GUWAHATI: The district administration of Golaghat has turned two loved fictional characters created by noted litterateur Lakshminath Bezbaruah into poll mascots to encourage people to vote. On March 11, ‘Tikhor’ (a swamp deer) and ‘Sutibai’ (butterfly) were launched as male and female mascots, respectively.
“The swamp deer and butterfly were chosen because they are adorable, agile and energetic,” Golaghat deputy commissioner-cum-district election officer Bibhash Ch Modi articulated the reason. Golaghat’s pride is Kaziranga National Park that has more than 1,000 swamp deer, while Nambor-Doigrong Wildlife Sanctuary, also in Golaghat, has 224 species of butterfly.
“Tikhor and Sutibai are characters from Burhi Aair Sadhu that Bezbaruah, also known as ‘Rasaraj’ (king of humour), wrote over a century ago,” said Orpah Baglary, district development commissioner-cum-SVEEP cell in-charge. Election officer Sulakshana Borpatragohain said the rhino was thought of as the male mascot originally, but the swamp deer was eventually chosen as administration wanted to make a strong conservation statement.