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Mizoram CM slams Citizenship Bill

AIZAWL, JUNE 8 (NNN):  Mizoram chief minister, Lal Thanhawla on Friday slammed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 and termed the bill as an attempt to grant citizenship to a particular religious community from outside the country.

Addressing a political session at Congress Bhawan here, Lal Thanhawla alleged that the BJP led Central government has no real intention of according citizenship to Muslim and Christian migrants. “The proposed citizenship bill is an attempt to grant citizenship to illegal migrants from the minority communities especially the Hindus from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who entered India and stayed in the country for six years. The Central government has no real intention of covering Muslim and Christian minorities under the bill,” Lal Thanhawla said. He said that his government has been strongly opposing the bill right from the beginning.

A meeting of all the civil society organisations, Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomeration of major churches in Mizoram and all political parties except Mizo National Front (MNF) was convened on Thursday under the chairmanship of Mizoram Law and Judicial minister, Lalsawta here. The meeting asked the state government to make a clear stand on Citizenship Bill, sources said.

Mizoram NGO Coordination Committee, a conglomerate of all civil society organizations in the state had earlier submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the Joint Parliamentary Committee for Citizenship (Amendment) Bill informing their opposition to the proposed bill.

Meanwhile, Mizoram’s apex student body Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) president L. Ramdinliana Renthlei said the bill, if passed would surely have demographic impact on Mizos as Mizoram harbours many illegal immigrants from neighbouring countries.

During a protest against the citizenship bill on May 21, Renthlei had warned a rerun of the armed uprising of 1966 if the Centre continues to neglect Mizoram and passes the bill against the interest of the people.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP have fulfilled none of their promises. He also slammed the BJP government for “paying indifference” to the plight of farmers.

~MExN

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