STATE LABOUR Minister Waqar Shah strongly contested the Delimitation Commission’s move to reserve Bahraich parliamentary constituency from where his wife Rubab Syeda was elected in the last Lok Sabha election. Similarly, the Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders representing party MP and general secretary Beni Prasad Verma demanded de-reservation of Barabanki parliamentary constituency.
Participating in public hearing of Delimitation Commission here on Sunday, the minister said the Scheduled Caste population in Bahraich was comparatively less than other districts and there was no justification in reserving it.
He said the constituency should not be reserved. He said Dalit population was 16.04 per cent in Bahraich.
Demanding de-reservation of Barabanki, the SP leaders said if it was not done cluster of Lok Sabha seats including Barabanki, Harchandpur, Mohanlal Ganj and Mishrikh would all be reserved. The SP leaders said it was against the rules of delimitation. The Minister of State for PWD Arvind Singh Gope asked the commission to de-reserve Haidergarh assembly constituency.
The participants said that Dalit population in Haidergarh was less than 25 per cent and it should be put in the general category. Nawabganj MLA Chotelal Yadav said that there should not be any change in his constituency.
Interestingly, nobody objected to the elimination of Balrampur parliamentary constituency. The sitting MP Brijbhushan Saran Singh did not attend the proceedings.
However, Tulsipur (Balrampur) MLA Mashood Khan objected to the change in name from Tulsipur to Piparhawa-Bishunpur. MLA from Gaisari Dr Shiv Pratap Yadav said there should not be any change in Tulsipur and Gaisari. BSP leader Jiwanlal Gautam demanded Ikauna constituency should be renamed as Shravasti. Shukla Prasad Shukla said that irregularities in Gonda Lok Sabha seat should be rectified.