AIZAWL, Oct 4 - The Mizoram NGO Coordination Committee, a conglomeration of civil society organisations and student bodies, has called off its proposed protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill during Union Home Minister Amit Shah�s visit tomorrow.
The committee had earlier taken a decision to greet the Home Minister by wearing pawndum, a Mizo tradition shawl worn during mourning, as a mark of protest against the Centre�s move to reintroduce the citizenship Bill in the next Parliament session.
In a statement issued today, the committee said that it has called off the protest at the request of the Mizoram Government since Shah has agreed to meet the leaders of the NGOs and discuss the issue threadbare.
�We appeal to all the Mizos to welcome Amit Shah and we are hopeful that the meeting will bear fruits,� secretary of the committee Lalhmachhuana said in the statement.
During the visit, Shah will inaugurate the North East Handloom and Handicraft Exhibition, 2019 at the Government Mizo High School playground at Zarkawt here.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga and Union Minister of State for DoNER Jitendra Singh will be present on the occasion.
The three-day exhibition is fully funded by the North Eastern Council and hosted by the Mizoram Government.
Mizoram has invited all the North Eastern States, including Sikkim, to participate in the event. Besides the State Government departments, organisations including the North East Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation, Shillong, Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre, Assam, Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency, craftsmen and weavers from the North East will take part in the expo.