Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister and Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga on Wednesday expressed happiness over Rajya Sabha being adjourned sine die without tabling the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
“It’s a matter of joy that Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die without the Citizenship Bill being tabled in the upper house. It appears that the Bill will not be passed in the present government. It is quite a relief,” Zoramthanga said.
He attributed the results to the collective efforts of the people of Northeast, civil societies and political parties in opposing the Bill.
Zoramthanga also thanked Mizoram NGO Coordination Committee, an umbrella body of major civil societies and student bodies, which spearheaded agitation against the Citizenship Bill.
Citing that all political parties in the state are in one accord against the bill, the chief minister said that his government has strongly opposed the bill since the very beginning.
He said that he had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh over the Bill and informed them that the bill has been strongly opposed by not only the people of Northeast but also Mizoram as well as the state government.
Zoramthanga said that his government has taken massive efforts to ensure the defeat of the bill in Rajya Sabha.
He added that he recently took part at the Northeast regional party meeting in Guwahati where leaders of 11 political parties resolve to oppose the bill till the end.
Soon after the adjournment of Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Zoramthanga said he was communicated over phone by Meghalaya chief minister and National People’s Party (NPP) president Conrad K Sangma, who told him that the development was the results of the unity of the Northeast people as a whole.
Zoramthanga also urged the people, NGOs, churches and political parties to join hands and stand united in case there is a bid to re-introduce the bill in future.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday without taking up the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
According to reports, the contentious Citizenship (amendment) Bill and the one on banning triple talaq are set to lapse on June 3 when the term of the present Lok Sabha ends as they could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha on the penultimate day of the Upper House. The Budget session was the last Parliament session of the present government.
The 17th Lok Sabha has to be constituted before June 3 and Lok Sabha polls are due this summer.
Bills introduced in the Rajya Sabha and pending there do not lapse with the dissolution of the Lok Sabha. Bills passed by the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha lapse.