CSOs likely to protest Amit Shah's visit
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AIZAWL, 29th Sep: Union home minister Amit Shah is likely to face protest during his visit to Mizoram’s capital Aizawl on October 5. Shah is scheduled to visit the Mizoram state capital to hold discussions on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
A number of organisations in the state led by the NGO coordination committee have planned to oppose the visit, saying Shah will attempt to canvass for the proposed citizenship bill. The organisations had opposed the contentious Bill earlier and even boycotted Republic Day celebrations this year. They fear an influx of Chakma refugees in large numbers from Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh if CAB is passed in Parliament.
“Chakmas from Bangladesh come to Mizoram illegally through the porous border and settle in southern parts of our state. If CAB is passed, these illegal infiltrators would get Indian citizenship. We don’t want that to happen,” Hindustan Times quoted Lalhmachhuana as saying.
As part of their opposition to Shah’s visit, members of NGO coordination committee will wear black dresses, carry placards and wave black flags along the route from the airport to Aizawl town.
According to Ricky Lalbiakmawia of Mizo Zirlai Pawl, the state’s biggest youth organisation, protesters would wear ‘pawndum’, a shawl worn by Mizos during funerals, during Shah’s visit to Aizawl.