Bhupen Hazarika Would Have Opposed Citizenship Bill: AASU

All Assam Students Union(AASU) addressing the media here in Guwahati on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit in Assam
All Assam Students Union(AASU) addressing the media here in Guwahati on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit in Assam
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Guwahati, February 9, 2019

All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya on February 9th, 2019 launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that had the Bharat Ratna Bhupen Hazarika been alive now, he would have opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

“Gopinath Bordoloi, first chief minister of Assam and music maestro Hazarika would have opposed the Bill had they been alive now. No matter how hard the Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to convince the people of Assam, they are not going to accept the Bill,” said  Bhattacharyya.

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It may be mentioned that Modi on February 9th, 2019 in Changsari at Kamrup district said that the Bharat Ratna could have been conferred on legendary singer-composer Hazarika while he was alive but it did not happen in the Congress regime as such honours were “reserved for some people at the time of their birth”.

“It took years to award Bhupen Hazarika. Wish Bhupen Hazarika could be alive when he was awarded Bharat Ratna, but this couldn’t happen. It is during the BJP rule that Gopinath Bordoloi and Bhupen Hazarika have been awarded the Bharat Ratna,” Modi said at Changsari.

The AASU leaders also said that “there was nothing new” in Modi’s speech at Changsari.  “Overlooking the Clause 5 of the Assam Accord, the government wants to implement the Clause 6 of the Accord. Modi’s statements on the National Register of Citizens is laughable,” he added.

Bhattacharyya also “dared” Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to protests against the Bill. “Being a former AASU member, Sonowal should have the courage to oppose the Bill,” he further added.