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Monsoon Satra 2022: There was no big protest in Jammu and Kashmir against the delimitation report, the government responded to the opposition parties

New Delhi: The Central Government on Wednesday said that there was no large-scale protest in Jammu and Kashmir against the Delimitation Commission report, though different political parties had different views on it. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said this in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha. He was asked whether there is widespread outrage with regard to the report of delimitation of assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.

In response, Rai said, “The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has informed that there was no large-scale opposition to the Delimitation Commission report.” However, different political parties have expressed different views on this report. The report was criticized by the National Conference, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and several other parties.

The National Conference had said that the report “disregards all logic” and that no political, social or administrative reason can justify its recommendations.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti has dismissed the Delimitation Commission report on Jammu and Kashmir, alleging that the commission has “became an extended unit of the BJP”. Mehbooba had said, ‘What delimitation are you talking about? The Delimitation Commission, which has become the extension unit of the BJP? It has ignored the basic criterion of population and added or subtracted areas contrary to their wishes. We reject it, we have no faith in it.

What is the order of the Delimitation Commission

As per the orders of the Delimitation Commission established under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019, the Union Territory will have 90 assembly constituencies. Of these, there will be 43 assembly constituencies in Jammu division and 47 in Kashmir, out of which nine seats will be reserved for Scheduled Tribes. When Jammu and Kashmir was a state, there were 87 seats. Of these, there were 46 seats in Kashmir, 37 in Jammu and four in Ladakh. During the reorganization of the state, Ladakh was declared as a separate union territory with no provision of legislature.

Rai said that the Delimitation Commission had done the delimitation work of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of 2011 census data and criteria prescribed under various sections of Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019 and Delimitation Act, 2002. He said that the commission has also considered the representation of geographical areas with inadequate communication and lack of public facilities due to being located at a long distance or the adverse conditions of the international border.

,Jammu and Kashmir will get statehood at the right time.
Responding to another question, Rai said statehood would be restored to Jammu and Kashmir at an appropriate time. In fact, he was asked whether the Home Minister had said in Parliament that the statehood of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir would be restored and if so, by when, and if not, the reasons therefor. Responding to this, Rai said, ‘Yes, yes. Statehood will be granted to Jammu and Kashmir at an appropriate time.

He said that the Delimitation Commission has notified orders on March 14, 2022 and May 05, 2022 for the delimitation of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Responding to a question regarding the conduct of elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Rai said that the decision to conduct elections falls within the prerogative of the Election Commission of India.

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