© Hindu Voice Team
Karimganj, Assam – The draft proposal for delimitation released by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on June 20th has sparked widespread concerns and protests across Assam. Among the prime concerns is the decision to revoke the reserved status of the Karimganj Lok Sabha constituency, causing apprehension among citizens who believe that the reservation for the Scheduled Caste (SC) community should be maintained.
Since the publication of the draft proposal, Assam has witnessed a wave of protests from concerned citizens. The period for submitting objections and suggestions regarding the draft has recently come to an end, but the fervor of the citizens remains undeterred.
Karimganj Lok Sabha constituency has enjoyed reserved status for SCs since 1976, with the decision based on various factors including national security concerns and population demographics. Recent news reports have highlighted the connection between neighboring country Bangladesh and terrorist activities, raising concerns about the potential risks and threats to the region. Given the close proximity to Bangladesh and the fact that a majority of the population in Karimganj belongs to the Muslim community, citizens argue that maintaining the reserved status is crucial for maintaining peace and security.
The geographical proximity of Karimganj as an international border district, sharing a 150-kilometer boundary with Bangladesh, presents unique challenges that require specific attention and representation. Citizens stress that retaining the reserved status ensures that the concerns and issues faced by the SC community in this region receive appropriate representation at the national level. Furthermore, they emphasize that the reservation plays a vital role in safeguarding national security, given the sensitivity of the border region.
The concerns expressed by citizens reflect their genuine desire to safeguard the welfare and security of the constituency. The decision regarding the reserved status of the Karimganj Lok Sabha constituency holds significant implications for representation, development, and national security in the region. Citizens eagerly await a thoughtful consideration of their concerns, hoping that the authorities will prioritize the best interests of the SC community and the overall well-being of the constituency.
As the protests continue, all eyes are on the government’s response to these concerns. The outcome of this deliberation will shape the future direction of representation and development in the Karimganj Lok Sabha constituency, as well as determine the course of action regarding the reserved status.