Mizoram stands against bill

Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla on Friday slammed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, as an attempt to grant citizenship to a particular religious community.

By Henry L. Khojol in Aizawl
  • Published 9.06.18
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Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla on Friday slammed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, as an attempt to grant citizenship to a particular religious community.

Addressing a political session at Congress Bhawan here on Friday, 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 government has no real intention of covering Muslim and Christian minorities under the bill," Lal Thanhawla has alleged.

He said his government has strongly opposed the bill since the beginning.

Lal Thanhawla's comment on the bill came a day after all NGOs, churches and political parties asked the state government to make its stand clear on the bill.

A meeting of all NGOs, 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 law and judicial minister Lalsawta here. The meeting asked the state government to make a clear stand on citizenship bill, sources said.

The meeting highlighted that the proposed legislation has been strongly opposed by all the governments in the Northeast and asked the Mizoram government to make its stand clear, whether it supports or opposes the bill.

Hitting out at the BJP Lal Thanhawla said the BJP's political influence has been waning gradually as its partners have severed ties with it.

On the other hand, 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.