GUWAHATI, JANUARY 9: Amid growing protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 across the State, iconic singer Zubeen Garg yesterday slammed the State Government for its stand on the Bill.
“For the past 2 years we have been raising our voice against the Bill. But the Government failed miserably to feel the pulse of the people. The Government did not understand the difference between religion and nation. So, like many others, I also condemn the stand of the Government,” Garg said in a letter to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Garg, who has been opposing the Bill, said that the people of Assam will not accept the Bill come what may. “The hollow nature of the term ‘change’ (parivartan) is out in the open for everyone to see,” the popular musician said.
“Since childhood, we have been hearing about the issue of illegal Bangladeshis. I am fed up now. Leaders, who had earlier staged protest against infiltration of Bangladeshis, have now taken a U-turn on the issue after becoming Ministers and MLAs. The irony is that these very people are now favouring decisions detrimental to the cause of the State,” Zubeen rued in the letter.
“Sonowal himself was a leader of the AASU. If he behaves the way he is now, who would we look up to,” Garg wondered.
The popular singer also warned Sonowal that the movement might turn violent in the coming days if the Government does not change its stand on the Bill.
He also alleged that the Joint Parliamentary Committee, Narendra Modi, Sarbananda Sonowal and BJP, have all betrayed the people of Assam by taking up the Bill.
Garg, in his letter, also threatened to launch a movement against the Bill if the situation does not change even after a week. (Courtesy: AT)