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Amit Shah will arrive in Aizawl on Saturday for his maiden visit to Mizoram after assuming office as the Union home minister
Amit Shah will arrive in Aizawl on Saturday for his maiden visit to Mizoram after assuming office as the Union home minister|File image
MIZORAM

Mizoram NGOs call off protest ahead of Amit Shah’s visit to state

However, Mizoram People’s Conference & People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram to stage demonstration to protest against citizenship bill

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Even as NGO Coordination Committee, a conglomerate of major civil society and student organisations of Mizoram, withdrew its decision to stage a massive protest during Union home minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state, two political parties have decided to greet the leader with demonstration to protest against the Centre's proposal to re-introduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in November this year.

Shah will arrive in Aizawl on Saturday for his maiden visit to Mizoram after assuming office as the Union home minister. Official sources said that Shah will inaugurate the North East Handloom and Handicraft exhibition here after his arrival.

Meanwhile, Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) and People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) will stage demonstration during the home minister’s visit to protest against CAB.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference here on Friday, MPC president Lalhmangaiha Sailo said both the parties will stage demonstration and display black flags at their respective offices to show their opposition to the proposed citizenship bill during Shah’s visit.

He also said that both the parties have given serious concern to the border dispute between Mizoram and Assam.

Sailo also appealed to the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) to raise border issue before the union home minister as a member of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).

“We hope that the border dispute between Mizoram and Assam can be resolved if the matter is raised before the Union Minister during his daylong visit,” he said.

PRISM president Vanlalruata said that Shah’s visit is part of the Centre effort to persuade the Northeastern region to form positive opinion on the bill.

He alleged that the Centre has lifted a free movement regime on the Indo-Myanmar border which facilitate easy contact between Zo communities of the two countries. He appealed to the people of Mizoram to extend support to the two parties to oppose the CAB during Shah’s visit.

Civil society groups have called off protest after Shah’s assured to hold talks with them over CAB issue. Earlier, all NGOs had decided to greet the home minister with placards and Mizo traditional shawl of lamentation as a token of protest against the CAB.

NGO Coordination Committee chairman Vanlalruata said that chief minister Zoramthanga convened a meeting with civil society groups on Thursday during which the chief minister asked them to withdraw decision following Shah’s willingness to meet the leaders over CAB.

The NGO Coordination Committee is the most powerful group of civil bodies in the state. It had forced the Election Commission to transfer Mizoram Chief Electoral Officer from the state before the state assembly in November last year.

The Committee had also boycotted Republic Day this year in protest against the bill.

Apart from inaugurating exhibition and meeting with NGOs, Shah will also meet Zoramthanga, state chief secretary, officials and police officials during his daylong visit to Aizawl on Saturday. He will be accompanied by DoNER minister Jitendra Singh and leave for New Delhi in the evening.