Three Parliamentarians from the north-eastern states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura are facing flak for supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019.
While the Rajya Sabha member from Nagaland K G Kenye was suspended by his party Nagaland People’s Front (NPF), the lone Lok Sabha member from Mizoram C Lalrosanga has been facing strong protests by the local parties.
In Nagaland, the NPF, the main opposition party, on Wednesday suspended its Rajya Sabha member K G Kenye from the party for ‘anti-party’ activity for voting in favour of the CAA.
Kenye, however, said that he voted in favour of the amendment bill as it exempted Nagaland because the Inner Line Permit (ILP) regulation has been in force in the State.
Last month, Kenye had quit as secretary general of the NPF but had not quit the party.
In Mizoram, various local parties specially the state’s apex students’ organization, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), has been protesting against Lok Sabha member C Lalrosanga who belongs to the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF).
Lalrosanga, a former director of Doordarshan, defended his stand saying 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 Ppresident of the ruling MNF, Zoramthanga had said that Lalrosanga had voted in favour of the bill in Parliament at the behest of the party as the Central Government 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 BJP Lok Sabha member Rebati Tripura, who won from the Tripura East parliamentary constituency, reserved for the tribals.