NC, Congress meet J&K Delimitation Commission, urge it to be exercised in a free, fair manner

The National Conference and the Congress on Tuesday met the Delimitation Commission and urged them to take up the exercise of redrawing the constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir in a free, fair and transparent manner so as to protect the unity and integrity of the Union Territory. Both sides underlined their concerns and demands related to the exercise by submitting separate memoranda to the commission headed by Justice (Retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai, and said it was done only after the re-statement of Jammu and Kashmir. Will go The CPI(M) also submitted a memorandum that highlighted the constitutional aspects of delimitation and the legal challenge to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019.

The National Conference said the delimitation exercise should not have been carried out until the Supreme Court has decided on the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act 2019 and other related orders. It said the hearing of the cases was delayed due to the pandemic and all the petitions are expected to be considered after the commencement of the physical hearing.

The party, in its memorandum, said that the enforcement of any act which is under the scrutiny of the court may precede a judicial decision. The party said that under the constitutional scheme, the delimitation of assembly constituencies falls within the powers of the State of Jammu and Kashmir and under the second provision of Article 47 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, it is to be done after the first census data. 2026 is published. The party said the delimitation exercise would be a credible effort to strengthen democracy only after full statehood is restored to Jammu and Kashmir.

“Despite our basic reservations on this issue, the Commission has decided to go ahead with the delimitation process. Reiterating its stand and without prejudice to the submission above, we ask you and other members of the Commission to conduct the delimitation exercise. We request you. In a free, fair and transparent manner so that the unity and integrity of the State is protected. Population should be the sole criterion as has been the case here in J&K in the past and elsewhere in the country.” Talking to reporters after meeting the commission, NC leader Nasir Wani said the party has impressed upon the panel that people have “lost faith” in institutions and it is the commission’s job to try to restore that trust. do.

“If they are practicing now, will it be repeated after 2026 when there is a nationwide delimitation?” He asked. The Congress delegation, in its memorandum, said that the delimitation process would be turned “negative” if the statehood is restored to Jammu and Kashmir.

The memorandum said, “Let us in Congress point out that the delimitation process will be initiated until the statehood for Jammu and Kashmir is restored, as demanded in the CWC resolution dated 6 August 2019. will be considered unimportant.” The party said it told the commission that political and democratic dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir should begin with the restoration of civil liberties of political parties and people. It said that the “illegal detention” of political leaders and their imprisonment for long periods without charge is in itself a curse to the founding principles of democracy under our Constitution.

“The aspiration of the people of Ladakh to lay down their democratic foundations within the four corners of the Indian Constitution must be strictly respected,” the Congress said. The party also suggested that the draft resolution prepared by the Delimitation Commission be circulated among all political parties for making suggestions and submitting objections, if any.

“The Congress is bound to represent the viewpoints, apprehensions and doubts of the public in general about certain factors and preconceived notions that may be detrimental to democratic rights.” There is a serious threat of premeditated political bias. Final recommendations with a view to giving undue and undue advantage to a particular political party and exclusion of democratic rights of the people for a just and amicable delimitation process and especially placing the mainstream political parties in a disadvantageous position due to congenital unfairness. The CPI(M) said that in the present circumstances, the 2011 Census should be taken as the guiding frame for the delimitation exercise.

“The marginalized sections of the population living in remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir must also be given due representation, read the memorandum submitted by Ghulam Nabi Malik.

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