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    Actor Ravi Sarma Resigns From BJP

    A large section of people, civil organisations and students’ bodies opposing the Bill, saying it goes against the spirit of secularism and will nullify the provisions of the historic 1985 Assam Accord

    Popular actor Ravi Sarma has quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Union Home Minister Amit Shah tabled the Bill amid strong opposition from the Opposition leaders.

    “I oppose Citizenship Bill. As an artist, I stand with the people of Assam and have decided to resign from the primary membership of the BJP Assam,” he said.

    Earlier, popular singer Zubeen Garg and renowned actoress Nishita Goswami opposed the Bill. On December 8th, 2019, actor-director Jatin Bora was heckled by anti-Bill supporters in Tezpur.

    Bora is presently the chairman of state government-run Assam State Film Finance Development Corporation. On December 9th, 2019, the Ratnakar actor took to Facebook and wrote that he stands with the people of Assam.

    Garg had earlier asked Bora to quit the Bharatiya Janata Party and oppose the Bill.

    The Bill that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there has triggered widespread protests in Assam. The introduction of the bill was vehemently objected to by the opposition.

    A large section of people, civil organisations and students’ bodies opposing the Bill, saying it goes against the spirit of secularism and will nullify the provisions of the historic 1985 Assam Accord, which fixed March 24th, 1971, as the cut-off date to identify illegal foreigners.

    Photo credit: Ravi Sarma/Facebook

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