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Anti-CAA protestors waved black flag as Mizoram Lok Sabha member C. Lalrosanga arrived in Lengpui Airport at Aizawl. File image credit – Northeast Now

Three MPs from Northeast have faced local backlash for supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

The MPs from Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura have either faced outrage or suspension from the party for supporting the amended citizenship law.

While Nagaland Rajya Sabha MP KG Kenye was suspended from Nagaland People’s Front (NPF), the lone Lok Sabha member from Mizoram C. Lalrosanga has been facing strong protests by the local parties.

Rebel 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.

The NPF, the main opposition party in Nagaland, on Wednesday suspended its Rajya Sabha MP Kenye from the party 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.

In Mizoram, various local parties 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 (MZF).

On Tuesday a large number of MZP activists staged a demonstration at Lengpui airport and waived black flags at 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.

In Tripura, proscribed NLFT recently issued a threat letter to ruling Lok Sabha MP Rebati Tripura, who represents Tripura East parliamentary constituency.

Meanwhile, the ruling BJP’s ally in Tripura, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), continued its indefinite sit-in for the fifth day on Friday.

Braving the cold weather, several hundred activists including women led by the leaders of the IPFT, continued their demonstration in Khumulwng for keeping the state out of the purview of the CAA and for the creation of a separate state for the tribals.

In Assam, Rajya Sabha MP Birendra Prasad Baishya, who belongs to Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), faced flak for voting in favour of the CAA in the upper house of the parliament.


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