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Tribal outfit rakes up Chakma issue ahead of Mizoram Assembly polls

Alleging that Mizoram is increasingly becoming a safe haven of the "illegal Bangladeshi immigrants", thousands of protestors hit the streets of Aizawl on Wednesday in support of the demand.

Published: 11th October 2018 06:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th October 2018 06:11 PM   |  A+A-

Tripura, Mizoram

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By Express News Service

GUWAHATI: Even as Mizoram grapples to resolve the issue of Bru (Reang) refugees lodged in relief camps in neighbouring Tripura, an influential tribal organisation in the state has now raked up the issue of Chakmas demanding the scrapping of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC).

The development comes just weeks ahead of Assembly elections in the state. Alleging that Mizoram is increasingly becoming a safe haven of the "illegal Bangladeshi immigrants", thousands of protestors hit the streets of Aizawl on Wednesday in support of the demand.

The YMA said it would take legal recourse if the Centre failed to address the issue.

"We know it is only through the Parliament that an autonomous council can be scrapped. However, we will not rest till the demand is met with. We also demand the deportation of the immigrants. If need be, we will move a court," YMA president Vanlalruata said.

The Chakmas trace their roots to Bangladesh. Their migration to Mizoram took place over a period of time years ahead of Mizoram's attainment of statehood in 1986.

Vanlalruata said the CADC had become a safe haven for the Bangladeshi infiltrators ever since its creation in 1972.

"The alarming growth of population in CADC areas is beyond our comprehension. The council was created without taking the people of Mizoram into confidence. Therefore, we have every right to demand its scrapping," he said.

Alleging oppression, the Zo-ethnic groups, collectively called Mizos, had taken up the gun and spearheaded a two-decade-long insurgency movement which culminated in Mizoram's attainment of statehood. However, statehood literally had no meaning for the ethnic minorities.

The Chakmas, Maras and Lais are struggling to this day to secure their rights and identity. Mizoram has seen long-running tensions between Mizos and ethnic minority tribes.The CADC was created under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

The demand to scrap the council is not new. Former Chief Minister Laldenga had once sought to dissolve it but got no success. The ethnic minorities, particularly Chakmas, have been for long demanding reservation. Last year, Mizoram's lone Chakma minister Buddha Dhan Chakma had resigned alleging racial discrimination. Four Chakma students had cleared the National Entrance and Eligibility Test but were denied seats in medical colleges.

BJP is trying to keep these ethnic communities in a good humour. The party has been successful to some extent as evident from its winning five seats in the CADC election in April this year. That was for the first time that the BJP had won a seat in any election in Mizoram.



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  • Nutan KUMAR

    Mizoram state must be scrabbed for the peace and security aùmong all ethnicities in this region of India.
    2 years ago reply
  • Afraid to give name

    there is no Chakma Bangladeshi in Mizoram. but there is more than lakh mizo illegal migrated from Bangladesh and Myanmar. We Chakma people of Mizoram are here in this land even thousands years before the mizo people used to live naked. because they have got state now they are torturing us in every way. We cannot rise the words in media. because if they find the person they killed them. Mizoram state should scrapped
    2 years ago reply
    • Nutan KUMAR

      Yes
      2 years ago reply
  • KHIANG J

    Minority Chakma population approximately constitute 10 percent of the Mizoram State population. With the mandatory imposition of Mizo language for getting employment in state government
    2 years ago reply
  • KHIANG J

    Chauvinistic Mizos are incapable of providing a justifiable and impartial atmosphere to any non-Mizos
    2 years ago reply
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