A recent controversy is ready to erupt over the redrawing of Jammu and Kashmir’s electoral map. The regional events have rejected it, alleging that the boundaries have been redrawn solely to assist the BJP obtain its political aims.
The fee to redraw the electoral map had first come below criticism in December after it proposed the allotment of six extra meeting seats to the BJP-dominated Jammu in opposition to only one seat in Kashmir. The BJP is weak right here, regardless of Kashmir having a better inhabitants.
Now, after the fee — headed by a retired Supreme Court docket Choose — has launched a recent draft, political events are claiming it’s once more meant to favour the BJP.
Citing examples, political events stated Kishtwar district had two Muslim-majority meeting seats. Now, below the draft proposal, three seats have been allotted to the district — two of them carved out of Hindu-majority areas.
Equally, Doda district had two Muslim-majority seats. The proposal suggests three seats, two of them in Hindu-majority areas.
Political events allege that the electoral illustration of Muslims within the Jammu province has additionally drastically lowered below the brand new proposal. From 13 Muslim majority meeting seats, the area may have simply 10 seats.
The mainstream events in Jammu and Kashmir have alleged political bias, and say they are going to reject these proposals.
«The delimitation train is finished for furtherance of BJP agenda,» stated former Chief Minister and Folks’s Democratic Get together chief Mehbooba Mufti.
«The Fee has proven no regard to legislation and structure. Notably, the bulk neighborhood — be it in Rajouri, Kashmir or Chenab Valley — have been disempowered. In a way they’ve been disenfranchised,» she added.
The 5 MPs — three of Nationwide Convention and two from the BJP, who’re affiliate members of the Delimitation Fee — will reply to the report earlier than February 14. However their suggestions should not binding on the fee.
In Kashmir Valley, the one seat with a major Kashmiri Pandit voters –Habakadal in Srinagar — has disappeared, with the voters being divided into completely different seats.
«With the abolition/dissolution of Habakadal phase, they’ve disempowered Kashmiri Pandits additional and possibilities of electing any Pandit from there has gone without end,» stated Mohit Bhan, one of many native leaders.
The BJP has rejected the allegations.
«After the delimitation, the Nationwide Convention and the PDP are shouting as a result of their fiefdom and their dynastic politics is over,» stated senior chief Yudhvir Sethi.