Despite the state’s swelling population, local self-governments will not get their constituencies restructured [delimited] for the forthcoming elections including the city and Thane civic polls as census authorities will not be able to provide the latest data to the State Election Commission in time.
What this means is that areas like Mumbai’s suburbs, that have seen a growth in population, will not get proportionate representation in the civic body in the civic polls in 2012.
State election commissioner Neela Satyanarayan confirmed the development on Friday. She told HT that the census department wrote to her expressing inability to furnish the latest data of cities and tehsils based on which the restructuring could be done.
“We will not get the data even after six months. And, as elections will be held later this year and early next year, we will not be able to restructure constituencies,” Satyanarayan said.
In such a situation, the data of the 2001 census will be used. In the last decade, the state’s population has shown a growth of more than 15% (112,372,972). As per the 2011 census, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) has a fourth of the state’s population. When compared to the overall growth of the state’s population (16%), the 19 municipal corporations in the region have an exponential growth rate more than 32%.
The 2009 general and assembly elections were held after delimiting the constituencies.
Legislators Devendra Fadnavis (Bharatiya Janata Party, Nagpur) and Baba Siddique (Congress, Mumbai) had recently asked the chief minister to increase the number of constituencies in the two cities.
They made the demand in view of the polls to be held in the 10 municipal corporations and 27 zilla parishads.
The issue was discussed when the bill to offer 50% reservation to women in local self governments was debated in the Assembly on Monday and Wednesday.