Aizawl: Thousands of youths under the aegis of the Young Mizo Association (YMA), the largest civil society organization in Mizoram, on Wednesday staged demonstrations in different parts of the state demanding scrapping of Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC).
In Aizawl, the protest rally was held in two directions- one from Chanmari point towards Vanapa Hall and the other from Sikulpuikawn towards Vanapa Hall in which more than 2000 people assembled and demanded the abolition of Chakma council.
The protesters also shouted a slogan that reads “Chakma foreigners should immediately leave Mizoram” and “the CADC belongs to Mizoram and the Mizos and the Chakmas have no legal right to occupy it.”
Addressing the protest rally in front of Vanapa Hall here, central YMA president Vanlalruata alleged that the CADC was unconstitutionally constituted by the Centre in 1972 when the Mizo were educationally and economically backward.
He said that the central government and other agencies should not enslave the Mizo people.
Vanlalruata said that the CADC was first made regional council after which it was upgraded to autonomous district council within 28 days without the consent of the Mizo people.
Alleging that there was an anomaly in the establishment of the CADC, Vanlalruata said the organization conducted in-depth study into it during the course of which it was discovered that the council was constituted ‘illegally.’
He said that Chakma are not indigenous people of Mizoram and they have no right to occupy the land.
Though there were no reports about entry of Chakmas from Bangladesh according to official record, the number of Chakma population has been rapidly increasing over the years which was not possible according to normal human production, he said.
He added that the CADC government did not allow the Mizos to construct church buildings at the council area.
“We are hurt that the Mizos are not allowed to construct church buildings in their own land,” he said.
Central YMA vice-president R. Lalngheta said that the abolition of CADC would not be an easy job as it will involve parliament.
“The protest rally is just the beginning of measure towards scrapping of the district council,” he said, adding that the organization would take any legal steps to abolish the council.
Protest rallies were also organized in all district headquarters and important towns by YMA.
After the protest rally here, leaders of YMA also submitted representation to Mizoram governor Kummanam Rajasekharan demanding immediate abolition of Chakma council.
The resolution seeking abolition of the CADC was passed at the 71st YMA general conference held at Zotlang village in Champhai district bordering Myanmar in October last year.
In October last year, Mizoram Chakma Areas Single Administration Demand Committee (MCASADC) had strongly condemned the YMA for adopting a resolution seeking the abolition of CADC and termed it “communal”
MCASADC had said that the communal resolution could create tension among different communities of Mizoram and also endanger the existence of two other autonomous district councils- Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) and the Lai Autonomous District Council (LADC).
The CADC was formed under the sixth schedule to the constitution of India on 29 April 1972.