Delimitation proposal unacceptable, political parties say

J&K Delimitation Commission

SRINAGAR — As the news of the Delimitation Commission’s proposal reached Kashmir, all the main regional parties reacted promptly in one voice, saying it is “unacceptable”.

Former chief minister and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti said that her apprehensions about the Delimitation Commission were not misplaced. “My apprehensions about the Delimitation Commission weren’t misplaced. They want to pitch people against each other by ignoring the population census and proposing 6 seats for one region & only one for Kashmir,” Mehbooba tweeted.

Former J&K chief minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah said, “Delimitation proposal is not acceptable.”

He wrote on his Twitter handle, “The draft recommendation of the J&K Delimitation Commission is unacceptable. The distribution of newly created Assembly constituencies with 6 going to Jammu & only 1 to Kashmir is not justified by the data of the 2011 census.”

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He added in another tweet, “It is deeply disappointing that the Commission appears to have allowed the political agenda of the BJP to dictate its recommendations rather than the data which should have been it’s only consideration. Contrary to the promised ‘scientific approach’, it’s a political approach.”

However, NC’s three MP’s including Party President Farooq Abdullah were part of the meeting of the Delimitation Commission in Delhi today.

Peoples Conference chairman and former minister Sajjad Gani Lone said the recommendations of the Delimitation Commission are totally unacceptable. He tweeted, “The recommendations of the Delimitation Commission are totally unacceptable. They reek of bias. What a shock for those who believe in democracy.”

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While the Apni Party, who came into existence after the abrogation of Article 370, is seen as a supporter of BJP in Jammu & Kashmir too have rejected the proposal and asked the Government of India to intervene. “We strongly demand the GoI to intervene.”

The Delimitation Commission in Delhi today proposed six additional seats for Jammu region and one for Kashmir division. The panel in its draft, presented before the associate members, has proposed nine seats for Scheduled Tribe and seven for Scheduled Caste as well.

The Commission has asked its associate members to submit their suggestions by December 31, 2021.

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