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Delimitation issue in the electoral campaign of NPF is concerning

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Delimitation issue in the electoral campaign of NPF is concerning

The emergence of the delimitation issue within the electoral campaign of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) in Manipur, particularly in Chandel, signifies a deeper concern that extends beyond mere electoral logistics. While the demand for delimitation appears to be at the forefront of NPF campaign, it is crucial to recognize the underlying communal tensions that underpin this discourse.
Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh’s formal communication with Union Home Minister Amit Shah reflects a broader call for the inclusion of an additional unreserved Lok Sabha constituency in Manipur’s impending delimitation process. Singh’s emphasis on anchoring the delimitation process on the latest census figures underscores the principles of fairness, impartiality, and transparency, crucial for ensuring an equitable outcome devoid of biases towards any particular community or ethnic group.
However, recent developments have cast a shadow over the proposed delimitation process. The Supreme Court’s acknowledgment of the sensitivity surrounding such exercises in the Northeastern states, including Manipur, raises questions about the exclusion of these states from the delimitation notification. Legal experts like SK Mendiratta have challenged the constitutionality and legality of the Election Commission of India’s decision to order delimitation in these states, adding further complexity to the matter. Moreover, objections from states like Manipur, citing questionable census figures, add another layer of complication. The demand for delimitation based on fresh census data gains traction amidst allegations of inaccuracies and discrepancies in the 2001 Census figures. Manipur’s attempts to conduct a fresh census have faced resistance, with accusations of unconstitutional actions and communal biases. However, complaints regarding the 2011 census data also surfaced, particularly concerning abnormal growth in Senapati district. Furthermore, the absence of a census due in 2021 adds uncertainty to the reliability of available data.
These challenges extend beyond electoral logistics, touching upon broader issues of representation, fairness, and communal harmony. Civil society organizations advocating for the establishment of a State Population Commission underscore the urgency of resolving issues related to abnormal population growth and ensuring accurate census data. However, amidst ongoing communal crises in Manipur, raising the delimitation issue during electoral campaigns poses risks of further polarization and unrest.
In conclusion, addressing the delimitation issue in Manipur requires a comprehensive and inclusive approach that acknowledges the multifaceted challenges it presents. While it remains a critical electoral issue, caution must be exercised to navigate the volatile socio-political landscape and mitigate the potential repercussions of exacerbating communal tensions. Therefore, stakeholders must engage in constructive dialogue and collaborative efforts to address these challenges effectively.

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