Mizo Zirlai Pawl has urged the state’s political parties to clarify their stand on the illegal migration issue ahead of the elections on November 28.      
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‘Citizenship bill a threat to indigenous people of Northeast’

We can’t allow the region to be a dumping ground for illegal immigrants, says Mizoram’s front-ranking students’ body Mizo Zirlai Pawl

Aizawl: Strongly opposing the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, front-ranking Mizo students’ body, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), has termed it a direct threat to the indigenous people of the region.

In a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the MZP has urged the Prime Minister and the BJP to take initiative to preserve the country, especially the Northeast, from illegal migrants. “We strongly oppose the initiative to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. We can’t allow the region to be a dumping ground for illegal immigrants,” said Ricky Lalbiakmawia, finance secretary, North East Students’ Union (NESO), and senior leader, MZP, while talking to EastMojo in Aizawl on Tuesday.

Lauding the effort of the NESO for raising the issue of illegal immigration, the MZP leader along with Lalnunmawia Pautu, general secretary, MZP, reiterated their commitment that every action will be taken to send the illegal immigrants out of the country.

“Like in Assam, we will intensify our stir against the illegal immigrants,” Lalbiakmawia added.

Expressing serious concern over the issue, both the students leaders further said that except the People's Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) and Zoram People's Movement (ZPM), no political party in the state has raised illegal immigration as its election agenda.

“We must thank the leadership of both the parties that have made illegal immigration as their political agendas this election. It’s really unfortunate that nobody else has done this,” they regretted.

Meanwhile, MZP leaders have also urged the other political parties in Mizoram to clarify their stand on the illegal immigration issue as soon as possible.

“In protest against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the NESO will stage state-wide protest throughout the Northeast on November 20 and 30,” they added.