Jammu & Kashmir

Delimitation panel has gone by its own will, says Hasnain Masoodi

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‘Recommendations made in second report unjustified, unacceptable’

Srinagar: National Conference Member Parliament (MP) Justice (Rtd) Hasnain Masoodi said that the Delimitation Panel has thrown the recommendations put forth by the National Conference to the wind and the Commission has gone by their own will and wish.

He said despite explaining to the Delimitation Commission that the exercise was against the constitution and any change in the existing step amounts to challenging the Indian constitution.

“Changes advocated by the Delimitation Panel as per their second draft proposal are totally unconstitutional. We have put forth some important suggestions and recommendations that have been completely ignored and thrown to the wind,” Masoodi said.

He said that at some places, old constituencies have been removed and new ones added and there is total discrimination in the new seat-sharing proposed by the delimitation panel, which is unjustified and unacceptable to NC.

The delimitation commission on Friday evening shared its second report with five members of parliament (MPs) from the Union Territory.

The report defining boundaries of 90 assembly segments of Jammu and Kashmir, was shared with MPs at 7: 00 pm Friday.

“The report has been sent to all MPs from JK,” they said, adding that the entire process of delimitation is likely to be completed in the next one month.

According to sources, the delimitation commission has also asked MPs to submit their objections, if any, over the report. “After they will file objections, the commission will seek objections and suggestions from the general public and hold sittings at different places to consider these suggestions, “they said.

On December 20, the panel shared district—wise seat allocation with MPs from Jammu and Kashmir.

In its report, the panel proposed six new seats for Jammu division and one in the Kashmir division. (KNO)


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