By: Javaid Malik MK
Many media outlets from New Delhi have suggested that the J & K Delimitation Commission will submit its final report by this month’s end.
These media reports have quoted some government officials while saying that the report would be submitted to the Ministry of Law and Justice as they had notified the Commission. According to the law and norms, after this report, summary revision of Electoral Rolls will be taken up by the Election Commission.
According to the news agencies while reporting about the submission of the final report by the Delimitation Commission they have said on Wednesday in their reports as follows.
The Delimitation Commission had sparked resentment even in the Jammu region. The entire unit of the BJP in the Suchetgarh Assembly segment had resigned after the Commission proposed the merger of the assembly with the RS Pura constituency, forcing the Commission to backtrack on its proposal.
“It is a reserved constituency, so there is a lot of angst among the people,” said a senior official.
Resentment is also growing in parts of the Rajouri, Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts against the new electoral map, which involves significant changes.
The Commission has proposed six new constituencies in the Jammu region — to be carved out of Udhampur, Rajouri, Doda, Kathua, Samba and Kishtwar districts.
This would take the strength of the Hindu-majority region to 43, up from the existing 37 in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly. One new seat has been proposed for Kashmir, which will be carved out in the Kupwara district, taking the Muslim-majority’s existing tally of 46 seats in the legislature to 47.
Headed by Retired Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and comprising Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and State Election Commissioner KK Sharma, the Commission was established on March 6, 2020, with a one-year term which was extended by another year. While the term was due to expire on March 6, 2022, it was granted two months’ extension.
With Agencies inputs