Mizoram parties, civil society hail agreement

Aizawl: Political parties and civil society organisations of Mizoram on Friday welcomed the agreement that puts an end to the over two-decade-old Bru refugee crisis.
“It is a matter of joy that a pact, which would finally resolve the Bru imbroglio, has been finally inked. We are highly indebted to Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the Mizoram government for their outstanding effort in signing the historic agreement,” YMA Central Committee general secretary Lalnuntluanga said .
One good thing about the pact is names of the Bru people would now be permanently deleted from the state’s voter list, the YMA said. Hailing the agreement as “historic”, the MNF expressed hope that the pact is materialised quickly.
The Congress said it had made earnest efforts during its regime in the state to repatriate the Bru people or allow them to permanently settle in Tripura. The party claimed former chief minister Lal Thanhawla had proposed that those Bru people be allowed to live permanently in Tripura but it could not be materialised because of objections raised by the CPI(M)-led Left Front government.
The state BJP said neither the Congress nor the MNF could resolve the crisis for more than 20 years.
Welcoming the agreement, the state’s apex student body, Mizo Zirlai Pawl, asked the state government to ensure that those Bru families, who had repatriated to the state, are treated well and benefitted from development schemes. (PTI)

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