Amit Shah In Mizoram Today To Discuss Citizenship Bill With State Leaders

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NEW DELHI: Civil society groups and student bodies in Mizoram have said that their leaders will meet Home Minister Amit Shah during his visit to the state today, changing its decision to hold a protest rally on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill. The civil society groups have instead decided to raise concern during a meeting with the Home Minister.
Amit Shah will arrive in Aizawl on a day’s visit during which he will meet Chief Minister Zoramthanga and other important state leaders to discuss the issue of Citizenship Amendment Bill.

“We will submit a memorandum and discuss with him our displeasure over the Centre’s proposal to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955,” a leader of the NGO Coordination Committee was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.

The Civil society groups changed its decision after Mr Zoramthanga, who heads Mizo National Front which is part of the NDA and the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), requested them not to protest during the first visit of Amit Shah to the state after becoming the Union home minister, PTI reported.

The BJP wants to tweak the draft bill and re-introduce it in the parliament to facilitate the granting of citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Christian, who have fled neighbouring countries to India before December 31, 2014.

In Mizoram, the conflict is over the inclusion of the Chama community, which is alleged to have migrated to the state from Bangladesh. The Chakmas — a largely Buddhist group — estimated to be about 1 lakh out of the Mizoram’s 11 lakh population, have a history of ethnic conflict with the indigenous people of the region, who fear that there inclusion will endanger their identity and livelihood.

In the Assam citizens’ list published on August 31, 19 lakh people, including 12 lakh Hindus, didn’t make it to the list. The ruling BJP has said the exercise will be carried out across the country.

Source By NDTV

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