Assembly elections in JK after delimitation process, says Narendra Modi

Srinagar: The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Saturday said that after the delimitation exercise is over in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, the assembly elections will be held in the region.

Delimitation is the act of redrawing boundaries of Lok Sabha and Assembly seats to represent changes in population and is done on the basis of the last Census.

Addressing the nation on the occasion of August 15, event, Modi spoke about the “changes” that occurred in JK in the past year and how they “benefited” the region.

“Delimitation exercise is being carried out in Jammu and Kashmir. The country is committed for completion of this work so that elections are held and people’s representatives are elected there,” Modi said during the August 15 event, according to a report by The Indian Express.

Earlier, the Home Minister of India Amit Shah, assured in the Parliament that the newly carved union territory of JK would get a new Assembly in due course to “improved security situation” in the region.

Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) believes that JK has been discriminated against by a Kashmir-heavy “polity” and the delimitation exercise will ensure correct representation for the Jammu region in the next Assembly election.

In March this year, the delimitation commission for JK, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland was notified. The three-member commission is being headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai.

Shah, while announcing the reorganisation of the state of JK into the Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh, had said delimitation of Assembly constituencies of the erstwhile state would be carried out on the basis of the 2011 Census.


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