Mizo party says it planned Right to Secede Bill if BJP had pushed Citizenship Bill
The People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) party on Tuesday said it has informed the Election Commission that it would have introduced a right to secede bill in Parliament only in the event of the central government pushing the passage of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill.
The EC had issued a showcause notice to PRISM asking it to explain its poll plank to introduce such a Bill.
“The decision to introduce the right to secede bill in Parliament was made only after BJP chief Amit Shah had said that the party, if returned to power after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, would reintroduce and ensure the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill,” Vanlalruata told PTI.
The legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session on January 8 but was not introduced in the upper house. “We stick to our stance that the Bill is against the secular fabric of the Constitution and also against the integrity and unity of the country,” Vanlalruata said adding that all the States in the North-East opposed the proposed legislation.
The PRISM chief maintained that if one political party could put forward something that could harm national integrity and was against secularism as enshrined in the Constitution, another party should also be able to introduce such a Bill.
The party’s candidate, however, lost the Lok Sabha poll in Mizoram.