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If Centre brings Citizenship Bill as law, NE region will fight unitedly: Mizoram CM

IANS  |  Aizawl/Agartala 

on Thursday said if the again brings the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) as a law in future, all political parties, NGOs and of the northeast region would fight unitedly against such efforts.

"If the once again brings CAB as law in future, all political parties, NGOs and civil societies of the northeast region would jointly fight against such efforts," The said while addressing a meeting in Aizawl.

Zoramthanga, who is also the of the ruling (MNF), appealed to the people, NGOs, churches and political parties to join hands and stand united in case there is a bid to reintroduce the CAB in Parliament.

"The CAB could not move in the Rajya Sabha following the collective protests of the people and all organisations of northeast India," he said.

The powerful NGO Coordination Committee (MNCC) held a series of agitations including boycott of the celebrations and demonstrations across the state in protest against the Bill. The MNF and the Young Association (YMA) were part of these movements.

In Tripura, the newly-formed (Amendment) Bill (MACAB) will hold a victory rally in Agartala on Monday.

MACAB told IANS that though the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government has failed to push through the Bill in the Rajya Sabha, it may try to pass it if it comes back to power in the upcoming

"We should unitedly block this in the upcoming election," he said.

Major political parties, NGOs and groups are strongly opposing the Bill saying it will have a detrimental effect on the ethnic communities if it becomes law.

On January 8, amid strong opposition by various political parties, including the Congress, Left and Trinamool Congress, the Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to grant citizenship to migrants from six non-Muslim minority groups from Bangladesh, and

The contentious Bill is, however, set to lapse on June 3, when the term of the 16th Lok Sabha ends, as the legislation could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha which was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, the last day of the Budget Session.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 15:32 IST
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