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Mizoram Congress Leader Thanhawla holds up ‘Hello Independent Republic of Mizoram’ Banner

New Delhi (IECurrentAffairs): Former Mizoram Chief Minister and Congress leader Lal Thanhawla and his wife participated in a protest against The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, at Vanapa Hall in Aizawl on February 12.

At the protest Thanhawla held a banner with the message: “Hello Independent Republic of Mizoram” while protesting against the Bill.

The images of Thanhawla holding the banner had sparked a row.

The Bill has seen widespread protests and opposition in the Northeast from political parties, that include allies of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which was pushing the Bill.

The Bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal immigrants (Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan) eligible for Indian citizenship.

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