Mizo party says it planned Right to Se­cede Bill if BJP had pushed Ci­ti­zen­ship Bill

The Hindu Business Line - - VARIETY -

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.

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