Black flags greet Assam CM at his constituency
Singer Zubeen asks BJP to return votes
Guwahati: Black flags were waved at Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in his constituency, Majuli, on Monday as ptorests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill continued. He was shown black flags on Sunday too outside a private university in Kaziranga when he went to participate in its convocation.
The protesters belonged to Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and several other organisations. Police took several protestors into custody and dispersed the others.
As Assam started Bhogali Bihu celebrations, which is marked by feasting, KMSS founder Akhil Gogoi, along with leaders of 70 organisations protesting the bill, began a fast from 2pm. They were joined by AGP leader Keshav Mahanta, who had recently resigned as minister from the BJP-led state government, and Popular
Bollywood singer from Assam, Zubeen Garg, has asked chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to return the votes BJP “earned” after it used his song ‘Asomor Ananda Sarbananda’ in the run-up to the 2016 assembly election. Registering his protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, Zubeen said he is ready to return the remuneration that he got for singing BJP’s poll song.
“Dear Sarbananda Sonowal Da, Wrote a letter to you few days back. Guess you are too busy counting the black flags to respond. So, can I get the votes back that you earned using my voice in 2016? I am ready to refund the remuneration,” Zubeen tweeted.
Mehdi Alam Bora, who recently quit as BJP spokesperson to protest against the Bill.
Earlier in the day, AGP announced an agitation against the bill. A protest rally will be taken out on January18 and all its 14 MLAs will sit on a dharna on January 24. In Sibsagar district, journalists held a dharna at Nazira, in which leader of opposition Debabrata Saikia and several other prominent citizens also joined in. Students hit the streets to protest against the bill.
Meanwhile, the bill has re-
sulted in a split in the Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha, the largest Vaishnav organisation of the state, over the participation of PM Modi at the organisation’s annual session from February 6 to 9. Its chairman has said that Modi should not be invited while its general secretary has maintained an opposite view. Modi had attended the Sangha’s session at Dergaon last year and has been invited this year too, but the Prime Minister’s Office is yet to confirm his participation.