Srinagar, February 09 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, leaders of various political parties and other organizations from Nagrota have rejected the draft proposal of the Delimitation Commission which suggests the creation of new constituencies in the territory with redrawn boundaries.
They appealed to the panel members to reframe the report with fresh inputs while taking people of the concerned Assemblies into confidence.
Vice President of People Democratic Party, Choudhary Hamid, addressing a press conference along with local leaders of National Conference (NC), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and others, in Jammu said, “The norms, criteria and ground realities besides aspirations of the people seem to have been ignored in the delimitation draft.” He said that people were surprised over the kind of divisions, clubbing of certain areas ignoring the ground realities and worst inconvenience in most areas, including Nagrota Assembly constituency.
“Sidhra and Majalta area of Nagrota constituency are clubbed with Jammu. This is certainly not as per the needs, wishes and aspirations of people but an attempt to divide the constituency on communal lines,” said Ch Hamid alleging that the report seems to have been framed behind closed doors without thinking about the terrains, aspirations of people and communities.
“Similarly, at some others places, old constituencies have been removed and new added and there is total discrimination in the new seat sharing proposed by the delimitation panel, which are unjustified and unacceptable to people,” he said and maintained that the entire exercise of the delimitation was a part of major ploy to benefit BJP.
“The Rajouri and Poonch Assembly seats from the Jammu region are being included in the Anantnag (Islamabad) Lok Sabha constituency without taking people of the areas into confidence,” he further said.
Basher Ahmad Kohli, JCB, Tractor and Dumper Union President Nagrota criticized the Delimitation report for renaming Gandhi Nagar Assembly constituency, which was named after Mohandas Kaeamchand Gandhi.
Others who were present in the press conference included Thoru Ram (Block president NC Nagrota), Ch Rehmat Ali ( BDC Chairman NC), Vijay Sharma (Congress Block President Nagrota) and Subash Thappa (president BSP Nagrota constituency).