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Celebrations in Assam over Debojit's victory

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Courtesy: UNI
Monday, February 27, 2006

Guwahati: After night-long celebrations on the streets of Assam, the North East is basking in glory and pride as ''their own'' Debojit Saha became the voice of the nation, winning a musical show.

''It has become a matter of pride for the North east. It was no longer a musical contest. It was a question of existence. It was a question of asserting collective might over others who think North east means nothing but insurgency and violence,'' said AASU President Samujjal Bhattacharya.

Debojit last night won the eight-month-long reality show Sa-Re-Ga-Ma-Pa contest, becoming the voice of the nation by outwitting Vinit from Lucknow by just one per cent votes as more than three crores votes were polled.

''All my life, I will remain indebted to the people of the North East for what they have done for me. It is because of their love, I am here today. I will remain grateful to the AASU who galvanised the entire North east,'' said Debojit over the phone from Mumbai while speaking to UNI this morning.

''The North East has never seen such celebrations, the closest was the 1983 world cup victory and the return of the AASU delegation after signing the Assam Accord,'' said octogenarian Puroshhattam Das, a retired bank official.

The contest touched an emotional chord in the North East. The AASU jumped in and sparked off an emotional tide in the past four weeks for Debojit.

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