Top filmmaker Rima Das says, "Govt should respect sentiments of people" on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

Assamese filmmaker Rima Das slams government on Citizenship Bill, says “respect sentiments of people”

Guwahati: Amidst severe concerns raised by the parties of the North East on the the Citizen (Amendment) Bill, Rima Das filmmaker from Assam who gained fame for her 2017 release, Village Rockstars, has voiced her concerns regarding the Bill. She said, “the government should respect sentiments of people of the state”. Talking at the Northeast Business Summit held by the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Guwahati on Thursday, the director blamed the bill for bringing the whole of northeast to unrest.

Das’ Village Rockstars, a movie revolving around the story of a young rockstar, was premiered at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and won accolades at the 65th National Film Awards, winning in the categories of Best Feature Film Best Child Artist, Best Location Sound Recordist, Best Editing.

Various NDA allies have been siding from the govt over the decision. Asom Gana Parishad, the ally of BJP in Assam has decided to cut its ties with the Party over the Citizenship Bill. While the regional parties announced breaking it’s cords with the saffron party, Asom Gana Parishad(AGP) drew sharp criticism for maintaining its alliance with party.

Earlier National People’s Party also showed their lack of confidence in the government. When asked if pulling out of NDA is an option, Sangma the current Chief Minister of Meghalaya and president of the National People’s Party said, “we will when the situation arises”. Sangma would be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

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