Mizoram: Governor addresses empty ground on Republic Day

On the 70th Republic Day, Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan addressed an almost-empty ground here due to a statewide boycott call given by an umbrella organisation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Police stated that no member from the general public attended the function, and 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.

The officials said that six armed contingents participated in the Republic Day parade. Up to 30 contingents traditionally take part in the annual event. In other district headquarters.

In the absence of senior officials and the public, the deputy commissioners unfurled the tricolour and it was the same case in sub-divisional and block headquarters.

Police said that the Republic Day celebrations passed off peacefully without any untoward incident, despite the presence of placard-carrying protesters near the venues.

In his Republic day speech, the governor stated that “This government will endeavour to work for the unity and brotherhood of all Mizo people living within India and across the globe within our constitutional framework.”