Mizoram CM Zoramthanga  Credit: File image

Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga expressed happiness over the Centre’s decision to exempt Mizoram and some other Northeastern states from the purview of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which was tabled in Parliament on Monday.

Addressing a meeting at Mizo Hnam Run (MNF office) in Agartala, Zoramthanga said that the people of Mizoram in general and political parties, NGOs and churches in particular had strongly opposed the Bill.

“It is fortunate that the collective efforts of the common people, political parties, NGOs and churches have borne fruit; accordingly which Mizoram has been exempted from the ambit of the Bill,” he said.

He said that his government is in great exultation over Mizoram being exempted from the purview of the Bill.

The chief minister also said that he did not blame the proposed total shutdown on Tuesday called by state’s apex student body, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), under the aegis of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) to show solidarity with the people of Northeast.

Amid protests, the contest Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was tabled in Lok Sabha on Monday.

Union home minister Amit Shah, who introduced the Bill, said it seeks to grant Indian nationality to non Muslim minorities like the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis who migrated to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh due to religious persecution before December 31, 2014.

He said that the Congress “divided” the country on the basis of religion and that is why it was necessary to bring the Bill.

The Bill seeks to give protection to the inner line areas and scheduled areas of the Northeastern states.

Chief minister Zoramthanga also said that he visited the national capital Delhi last week and met important leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah and finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Zoramthanga said that his government is planning to turn all suitable lands into wet rice cultivable lands.

He added that the state government also making massive effort to carry forwards its bamboo project and make the state self-sufficient in food grains and meat products.

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