Mizoram body calls for boycott of Republic Day celebrations in protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill

Aizawl: Mizoram's NGO Coordination Committee, an umbrella organisation of civil societies and students' bodies, have decided to boycott the Republic Day celebrations in the state in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the committee's chairman Vanlalruata said.

Activists stage a protest rally against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Guwahati. PTI

File photo of activists staging a protest rally against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Guwahati. PTI

In a press statement issued after a meeting of the NGO Coordination Committee, it said that the Lok Sabha has passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 despite widespread protests.

"The bill necessitates stronger protests," it said. All government employees, students and general public would stay away from functions organised on Republic Day on 26 January, it said.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, passed in the Lok Sabha on 8 January, seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the norm currently, even if they do not possess any document.

The bill is pending clearance from the Rajya Sabha. The NGO Coordination Committee also lent support to the proposed protest rally to be held across the state on 23 January by the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), an apex Mizo body, in protest against the legislation.

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Updated Date: Jan 22, 2019 13:35:27 IST

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