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Protestors opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Aizawl, Mizoram
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Mizoram: PRISM writes to RS chairman against Citizenship Bill

The legislation is discriminatory, arbitrary and unconstitutional, writes the newly floated party, which earlier served as an anti-corruption watchdog, in a letter to Venkaiah Naidu

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) on Wednesday wrote to Rajya Sabha chairman asking the august house not to table the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the upcoming session, scheduled to begin from Thursday.

In a letter addressed to Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu, PRISM said that it considers the Citizenship Bill as discriminatory, arbitrary and unconstitutional.

“The bill, if enacted, would obviously increase massive infiltration into India especially in the Northeastern states which would cause irrepressible endless problems in the near future,” the letter said.

Citing that the Citizenship Bill is against the principle of secularism, the party urged the chairman to ensure that the bill is not introduced in the house.

PRISM is a newly floated party, which has served as anti-corruption watchdog before. The party had boycotted Republic Day on January 26 by hoisting black flag at its office here in protest against the proposed legislation.

PRISM has also appealed to the people of Mizoram to oppose the Bill, as it would have severe demographic and religious impact on the state.

The Bill , which seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants, who fled religious persecution from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh was passed by the Lok Sabha on 8 January and is pending in Rajya Sabha.