Protestors opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Aizawl, Mizoram Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: The People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM), an anti-corruption watchdog turned political party, on Tuesday urged Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga and state Assembly Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo to convene an all-party meeting on the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Moved by the need to launch stronger opposition to the bill, PRISM president Vanlalruata said that the party has submitted separate letters to the chief minister and the speaker urging them to call the meeting to ensure that the people of Mizoram, irrespective of political affiliations, could raise strong voice against the amendment bill.

He said that the party has felt the need for collective effort to oppose the proposed legislation as it is harmful for Mizoram, the Mizo people and their religion.

“As for initial step, PRISM feels the need for unity among all political parties to raise one voice against the citizenship amendment bill,” he said.

Vanlalruata also said that they also submitted a letter to the state assembly speaker because they felt that the state legislature need to raise voice against the proposed legislation.

Meanwhile, a press statement issued by the party said that it had earlier made an appeal to Zoramthanga on January 15 to convene an all-party meeting over the bill, which he failed to response till date.

“We send a letter to the chief minister again Today (Tuesday) for we believe that united efforts of the people would be more effective to defeat the bill in parliament,” the statement added.

PRISM had earlier boycotted Republic Day celebrations on 26 January and hoisted black flags in its office here on that day to protest against the bill, which according to the party is harmful for Mizoram.

The state Cabinet led by chief minister Zoramthanga had on January 10 expressed disappointment over the passage of citizenship bill by the Lok Sabha on January 8 and resolve to take measure to ensure that the bill is defeated in Rajya Sabha.

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