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BJP meet on delimitation fails to clear haze

CONFUSION AND nervousness marked the BJP MLAs? meeting at the party headquarters as the party undertook the exercise to seek suggestions/objections on delimitation of assembly segments for submission to the Delimitation Commission on March 9 in New Delhi.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 12:42 IST

CONFUSION AND nervousness marked the BJP MLAs’ meeting at the party headquarters as the party undertook the exercise to seek suggestions/objections on delimitation of assembly segments for submission to the Delimitation Commission on March 9 in New Delhi.

However, State BJP president Satyanarayan Jatia sought to make light of the issue, saying he does not see any major anomaly in the Delimitation Commission’s proposal.

MLAs were so confused that even after the meeting was over several of them inquired with the State BJP office-bearers as to from where they could get redrawn assembly constituencies maps of their respective districts. On the other hand, Satyanarayan Jatia gave the impression as though the MLAs meeting was essentially in connection with the party president Rajnath Singh’s scheduled visit to Bhopal on March 13.

He told newspersons that all the public representatives including MPs, MLAs and others of the party have been asked to be present in the State capital on the day. It was only after persistent questions from the journalists about the discussion on delimitation at the meeting that Jatia said the party discussed that issue also.

In reply to a related question he said the Delimitation Commission’s proposal was correct. As per the State BJP’s instructions the MLAs were to hold division-wise meetings in the State Assembly premises in the daytime and in the evening all of them were scheduled to meet at the State BJP office to place their objections/suggestions before the party leaders.
The party’s delimitation committee members would proceed to Delhi to submit the objections/suggestions before the Delimitation Commission on March 9.

However, the meeting did not take place. Now, as per the decision taken at the meeting this evening the MLAs would meet district-wise tomorrow here and would later submit their objections/suggestions before the leaders.

Some of the BJP MLAs whose seats have been affected as per the commission’s proposal as of now include Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar, Dhal Singh Bisen, Lavkesh Singh, Rampal Singh, Jagdish Dewda, Archana Chitnis, Deepak Joshi, Omprakash Dhurve, Moti Kashyap, Chhotelal Saraogi, Harishankar Khatik and Sushila Sirothia.

Talking to newspersons, BJP Delimitation Committee member Umashankar Gupta said the number of the seats in the State would remain the same - 230. However, because of redrawing of assembly constituencies, boundaries in certain divisions would have their number of seats reduced and some others would have number increased.

For instance, Jabalpur division would have its seats decreased by seven seats. Anomalies were also there. In certain constituencies the areas situated as far as 100 km away have been incorporated.

He said the number of reserved seats for scheduled tribes would go up from 41 to 47 while that of scheduled castes seats would have increase of one seat from 34 to 35.

Another member Ajay Vishnoi said the Delimitation Commission had its limitations. While sitting in Delhi they were not much aware of the State Assembly constituencies’ geographical positions. However, he hoped that about 95 per cent of the party’s objections/suggestions would be accepted by the commission.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 12:42 IST