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Mass prayer in Mizoram churches to oppose Citizenship Bill

Press Trust of India  |  Aizawl 

Special mass prayer was held in churches across for the defeat of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Presbyterian church's Synod sources said on Sunday.

Members of 16 major churches of different denominations held prayers on Saturday night.

The appeal made by the Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomeration of leaders of major churches, had asked the local churches of all the denominations to pray so that the bill gets stalled in the

The MKHC had earlier appealed to members to hold mass prayer on the night of February 16, but issued another circular on Friday last to conduct the mass prayer on February 9 or February 10.

A press statement issued by the MKHC said that the bill is "harmful" for Mizoram and Christians.

The bill, being vehemently opposed in the Northeast, was passed in Lok Sabha on January 8 and the Centre has said it will try to get the nod in this budget session.

The bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, and after six years of residence in even if they do not possess any document.

"Passage of the amendment bill can result in suppression of the freedom of religion and is against the spirit of secularism," the MKHC statement said.

It appealed to the church members to pray for religious freedom in so that the people can continue to worship God freely.

at a public meeting at Changsari in Assam Saturday assured the people of the region that the bill will in no way cause harm to their interests.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 18:30 IST