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LH affirms support for delimitation exercise in state

DIMAPUR, JUN 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/11/2020 12:15:59 PM IST

Asserting that distribution of assembly seats in Nagaland has not been done fairly, the Lotha Hoho (LH) Thursday affirmed full support for the proposed delimitation exercise in the state.

In a press release, LH chairman Mhondamo Ovung and general secretary S Abenthung Ngullie said that 1971 delimitation seemed to have been “politicised, anarchical, biased and discriminatory” and as though it was done “at the whims of the officials” who were then at the helm of power and in charge of delimitation. 

LH said that the nature of disproportionate distribution (of Assembly seats) among the different districts and tribes needed no explanation.

Seeking to highlight the “disproportionate distribution”, LH drew a comparison between existing Assembly seats distribution among the different districts and the Census of Nagaland state for 2001 and 2011.

With 2001 census population of 19,90,036, LH said that each assembly constituency must have approximately a population of 33,167. If the Census of 2011 was considered with a population of 19,78,502 persons, the hoho said one constituency should have 32,975 persons per A/C. 

When Census populations of both 2001 and 2011 are considered, LH said the average population per A/C was approximately 33070 persons. 

Such being the trend of population per A/C, the hoho said that districts that were “woefully discriminated” in A/Cs distribution were Peren and Wokha among others. 

It said that Peren with 2001 population of 90, 766 and with two A/Cs has a population of 45, 383 per A/C and 47,610 per constituency as per 2011 census population of 95, 219 persons. 

Wokha district with four A/Cs and with 2001 Census population of 1,61,223, has 40,305 persons per A/C and with 2011 population of 1,66,343 has a population of 41,588 per A/C. 

However, LH said that the population per A/C in several districts varies from 19,462 to 20,108, which it maintained was not even half of that of Peren or Wokha. 

With such being the discrepancy in distribution of Assembly seats among the districts, LH said the victimised districts cannot always say “yes” to those “unscrupulous elements” who also managed to dislodge the proposed Delimitation of 2001 and hence depriving victimised districts of their benefits for several decades. 

It claimed that there were “still some unscrupulous elements” who continue to advocate holding the status quo till the Naga Solution comes “because the unfair distribution of assembly seats serves their vested interests.” 

On the claim that delimitation should be done after the solution as more assembly seats would be created once solution comes, the LH said that Naga political talk has taken very long (23 years) time and could take more years to come to a final settlement.

LL said it would welcome the Naga solution, if it comes, and added that further delimitation or rearrangement could be carried out if more assembly seats come with solution.

According to LH, if the 2021 delimitation was carried out now, it would be more peaceful and easier to do the further delimitation when solution comes.

However, if it was delayed, the delimitation after solution would be difficult, because “with every Political settlement will also come elements of political influence and political high handedness.” 

LH has, therefore, asserted that it would be wiser on the part of the Nagas to facilitate the easy rearrangement of constituencies when solution comes, by implementing the delimitation now.


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