Cartoonist Nituparna Rajbongshi has been receiving backlash for his cartoons criticising the Citizenship Amendment Bill on Twitter, The Indian Express reported.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, which was passed in Lok Sabha on Tuesday, 9 January, met with a 12-hour state-wide bandh called by 46 organisations across Assam.
The former journalist shared multiple cartoons against the bill which aims at making illegal Hindu migrants from neighbouring countries, eligible for citizenship. One of Rajbongshi’s cartoons depicted Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal as a nude caricature and received flak for it.
‘I Don’t Regret it a Bit’
The cartoon showed Sonowal holding a figure that represents a Hindu Bangladeshi in one hand and a figure which depicts an Assamese clinched in another hand.
“Yes, I am facing a lot of flak for this cartoon but I do not regret it one bit,” he added.
Several users on Twitter have criticised Rajbongshi by tagging the Assam Police and asking them to take action against him.
BJP’s youth wing in Tinsukia district- Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha’s President Santanu Datta filed an FIR against a Digboi-based youth for sharing the Sonowal cartoon on Tuesday, 8 January, The Indian Express reported.
‘Fight Not About BJP or Congress, But Assamese’
The cartoonist said that the fight was not about the BJP or the Congress, but what the future of Assamese.
Rajbongshi further said that he has received an email from Twitter saying his media is labelled as ‘sensitive content’.
However, this is not the first time the 38-year-old cartoonist is facing backlash.
Earlier in 2017 he received death threats on Facebook for a cartoon representing Gorakhpur incident where he made about 70 children dying linking it to PM Narendra Modi, The Indian Express reported.
(With inputs from The Indian Express)