The Manipur State Secretariat of the CPI (M) has stated that the law and order situation in Manipur may severely deteriorate if the Government of India continues with the proposed delimitation based on the 2001 Census.
Secretary, state unit CPI (M), Ksh Shanta, in a press statement pointed out that the delimitation based on 2001 Census was deferred by the government of India under Section 10 A of the Delimitation Act 2002 as amended by an Ordinance issued by the President of India on February 8, 2008.
“After a lapse of 12 long years, the Government of India rescinded the notification of deferring the delimitation by an order issued on February 28 in order to resume the delimitation and readjustment exercise for Manipur,” he said.
The statement said that the party discussed the ongoing preparation by the Government of India for delimitation of Manipur under the Delimitation Act 2002, based on the controversial Census 2001 report. It also demanded that delimitation in Manipur should not be based on the 2001 Census data as the data noticed the abnormal growth in population in nine subdivisions of Manipur.
“The data indicated that there was population growth as high as 143 per cent in some subdivisions of Manipur. It was the handiwork of some vested interest groups,” it alleged.
While demanding that the Delimitation Act 2002 should be amended to stop delimitation based on the 2001 Census in the interest of the general population of the state and particularly the political parties working in Manipur, it urged the chief minister to convene an all parties meeting immediately to discuss the issue.
It noted that the delimitation issue is very important as all the political parties in Manipur are united on the issue and two rounds of all parties meeting were already held in Imphal.