The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Home Office, the Law and Justice Department and the Chief Electoral Commissioner on a plea seeking the instruction to conduct a delimitation exercise in four northeastern states .

A bench of Judges KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy has requested a response from central and other ministries on plea urging to conduct demarcation exercise in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland as per law of 1950 on the representation of the people.

The motion filed by the Delimitation Request Committee indicates that the delimitation exercise has not been carried out for 51 years in these states.

These states have been selectively denied delimitation while delimitation exercises have been conducted in the rest of India thereby violating the basic rights guaranteed to Indian citizens under Article 14 of the Constitution, the petitioner said .

The plea sought instructions to constitute a Boundaries Commission under the provision of the Boundaries Act 2002 and Section 8A of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 1956.

The petition states that it has already been two decades since the Boundaries Act of 2002 was amended and no boundary exercises have yet been conducted in the four northeastern states, citing public order concerns, however, since 2002, various parliamentary and state elections have been successfully held in these states without any public order issues arising.

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