Delimitation panel draft fulfils BJP’s agenda of disempowering Kashmiris: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, December 23 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the National Conference Vice President, Omar Abdullah, has said that the Delimitation Commission fulfilled the Bharatiya Janata Party’s agenda of disempowering the people of Kashmir.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Omar Abdullah in a statement in Srinagar said the commission’s proposal to increase the number of assembly seats in Jammu division by six and in Kashmir division by just one ignored the “overwhelming criteria” of population.

“By increasing the seats in this proportion, you are actually disenfranchising people in Kashmir because the ratio of seat-to-population changes drastically,” he said.

The NC leader said the concerted plan of the Modi government since 2018 has been to disempower the people in Kashmir and the proposals of the Delimitation Commission “is just another step in that direction”.

Ruling out moving the Supreme Court because, “rightly or wrongly, you cannot challenge recommendations of a Delimitation Commission in a court”, Omar Abdullah said, “We have to try and build pressure through other democratic means.”