Delimitation panel has disempowered Kashmiris: Hasnain Masoodi

Srinagar, May 07 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference leader, Hasnain Masoodi, has said that the Delimitation Commission has disempowered the people of territory and the entire process of redrawing the assembly constituencies has been done to benefit the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Hasnain Masoodi in an interview in Srinagar said he is not satisfied with the final report of the delimitation panel. “I am not satisfied with this final report. It’s a delimited disempowerment…… In Kashmir, we have one segment for two lakh people while in Jammu, you have an assembly constituency for just 70,000 people. This is a big injustice,” he said.

He said, it’s obvious from this exercise that when it doesn’t adhere to the fundamental criteria meant for this process, it means it is giving benefit to a particular group.

Masoodi said, the delimitation has been framed in a way that one political party has secured its seats in Jammu region through this process while for other parties, the process has violated all fundamental parameters. Also, the rules were completely ignored while framing the process, he added.

The NC leader, who was also one of the associate members of the panel along with four other members of Indian Parliament from IIOJK, said, “We filed objections thrice, but the Commission didn’t entertain a single one of those.”

To a question, he said the NC’s high command will decide on the future course of action.

Meanwhile, residents of Drygam Khansahib in Badgam district held a demonstration to protest against the merger of their area with Charar-e-Sharief constituency. The protesters said this is an injustice with their area to merge it with the constituency which is far away from the village.

“We were with Khansahib constituency and that’s just four kilometres away from the area but to merge our village with Charar-e-Sharief constituency, which is 35 kilometres away from our village, is unfair to us,” the protesters added.