IIOJK in focus

Modi govt gives 2 months extension to IIOJK delimitation panel

New Delhi, February 22 (KMS): The Narendra Modi government Tuesday extended by two months the tenure of Delimitation Commission constituted by it to redraw the assembly constituencies in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

A notification issued by the Indian Ministry of Law and Justice said the tenure of delimitation commission has been extended by two months.

The term of the panel was coming to an end in early March. Formed in March, 2020, the panel was granted a one year extension last year.

Headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, it has Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and the state election commissioner of IIOJK as its ex-officio members.

In its draft report shared with its five associated members – all Lok Sabha members from IIOJK – the delimitation panel has proposed six news constituencies in Jammu and one in the Kashmir Valley.

Political expert say that the delimitation process by the Modi regime is aimed at granting more seats to Hindu-dominated Jammu and install a Hindu chief minister in IIOJK whenever the so-called elections are held in the territory.

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