Manipur leaders lobbying to stop delimitation process

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Imphal, Dec 10: Political leaders of Manipur led by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh were lobbying at New Delhi to stop the delimitation exercise in Manipur based on the 2001 Census.

Officials said today the team called on CPI leaders A B Bardhan and D Raja and general secretary of the CPI (M) Prakash Karat in New Delhi on Dec 9.

Mr K Saratkumar, who was also in the team, said the delegation had already met with large numbers of central leaders and will continue to pursue regarding the delimititation process since high growth rate of population in some hill districts and low growth rate in the valley districts were recorded in the Census report of 2001.

The Delimitation Commission of India had already completed and notified the process for the delimitation for 25 states, except for Manipur, Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

The delegation informed the central leaders that since the delimitation process for 25 States had already been completed, the states of Manipur, Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh should be exempted by issuing an ordinance.

The Left leaders from Manipur, Nagaland, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh had raised the objections against the Census report of 2001 and assured to give full support to the move initiated by the delegation.

The Left leaders reporedly said that the matter needed to be seriously looked into, Mr Saratkumar stated.

UNI

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