Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission Rejects Some Submissions by BJP, NC Members

The delimitation commission has accepted some ideas from associate members such as the BJP and the National Conference while rejecting others and redrawing portions of its draught plans.

The associate members have been requested to respond by March 4, after which the final draught will be made available to the public.

The government has extended the Delimitation Commission’s mandate by two months, giving it until May 6 to submit its recommendations for the delimitation of 90 Assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir’s union territory. The Kashmir division has already received 47 seats, while the Jammu region has received 43.

The Election Commission is led by Justice (Retired) Ranjana Prakash Desai and consists of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra and State Election Commissioner (SEC).

The Commission is led by Justice (Retired) Ranjana Prakash Desai and includes Sushil Chandra, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), and K.K. Sharma, State Election Commissioner (SEC). On March 6, 2020, it was established.

The commission has opened the Poonch Assembly sector, reserving Rajouri for Scheduled Tribes (STs), and merged parts of RS Pura with Jammu South to rename it RS Pura-JS (Jammu South), while reinstating Suchetgarh and Habbakadal constituencies, as per the revised draught plans.

According to commission sources, the BJP’s proposal to include Shopian in the Anantnag-Poonch Parliamentary seat was denied. The NC’s objection to Poonch and parts of Rajouri districts being included in the South Kashmir Parliamentary sector was also dismissed.

The panel agreed to the BJP’s proposal to de-reserve at least one seat. The panel agreed to the BJP’s proposal to de-reserve at least one Assembly seat in Poonch district, where Scheduled Tribes were represented in all three constituencies. The Poonch-Mandi constituency has been proclaimed a general seat after being de-reserved.Five Associate Members are likely to meet with the Commission and be briefed on their suggestions/objections that have been accepted or rejected. Following the meeting, the commission will make its findings available to the public in order to receive claims and objections.

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