Senior Congress leader Lal Thanhawla joins protests demanding separation of Mizoram from India

A massive controversy has erupted after former Mizoram Chief Minister and Congress leader Lal Thanhawla was spotted in a protest march with a banner in hand which says, “Hello Independent Republic of Mizoram”. From past several weeks, people of North Eastern states are protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Thanhawla on Tuesday attended a protest organised by the NGO Coordination Committee in Aizawl. The NGO Coordination Committee is an umbrella group of civil society and student organisations protesting against the bill.

The Citizenship Amendment bill seeks to provide citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Christians and Parsis from neighboring Muslim majority nations of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Some of the protesters were spotted carrying placards with outright communal messages such as, “Hello new Christian country.” Some of the fringe elements in the protests also appeared very infuriated with the latest findings of Archaeological Survey Of India (ASI), in the areas.

The ASI, recently unearthed several ancient Hindu symbols and idols from the Vangchhia region. The sculptures unearthed by ASI included idols of Hindu gods, Ganesha, Kalki and Makara.