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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

Northeast Today

Amit Shah to visit Mizoram to build consensus on Citizenship Amendment Bill

Amit Shah to visit Mizoram to build consensus on Citizenship Amendment Bill
October 05
10:49 2019

NET Bureau

Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Aizawl on Saturday in a bid to reach out to the North East on the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill. Ahead of Shah’s visit, large scale protests against the legislation had erupted in several areas of the state on Thursday.

The NGO Coordination Committee, a conglomerate of civil society organisations and student bodies of Mizoram, however, called off its planned protest against the bill during the Union minister’s visit and decided on Friday to meet Shah to submit a memorandum and express “displeasure” over the issue.

“We will submit a memorandum and discuss with him our displeasure over the Centre’s proposal to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955,” a leader of the NGO Coordination Committee said, adding that they had withdrawn the earlier plan to hold a protest rally.

The proposed bill seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Christians and Parsis, who have escaped from religious persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and found refuge in India before 31 December, 2014.

The Committee changed its decision to hold a protest rally after Chief Minister Zoramthanga urged them not to protest during the first visit of Shah to the state after becoming the Union home minister.

Zoramthanga is the president of ruling Mizo National Front which is a constituent of the NDA and the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), both headed by the BJP.

BJP’s Mizoram unit president John V Hluna had also appealed to the civil society organisations of the state against holding any protest programme.

BJP sources said the Shah would first inaugurate the Northeast Handloom and Handicraft Exhibition and hold a meeting with the chief minister and senior government officials.

Besides, the union minister will also hold a one-on- one meeting with Zoramthanga and then talk to the NGO Coordination Committee leaders on the issue of Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Source: Firstpost

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