Reports about delimitation exercise a gimmick to polarise the state: JKPM 

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By FK WEB DESK on 13/06/2019.

Reports about delimitation exercise a gimmick to polarise the state: JKPM 

Grieves over the loss of human lives due to the thunderstorm

Srinagar, June 13: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) has expressed serious concern over the reports about the central government’s move to undertake fresh delimitation in the state.

Speaking to a gathering of youth in Anantnag town of South Kashmir on Wednesday, State Executive member and Supreme Court Advocate, Syed Iqbal Tahir has termed the proposed move about fresh delimitation in the state as totally unconstitutional. He said that the state legislature has in the year 2002 frozen the delimitation process till 2026, by amending the Jammu & Kashmir Representation of the People Act, 1957, and Section 47(3) of the Constitution of J&K.

” The amended Section 47(3) provides “that until the relevant figures for the first census taken after 2026 have been published, it shall not be necessary to readjust the total number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of the state and the division of the state into territorial constituencies under this sub-section,” Tahir added.

He said since the exercise of delimitation is frozen in all States of the country, there was no reason to single out Jammu and Kashmir for any such exercise. He said delimitation in the state can be possible only after making an amendment to section 47 of the Constitution of J&K which can be affected only by the elected legislature of the state with requisite majority. He said Governor doesn’t have powers to amend the Constitution.

Furthermore, JKPM leader and in charge Bandipora constituency Dr Ghulam Mustafa has expressed his grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in Chandaji Bandipora due to wind and hailstorm yesterday. Dr Mustafa appealed to the Governor administration for compensation for the affected families of two women namely Shareefa Bagum and Mubeena Bano of Chandaji Bandipora, who lost their lives due to strong wind storm. He also hoped that district administration Bandipora will act swiftly and provide relief to all the affected farmers whose livelihood has been severely hit due flash floods and hailstorm.

Meanwhile JKPM leader and in-charge Ganderbal, Mohammad Amin Sofi has condoled the demise of Hafizullah son of ex MLA Ganderbal, Mohd Maqbool Bhat, who died in a tragic road accident. They expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.