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CAB stir ends in Mizoram
Aizawl: Civil society groups and student organisations in Mizoram ended their protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday after the Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die without the passage of the contentious legislation.
According to NGO Coordination Committee, an umbrella organisation of civil society groups and student bodies in the state, the scheduled rallies against the bill were called off on Wednesday after news of the legislation’s lapse reached them.
Vanlalruata, the chairman of the committee, said its members were rejoicing on streets. “Our prayers have been heard. We congratulate the people of Mizoram, the civil societies and student organisations for their united opposition to the bill,” he said. The committee had been spearheading protests against the bill in Mizoram, with support from Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), the apex students’ body in the state, and other organisations.
MZP president L Ramdinliana Renthlei said the “united efforts of the protesters in the northeast have finally paid off”. A senior police officer said the lapse of the bill was a “welcome relief” for the state as protests over it had led to fear and insecurity among the general public. Had the legislation been passed by Rajya Sabha, it could have led to communal tension in the state, which has a sizeable Chakma population, he added. Chakmas trace their roots to Bangladesh. (PTI)