Demanding immediate scrapping of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, school students in large numbers took out protest rallies in different parts of the state on Wednesday

Aizawl: At a time when civil bodies and opposition parties are launching huge attack on the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) for allegedly showing lack of concern to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the state cabinet on Tuesday expressed strong opposition to the Centre’s bid to pass the contentious bill and resolved to continue its stiff opposition to ensure the defeat of the bill in the ongoing Rajya Sabha session.

The cabinet meeting held under the leadership of chief minister Zoramthanga at the chief secretary’s conference hall here reaffirmed its strong objection to the bill and slammed the Centre for its passage in Lok Sabha on Januray 8.

“The cabinet strongly opposed to the bill and resolved not to accept the proposed legislation but continue to oppose it in massive away to ensure its defeat,” the meeting said.

The cabinet meeting also said that the state government has opposed to the bill since the very beginning for which the state cabinet had earlier passed a resolution expressing disappointment and strong opposition to the passage of the bill by Lok Sabha.

It stated that the state government has demonstrated its opposition to the proposed legislation in several forms and chief minister Zoramthanga had also met Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh informing them about the Mizoram government stand against the bill.

On January 10, the state cabinet had passed a resolution expressing disappointment over the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha and resolved to take measure to ensure that the bill is not passed in the Rajya Sabha.

During his tour to the national capital last month, Zoramthanga had met Modi and Singh informing them that the people of Mizoram and the state government were strongly opposed to the bill.

Earlier, Zoramthanga, who is also the chief of MNF, had warned that the party would cut ties with the NDA and pull out of BJP led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) if the centre pass the citizenship bill against the interest of the Mizos and the people of Northeast.

Meanwhile, civil society groups and opposition parties are blaming the state government for allegedly not ‘worrying’ about the bill and not taking massive effort to oppose it.

Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) general secretary Lalmunapuia Punte on Monday alleged that the ruling MNF was not giving sincere concern to the bill because of its link with the NDA at the centre.

He asked the ruling party to withdraw support to the NEDA to show solidarity with the people against the citizenship bill.

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