Traditional bonfire and feasting were accompanied by widespread protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the length and breadth of the state from Monday evening.
The anti Bill protest dominated the festivity as folks in the rural and urban areas vowed to vehemently oppose the Bill that promises citizenship to non Muslim neighbours who intruded into the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to escape religious persecution till December 31, 2014.
Senior Congressleader and former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on sharpened his predecessor Sarbananda Sonowal and called him the weakest of all the Chief Ministers.
Talking to reporters in Guwahati in the sidelines of the Bihu celebrations on Tuesday morning, Gogoi said Sonowal lack courage to oppose the Bill.
“Sonowal can’t take any decision. He is being controlled by Himanta Biswa Sarma and Chandra Mohan Patowary,” said Gogoi who vowed to resist the NDA government the move to ensure smooth passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
In a related development, KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi along with his followers from 70 other organizations have completed 24 hours hunker strike in Guwahati in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The folks on Monday night opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 by throwing the copies into the bonfire after they had harvest feast amid low profile celebration of the much vaunted festival.
A day-long program “Jilikil Luitore Par” at Bhupen Hazarika Samadhi Khetra, Guwahati University campus, Jalukbari on April 15 is being organized by Biswa Ratna Bhupen Hazarika Samanay Satra.
Biswa Ratna Bhupen Hazarika Samanay Satra is a socio-cultural organization formed to work on preservation of works of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika’s music, life and to do different activities both nationally and internationally in order to pass the legacy of the greatest soul of the soil at its true form and color generations after generation.
The event is going to be directed by veteran poet, composer and lyricist Manmath Baishya. Singers, musicians, actors and commoners from different generations will assemble to pay their gratitude and to celebrate the life and the music of the maestro.
The event will include a violin concert of Bhupendra Sangit by 40 musicians to be headed by Manoj Baruah. A music CD “Tumi Ahar Batere…” a tribute to Dr. Bhupen Hazarika with songs written and composed by Manmath Baishya will also be released.