Assamese nationalist Shrinkhal Chaliha who rose to prominence during the statewide protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, has vehemently opposed the hosting of the 65th edition of the Filmfare Awards in Guwahati, Assam.
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Talking to Inside Northeast, Veer Lachit Sena Chaliha, who was jailed for protesting against the CAA, said that instead of spending crores of the exchequer's money on hosting filmstars, the Government should focus on improving the condition of the poor lot. "In my opinion, this is not the time or circumstance to host a Filmfare awards party in Assam. At a time when people are suffering due to floods, with no end to their troubles in sight. This proves that the Government is not with the people, there are inviting stars instead by spending crores.."
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Chaliha also stated that now is not the time to "celebrate" as Assam is still in a state of unrest following the amendment of the Citizenship Act.
Meanwhile, Guwahati Police have made a detailed arrangement for smooth flow of traffic around the venue, the Sarusajai stadium in Guwahati. Only those vehicles having valid car passes shall be allowed entry into the stadium. All spectators will enter via gate 1A, 1B and 1C. A total of 27 parking places have been earmarked outside the stadium, police officials informed. The ceremony is all set to begin at 6 pm later in the evening.
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