Aizawl: Mizoram Presbyterian Church of India, the largest denomination in the state, has strongly opposed the proposed Bill to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955.
A leader of the church said on Sunday that the Mizoram synod in its ongoing general assembly passed a resolution opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and strongly blaming the Centre’s bid to introduce the bill in the ongoing Parliament session.
The resolution was passed on Saturday, he said.
The assembly also observed that the proposed law is harmful for Mizoram as it could lead assimilation of the indigenous Mizos by outsiders. The church has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi informing him about its opposition to the bill. The general assembly concluded on Sunday.
Responding to the appeal from Synod, members of Mizoram Presbyterian church held a mass prayer on Sunday night seeking God’s intervention not to pass the bill.
Meanwhile, state’s apex student body, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), has decided to join Northeast-wide bandh called by North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) on Tuesday.
MZP general secretary Lalnunmawia Pautu said that total shutdown will be observed in the state capital Aizawl, while sit-in protest will be held in other parts of the state.
The MZP has accused the Centre of trying to divide the Northeast by exempting some states and including others within the purview of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.