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Assam govt bows; book fair in city
Published on 18 Nov. 2009 12:25 AM IST
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Assam Government bowed to growing public pressure today and allowed the book fair to be held within the city, despite security reasons. According to a UNI report, informing this, Assam Government spokesperson Himanta Biswa Sarma said it would be held either in Chandmari or in Sonaram. He, however, insisted that the government run book fair would take place in the designated Trade Centre run by the state government. Yesterday, a massive procession was taken out in protest against the governments order to host book fairs outside the city limits. The governments decision to shift all exhibitions and fairs to grounds outside the city limits had not gone down well with the masses. The city hosts two major book fairs in a year which were relocated to AEI field at Chandmari and Sonaram field at Bharalumukh from the original venue of Judges Field. The Judges Field, the original site for all fairs, exhibitions and even cultural shows in the city, has now been reserved for sporting activities. The procession was taken out from Sahitya Sabha Bhavan near Ambari to the deputy commissioner (Kamrup metro) office, where the protestors submitted a protest letter to the DC. Veteran academicians, poets, writers, intellectuals, journalists and artists attended the procession, which was preceded by an informal meeting demanding revocation of the governments order regarding the book fairs. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi relented and fearing further repurcussion and personally intervened to hold the book fair within the city centre.

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