CAB protest in Mizoram during Shah Visit

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The Mizoram today saw protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill during the maiden visit of Amit Shah as the Union Home Minister.

The Civil Society groups today staged a token strike after the State Government negated a deal with them leading to the withdrawal of the main protest program.

As per the deal the Mizoram civil society submitted a memorandum to Mr. Amit Shah to keep away Mizoram from the CAB purview and kept them within a token protest.

The Mizoram civil society organisations has withdrawn their planned protest against the visit of Union Home Minister Amit Shah 5 after appeals from the state government and the Bharatiya Janata Party.

A delegation of the NGO’s will meet the Home Minister in Aizawl and is likely to reiterate their opposition to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

“We had a meeting with top officials of the state government including Chief Minister Zoramthanga. They told us that since it was Shah’s first visit to Mizoram as the home minister, we should reconsider protesting. We have decided to cancel the protest plan,” said Lalhmachhuana, the general secretary of the umbrella body of the Mizoram NGOs including the Central Young Mizo Association and the Mizo Zirlai Pawl.

According to a spokesperson in Chief Minister Zoramthanga’s office, Home Minister Shah will inaugurate the Northeast Handloom Expo after his arrival on Saturday morning before meeting the chief minister and civil society representatives.

Significantly the Mizo civil society is not directly opposing the CAB but wants the Mizoram to stay away.

It is learned from top sources that this time new Bill will protect the hill states of the North-Eastern region with a stringent Inner Line Permit (ILP) stopping any non-tribals to buy land and settle in these states.

Chief ministers of Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland had expressed reservations about the CAB last month in a North East Democratic Alliance Meeting attended by Amit Shah in Guwahati.

“CAB will precede NRC; so refugees need not worry,” Shah reportedly said during a recent visit to Kolkata reiterating the Centre’s commitment to bring the legislation, which triggered massive protests in the Northeast.

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