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Delimitation of Sikkim's assembly constituencies to be drawn again

Written by: Staff

Gangtok, Sep 14 (UNI) The boundaries of Sikkim's assembly constituencies will be drawn again before the 2009 assembly elections as the Centre has reserved seats for the Limboo and Tamang communities, Mr B B Gooroong Advisor to the chief minister said here today.

The Delimitation reports of the assembly and parliamentary constituencies published recently were a futile exercise, Mr Gooroong said.

He said the Prime Minister and the Union Home minister had assured Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, during his recent visit to Delhi, to provide seats to the two communities at the earliest.

''We expect Parliament to amend the present Representation of People Act 1980 for the coming session,'' Mr Gooroong added.

He also said the delimitaion of constituencies had to be revised again once the seats were reserved.

However, the opposition had alleged that there could be no reservation of seats for the two communities before 2026.

The Limboo and Tamang communities had been demanding reservation of seats in the assembly after they were accorded ST status in 2002.

In the 32-member assembly 12 seats are reserved for Bhutia and Lepcha communities, 2 for SC and one for the Sangha.

The state government had been repeatedly appealing to the Centre to provide reservation to the two communities without distrubing the already reserved ones.

Mr Gooroong said Parliament is empowered to make laws for the delimitation of constituencies, allocation and reservation of seats for certain communities of any state under clause F of Article 371-F.

The constitutional validity of the case has already been upheld by the Supreme Court, Mr Gooroong said.


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