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J&K delimitation commission ready with details for resizing of assembly seat, share progress on Dec 20

Last Updated on December 13, 2021 at 10:48 am

With the political activities gaining momentum in Jammu and Kashmir, Delimitation Commission is prepared with the first paper on allocation and resizing of 90 Assembly constituencies of the first Assembly of J&K as a Union Territory.

In a major development, a meeting has been called in New Delhi on December 20 with five associate members to share the progress achieved in the delimitation of 90 Assembly constituencies.

Speculations are being made that the meeting has been called following uproar by political parties over the Union Home Ministry’s recent reply on its deadline for submitting the report in the Parliament, reportedly.

But, National Conference on Sunday wrote a letter to delimitation commission asking about the details of agenda of meeting saying that they have received invitation minus agenda.

The December 20 meeting has been gaining much significance and is in the highlight. The Commission, headed by Justice (Retired) Ranjana Prakash Desai, called for the meeting with five Lok Sabha members from J&K, who are associate members of the panel.

As per reports, seats for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) have been identified by the commission and may be discussed in December 20 meeting. Discussions regarding proposed reservation in the Legislative Assembly for Kashmiri Pandits may be held.

Dr Jitendra Singh, one of the associate members of the commission said that the Panel works under laid down parameters for delimitation of Assembly constituencies of States/UTs.

“BJP will attend the meeting and cooperate with the Commission which is a Constitutional body and is working as per the laid down norms,” Dr Jitendra Singh said.

The NC MP said that the two MPs have also reminded the commission that there has been no response so far from the Commission to the party’s letter written on February 17, a day before first meeting of the Associate Members, this year, which the party had boycotted.