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Popular Assamese singer Zubeen Garg writes an open letter to Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
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Assam: Zubeen Garg serves ‘ultimatum’ to CM over Citizenship Bill

The popular singer threatens to launch agitation if Sarbananda Sonowal fails to take an initiative to scrap the contentious Bill within seven days

Guwahati: Condemning the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, popular Assamese singer Zubeen Garg has threatened to launch an agitation if Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal fails to take any initiative to scrap the bill within seven days’ time.

Referring to the chief minister as “Sarba Da”, Garg, in his open letter to the former on Facebook, said, “Right now, I am sitting silent. In protest against the bill, I will launch agitation of my own after seven days as I will be out of the state for a week.”

Referring to the widespread resentment in the region against the Bill, Garg also urged Sonowal to reconsider his decision citing the reason that everyone in society, including All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and leading intellectuals in Assam, has vehemently opposed the Bill. “If everyone is opposing the move, why are you not re-considering your decision?” he added.

The open letter to CM Sarbananda Sonowal that was uploaded by singer Zubeen Garg on Facebook
The open letter to CM Sarbananda Sonowal that was uploaded by singer Zubeen Garg on Facebook
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Reiterating his opposition to the Bill, the popular Assamese singer further said that at any cost the bill won’t be accepted. It’s really unfortunate that those people who were opposing the illegal Bangladeshi nationals during the historic Assam movement, are supporting this Bill only to gain their vested political interests, Zubeen said.

“It feels bad when people criticize Sarbananda Sonowal, our Jatiya Nayak (People’s Hero). Instead of sitting besides Prime Minister Modi and supporting his moves, it’s better for him to concentrate on nation’s development,” he added.

In a seemingly emotional letter, the new generation’s heartthrob also criticised the Joint Parliamentary Committee for betraying the people of the state. “JPC members assured us that they would visit the state again before taking any final decision. But they never came back. Modi, Sarbada and BJP have betrayed us.”