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Manipur reiterates stand against delimitation on 2001 census
BJP leads in saying no to proposal

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 17 2020: Party in power at New Delhi and Imphal, the BJP today took the lead in asserting strong opposition to the proposed demilitation process based on the 2001 census.

Announcing the stand of the party while speaking to reporters at its Canchipur office today, State BJP president Professor S Tikendra said that any delimitation process taken up under the 2001 census would not yield anything positive for Manipur.

The State BJP president made his stand known during the second meeting held on delimitation at the BJP's Canchipur office today with himself and veteran CPI leader and chairman of the memorandum drafting committee Dr M Nara in the chair.

Significantly 34 representatives from 16 political parties took part in the meeting held today.

Professor Tikendra, while speaking to reporters further said that after the 2001 census kicked up a lot of dust, the delimitation process scheduled to be held in 2002 was deferred to 2026 due to the then prevailing law and order situation.

This included Manipur and three other North Eastern States.

Since the law and order situation has seen a marked improvement, the President of the country recently issued a notification announcing that delimitation exercise would be conducted based on the 2001 census, said the State unit president.

That the 2001 census is full of loopholes is known to all, said the BJP leader and added that any delimitation exercise based on such a faulty census would not be good for anyone.

Nineteen years have passed since the 2001 census and it was thought that the anomalies in the 2001 census would be rectified, but since the delimitation exercise is proposed to be held on the basis of the faulty census, all political parties have come together to oppose any such move, added the State BJP president.

The stand of the all political party meet is to fight for justice and the decision to oppose the delimitation move is not based on ethnicity, community or land, said Tikendra and added that the demand is for justice without victimising any community.

Expressing hope that the Delimitation Commission and the Government of India would take the right decision, Professor Tikendra appealed to all not to incite anyone on false premises.

Dr M Nara added that the course of action taken up by the all political party meet should be seen in the right perspective and added that it is not against the interest of any community.

The memorandum to be submitted to the authorities concerned of the Centre is ready, said Dr Nara and added that needed signatures will be collected tomorrow and steps to send the same to the Centre will be initiated.


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