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Singer Zubeen Garg threatens to launch agitation by himself against Citizenship Bill

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Popular Assamese Tuesday threatened to launch an agitation by himself if Sarbananda fails to take measures to scrap the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill within seven days.

Even as artistes and singers in the state came out on the streets during the "bandh" to protest against the bill, Garg posted an open emotional letter addressed to on along with a photograph of himself holding the letter.

Addressing the as "Sarbada", the said, "Even if the Citizenship Bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha, Sarbada can say no to it. Speak and see, rest will be seen later. I am still keeping my cool."

"I won't be in for one week. It will be good if Sarbada takes some action before my return. Otherwise this time, I will agitate on my own. What I will do, I don't know," Garg said.

In the face of widespread resentment against the bill, with the AASU, the KMSS, litterateur Hiren Gohain and others speaking against it, the heart-throb of Assam appealed to to rethink his stand on the bill.

"If everyone is opposing the move, why are you not re-considering your decision?"

"Under no circumstance will the Citizenship Bill be accepted. I am 45 years old now. Since my birth, we have been hearing only about Bangladeshis. It shames me that the very people, who were agitating that illegal Bangladeshi foreigners are not needed, now in their desperation to remain ministers and legislators, are determined to destroy Assam," he wrote

Zubeen further said: "Sarbananda was himself in AASU. If he does this, whom will we trust. If there is no leader, If that happens, the responsibility of destroying Assam will lie with ..Instead of clapping sitting beside Narendra Modi, there are more important issues to look after in the state. He (Sonowal) may not be ashamed of his act...we are."

Meanwhile, prominent singers such as Bipin Chowdang, Neel Akash, Kusum Kailash, and took part in the protest against the bill, singing Assamese music legend Bhupen Hazarika's songs.

They also urged Sonowal to "save Assam for Assamese people".

The Lok Sabha passed on Tuesday the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian nationality to people from minority communities -- Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians -- from Afghanistan, and after six years of residence in instead of 12 even if they don't possess any proper document.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 00:35 IST