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    Delimitation exercise is necessary: Ranjeet Kumar Dass, Assam BJP president

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    State BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass told ET, “it was Congress which stalled the process earlier, not carrying out exercise has barred people from carrying out democratic rights”.

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    GUWAHATI: BJP in Assam stated that delimitation exercise in Assam must be carried out for in one nation there cannot be two policies.

    State BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass told ET, “it was Congress which stalled the process earlier, not carrying out exercise has barred people from carrying out democratic rights”.

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought responses from the Centre and the Assam government on a plea seeking that delimitation of assembly and parliamentary constituencies in the State are deferred until the completion of Census 2021.

    A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde agreed to hear the plea seeking quashing of this year’s February 28 order which gave go ahead todelimitation exercise.

    Dass said, “Though the matter is subjudice however government will make its submission before the court justifying carrying out of the exercise. See in one country one policy, states like Assam cannot be deprived. We had earlier welcomed the presidential notification.”

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has nominated associated members to the Delimitation Commission for Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur.

    From Assam Pallab Lochan Das (BJP), Abdul Khaleque (Congress), Dr Rajdeep Roy (BJP), Dilip Saikia (BJP) and Naba Kumar Sarania (Independent) are nominated while from Arunachal Pradesh Kiren Rijiju (BJP) and Tapir Gao(BJP) have been nominated while Tokheho Yepthomi (Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party) from Nagaland and from Manipur Dr Larho S Plaze ( Naga People’s Front- Manipur) and Dr Ranjan Singh Rajkumar (BJP) are members.

    Already Assam assembly speaker has nominated five MLAs to the commission.

    On March 6 last the Central Government had constituted the Commission for the delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, and Jammu & Kashmir.

    Congress in Assam earlier stated that there is no use of doing delimitation of constituencies based on 2011 census while new census will be done next year.

    Delimitation exercise was kept on hold in Assam since 2008. All party delegation in 2007 petitioned then Union home minister Shivraj Patil as there was law and order situation and National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise not completed, delimitation exercise cannot be completed.

    Former Manipur chief minister, Okram Ibobi Singh said that delimitation based on 2001 census will not be allowed in the State. Congress in Manipur said delimitation must be deferred till 2026.

    Ibobi claimed that the 2001 census detected "abnormal" growth in the population in many district.

    “In some districts population of 15 percent growth was witnessed in some recorded 150-200 percent growth. We have called all party meeting then and requested Prime minister and Home minister to halt the exercise”

    He added, “Before carrying out the exercise Centre as well as the State Government must assure that the State's integrity, boundary and unity will remain intact”.
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