Protestors holding ‘Hello Independence’ placards during protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Aizawl on Tuesday

Aizawl: Office of the Mizoram chief electoral officer on Friday served a show-cause notice to the People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM), seeking clarification from the party on its poll plank to move a secessionist bill in Parliament, within 24 hours.

In a letter addressed to party president Vanlalruata, Mizoram’s additional chief electoral officer Krishna Mohan Uppu cited some media reports which said that the PRISM will use introduction of ‘Right to Secession Bill’ as its poll plank in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

“The said matter pertains to your party and the issues raised involved questions on the unity and integrity of the country. It has also been observed that earlier statements issued by your party in Aizawl and Champhai districts have openly spoken about secession from India,” a letter issued by Uppu said.

In its notice, the CEO office also enclosed the news report of a Bangalore-based Deccan Herald published on Friday under a headline “Mizoram’s Sailor (Prism’s candidate) to contest on state’s secession as poll plank” and clipping of some local newspapers which showed the party desire for secession from India.

“In the light of the above, you are hereby directed to clarify the position of your party on the said matter for further necessary action at our end. Your reply should reach the CEO office within 24 hours of receipt of this letter,” the letter asked Prism president.

The Prism had earlier stated in its statement that it will move right to secession bill in the parliament, if the party was elected to Lok Sabha, that will allow the Mizos to secede from India.

The party will use sovereignty and self determination of the Mizos as its poll plank, the statement added.

Prism nominee for Lok Sabha seat TBC Lalvenchhunga, who served in the navy between 2001 to January 2016 had also said that he would table a private member bill in the parliament seeking right to secession, not from the country but exempting Mizoram from the purview of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as it will have demographic impact on the state if illegal migrants from Bangladesh are granted citizenship.

Meanwhile, Vanlalruata told EastMojo that they decided to move the secessionist bill to oppose the Citizenship bill as it is against secularism and clashes with the unity and integrity of the country.

He added that the party was firm on using ‘Right to Secession Bill’ as its poll agenda.

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