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AIMMM Calls Muslim Organizations and Experts to Prepare State-wise for
Coming Delimitation of Electoral Constituencies
New Delhi, 22 July, 2002: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat
(AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:
"The Delimitation Act, 2002 has been passed and the Delimitation Commission is to be formally constituted at an early date with a retired Supreme Court Judge as the Chairman. Its task is to revise the boundaries of electoral Constituencies before the next general election.
The Chief Election Officers of various States will be associated with the Commission at the State level. The Commission will hold sittings in all State capitals to hear any objections to the delimitation schemes proposed by it.
The Muslim community nurses a sense of grievance that in earlier
delimitations, areas of Muslim concentration were deliberately broken up into two or more Constituencies and that both Parliament and Assembly Constituencies with higher percentage of Muslim electorate was reserved for SC's.
The AIMMM, in cooperation with other Muslim organizations and institutions of national eminence, proposes to place the Muslim case before the Delimitation Commission in every state with significant Muslim population. What is essential at the stage is to identify and to collect detailed information about the Constituencies whose delimitation needs to be revised or whose reservation needs to be transferred in favour of other Constituencies with higher SC/ST concentration.
The AIMMM appeals to Muslim organizations, associations and institutions at State level to come together and form Muslim Delimitation Committees consisting of political, academic and legal personalities, to prepare and plead the Muslim case before the Commission.
At this stage, the AIMMM invites Muslim political and social workers to indicate in writing to the Mushawarat names of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies whose boundaries need to be redrawn and whose reservation status needs to be reconsidered with the rationale for the proposed changes."
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
ALL INDIA MUSLIM
N-44, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi - 110 025
Phone: 632 6780 Fax: 632 7346
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