Zubeen Garg opposes Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, says Assam can’t bear burden of more Bangladeshis

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Singing superstar, music composer and filmmaker Zubeen Garg has now come out against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, saying Assam cannot bear the burden of more Bangladeshis migrants.

In a video posted on popular social-networking website ‘facebook’ along with a strongly-worded message, the heartthrob of Assam termed the bill “a grave threat to the core of Indian Constitution” and urged people to join hands and fight back.

“I firmly stand against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 which is, in my view, a grave threat to the core of Indian Constitution. I urge all the people of Assam to come together and fight back against the bill. We the people of Assam can by no means accept any more infiltrators here in our native land. Say no to division of infiltrators and Bangladeshis in the name of religion. Say no to any sort of attempt which can challenge the demographic core of Assamese Nationhood,” he wrote, ending it with a video message claiming that people of Assam will rise up and defeat any move to embrace illegal Bangladeshi migrants irrespective of the faith they profess.

“People of Assam are united. We can’t bear the burden of more Bangladeshi nationals. We are telling the government patiently. In case they don’t hear us, we are ready to launch a vigorous struggle,” Zubeen Garg said in the video.

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On the other hand, ‘Bhojpuri Queen’-famed singer Kalpana Patowary too took to music to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Meanwhile, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, held its second-phase public hearing in Barak Valley today, and took representations of groups, organizations and individuals from Karimganj and Hailakandi districts at Silchar.