IMPHAL: The Kangleipak Students’ Association (KSA) has appealed to the chief minister N Biren Singh to take a Cabinet decision for prevention of the proposed delimitation process of assembly constituencies in the state in accordance with the controversial census data of 2001 and to move to the government of India and delimitation commission for maintaining status quo of the existing assembly constituencies until 2026 as was ordered by the Guwahati High Court.
Briefing media persons at a press conference in the presence of leaders of various CSOs, it was stated that the people of Manipur wants delimitation after collection of a genuine census data in 2021 by using the service of electronics satellite imaging, geo-tagging and Aadhaar link up. The previous census data of 2001 and 2011 has witness doubling of population, without mentioning the gender wise and non ST details, from the previous data of 1991 in 9 sub divisions of state namely Mao Maram, Paomata, Purul, Saitu Gamphazaol, Chakpikarong, Machi, Chandel, Kasom Khullen and Moreh.
It was also mentioned that the delimitation commission of India had dropped the process in Manipur after realizing the phenomenal population growth rate of the data census of 2001 at those sub-divisions and freeze delimitation exercise till the year 2026, which was to be carried out after collection of the fresh census of 2021. The present delimitation committee was formed and the state government was directed to furnish associate members on February 28 of this current year.
Further, KSA claimed that the enumerators did not visit the field to collect true census data and the exercise was completed on the table leading to random rise in voter percentage for those sub-divisions. Regarding this matter, a contempt of court case have been filed at the High Court of Manipur under continuation case (C) No. 54 and the P.I.L. No. 22 of 2020 along with PIL No. 23 and 25 of 2020 were registered under CNR No.MNHC01-000794-2020 on June 16 of 2020.