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    SC gives ultimatum for filing replies on delimitation in Assam

    The petition also sought the apex court’s intervention in delaying the delimitation process until the completion of the 2021 Assam polls

    GUWAHATI: The Supreme Court has given two weeks’ ultimatum to the Centre and Assam government as the last chance to file their replies on a batch of pleas which have questioned the delimitation of assembly and parliamentary constituencies in the state.

    The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said if the replies are not filed within the stipulated time, the court would proceed.

    In one of the pleas filed by two Assam residents, they complained that delimitation exercise in the state is sought to be conducted on the basis of census 2001 whereas the census 2011 has already been done.

    The petition also sought the apex court’s intervention in delaying the delimitation process until the completion of the 2021 state polls.

    “The very purpose of conducting delimitation is to ascertain an equal number of divisions of the electorates in the various assembly and parliamentary constituencies and the same has been historically based on the population figures as obtained from the most recent census,” the petition said.

    It added that it would be reasonable to defer the present delimitation process until the finalisation of NRC as well as the 2021 census.

    Some of the petitions in the apex court have also raised the issue regarding the process of delimitation in Nagaland and Manipur.

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    The decision was taken as per the provisions of sections 51-60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 and section 188 of the Indian Penal Code