The People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) decided to boycott the Republic Day functions to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
A statement issued by the newly floated political party which was earlier an anti-corruption watchdog stated that a meeting of the party office bearers decided to boycott the Republic Day to demonstrate its strong opposition to the Bill.
Black flags will be hoisted at the party offices as part of protest against the Bill, the statement read.
Terming the Bill as ‘dangerous’, the party also said that it would write to the Rajya Sabha chairman to ensure that the Bill is not passed in the House.
Earlier, several major civil society organizations and student bodies in Mizoram had announced to boycott the coming Republic Day celebration.
Meanwhile, officials said on Tuesday that the state government would go ahead with the Republic Day celebrations despite the boycott call given by civil society groups and PRISM.
Hectic preparations are on and security would be tightened across the state on Republic Day to avoid untoward incidents.
On the other hand, Mizoram Pradesh Youth Congress Committee (MPYCC) has also expressed disappointment over the passing of the Bill by the Lok Sabha on January 8 last.
A statement issued by the youth wing said the state Congress was the first political party in the state to oppose amendment to the Citizenship Act, 1955.
It said that Lal Thanhawla led Congress government had passed a resolution in the state legislature opposing the proposed legislation last year.