Mizoram CM backs protests, bandh against Citizenship Bill
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Mizoram CM backs protests, bandh against Citizenship Bill

By Telegraphindia   08-Jan-2019

Mizoram CM backs protests, bandh against Citizenship Bill

Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga on Monday said the state government is strongly against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and extended support to Tuesday’s bandh in the Northeast called by the North East Students’ Organisation (Neso) in protest against the Centre’s bid to pass the bill in Parliament.
Addressing an inaugural programme of the party office here on Monday, Zoramthanga said the Mizo National Front (MNF) had been opposing the bill from the very beginning. He said the bill is an attempt to make illegal migrants eligible for Indian citizenship on the basis of religion.
The bill, Zoramthanga alleged, was against the principle of secularism and if passed, would be “harmful” to states like Mizoram where there is a large number of illegal Buddhist migrants from Bangladesh.
“We extend support to Neso and its members including the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) for calling a 12-hour strike in the Northeast on Tuesday to protest against the Centre decision to get the bill passed in Parliament,” he said.
The Young Mizo Association (YMA), Mizoram’s largest civil society organisation, also extended support to the MZP on the statewide total shutdown on Tuesday to protest against the bill. A statement issued by the organisation said it had strongly opposed the proposed bill “which seeks to grant citizenship to many foreigners”.

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