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J&K: Delimitation Commission gets a one-year extension | India News


NEW DELHI: The Delimitation Commission, a panel to redesign assembly and parliamentary electoral districts in Jammu and Kashmir, has a one-year extension, a measure indicating that assembly elections in the Union Territory will not be held. will be done in the short term.
A government bulletin notice issued Wednesday night said the panel, headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, will receive one more year to complete its task in the Union Territory, which came into existence. in October 2019 after the Center was abrogated from the special status of the old state in August of that year and announced its reorganization.
The panel was created last year to redraw the electoral districts of Jammu and Kashmir and four northeastern states: Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. However, the one-year extension is for Jammu and Kashmir only.
The proceedings of the commission, which has five deputies from the former state of Jammu and Kashmir as ex-officio members, have been boycotted by the National Conference (NC) which has three representatives on the panel.
Before the Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act 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. The realigned Jammu and Kashmir Assembly strength is 107 now with 24 seats remaining vacant as they fall in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
The NC members, although they disassociated themselves from the Delimitation Commission, said that the party has challenged the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act in the Supreme Court and the matter is pending.
In a letter to the chairman of the commission, North Carolina MPs, including the former prime minister of Jammu and Kashmir and veteran politician Farooq Abdullah, had said: “In our opinion, the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act of 2019 is palpably unconstitutional and has been enacted – in disregard and in violation of the mandate and spirit of the Indian Constitution and therefore no action should be taken. ”
“We have launched a challenge to the constitutional validity of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, exercise of powers of 2019 by virtue of which it is proposed that the meeting in question be held,” says the letter, also signed by two other deputies: Hasnain Masoodi and Muhammad Akbar. Lone – had said.
According to section 60 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act 2019, “… the number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will be increased from 107 to 114 …”
With 24 seats in PoK, the effective force will increase from 83 to 90.
Elections to the assembly of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will be held only after the delimitation process is completed.

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