Gayatri Mahanta

A section of Assamese singers and actors have faced boycott call in Assam for allegedly “being supportive” of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) and 30 other indigenous organisations, have called for a ban on singer Krishnamoni Chutia, actors Gayatri Mahanta and Pabitra Margherita as well as singer Neel Akash.

The secretary of the Duliajan unit of AASU, Dipankar Gogoi, said the AASU, AJYCP and 30 other organisations have sought a ban on a few artistes to prevent them from taking part in any programme in the town.

He said this decision was taken because some of the artistes have supported the CAA while some have remained silent spectators.

Gogoi said the people of Assam will not tolerate anyone who wants the settlement of illegal immigrants in the state and put the demography and cultural identity at stake.

“We have called for a ban on some artistes including Krishnamoni Chutia, Pabitra Margherita, Gayatri Mahanta as well as Neel Akash, because they have allegedly been supporting CAA or are completely silent on the controversial Act. The Act is a threat to our language and culture and we the people of Assam can never let that happen,” he said.

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