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Delimitation: Cong, BJP for joint plan

THE BJP and Congress today decided to forward a joint proposal on delimitation in the Assembly and Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh to the Delimitation Commission.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 13:42 IST

THE BJP and Congress today decided to  forward a joint proposal on delimitation in the Assembly and Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh to the Delimitation Commission.

A joint meeting of the delimitation committee’s associate members at Mantralaya also decided to convene another meeting on May 6 in Bhopal to firm up the joint proposal.

While, Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia and former Minister Harbansh Singh represented Congress, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Ajay Vishnoi, Umashankar Gupta, Lal Singh Arya and Laxman Singh Gaur represented the BJP.

Out of 10, three members Sumitra Mahajan, Thawarchand Gehlot and Kailash Joshi could not attend the meting. The members decided to frame a joint strategy for removal of existing anomalies in the proposal of delimitation before submission of recommendations to the Commission. 

There are apprehensions among Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assemblies over large-scale changes in constituencies owing to the fresh delimitation exercise, as this will lead to increase in number of reserved seats and a corresponding decrease in general seats.

This will affect electoral prospects of many leaders in both the parties. According to the preliminary exercise, general seats in 16 districts of Madhya Pradesh are likely to be affected.

While the number of existing seats are likely to come down in Morena, Jabalpur, Dindori, Mandla, Balaghat, Seoni, Chhindawara and Betul districts, number of seats is likely to increase in Ashoknagar, Tikamgarh, Chhatarpur, Rewa, Sidhi, Bhopal, Dhar and Indore.

Similarly, number of Scheduled Caste seats could be reduced in Morena, Datia, Damoh, Chhatarpur districts whereas Scheduled Caste  seats could be increased or created in Gwalior, Sagar and Bhopal districts.