Meet resolves to pursue delimitation exercise

IMPHAL30th Jun: A consultative meet organised by All Tribal Rights’ Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) was held at RNBA Centre Church Tarung in Imphal West on Tuesday with participation by leaders from 14 organisations of different tribes of the state. The meeting resolved to pursue the delimitation exercise through legal means along with submission of memorandum and launching public agitation.
According to a statement of the forum, ex-MP BD Behring, ex-MP Mani Charenamei and social worker Ramthing Hungyo spoke on ‘Delimitation Issues’ during the meeting and said that carrying out delimitation exercise is constitutionally mandated under Article 82 of the Constitution of India. This is not about tribe or non-tribe but a constitutionally mandatory exercise after every census. The most recent delimitation of constituencies has been done on the basis of 2001 census figures under the provisions of Delimitation Act, 2002, informed the resource persons.
They lamented that four north eastern states, namely, Manipur, Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh were left out from the most recent delimitation exercise due to various political and other reasons. Recently, after the home ministry and the Delimitation Commission of India started process for carrying out the delimitation exercise for the left out four states, valley based organisations and political parties are strongly opposing and have also filed PIL in the High Court of Manipur.
It may be mentioned that two PILs in 2003 and 2005 were also filed and judgement was given in 2007 by Gauhati High Court Imphal Bench which stayed the exercise of delimitation but the same was invalidated by the Supreme Court. The delimitation exercise received obstruction only on the communal line, the speakers said.
The so called defect in the Census 2001 in some of the hill sub-divisions have been rectified and final figures have been reached, the statement said and added that however, valley based organisations and political parties are claiming that there are abnormalities and defects in the Census 2001 which is baseless, the participants were informed. Later, leaders of different tribal organisations who participated in the meeting, resolved to pursue the delimitation issue in respect of Manipur both legally and also by submitting memorandums and representations to the authorities concerned including President of India, Prime Minister, chairperson of Delimitation Commission of India, Chief Election Commissioner of India.
It was also resolved that all the recognised tribes of Manipur numbering over 34 shall be the signatories to the joint memorandum and representation and ATRPFM will be entrusted to pursue the matter. If the delimitation
the Constitution and constitutional rights of the tribal people continued to be supress, the tribal people shall jointly explore means to overcome the same including agitations, the participants agreed.
The meeting was attended by ADC member, leaders of AMTU, Mate Tribe Union, Kharam Union, Maring Tribe, Kom Union Manipur, Chiru Union, United Zou Organisations, MTU GHQ, KKSDDA, Liangmei Naga Council, PTC-GHQ, Zeliangrong Union (AMN), ZU (CCP). Chairmen of village authorities, social workers, ex-MPs, ex-MLAs, social activists were also present in the meeting which was moderated by advocate Pamchuiwon Gangte.

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