Imphal, Jan 27,
Response to the boycott call of Republic Day in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 by countless number of civil bodies and students organizations in Manipur turns out to be a flop show when compare to the response from the people of Mizoram.
Peoples’ participation during the Republic day celebration here in the state was not that low comparing last year and vehicular movement in and around the streets of Imphal was almost normal even though the number was less comparing other days. Many people were seen enjoying picnic at various location.
There was applause when Governor of Manipur address the gathering on the Republic Day Celebration at Kangla and other district head quarters of the state witnessed celebrative atmosphere. The protest against CAB was seen at some places only.
The scene was totally different in Mizoram. An umbrella body of various civil society organizations and students of Mizoram - NGO Coordination Committee boycotted the Republic Day and Governor of Mizoram had to address the republic day speech on empty ground.
“Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan on Saturday addressed an almost-empty ground on the 70th Republic Day, due to a statewide boycott call given by an umbrella organisation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill”, agency report said.
The report added that no member from the general public attended the function, police said adding that only ministers, legislators and top officials were present.
The boycott call was given by the NGO Coordination Committee, an organisation of civil society groups and student bodies.
Six armed contingents participated in the Republic Day parade, officials said. Up to 30 contingents traditionally take part in the annual event.
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