Srinagar, July 05: Barring PDP, all political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have decided to meet the Delimitation Commission, which will begin its four day visit from tomorrow.
The Commission, along with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra, is visiting Jammu and Kashmir from July 6 to July 9 to interact with political parties, administration officials and public representatives about redrawing of boundaries of Assembly constituencies.
Except PDP, all political parties have decided to meet the Delimitation Commission.
“We have decided to meet the Delimitation Commission. We will frame a document and present before the Commission and will also share with the media,” senior National Conference leader Nasir Wani told news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS).
Senior CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami also confirmed his party is meeting the Commission. “Whatever we have to say we will say in the meeting. Everyone will know about that,” Tarigami told news agency KINS.
A senior PDP leader said they were undecided over participation in the meeting. “Nothing has been decided yet. We are still holding the consultations,” he told KINS.
Peoples Conference, Apni Party, Congress, BJP have already confirmed they were meeting the commission.
The Peoples Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) had last night authorized alliance partners to take the individual decision on the issue since no consensus could be arrived as there were divergent views.
The NC Members of Parliament (MPs) Dr Farooq Abdulllah, Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi and Mohammad Akbar Lone had earlier boycotted the commission meetings. However, the boycott came under severe criticism from different quarters.
The change of heart in the NC was witnessed after Union Home minister Amit Shah and Lt Governor Manoj Sinha announced that election in the Jammu and Kashmir will be held only after delimitation process is completed. They have appealed to political parties to participate in the deliberation so that the process is completed as early as possible which will follow elections.
On June 23, Commission member and Deputy Election Commissioner, Chandra Bhushan Kumar, held a virtual meeting with all 20 Deputy Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir.
Before the erstwhile state was bifurcated into two Union Territories in August 2019, the effective strength of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was 87, including four seats from Ladakh, which is now a separate Union Territory without a legislature.
As of today, the strength of the realigned Jammu and Kashmir Assembly stands at 83. If the 24 vacant seats from Pakistan administered Kashmir are included, the total number of assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir assembly stands at 107.
Jammu and Kashmir has been under Centre’s rule since June 19, 2018, following the collapse of the coalition government headed by Mehbooba Mufti after the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) withdrew its support.