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Will the deadline for delimitation commission’s report for J&K extend further?

Last Updated on December 8, 2021 at 3:12 pm

Even as the Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha that delimitation of assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir will be completed “as early as possible” but a question mark has been added on the deadline.

Union Ministry of Home Affairs did not mention any deadline for the delimitation commission for Jammu and Kashmir to submit its report though it has to give findings on or before March 6, 2022.

The commission is led by retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai. Its other members are Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and J&K State Election Commissioner KK Sharma.

The commission was earlier extended to March 6, 2021 then again to March, 2022.

As per Daily Excelsior, the question arises that whether the report will be submitted on or before March 6, 2022 or will further get extended as Union Minister of State for Home mentioned “as early as possible”. This, as per political observers, means that the MHA hasn’t given any commitment in the reply that the Commission will submit its report by or before March 6 next year. The Commission first has to share draft report with the Associate Members and then put it in public domain for claims and objections which is a time consuming exercise.

When commission has visited J&K in July, it mentioned to visit again but has not visited yet. Moreover, five associate members has not been yet updated. However, the Commission has so far not contacted the Associate Members on holding the meeting with them to share the progress made on delimitation of 90 Assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir which were granted to the UT under Reorganization Act passed by the Parliament.