3 NE MPs facing backlash for supporting CAA

3 NE MPs facing backlash for supporting CAA
(L-R) KG Kenye, C. Lalrosanga and Rebati Tripura
KOHIMA/AIZAWL/AGARTALA, JAN 10 (IANS) | Publish Date: 1/10/2020 12:45:39 PM IST

Three Parliamentarians from the North Eastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura are facing a strong local backlash for supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

While the Rajya Sabha member from Nagaland K. G. Kenye was suspended by his party Naga People’s Front (NPF), the lone Lok Sabha member from Mizoram C. Lalrosanga has been facing strong protests by the local parties. Terrorist outfit National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) threatened to take action against the ruling BJP’s Lok Sabha member Rebati Tripura for supporting the CAA.

Various local parties in Mizoram specially the state’s apex students organisation, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), have been protesting against Lok Sabha member C. Lalrosanga who belongs to the ruling Mizo National Front. Lalrosanga, a former Director of Doordarshan, told IANS that he had voted for the CAA as per the decision of the party. On Tuesday a large number of MZP activists staged a demonstration at Lengpui airport and showed black flags to Lalrosanga as he arrived at the airport from Delhi. The opposition Congress, demanding Lalrosanga’s resignation, called him a “traitor” for voting in support of the CAA. 

Mizoram chief minister and President of the ruling MNF, Zoramthanga had said that Lalrosanga had voted in favour of the bill at the behest of the party as the Centre had fulfilled the people’s demand to exempt Mizoram from the purview of the amended act.

In Tripura, the outlawed NLFT recently issued a threat letter to ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Lok Sabha member Rebati Tripura, who won from the Tripura East parliamentary constituency, reserved for the tribals. Rebati Tripura, a teacher-turned-politician said : “For the all round development of the tribals and the state he would be active both inside and outside Parliament.” North Tripura district police chief Bhanupada Chakraborty told IANS that following the threat letter to important personalities, forcible collection of money from the villagers and acting on an intelligence input, police arrested three militants-- Phanijoy Reang, Samprai Debbarma and Kanti Marak, from Panisagar and Dharmanagar railway stations.

After violent protests in the region from local and regional parties including the BJP’s allies-- Meghalaya’s ruling NPP and Mizoram’s ruling MNF-- the Centre also exempted the Tribal Autonomous District Council (TADC)-governed areas besides the ILP administered areas from the ambit of the CAA.


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