Political parties file PIL to halt delimitation

IMPHAL, 18th Jun: With the objective of halting the delimitation process based on 2001 census data, a public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed by representatives of political parties at Manipur High Court on Thursday. Fifteen representatives of various political parties excluding BJP and NPF filed the litigation.
Speaking to media persons, representative of joint political party Kh Ratankumar pointed out that the delimitation process recently initiated by Delimitation Commission of India under the directive of union government in several states including Manipur, Jammu& Kashmir, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and Nagaland is a big issue for the state. Conducting the delimitation based on wrong census data of 2001 is highly condemnable, he added.
Taking serious note of the issue, Ratankumar, who is also MPCC vice president, informed that an all-political party meeting was conducted for the first time in the state on June 15 at MPCC office, which led to adopting various resolutions and a second meeting was convened at the office of BJP Manipur Pradesh, Canchipur.
During the second meeting presided over by BJP Manipur Pradesh president Prof Tikendra, representatives of 16 political parties of the state reaffirmed the previous resolution taken for filing a PIL at the High Court, Ratankumar informed.
As per the resolution taken during the political parties meeting, a PIL signed by representatives of political parties has been filed at High court for halting the delimitation process in Manipur at 10 am Thursday. Even though all the representatives of political parties have affirmed to file a PIL at the high court so as to challenge the initiation of delimitation process based on the wrong census data, none of the re presentatives of BJP turned up for filing the PIL, Ratankumar revealed. He clarified that the initiative to challenge delimitation process is not against any ethnic group and added that they didn’t oppose the delimitation exercise. But there is a need to conduct the delimitation based on accurate census data, Ratankumar added.
It is said that Naga People’s Front did not attended the political party meetings convened to discuss the issue of delimitation.

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