House favours inclusion of eight Assembly segments in Inner PC
Source: Sobhapati Samom/ Manipur Mail

Imphal, March 15: Over and above others, there are different forms of human rights violation in this volatile border state since India became independent.

Even the candidature rights of the of over 2 lakh people residing across, the eight assembly segments in two districts of Manipur in the Lok Sabha elections is yet to be given by the election commission not to speak of their share in the MP's Local Area development fund.

For the last 52 years, 238572 individuals living in eight assembly constituencies belonging to general category in Thoubal and Imphal east districts are not getting their candidature rights as they were given only the voting rights in the outer manicure parliamentary constituencies which a reserved seat for the schedule tribes in the parliament.

The eight assembly constituencies are Heirok, Wangjing Tentha, Khangabok, Wabagai, Kakching, Hiyanglam, Sugunu in Thoubal and Jiribam in Imphal east which comes under the outer Parliamentary constituency.

Several rights bodies like Thoubal district MPs demand committee and Thoubal district development demand committee have been demanding inclusion of these Assembly segments in the inner Parliamentary constituency by launching various forms of agitation in the past but the authority concerned failed to consider their demand.

During the ongoing 5th session of the 8th Manipur state assembly session which is scheduled to conclude on Monday has resolved "to recommend inclusion of eight assembly segments, now included in the outer parliamentary constituency, in the inner Parliamentary constituency".

The 60 member house also resolved to forward the resolution of the Assembly to the Chairperson, Delimitation commission, Election Commission of India following a heated debate on floor of the house on Thursday.

The matter was moved by opposition leader and Manipur People's Party legislator Dr Nimaichand Luwang as a private member resolution.

Total population of the outer Manipur Parliamentary constituency which include five hill districts is 651157 (1991 census) while the inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency is 1185492.Arguing to recommend inclusion of these eight assembly segments in inner Lok Sabha, Dr Luwang outlined that there is no specific rule to have similar number of population for two Lok Sabha seats adding that 3 lakh population Andaman & Nicobar Islands and the likes are having one Lok Sabha member in the Parliament.