Mizoram BJP To Dissolve If Citizenship Bill Not Scrapped: State Unit Chief

Citizenship Bill protest
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8

The churches in the Christian-majority state have been asked to organize a mass prayer for the Citizenship Bill’s defeat in the Parliament

Aizawl, February 6, 2019

Mizoram BJP chief John V Hluna on February 5th, 2019 threatened to dissolve the party’s state unit if the Centre passes the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill “jeopardizing” the existence of the indigenous people of the entire Northeast region.

“The BJP state unit was formed to safeguard the interests of the people of Mizoram. If the central leadership decides to legislate the proposed amendment, the state unit would have no option but to dissolve itself,” Hluna said addressing media here.

He said he had approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other national leaders over the controversial Bill to appeal the party’s central leadership to revoke it and if not revoked, should at least keep the northeastern states out of its purview

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8. It seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India instead of 12, which is the norm currently, even if they do not possess any document.

Widespread protests erupted across the Northeast after the Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.