Delimitation Commission redraws the electoral map of J and K
The delimitation process will allow the state of Jammu and Kashmir to hold assembly elections which did not have a elected government since the year 2018.
As per reports submitted by the delimitation commission, all five parliamentary constituencies will now have an equal number of assembly constituencies. A total of nine seats are reserved for candidates falling under the reserved category – Scheduled Tribes (ST).
The state of Jammu and Kashmir consists of a total of 90 constituencies – out of which 43 will be a part of Jammu and 47 for Kashmir. Earlier, the number of seats in Jammu was 37 and now it rose to 43.
As per the Delimitation order, all constituencies will remain within the territory of the concerned district. The Commission has further recommended that additional seats must be included for the displaced people of Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir areas and also for the Kashmiri migrants.
In response to the process, many opposition pointed out that the process may lead to serious repurcussions in the democracy of the region in future. Many opposition also said that the boundaries that were redrawn only to help BJP achieve its political objectives.
Former Chief Minister of J&K said, “the delimitation exercise is done for furtherance of BJP agenda. The commission has shown no regard for law and the constitution. Particularly, the majority community be it in Rajouri, Kashmir or China Valley has been disempowered. In a sense, they have been disenfranchised.”