New Delhi: 

5 days after Assamese singer Zubeen Garg wrote to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal over the Citizenship (Modification) Invoice 2016, he demanded that the votes the BJP received utilizing an election tune sung by him in 2016 be “returned”.

In a Fb publish, Mr Garg additionally provided to return the remuneration acquired for the tune. The singer has over 8.58 lakh followers on Fb and the publish has gone viral.

“Pricey Sarbananda Sonowal Da, wrote a letter to you few days again. Guess you might be too busy counting the black flags to reply,” the singer wrote, referring to the continuing protests throughout the state the place black flags had been waved.

“So, can I get the votes again that you just earned utilizing my voice in 2016? I’m able to refund the remuneration,” he added.

On January 8, Mr Garg had threatened to protest if the chief minister did not take steps to scrap the controversial Invoice inside seven days. The singer had posted an emotional letter addressed to Mr Sonowal on social media alongside together with his {photograph} holding the letter.

“Even when the Citizenship Invoice has been handed within the Lok Sabha, Sarbada (Sarbananda Sonowal) can say no to it. Converse and see, relaxation shall be seen later. I’m nonetheless retaining my cool. I will not be in Assam for one week. Will probably be good if Sarbada takes some motion earlier than my return. In any other case this time, I’ll agitate by myself. What I’ll do, I do not know,” he mentioned.

One other singer from the state, Angarag Mahanta (Papon), opposed the Invoice saying it hurts the “Assamese sentiments”.

In the meantime, protests continued throughout the state on Sunday and over hundred agitators had been picked up after they blocked the street to Kaziranga College, the place Mr Sonowal had gone for the convocation.

The protesters from Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) shouted slogans and waved black flags.

Members of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) shaved their heads in Jamugurihat demanding rapid withdrawal of the Invoice. In Karbi Anglong district, lots of of scholars blocked the Nationwide Freeway-36 for hours, whereas Jogi and Kalita communities burnt copies of the Invoice on NH-37 in Dudhnoi in Goalpara.

Criticising the BJP-led authorities at Centre and state, the Left Democratic Manch vowed to proceed the agitation until the Invoice is scrapped.

The Citizenship Modification Invoice seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to grant Indian citizenship to the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who fled spiritual persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and entered India earlier than December 31, 2014, after six years of residence within the nation, as an alternative of the present 12 years, even when they don’t have any correct paperwork.

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