Citizenship Bill: Zoramthanga Threatens To Snap Ties With NDA

A file photo of Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga
A file photo of Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga

Aizawl, January 25, 2019

Mizoram CM Zoramthanga said that if a situation arises, the incumbent Mizo National Front(MNF) will withdraw its support to the National Democratic Alliance(NDA) at the Centre if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is not scrapped.

Amid widespread agitations in Mizoram against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the Chief Minister further informed that the state cabinet has adopted a resolution to oppose the Citizenship Bill and the message has been conveyed to the Union Ministry.

On January 23rd, 2018, thousands of people shouting slogans, holding placards took to the streets in different areas of the state to mark a protest against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. A few placards also read Hello China, Bye Bye India.

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Rajnath Singh meets NE CMs

Rajnath Singh, Union Minister of Home Affairs on January 18th, 2019 met the Chief Ministers of Meghalaya and Mizoram in wake of the ongoing protests over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 across Northeast.

A file photo of Union Minister Rajnath Singh with Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
A file photo of Union Minister Rajnath Singh with Chief Minister of Meghalaya.

Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma along with his nine cabinet ministers held talks with Singh.

‘Boycott’ Republic Day 

The NGOs of Mizoram have stated that they will boycott the 70th Republic Day 2019 celebrations if the central government doesn’t keep Mizoram out of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The state’s pressure group further claimed that the Union Ministry has turned a deaf ear to their issues as despite writing multiple times to the Centre including the Prime Minister regarding their resentments on the Bill, there was no reply from their end.

It may be mentioned that the proposed Bill has triggered apprehension in the Northeast region that it will not be in the interest of the indigenous people of the region.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which was passed at the Lok Sabha on January 8. The Bill was stalled at the Rajya Sabha on January 9 following strong opposition from the Congress and several other political parties.

The Citizenship Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016 to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.