Citizenship Bill: Mizoram Church Body to Hold Mass Prayer on Feb 16

Mass Prayer
The church body has been opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill

Mizoram BJP chief John V Hluna threatened to dissolve the party’s state unit if the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is passed

Aizawl, February 6, 2019

A body of major churches in Christian-majority Mizoram has urged its members to organize a mass prayer on February 16th in a view to defeat the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Parliament.

The Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC) has appealed to its 16 constituent churches to offer mass prayer during the night service of February 16th so that the Bill is revoked 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 Bill was passed at the  Lok Sabha(LS).

The MKHC stated said Bill would jeopardize the identity of Mizos and it violates the principle of secularism of the Constitution of India.