As peninsular states implemented family planning in a better way than the northern ones, the former’s share in India’s population pie started declining. This meant that the number of representatives that these states will send to the parliament will shrink with every delimitation. After protests from the peninsular states, delimitation exercise was not conducted in 1980s and 1990s. Even during the current exercise, it was decided that the number of parliamentary seats will remain fixed for a particular state. So the delimitation exercise will take place to readjust seats within the states… This means Maharashtra will continue to have 48 seats… So why is 3M grumbling?
For this we have to look at the demographic changes across India in detail. States like Kerala and Tamil Nadu who have implemented family planning rigorously and have faced low migrant influx will be least affected. States that have not implemented family planning and are source of migrants like UP and Bihar will be medium affected. But worst affected will be states like Maharashtra and Gujarat who have implemented family planning and have a heavy influx of migrants! This means that the existing inhabitants (Not just Marathi Manoos) of the state will have lesser and lesser say in deciding who represents them in the parliament.
Already with the current delimitation exercise, the Mumbai Metropolitan region will get 10 instead of 8 seats. This means the representatives from rest of Maharashtra will keep on shrinking with each delimitation.
So what should be the solution? Maharashtra’s seats should be increased to 50 and UP & Bihar should compensate for sending migrants to Maharashtra by relinquishing one seat each!
3M is not surprised that Uddhav was trying to woo Uttar Bharatiyas rigorously with the “Mee Mumbaikar” campaign last year. Raj seems to have started the anti-bhaiyya campaign at the start of this year to stop this “nexus”!