Aizawl: Mizoram’s main opposition party, Zoram People’s Movement (MNF), on Friday sought apology from chief minister Zoramthanga for his controversial remarks over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act nor CAA.
During a gathering on Monday, Zoramthanga, who is also the president of the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), had said that Mizoram’s lone Lok Sabha member C Lalrosanga has voted in favour of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament at the behest of the MNF because the Centre has fulfilled the demands of the people in exempting Mizoram from the ambit of the amended law.
He had said that all political parties, NGOs, student organisations and churches were strongly opposed to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and had demanded that Mizoram be exempted from the purview of the bill.
“It will be wrong and childish to oppose the amended citizenship act even after the Centre fulfilled our demands,” he had said.
Zoramthanga’s remarks has raked controversy in the state with opposition parties claiming that they did not demand exemption, but asked the Centre not to pass the citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
ZPM secretary general K Sapdanga said that the chief minister was either speaking out of his mind or expressing his dream in claiming that all political parties, NGOs and churches had demanded “exemption.”
“Political parties, NGOs, satudent organisations and churches never demand ‘exemption’ but urged the Centre not to introduce or pass the bill. The chief minister should express apology to the people for fabricating lies,” K Sapdanga said at a press conference on Friday.
He also asked the MNF to make its stand clear on the CAA.
The ZPM leader alleged that some ministers and leaders and workers of the ruling MNF had taken part in the state-wide strike organised by the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) in suport of North East Students’ Organisation’s NE bandh on December 10 and some of them were spoted giving financial aids to the bandh organisers.
“We ask the party to make it clear to the people whether it is in favour of or against the CAA,” Sapdanga said.
He also blamed the state government for manhandling peaceful protesters on December 13 and demanded that such incident be not repeated in future.
Sapdanga said that his party would contitnue to oppose the amended citizenship act till it is scrapped or re-structured to protect the interest of the Christians and other religious minorities in the country.
The ZPM also asked the Centre to withdraw its decision to table Uniform Civil Code Bill in the next parliament session next year, according to Sapdanga.
Earlier, opposition Congress had also accused the chief minister of being a “liar” for claiming that his party had directed C.Lalrosanga to vote for the citizenship bill as Mizoram was exempted from the ambit of the bill as per the wishes of all political parties and NGOs.