Jammu/Srinagar, December 21 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference (NC) and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have expressed their reservations over the draft report of the Delimitation Commission especially the biased process of seat sharing.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the National Conference members led by party president Farooq Abdullah have expressed their reservations over the draft report of the Delimitation Commission especially the biased process of seat sharing, a party spokesperson tweeted.
The party, within hours of the meeting, made it clear that it “will not be a signatory to this report.”
The National Conference, in its tweet, said, “Misrepresenting and distorting the facts with malicious intention! Very misleading statement. We have clearly expressed our resentment over the draft of the Delimitation Commission, the biased process of seat sharing. The party will not be a signatory to this report.”
National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah called the draft recommendation of the Delimitation Commission “unacceptable” and said that it promotes the “political agenda of BJP”.
“The draft recommendation of the J&K Delimitation Commission is unacceptable. The distribution of newly created assembly constituencies with 6 going to Jammu & only 1 to Kashmir is not justified by the data of the 2011 census,” Omar wrote on his twitter handle.
He added, “It is deeply disappointing that the commission appears to have allowed the political agenda of the BJP to dictate its recommendations rather than the data which should have been its only consideration. Contrary to the promised “scientific approach” it’s a political approach,” Omar tweeted.
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti said Delimitation Commission has been created simply to serve BJP’s political interests.
Taking to social networking platform twitter, Mehbooba wrote, “My apprehensions about the Delimitation Commission weren’t misplaced. They want to pitch people against each other by ignoring the population census & proposing 6 seats for Jammu region & only one for Kashmir.”
“This commission has been created simply to serve BJPs political interests by dividing people along religious & regional lines. The real game plan is to install a Government in J&K which will legitimize the illegal & unconstitutional decisions of August 2019,” she added.
While terming the draft recommendation of the Delimitation Commission as “divisive and unacceptable,” CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said it is another step to further dis-empower Kashmiris politically.
The distribution of newly created Assembly constituencies with six going to Jammu and only one to Kashmir is not justified and it will increase gaps between regions and communities.
“The constitution of Delimitation Commission under J&K Reorganisation Act-2019 in itself is questionable as the Reorganisation Act has been challenged in the Supreme Court. The constitution of Delimitation Commission was akin to contempt of the court as how can the government of India do so when the matter is sub-judice,” Tarigami said.
Senior Congress leader in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir G N Monga also termed the draft proposal of Delimitation Commission that has suggested six new Assembly seats for Jammu and only one for Kashmir as unacceptable which has been done to skew the balance of power.
In a statement issued to press, he said there is no justification to the proposal as according to the last census (2011), Kashmir has 15 lakh more population than Jammu.