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Aizawl Shutdown: Centre attempting to divide Northeast, says Mizo student body
IFP Bureau | First Published: December 8, 2019 22:19:17 pm
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AIZAWL | Dec 8  |  NNN

Mizoram’s apex student body, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), has accused the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government of attempting to create a rift among the Northeastern states by trying to exempt some of the areas in the region under the purview of the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

The student body is sceptical about the reports that the Inner Line Permit (ILP) areas and Sixth Schedule areas of the Northeastern states would be exempted from the purview of the bill.

Meanwhile, along with constituent members, the MZP on Saturday convened an emergency meeting in Aizawl and unanimously agreed to respond to a call given by North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) to observe a bandh across the region on Tuesday.

MZP president B Vanlaltana said the student body has agreed to observe strike across the state as a token of solidarity to the people of Northeast in general and NESO in particular. He also said that the people of Northeast under the aegis of NESO have been strongly opposing to the proposed legislation from the beginning.

The people of Mizoram cannot afford to betray their fellow citizens in other parts of the Northeast just because of reports that it has been kept outside the purview of the bill, he said.

The MZP leader went on to allege that the centre is trying to create divisions among the people of Northeast by trying to exempt some states from the purview of the proposed CAB and include others within its ambit. Vanlaltana continued the student body is not fully convinced with the reports which stated that the bill seeks to exempt the Inner Line Permit areas and Sixth Schedule areas of the Northeastern states.

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