New Delhi, Oct 2 : BJP national president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah may face strong protest during his visit to Mizoram capital Aizawl on Saturday, October 5. This will be Mr Shah's first visit to the state since assuming office as Home Minister but the civil society in Mizoram has announced protest against government's move to pilot the controversial the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament.
"Protesters would not resist his visit or call for Bandh, but would stage Dharna on the streets of Aizawl and public places wearing black shawls," a spokesman for the NGOs Coordination Committee said.
The proposed legislation is 'perceived' to be a demographic threat to the natives of the state.
"The protesters would also carry placards to ventilate their displeasure as well as unhappiness of the entire north east locals and tribals against the proposed amendment," he said. BJP Mizoram unit president Prof John V. Hluna has appealed to the civil societies in the state not to organise a protest during the visit of Union Home Minister saying instead the proposed visit of Mr Shah should be used to share with the state's problems vis-a-vis developmental issues.
At present, BJP's ally MNF led by veteran Zoramthanga runs the government in the state. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis who have to leave Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after seven years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the current norm. The draft legislation was passed by Lok Sabha on January 8 during previous stint of the Modi government and is now pending before the Rajya Sabha.
On Tuesday, during his visit to Kolkata, Mr Shah made a strong pitch for early passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill and said: "I want to assure Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Christians refugees, you will not be forced to leave India by the Centre". (UNI)