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The People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) challenged the saffron party’s promise to re-introduce the Citizenship Bill in parliament with a Right to Secession Bill in the state assembly. “Why Can’t We If BJP Can Introduce Unconstitutional Bill”, Asks PRISM After EC Notice. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had issued a show-cause notice to the party early this week, seeking an explanation on its president Vanlalruata’s recent poll promise of bringing a bill in the state assembly to secede Mizoram from India.

Local reports said the notice, issued by the ECI secretary Anand Kumar Pathak, asked PRISM why it should not de-register it as a political party for making a statement contrary to the constitution, one which involves “the question of unity and integrity of the country”. It pointed out that PRISM is registered with the ECI under Section 29A of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951, as per the constitutional norms.

The party is yet to respond to the notice issued last month. The deadline for replying is June 20. The EC said that from PRISM’s earlier response, the party appeared to have lost faith in the sovereignty and integrity of India which was in contravention of the conditions for its registration. The PRISM had promised to introduce the Right to Secession Bill if the BJP-led Central government passed the Citizenship (Amendment) bill.

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