Mizoram MNF PresidentMizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga will attend a meeting of all chief ministers, political parties and organisations of the North East on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in New Delhi, scheduled on Friday and Saturday, a Mizo National Front party source said. However, Zoramthanga, who addressed party workers here as the newly-elected president of the MNF today, is yet to leave for the national capital. “He is scheduled to leave for Delhi on Saturday itself,” the source said.

Even though all parties and major NGOs in Mizoram have been invited to the meeting convened by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, most of them declined the invitation due to the short notice. Among the political parties, the BJP and the Zoram People’s Movement have sent their representatives. Mizoram BJP president and ZPM leader K Sapdanga reached New Delhi today. The controversial citizenship Bill has triggered widespread protests in the North Eastern States.

Meanwhile, the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee organised a demonstration against the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill here today. Protesters participating in the demonstration unanimously observed that the proposed Bill violates the sanctity of secularism enshrined in the Constitution of India. The resolution also read that grant of citizenship by virtue of certain religions is detrimental to religious minorities of India.

“The CAB will grant citizenship to illegal immigrants settling in Mizoram and other North Eastern States and we resolved that the BJP Government should pull back the proposed CAB,” the resolution read. “The entire region of India’s North East has voiced its protest against the CAB loudly in our respective States, the Centre has already heard our pleas and resistance against the Bill, we demand an exclusion of all North Eastern States even if the Bill is passed,” the resolution added. ~Assam Tribune AIZAWL, Nov 29.

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