Aizawl (www.zoramobserver.com): All Mizoram civil societies and student bodies on Wednesday asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) not to allow displaced Bru families to exercise franchise at their transit camps in Tripura.
In a meeting with officials of ECI including Chief Election Commissioner Shri AK. Joti at New Delhi on Wednesday, leaders of Mizoram NGO Coordination Committee led by its president Lalbiakzuala, who is also the president of largest civil body in Mizoram- Central YMA appealed the officials that Bru families should not be allowed to cast their votes outside Mizoram during Mizoram assembly elections which is due next year and Lok Sabha election to be held in 2019.
The leaders of NGOs also informed the ECI officials about the 72 hour shutdown called by five NGOs in Mizoram in protest against ECI decision of allowing Bru voters to exercise franchise at their transit camps in Tripura in the last Lok Sabha polls in 2014.
Leaders of NGO Coordination Committee told the officials that the displaced Bru families hesitated to return to Mizoram despite repeated attempts made by the state government to repatriate them.
They alleged that the Bru families fled Mizoram on their own and there is no significant reason to allow them exercise franchise at their transit camps.
If the Bru refugees are reluctant to return to Mizoram, they should be allowed to settle permanently in Tripura and exercise franchise in that state, the NGOs leaders appealed to the ECI.
Shri. AK. Joti on his part said that the appeal of the NGOs leaders was true from the perspective of Mizoram and informed them that he would put up the matter to Ministry of Home Affairs and take initiative as per necessity.
The leaders of NGO Coordination Committee also met with Dr. Vinay P. Sahasrabuddhe, member of joint Committee on the citizenship amendment bill over the proposed Citizenship amendment bill. They also asked him to visit Mizoram when Joint Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship Amendment Bill conduct spot visit to some Indian states.
Lalbiakzuala was accompanied by CYMA treasurer J.Lalsailova, MZP president Lalsangzuala Ngente, MZP general secretary L. Ramdinliana Renthlei, MZP finance secretary B. Lalkhawngaihzuala and Delhi Mizoram House ARC David Lalthantluanga.