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Wed, 01 Apr 2020

Northeast Today

BJP MLA appeals to call off protest against Amit Shah in Mizoram

BJP MLA appeals to call off protest against Amit Shah in Mizoram
October 01
10:21 2019

NET Bureau

Amid some speculations that Union Home minister, Amit Shah is visiting Mizoram to discuss Citizenship (Amendment) Bill issue, NGO Co-ordination Committee, a conglomerate of major civil society organisations and student bodies in Mizoram, has decided to greet the Union Home minister with massive protest on October 5, the day he is proposed to visit the state.

The Committee chairman, Vanlalruata said that their main objective is to protest against the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).

“We don’t have any personal hatred against the Union Home minister, but our main goal is to convey our strong opposition and ire against the proposed Bill to the Centre,” he said. He added that protesters will wear Mizo traditional shawl- Pawndum(shawl that symbolises anguish or lamentation) to register protest against the CAB.

Officials said that Amit Shah will visit Mizoram on October 5 to inaugurate Northeast hand loom exposition here in Aizawl.

Meanwhile, state BJP appealed to the civil society groups to re-consider their decision.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Monday, state BJP president, Prof. JV Hluna said that Shah will visit the state to allay fear about CAB.

“We appeal the NGO Coordination Committee to withdraw its decision, and instead hold talks with the Union Home minister about the CAB so that the Centre hears the aspiration of the Mizo people,” Prof. JV Hluna said.

Prof Hluna also said that they have also appealed to the Home minister to convene a meeting with the civil society organisations and other stakeholders to discuss the issue. He added that the state BJP had appealed to the Centre to exempt the Northeast region from the purview of the CAB.

Meanwhile, various political parties, including Congress, People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) and Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) extended their support to the civil society groups to stage demonstration during Shah’s visit to Mizoram.

A statement issued by Congress said that it will submit a memorandum opposing the CAB to the Union Home minister.

The parties also appealed to all their members to take part at the protest.

Source: The Morung Express

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