Assam continues to simmer over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Along with several other organisations and students’ bodies, singing sensation of Assam Zubeen Garg is vehemently protesting against the “anti-Assam” Bill.
The singer took to social networking site Facebook on December 8th, 2019 and wrote, “Nooooo CAB .we wl destroy it.”
Zubeen’s programme was cancelled on December 7th, 2019 at the last moment in Dibrugarh’s Chowkidingi by the district administration “fearing” breach of law and order in wake of anti-Bill protests.
Since day one, the singer has been vocal against the Bill and slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party-led governments at the Centre and State for the move.
The singer had earlier said that the Bill will harm the Assamese culture. While addressing an anti-Bill protest organised by the students of Cotton University and other colleges of Assam in Guwahati on December 6th, 2019, the singer had called upon the people of the state to oppose the Bill.
“We will move the Supreme Court if need arises. I will be the first person to stand before the Supreme Court to oppose the Bill,” Zubeen said while addressing the anti-Bill protestors.
Earlier this year, Zubeen had written to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the Bill and demanded that the votes the BJP got using an election song sung by him in 2016 be “returned”. In a Facebook post, the singer also offered to return the remuneration received for the song.
The Bill which was passed by the Union Cabinet on December 4th, 2019 seeks to grant Indian citizenship to the people belonging to the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Parsis who have become the victims of religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan and entered India.
The Bill will be tabled in the Parliament on December 9th, 2019 as Assam is witnessing non-stop agitations.
Photo credit: Zubeen Garg/Facebook