Against delimitation on disputed census report: Mnp CM

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 14 | Publish Date: 7/14/2020 9:37:41 AM IST

The state government was not in favour of delimitation based on disputed census report, said Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, declaring his government’s firm stand against the proposed delimitation exercise in Manipur based on 2001 census report.

“Not to carry out the delimitation based on a disputed census report is the firm stand of the state government,” he said and added that the state government was giving pressure to concerned authorities on matters.

The chief minister, talking to reporters on the sideline of a government function held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat in Imphal today, informed that as many as four memorandums raising objections to the delimitation exercise based on 2001 census report had been submitted to the pertinent authorities.

“The delimitation should not be carried out based on the disputed census report. The state government wants to carry out the exercise based on an undisputed census report,” Singh said.

The government stand on the proposed delimitation exercise came up at a time while the issue became a bone of contention in the state.

Even as many civil society organisations and political parties were raising strong objections to the proposed delimitation exercise, some tribal based CSOs were welcoming the proposed exercise.

The bone of contention revolved around perceived factual error in the enumeration and tabulation of the 2001 census involving nine sub-divisions in hill districts where abnormal growths in population were detected.

The decadal growths in population were reported in Mao-Maram, Paomata, Purul, Saitu, Chakpikarong, Machi, Moreh, Chandel and Kasom Khullen in the erstwhile undivided districts of Senapati, Chandel and Ukhrul. 

Not only the government but political parties were also in favour of carrying out the delimitation based on flawless census report, said the chief minister who reminded a recent resolution passed by a meeting of all political parties.

As many as 14 political parties having offices in the state including the ruling BJP and main opposition Congress have joined hands to fight against the proposed delimitation exercise in the state based on 2001 census report, in joint meetings held on June 15 and 17.

As per a notification issued by the Delimitation Commission on February 28, 2020, the delimitation and readjustment exercise is to be taken up based on census 2001 under Delimitation Act, 2002.

The Delimitation Commission constituted for the exercise was being led by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai and it will redraw Lok Sabha and assembly constituencies of the Union Territory Jammu and Kashmir and the north-eastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland.

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