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Mizoram civil society opposes citizenship bill

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Mizoram civil society opposes citizenship bill

Aizawl: The Aizawl-based anti-corruption watchdog, People’s Right to Information and Development Society of Mizoram (PRISM) said that the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 has to be opposed aggressively and urged the people to raise their voice and stage protests against the amendment bill as it is likely to adversely affect permanent citizens of India.

The Executive Committee of the watchdog met last Saturday and deliberated on how the amendment bill could seriously impact Mizos and decided to oppose the proposed bill in an aggressive way. Besides deciding to involve all political parties and NGOs of the state in protesting against the proposed legislation, the meeting also agreed to have the bill translated in the local language so that Mizos are fully aware of its likely impact.

The executive meeting chaired by PRISM president Vanlalruata pointed out that ‘The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016′ was introduced by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha in July 2016. The bill seeks to grant citizenship to any Hindu, Parsi, Jain, Buddhist and Christian who entered India and stayed in the country for six years.

The proposed bill, if passed, would enable illegal migrants from Bangladesh in western part of Mizoram to become citizens of India which would in turn have adverse effect on the land, people and their faith, the meeting observed and said it is obligatory for all Mizos to strongly oppose the proposed amendment bill for the safety of Mizoram and the Mizo nation.

PRISM president Vanlalruata said that the anti-corruption watchdog has been raising its voice against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill since last year and expressed confusion as to why some political parties have remained silent over the bill till date.

He urged the Mizoram government and the opposition parties including BJP in the state to strongly oppose the proposed amendment bill.

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Co-Editor, Zoramobserver.com. Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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