NC MPs to attend meeting of J&K delimitation panel


Fearing that the views of the main political parties in the Valley will go unheard, members of parliament from the National Conference (NC), chaired by Farouk Abdullah, are likely to attend the next meeting of the Delimitation Commission, scheduled for December 20.

Three North Carolina parliamentarians – Farooq Abdullah, Hasnain Masoudi and Akbar Lone – who are associate members of the delimitation group, did not attend the previous meeting in February this year. The party then sent a letter to the commission expressing the inability of its MPs to join it, arguing that the J&K Reorganization Act of 2019 is “under judicial review” by the Indian Supreme Court.

Once again invited to meet on December 20, they now wrote to the group demanding details of its agenda – a sign of a thaw in the party’s position. “All of us, deputies from the Investigative Committee, received an invitation from the commission two days ago. We sent them a message asking them to send us the agenda of the meeting and relevant documents, ”Masoudi said. Indian express

While National Conference deputies await a response from the commission, a senior NK leader, who did not want to be named, said they would attend the meeting “in all likelihood” as pressure is being exerted within the party to “ensure that everything is not entirely one-sided “, and only parliamentarians belong to Bjp present in discussions. “The last call will be made by North Carolina President Farooq Abdullah,” the leader said.

The two BJP MPs who are also associate members of the commission are Jugal Kishore Sharma and Trade Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

When contacted, Sharma told The Indian Express that the draft report was to be presented at a meeting on December 20. “However, we will hand it over to the commission to take into account the geographical area together with the population and distribute 90 seats equally. between the Jammu region and the Kashmir valley, ”he said.

In July of this year, when the group visited Kashmir to meet with various stakeholders, the National Conference questioned the allocation of J&K for delimitation and demanded a transparent process. “People have lost faith in these institutions, and the commission must try to restore that trust. The main criterion for differentiation is the conduct of the process in accordance with the population in different areas. Will this happen again when delimitation is carried out across the country in 2026? “This was stated by the President of the province of North Carolina (Kashmir) Nasir Aslam Wani after a meeting with members of the commission.

In addition to Jugal Kishore Sharma, another BJP MP from J&K, who is also an associate member of the commission, is Trade Union Minister Jitendra Singh. Both Sharma and Singh attended the February meeting of the commission.

Although the Delineation Commission for J&K is chaired by retired Judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, it has two ex-officio members, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and J&K State Election Commissioner K.K. Sharma, as well as five associate members (three from North Carolina and two from BJP).


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