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Maulana Badruddin Ajmal to Fund Repair, Preservation of Bharat Ratna Bhupen Hazarika’s Home

Lok Sabha MP Maulana Badruddin Ajmal from Assam (L) and Bharat Ratna late Bhupen Hazarika.

Mumtaz Alam | Inclusive India

New Delhi | Guwahati, September 24— All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief and Lok Sabha MP from Assam, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal has ordered repair and preservation of Bharat Ratna Late Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s home which is said to be in dilapidated condition.

“Saw the news about the dilapidated condition of Bharat Ratna Late Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s home at Kuthori. I have directed my team to visit the place at the earliest & make necessary arrangements for its repair. It would give me immense pleasure to contribute in its preservation,” perfume baron Maulana Ajmal said in a tweet Wednesday noon.

He charged that the current Assam government had announced to convert late playback singer’s home into a heritage building four years ago but nothing has happened on the ground.

“Assam Govt, in September 2016, took a cabinet decision of converting the house at Kuthori into a Heritage Building. It’s very unfortunate that the Govt didn’t take any measure to preserve the heritage house even after such cabinet decision,” said AIUDF chief Ajmal who is the sitting three-time MP from Assam’s Dhubri constituency.

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika (8 September 1926 – 5 November 2011) was a renowned playback singer, lyricist, musician, poet and filmmaker. He had won various awards in his life time including the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1975, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1987), Padmashri (1977), and Padmabhushan (2001) and Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1992).

Dr. Bhupen Hazarika was posthumously awarded both the Padma Vibhushan (2012) and the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award (2019).

Maulana Ajmal, who has nine MLAs in the state Assembly and two MPs in the Lok Sabha, including him, has been funding various social, educational and economic projects for the empowerment of the underprivileged sections of the society.

During the Coronavirus-driven lockdown since the last week of March this year, he has done several big relief works for several lakh affected people including the migrant labourers. In the recent floods also, he provided ration and other relief materials to hundreds of people.