967 and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1992.

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The program, hosted by former secretary of Tezpur Sahitya Sabha Pankaj Barua, also included speeches by Prajnanu Bhattacharya, chairman of Tezpur Municipality Board, and Deba Kumar Mishra, the district commissioner of Sonitpur. The event was attended by various officials, social figures, and members of the district administration and Tezpur Municipality Board.

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