Protesting against CAB, popular Assamese actor Ravi Sarma on Monday resigned from the primary membership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Addressing the press from Swahid Bhawan, AASU’s city office, the actor said, “My stand against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been clear from beforehand.”
“I have opposed it then, I oppose it now and shall continue opposing it tomorrow. I stand by the people of Assam,” he added.
“When there were talks about amending the CAB 2016, I thought that Assam and Northeast will be left out of the new amendment Bill and so I was silent till date,” the Hiya Diya Niya actor added.
“I was in Chandubi for two days and then at Sohra for two days and in both places, I was out of network coverage area and so I was not able to announce my decision earlier,” Sarma further said.
“Whatever I have achieved today as an actor, I have achieved it because of the love and affection of the people. As an Assamese, it is my moral duty to stand with the people of Assam and speak against the bill,” the actor said.
He further added that he has complete support to All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) stand against CAB.
“I am with AASU and will actively be a part of it anti-CAB protests and agitation,” Sarma added.
On being asked if more from the BJP will break away and join the anti-CAB movements, he said, “I am not in a position to comment on that. I have never tried to know who is against CAB and who is not.”
“All I can say is that every person who loves Assam should come out and oppose CAB,” Sarma added.