Assam Police on June 27 detained protestors in Karimganj who have been staging an indication in opposition to the proposed delimitation draft by the Election Commission of India (ECI).Several organisations and political events have referred to as for a 12-hour bandh in Barak Valley, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts of the State as a protest in opposition to the proposed delimitation draft by the ECI.
The Election Commission of India on June 20 printed the draft proposal for delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary Constituencies for Assam, mentioned an announcement by ECI. Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha, Congress MLA, Karimganj district has referred to as the method “illegal” citing that no pointers have been adopted on this delimitation. “No guidelines have been followed in this delimitation process. When delimitation was done last time, population of Barak Valley was 20 lakh, now it is 45 lakh. But now, our seats have been reduced. No geographical survey has been done in the region. This whole process is illegal which is protested by us,” Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha informed ANI.
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The final delimitation train in Assam came about again in 1976 whereas the present train relies on the 2001 Census information, added the assertion. “The number of seats in the Legislative Assembly and the House of People in the State of Assam has been retained as 126 and 14 respectively”, mentioned the ECI in its press be aware.
“19 seats in the Legislative Assembly are proposed to be allocated for Scheduled Tribes out of 126 seats, while 2 seats are proposed to be allocated for Scheduled Tribes out of 14 seats in House of People allocated to the State of Assam. Similarly, 09 seats in the Legislative Assembly are proposed to be allocated for Scheduled Castes, while 1 seat is proposed to be allocated for Scheduled Castes in House of People,” it additional learn.
Scheduled Caste Assembly seats have elevated from eight to 9 and ST Assembly seats have elevated from 16 to 19. “The draft proposal has been prepared based on administrative units i.e., Development block, Panchayats (VCDC in BTAD) and villages in rural areas and Municipal Boards, wards in urban areas”, the ECI mentioned. “The Commission comprising of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar together with Election Commissioners Anup Chandra Pandey and Arun Goel is slated to go to Assam once more in July 2023 for a public listening to on the draft proposal, the ECI mentioned.
Meanwhile, people and organizations have been requested to submit their ideas and objections relating to the proposed delimitation earlier than July 11, 2023.