Population must not be sole delimitation criterion: Assam chief minister Himanta | India News


GUWAHATI: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday asserted that criteria other than population should also be considered for future delimitation exercises, calling for a national debate on the matter. He said the current delimitation law of the country is a reward for law-breakers and a punishment for those who abided by population control norms.
“This is a matter of national debate. Population should not be the sole criterion for delimitation exercises and other factors should be considered as well. But in the upcoming exercise, we have to go by the current law, which states that constituencies will be delimited on the basis of population matrix,” Sarma said.
He said in the impending exercise, the people of Assam should not focus on whether a constituency is reserved for SCs or STs but on “saving Assam” . “They are Assamese. People should focus on whether Assamese people have been saved. I won’t have any objection even if my constituency Jalukbari becomes one that’s reserved for STs. My focus will be on whether our people have the majority there,” Sarma said, adding that Muslims should get their share, but Hindus should get their share of justice too.


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