Mizoram BJP warns unit may be dissolved 

Mizoram newspaperAIZAWL, Feb 5: The Mizoram BJP unit today warned that it would dissolve itself if the national BJP leadership goes ahead with the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, against the wishes of the people of Mizoram and the entire North Eastern region. Speaking to media persons at the BJP office here, State president Prof JV Hluna said that the BJP State unit was formed to work for the safeguard and interests of the people of Mizoram and if the central leadership decides to legislate the proposed Bill, the State unit would have no choice but to dissolve itself. “We have approached the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and other national leaders on the issue and had appealed to the central leadership not to enact the proposed amendment,” he said. 

The State BJP unit also appealed to the national leaders that if the Centre goes ahead with the proposed legislation, it should at least omit the North Eastern States from the ambit of the amendment, he said. “We would be left with no alternate but to dissolve the BJP State unit if the central BJP leadership goes ahead with the proposed amendment,” he said. The State BJP unit chief also appealed to the churches in the State to organise a mass prayer so that the proposed Bill is defeated in the Parliament. - Assam Tribune

Mizoram CM urged to call all-party meeting 

AIZAWL, Feb 5: The People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) party today urged Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and Assembly Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo to convene an all-party meeting on the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. A press release issued by PRISM here stated that it has submitted letters to the Chief Minister and Speaker to call the meeting to ensure that the people of Mizoram, irrespective of political affiliations, would have one voice against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The statement said that the party had earlier made an appeal to Zoramthanga on January 15 last, but was yet to receive any response from the Chief Minister till date. United efforts of the people would be more effective than the fragmented voices of the political parties and civil societies, the statement added. 

The Mizoram Cabinet on January 10 had described as “unfortunate” the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by the Lok Sabha. The Cabinet meeting also decided that concerted efforts be made by the State Government to ensure that the proposed amendment should be defeated in the Rajya Sabha, an official statement said. Zoramthanga had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on January 14 and told him that the people of the North Eastern State vehemently opposes the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. – PTI

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