Some important changes are being made before the election process starts again in Jammu and Kashmir. For this, a delimitation panel was constituted, which would re-determine the assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir on the basis of population. The delimitation commission for Jammu & Kashmir has proposed six new seats for the Jammu region and one for Kashmir Valley.
Controversy has started over the panel’s recommendation to increase only one seat in Kashmir. The proposal would take seats of the Jammu region to 43 from existing 37 and 47 in Kashmir valley from existing 46.
What’s the catch?
Let us tell you that if this recommendation of the delimitation panel is implemented, then Kashmir and Jammu region will be equal in terms of seats. The Jammu region is dominated by the BJP while Kashmir has been dominated by parties like Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah, and Congress. If BJP can capture 43 seats only in Jammu, then it can form a government in the state. In this way, BJP can occupy power without getting a single vote from Kashmir.
According to News Agency KNO- National Conference (NC) Member of Parliament Justice (Retd.) Hasnain Masoodi said, “During discussions held today at New Delhi, we were told that the commission has proposed to increase six new seats in Jammu and only one in Kashmir,” the proposal is unacceptable to them.
The proposal was shared with associate members from Jammu and Kashmir- three NC MPs and two BJP MPs- during their meeting with the delimitation panel at Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi.
NC had earlier decided against participation in the exercise, saying it would be tantamount to accepting August 5 decisions.
The commission has also proposed to reserve nine seats for scheduled tribes and seven seats for scheduled castes.
While SCs had also political reservations in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, this is for the first time that STs have been granted political reservations in J&K.