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12:00 AM, March 21, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, March 21, 2019

Don't reintroduce citizenship bill

Mizoram assembly to Centre

The Mizoram state assembly yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution asking the Indian government not to reintroduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which aims at giving citizenship to religious minorities from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, in any form in future.

The civil societies, churches, political parties and the people of the state are against the bill, Mizoram Home Minister Lalchamliana said after moving the resolution.

The people of the north eastern region are also against the bill, Lalchamliana said, adding that Mizoram cabinet had on January 10 also opposed the bill.

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga had informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the people of Mizoram and the state government opposed the bill, Lalchamliana said.

Zoramthanga also attended a meeting of political parties of the Northeastern region on January 29 in which chief ministers of the regional states and other leaders opposed the bill, he said.

Leader of Opposition Zodintluanga of the Congress supported the resolution and said ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) should sever ties with the BJP.

Meanwhile, Congress president Rahul Gandhi yesterday launched his party's campaign for the Lok Sabha and assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh by promising to scrap the bill if voted to power in the state.

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