All it is advisable know concerning the Delimitation Fee and its proposals

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The Delimitation Fee has shared the second draft proposal with its members, triggering widespread political response in Jammu & Kashmir. A lot of the regional events have rejected it outrightly. Hakeem Irfan Rashid explains among the work achieved by the panel since its formation in 2020 and the political response to the proposals.

When was the Delimitation Fee arrange?

In March 2020, the federal government of India arrange a Delimitation Fee, headed by retired Supreme Court docket choose Ranjana Prakash Desai, to finish the delimitation train inside a yr and later the deadline was prolonged until March 2022.

What did the fee do?

The fee visited J&Okay twice in 2021 and performed a number of conferences with numerous stakeholders each in Kashmir and Jammu divisions. The Nationwide Convention, whose three Lok Sabha members from Kashmir are fee’s affiliate members together with two BJP Lok Sabha members from Jammu, initially boycotted the conferences however participated within the final assembly of the fee held on December 20, 2021.

The place does the method stand now?

The fee shared its first draft with affiliate members within the assembly held on December 20. It proposed six further meeting constituencies in Jammu division and one in Kashmir. This tally took the entire variety of seats in Kashmir to 47 and in Jammu to 43. The fee additionally proposed 9 seats for Scheduled Tribes (STs) and 7 seats for Scheduled Castes (SCs). The regional events, together with NC and the Individuals’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration, rejected the draft and determined to protest as nicely, which the J&Okay administration did not enable. The fee shared its second draft with the affiliate members on February 4 night, which gave an in depth description of how the meeting and parliamentary constituencies have been redrawn throughout the Union Territory.

What did the fee suggest?

The Delimitation Fee has modified the maps of all 90 meeting constituencies throughout the UT and renamed 28 new constituencies in addition to reconfiguring or deleting 19 current constituencies from the record of the final delimitation performed in 1995. The fee has reserved 9 seats for STs —six in Jammu division and three in Kashmir Division and 7 for SCs within the Jammu division.

Modifications in Jammu

In Jammu division, six new meeting seats have been created in Kathua, Samba, Rajouri, Doda, Udhampur and Kishtwar districts. The fee has additionally named one constituency as Shri Mata Vaishno Devi. It contains areas of Katra and elements of Reasi. The boundaries of two parliamentary constituencies in Jammu – Jammu-Poonch and Udhampur Doda – have been redrawn and the complete Poonch district and elements of Rajouri, which falls in Jammu division, have been added to Anantnag parliamentary constituency, which in any other case fell solely in Kashmir division.

Modifications in Kashmir

In Kashmir division, one meeting constituency, Trehgam, has been created within the frontier district of Kupwara. Apart from, some meeting constituencies have been deleted like Amira Kadal and Habba Kadal in Srinagar district whereas nomenclature of the constituencies has been modified as nicely. The Lok Sabha seats in Kashmir will now be Anantnag-Rajouri in southern aspect and in central Kashmir, Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency will now embody 5 districts as an alternative of earlier three districts. The Lok Sabha constituency in northern Kashmir will embody some elements of central Kashmir as nicely.

What do the political events in Kashmir say concerning the draft proposal?

The redrawing of the constituencies has additionally shattered the prevailing strongholds of a number of politicians and former legislators from throughout the spectrum. Nonetheless, the regional events in Kashmir declare that the entire train has been achieved to assist the BJP and its allies in electoral politics and make sure the dominance of Jammu division in any future electoral association.

The Nationwide Convention, whose president Farooq Abdullah is a Lok Sabha member from Srinagar and heads the Individuals’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration as nicely, has rejected the second draft proposal of the fee and claimed that none of their strategies and considerations had been included by the fee. Abdullah stated that the draft defies any logic and there aren’t any political, administrative, and social logic that justifies these suggestions. The PAGD has determined to convene a gathering on February 13 to debate the draft report of the fee and future plan of action.

The Individuals’s Democratic Social gathering has stated that the fee has proved itself as a frontal organisation of the BJP and sole goal of the physique was to make sure backdoor entry of BJP and its shadow organisations to the legislative meeting of J&Okay. The J&Okay Individuals’s Convention stated that the delimitation draft report appears to be an train in disruption and irrationalism is an unpleasant and a tragic fixed within the delimitation train.

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