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Delimitation of Constituencies<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani

in CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0091
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The law minister, Mr Ram Jethmalani, called on all-party meeting on 13 May, 2000 to discuss the issue of delimitation of parliamentary constituencies. Different constituencies vary considerably in size and strength of the electorate. The constitution provides for delimitation of constituencies anew after every census. The 42nd amendment enacted during the Emergency in 1976, arbitrarily froze delimitation of parliamentary and assembly constituencies, based on the 1971 census, for thirty years, till 2001. A fresh delimitation will exercise is bound to create heartburns as it is likely that there will be substantial increase in the number of MPs from the states in the Hindi belt but not from those of the South as these states have better managed population control. There would be other difficulties besides. However, the consensus that emerged from the 13 May meeting was to continue the freeze on delimitations to 2026 by yet another constitutional amendment.

Keywords: law minister; Ram Jethmalani; delimitation; parliamentary constituencies; electorate; 42nd amendment; assembly constituencies; freeze on delimitations

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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