By- Staff Reporter
United Liberation of Asom (ULFA) today condemned Assam’s popular singer Zubeen Garg for singing Hindi songs in Rongali Bihu functions and warned they would not be responsible for any consequences following the singer’s refusal of their warning.
In an e-mail press release sent to Times of Assam, the Assistant Information and Publicity Secretary of ULFA, Lt Arunodoy Dohotiya alias Arunodoy Asom said, “it is unfortunate that Zubeen decided to ignore our request and went on to sing in Hindi at the Guwahati Bihu Sanmilan and the organisers supported him in this”.
“Zubeen is a talented singer but that does not mean he should consider himself an Ambassador of Hindi and go all out to promote it. If he continues to do so, we shall not be responsible for any consequences,” he said.
Furthermore, the press release also said that the outfit already warned Zubeen Garg in a Bihu function of upper Assam for his drunken behaviour and vandalism in early 90s and Zubeen promised the outfit that he wouldn’t repeat it again.
The ULFA statement further said that Zubeen had claimed Hindi is the national language but constitution states it is the official language which is distinct from national language. The statement also included about the Gujarat High Court which ruled out the verdict in 2010 that “there is no national language in India.”
Zubeen had sang his popular number ‘Ya Ali’ in the Guwahati Bihu Sanmilani function at Latasil Playground and had announced before he began singing that “Hindi is the national language of the country and I shall sing Hindi song for sure.”
ULFA had earlier warned singers in Assam not to sing Hindi songs in the stage during functions organised on the occasion of Bihu celebrations.