Guwahati: Famed Assamese actor Ravi Sarma on Monday resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill Union Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Bill amid massive outrage in the Northeast region.
The actor took to Twitter to make the announcement of his resignation from the membership of the saffron party.
“Time has come to stand for my state and my people at this hour of injustice done against us. So, I resign from the primary membership of Assam BJP as a protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019,” Sarma tweeted.
Time has come to stand for my state and my people at this hour of injustice done against us.
I have arranged for a Press Meet at 2 pm today to share further details.
— Ravi Sarma (@ravirdsarma) December 9, 2019
On the other hand, popular actor Jatin Bora said “My language(Assamese) and my culture(Assamese) is everything for me. Whatever I am today is all because of the people of Assam. I respect each and every stand of the Assamese people taken in a bid to safeguard the community, its land, language and culture.”
Standing in solidarity, Assam singing sensation, Zubeen Garg took to the streets with the students of Cotton University in the protest against the bill at Cotton University on Sunday. He said, “I will continue to protest against the controversial bill no matter what.” Zubeen also took to Facebook on Sunday and posted a photograph of him with a caption written, ” Nooooo CAB .we wl destroy it.”
The Citizenship Bill was introduced with 293 votes in favour and 82 against amid massive protests across the Northeast region. The much-debated Bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Non-Muslims fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Bill in Lok Sabha on Monday amid massive outrage in different parts of the country, mainly the Northeast. While introducing the Bill in the Lower House, Amit Shah asserted that the Bill is not against Muslims or minorities.