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Earlier this year, there was mass protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill across Mizoram
Earlier this year, there was mass protests against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill across Mizoram|Representational image
MIZORAM

Mizo students pledge to intensify protests over Citizenship Bill

We have resolved to continue with our opposition to the contentious legislation as it is harmful for the state as well as the people, says Mizo Zirlai Pawl

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: After the Union Cabient gave its nod to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday, Mizoram’s apex and most influential student body, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), pledged to intensify its opposition to the contentious legislation.

The student body in its meeting on Wednesday resolved to continue with its opposition to the bill as it is harmful for the state as well as the people, MZP general secretary Lalnunmawia Pautu told EastMojo.

Pautu said that the meeting has appealed to all political parties not to politicise the issue.

“We appeal all political parties not to use the Bill as political vendetta and take advantage out of it,” he said, adding that all political parties should accept that the proposed legislation has been strongly opposed by the people and across party line.

Pautu said that the people of Northeast have unitedly opposed to the bill. He asked all the Mizo communities to stand united in opposing the bill.

The MZP also slamed the Union cabinet for approving the Bill. “We feel regret for the Centre’s attempt to table the citizenship (amendment) bill on December 9 in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Dember 10,” Pautu said.

He said that Northeast's apex student body, North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), has summoned a meeting of its members on December 6 in Guwahati in connection with the bill.

He added that the proposed meeting will be attended by some MZP leaders from Mizoram.

While welcoming Union home minister Amit Shah's assuarance to raise two battalions of CAPF, which will be comprise of Mizos and strengthening of the existing Inner Line Permit (ILP) by including a provision in the constitution, the MZP said that it could not accept raising Mizo battalion of CRPF and BSF as a “point of lobying” to agree with the passage of the CAB.

It further said that it will continue to oppose any matter which is likely to be harmful for Mizoram and the people.

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which is now expected to be tabled in Parliament next week.