Mizoram against CAB: Chants of “Hello China, bye bye India” reverberate in state

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TNT Desk | January 23, 2019

Northeast India has been openly showing its resentment against the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Following the trend, thousands of people, including students, hit the streets across Mizoram on Wednesday to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Some of them also held banners that read, "Hello China, Bye Bye India".

The finance secretary of the North East Students' Organisation, an umbrella body of students' organisations in the region, Ricky Lalbiakmawia while speaking to media persons on Wednesday asserted that there was a feeling that India does not look into the demands of its own people and through this Bill, it seems to be supporting illegal migrants over its own people. This is making people think that maybe it would be best to seek assistance from China while trying to improve relations with them.

The rally was organised by the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) or Mizo students federation, which had also organised an 11-hour, state-wide bandh on January 8. MZP president said if the bill is passed, it would lead to the "total alienation of the Mizo people".

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8, seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India even if they do not possess any document.