AIZAWL, Jan 9 - Mizoram Chief Minister and Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga today said that he would convene a party meeting over the issue of the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and decide the party’s stand on whether to continue in the BJP-led North Eastern Democratic Alliance (NEDA) or not.
The MNF is part of the NEDA and an ally of the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre.
The development came a day after the controversial citizenship Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Zoramthanga said that he did not have the individual authority to decide on the matter as everything was done according to the collective decision of the party.
“We do not like to do things in a hasty manner. The party headquarters will consider the matter. It has to be considered and weighed for necessary action to be taken,” the MNF chief said in connection with the party’s stand on the NEDA in the aftermath of the passage of the citizenship Bill. Zoramthanga added that he would call the party meeting after his return from New Delhi.
The Chief Minister is leaving for New Delhi on Saturday and stay there for a week during which he would meet several Central ministers including the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister.
“The party meeting will be held after my return from New Delhi. Before the party considers the matter, we will have to discuss the issue with other North Eastern leaders. We will be in contact with them; after that we will see what we are going to do,” Zoramthanga added.
The Chief Minister also said that he would raise the issue of the citizenship Bill with the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister.
Zoramthanga, who returned as the Chief Minister of Mizoram last month after a decade, had earlier called upon the North Eastern States to oppose the Bill.
Zoramthanga reiterated that the MNF was totally against the passing of the contentious Bill. “As far as the future course of action is concerned, the party will have to look into the matter and decide what kind of action needs to be taken,” he added.
The Chief Minister said that the citizenship Bill is ominous for Mizoram, which is sandwiched between Bangladesh and Myanmar.