Kumar made it clear that the commission would not divulge any details till the proper draft is prepared. (PTI)
Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar held discussions with various stakeholders before delimiting the assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in this northeast. Kumar is on a three-day visit to the state.
As the delimitation process begins in Assam, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday said several political parties have expressed their objections, including the Congress, which has refused to show any cooperation.
This comes as Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar held discussions with various stakeholders before delimiting assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in this northeast. Kumar is on a three-day visit to the state.
Addressing a presser, Kumar said that ECI does not take orders from anyone and he requested all stakeholders to bring forward their suggestions.
He also informed that there will be no change in the number of constituencies in the state in this exercise.
“Everyone wants peace to be maintained and the process to move forward. No one has opposed the process,” he said, adding that the delimitation is being done on the basis of the 2001 census figure as mandated by law.
“We work on discourse and participation of all political stakeholders. All are requested to attend and participate. There is no question of match fixing. We will consult again after the first draft,” he added.
This comes after the Congress alleged that the RC was working with the ruling BJP government to delimit Assam’s 126 assembly and 14 parliamentary seats.
Speaking on the NRC issue, Kumar pointed out that it was raised by all parties involved and he clarified that the first census after 2000 would be used.
Kumar clarified that the commission will not divulge any details until a proper draft is ready, but people can approach them and give suggestions before April 15.
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