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Census data for delimitation creates rift between BJP and Jammu based parties

Last Updated on June 12, 2021 at 4:35 pm

Delimitation is on its way in Jammu and Kashmir which was on hold due to the pandemic. But the process doesn’t seem to be as easy as it looks.

On one hand where Delimitation Commission is asking for data of voters from Deputy Commissioners in Jammu and Kashmir in their districts and Assembly segments, on the other hand a split has come to the fore among BJP and some Jammu-based parties over the process. 

As per reports, BJP wants the 2011 census as the base of delimitation but some Jammu-based parties want that the process should not be based on the 2011 census. A senior J&K BJP leader said that the 2011 census is the latest one and delimitation should be done on the basis of that only.

But Jammu-based leader and Dogra Saddar Sabha president Gulchain Singh Charak said the Delimitation Commission should carry out a proper delimitation exercise. He further added that Jammu has changed a lot. “Many people from Kashmir have constructed permanent homes here. So the 2011 census should not be the basis for the delimitation and Commision should look through the matter” said Charak.

The Delimitation Commission headed by Justice (retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai will carve out new constituencies from parliamentary and assembly segments in J&K. The delimitation commission was formed on March 6 last year.