Delimitation not possible before 2021 polls: Himanta

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on September 10 claimed that delimitation of constituencies in the state will not take place prior to next year’s state assembly elections.

Talking to reporters in Guwahati, he said: “The delimitation of the constituencies will happen on the basis of 2011 Census data. But the present delimitation act puts the base year as 2001.”

“The Parliament has to first amend the act and make the base year 2011 for the process to finalise,” he added.

“It is not possible before 2021 state assembly election, as far as I can say,” he said.

On work bring started for the delimitation process, the BJP leader said: “Delimitation will be necessary for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. Hence, we are working on it.”

The Clause 6 provides for constitutional safeguards for the people of the state in different fields, including political and cultural.

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