The number of MPs must be increased
- Imphal Times Editorial :: June 10 2017 -

In the Manipur State Assembly, there are 60 MLAís in the Lok Sabha 2 MPs in the Rajya Sabha 1 MP in the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency, there are 32 Assembly Segments and in the outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency, there are 28 Assembly segments with three(3) MPís.

In Assam, there are 126 MLAís in the Lok Sabha there are 14 MPs and in the Rajya Sabha there are 7MPís. In Punjab there are 117 MLAís in the Lok Sabha there are 13 MPs in the Rajya Sabha there are 7MPís.

In Haryana there are 90 MLAís in the Lok Sabha there are 10 MPís in the Rajya Sabha there are 5 MPís. In all there three states, there is one MP for every 9 Assembly Segments.

In West Bengal there are 294 MLAís in the Lok Sabha there are 42 MPs and with the Rajya Sabha there are 16 MPs.

In Andhra Pradesh, there are 175 MLAís in the Lok Sabha, there are 25 MPs in the Rajya Sabha there are 11MPís in Telangana there are 119 MLAís in the Lok Sabha there are 17 MPís in the Rajya Sabha there are 7 MPís.

In Orissa there are 147 MLAís in the Lok Sabha 21 MPís in the Rajya Sabha there are 10 MPís. In Kerala there are 140 MLAís in the Lok Sabha there are 20 MPís in the Rajya Sabha there are 9 MPís. In all there five states, there is one MP for every 7 Assembly segments.

In Maharastra, there are 288 MLAs and in the Lok Sabha there are 48 MPs in the Rajya Sabha there are 19 MPs. In Tamil Nadu there are 234 MLAs in the Lok Sabha there are 39 MPs and in the Rajya Sabha there are 18 MPs. In these two states, there is one MP for every 6 Assembly Segments.

In Uttar Pradesh, there are 403 MLAs, in the Lok Sabha there are 80 MPs in the Rajya Sabha there are 31 MPs. There is one MP for every 5.0375 Assembly Segments as well as most advanced state.

In Maharastra and Tamil Nadu there is one MP for every 6 Assembly Segments and they received Rs. 5 crores as Local Area Development Fund lying in the development of 6 Assembly Segments.

In Manipur for the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency there are 32 Assembly Segments and for the outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency there are 28 Assembly Segments, getting Rs 5 crores from the Government of India every year.

As entitlement of the Manipuris, Rs 10 crores are given annually from the MP local area development fund for the 60 Assembly Segments of Manipur.

On the other hand for 60 Assembly Segments of Maharastra and Tamil Nadu Rs. 50 crores are given annually. For one year of local area development fund to increase amount of Rs 40 crores are given.

For five years local area development fund, Rs 200 crores increased are given. In short for 60 Assembly segments in Maharastra and Tamil Nadu the amount of Rs. 250 crores are received as Local Area Development Fund.

On the other hand for Manipur for 2 MPís Rs 50 crores are received. Let the Public discuss whether a state for which the outlay is Rs 250 crores and another for which the outlay is Rs 50 crores will develop.

In Tripura there are 60 Assembly Segments the area of Tripura is 10,499.69 the territorial area of Manipur is 22,327 comparing with Manipur, the area of Tripura is not even half the territorial area of Manipur but it has 2 MPs in the Lok Sabha and 1 MP in the Rajya Sabha which is the same with Manipur.

In Delhi, there are 70 Assembly segments in the Lok Sabha it has 7 MPís in the Rajya Sabha there are 3 MPs. It gets 1 MP for 10 Assembly segments and has more MPís than Manipur.

The territorial area of Delhi is 1, 483 Manipur is 15 times bigger than Delhi.

The geographical area of Nagaland is 16,579 with 60 Assembly Segments and there is one MP each in the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha. In Mizoram there are 40 Assembly segments, in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha there is one MP each the geographical area of Mizoram is 21,081

In Meghalaya there are 60 Assembly segments in the Lok Sabha there are 2 MPís and in the Rajya Sabha, there is one (1) MP. The geographical area of Meghalaya is 22,429

In Arunachal Pradesh there are 60 Assembly segments. In the Lok Sabha there are 2 MPís and in the Rajya Sabha there is one MP the geographical area of the Rajya Sabha there is 7 MPís.

The geographical area of Assam is 78,438 There are 32 Assembly segments in Sikkim there is one MP in the Lok Sabha and there is one MP in the Rajya Sabha the geographical area of Sikkim is 7,096

The geographical area of Manipur is 8000 sq.miles and the geographical area of Kabow Valley is 7000sq.miles.

After Manipur was merged into the Indian Union of October 15, 1949, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru representing the Government of India, as the first gift of Manipur, Kabow Valley was given to Myanmar (Burma) permanently.

After Kabow Valley was given away the geographical area of Manipur as 22,356 is included in the 1988 international year Book. However, in between Rajiv Gandhi and VP Singh of National Front Government by giving 29 to Myanmar (Burma) as second gift, the present total geographical area of Manipur is 22,327

As the third gift of the Government of India, Atal Bihari Vajpai Jee led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Governments LK Advani and AB Vajpaijee conspiredto extend cease fire without territorial limit under Bangkok Declaration in 2001 make arrangements to give away Naga habited area of Manipur to Nagaland.

It is a known fact that the NDA government carried out Unttaranchal/Uttarkhand from Utter Pradesh, Jarkhand from Bihar and Chhatisgarh from Madhya Pradesh.

On the other hand Dr. Manmohan Singh of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government created Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh. Inspite of leaders of Andhra Pradesh urging not to disintegrate Andhra Pradesh, President Pranab Mukherjee signed and approval was given.

Since 1 MP is given to a population of 10 lakhs, whether the numbers of MPs of Kerala which has 3,33,87,6777 population and West Bengal which has 9,13,47,736 population will increase 33/34 and 91/92 MPís respectively? A matter need to ponder.

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