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Protests against Citizenship Bill in Mizoram, Tripura

IANS  |  Aizawl/Agartala 

Massive demonstrations and rallies were held in and on Tuesday to against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

In Mizo (MNF)-ruled Mizoram, the powerful NGO Coordination Committee (MNCC) held spirited demonstrations in Aizawl and seven other district headquarters to against the controversial Bill.

Protest rallies were also held in (BJP)-ruled over the same issue.

According to the police officials of the two mountainous states, no untoward incidents were reported from any of these two northeastern states.

Displaying placards and shouting slogans, the protesters demonstrated in support of their demands till late Tuesday afternoon in all the eight district headquarters of Mizoram, including the capital city Aizawl.

Led by influential Young Mizo Association, the MNCC, a conglomerate of major civil societies, student and youth bodies, continued their agitation in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8.

said that despite the protest from almost all political parties and NGOs in the entire northeastern region and other parts of the country, the is keen to pass the bill even in the Rajya Sabha.

He urged the people to come forward in large numbers in protest against the bill, which according to supremo is against the interests of indigenous people of the North-East.

The MNCC, which has more than four lakh members in (the Christian-dominated state has a total population of around 11 lakh) had also boycotted the celebration over the same issue.

Special mass prayers are held in many Churches in Mizoram since Saturday for the defeat of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the upper House of Parliament.

Ruling MNF in the state also has been demanding of the Centre to withdraw the bill.

Amid strong opposition by various political parties, including the Congress, Left and the Trinamool Congress, on January 8 the Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill but it is yet to approved by the Rajya Sabha.

Protest rallies, spearheaded by newly-formed (Amendment) Bill (MACAB), were also held in some tribal-dominated areas of on Tuesday.

The is a conglomerate of several NGOs and four tribal-based parties, including Tripura's oldest tribal party Indigenous (INPT). The is also backing the

"Today's (Tuesday) main protest rally is being held in Jampuijala (in district)...," INPT told the media.

The and other tribal-based parties, including Tripura BJP's ally IPFT (Indigenous People's Front of Tripura), have also been agitating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill since January 8.

Major political parties, NGOs and groups are strongly opposing the Bill. Once a law, it will have a detrimental effect on the ethnic communities, they feel.



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 18:00 IST