AIZAWL, Dec 12 - Expressing strong resentment against Mizoram’s lone Lok Sabha member C Lalrosanga’s act of supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament, the State’s apex student body, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), today burnt his effigy and that of Union Home Minister Amit Shah as a mark of protest.
The MZP branded Lalrosanga a “traitor” for supporting the Bill that solely “aims to establish a Hindu Rashtra”.
“We were shocked and disappointed that our MP spoke in support of the CAB and voted yes in the Lok Sabha, while the people of Mizoram were opposing it. Lalrosanga has betrayed the people of Mizoram who had voted him to power,” said MZP’s representative to the North East Students’ Organisation.
A photoshopped image of Lalrosanga in female attire was also burnt as a mark of protest.
The MZP has also decided to greet the Lok Sabha member by wearing the pawndum, the Mizo traditional mourning cloth, at the Lengpui Airport when he returns from New Delhi.
On the other hand, Mizoram’s Rajya Sabha member Ronald Sapa Tlau, who vehemently opposed the Bill in the Upper House, will be welcomed with tawlhlohpuan, the Mizo traditional warrior’s cloth, at the airport.
The MZP has also expressed sympathies with the family members of those who lost their lives and were injured during the anti-CAB protests in several North Eastern States as a mark of solidarity.
The MZP said that it wholeheartedly supports the NESO’s decision to move the Supreme Court against the citizenship Bill.
Lalrosanga, who was elected to the Lok Sabha on a Mizo National Front (MNF) ticket, said he supported the CAB as it exempted Mizoram from its purview. The MNF is a part of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) and supports the NDA at the Centre.
Lalrosanga has already attracted a lot of criticism for supporting the CAB on the social media too.