Monday, January 7, 2008

Green Signal to Delimitation Commission's Report

The delimitation exercise is being done after 30 years. All constituencies have undergone changes, some major and some minor, and that no politician will like any change in his/her constituency. It is being hoped that the next Lok Sabha elections as also Assembly polls in several states would be held as per redrawn constituencies with the green light from the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA).

Delimitation Commission has convened a meeting of the Associate Members on January 12. The Commission, headed by Justice Kuldip Singh, has submitted its report in respect of 25 states covering over 513 Lok Sabha constituencies out of 543.

The CCPA has decided to implement the report of the Delimitation Commission, which was submitted, to Parliament last month.

Parties like RJD and the JMM have been unhappy with the report. A Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by senior minister Pranab Mukherjee also gave it a go ahead. The Commission, which was constituted in 2001 and began its work in the middle of 2004, had completed work in all the states barring the four in the North-East.

The Commission had recently written to the Centre to have the Presidential order issued for the implementation of the readjustment in respect of the Lok Sabha and Assembly constituencies where the redrawing exercise has been completed.

The GoM has recommended that the notification be sent to the President for final notification. The government is also expected to recommend a date from which the presidential notification will come into effect throughout the country.

The delay in implementation of the orders of the Commission has been challenged in the Supreme Court.

Work has also been completed in redrawing 3,726 Assembly constituencies in 25 states. The BJP as well as the Left parties are in favour of an early notification to implement the Commission's report.

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