Political parties in the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC), including Bharatiya Janata Party, Chakma District Congress Committee, and the National People’s Party condemned the allegedly negative comment of the Mizoram government regarding the proposed amendment to the sixth schedule of the Indian constitution with regards to three autonomous district councils in southern Mizoram.
A peaceful protest was held at Kamalanagar or Chawngte town in Lawngtlai district, the headquarters of the CADC. The joint statement issued by the participating parties and NGOs claimed that about a thousand people participated in the peaceful protest.
Mizoram’s lone BJP legislator Dr BD Chakma, Chakma District Congress Committee vice president Laxmi Bikash Chakma, Chakma district NPP president Doymoy Daveng Chakma and Central Mizoram Chakma Students’ Union (MCSU) general secretary Santosh Chakma vehemently condemned the Mizoram government’s comment on the matter.
The protesters also demanded the government to take back its alleged negative comment at the earliest.
A copy of the state government’s comments was burnt as a mark of protest, the statement said.
Several slogans were shouted and placards were held by the protesters displaying strong messages like “Government of Mizoram Shame, Shame”, “Zoramthanga Hosh Mein Aao”, “We demand more powers to 3 ADCs of Mizoram and We Demand Article 280” among others.
Similar protests were also held at the Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) headquarters in Siaha and the Lai Autonomous District Council (LADC) headquarters in Lawngtlai, sources said.
Among others, the protesters demanded the amendment of Article 275(1) and Article 280 for separate allocation of funds for the three ADCs, additional power or creation of paragraph 3C by giving more subjects to the three ADCs, amendment of paragraph 20 for change of nomenclatures of the ADCs into Autonomous Territorial Councils and upholding the governor’s discretionary power under paragraph 20BB.
The three ADCs- MADC, CADC and LADC were created in 1972 for the welfare of the Mara, Mara and Lai people in the southern part of the state.
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