Hazarika’s son rejects late father's Bharat Ratna citing Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

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Tej Hazarika, speaking to Times Now, expressed discontent and displeasure over the controversial Bill, calling it "undemocratic and unconstitutional".

New Delhi: The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has drawn severe criticism from the people of northeast India and the latest setback for the Centre has come from the son of music maestro Late Bhupen Hazarika, who refused to accept the honour on his father's behalf given the present state of affairs in his region.

Tej Hazarika, speaking to expressed discontent and displeasure over the controversial Bill, calling it "undemocratic and unconstitutional". The US-based son told the channel that his father would have felt the same. He clarified that he did not call the gesture to award Bharat Ratna a “cheap thrill” but the timing to present the honour.

“At a time when the majority of people in North East want this bill to be cancelled, conferring a Bharat Ratna to the icon of North East is a cheap thrill,” he said over the phone.

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