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After Big Jammu And Kashmir Split, Election Body Meets To Discuss New Constituencies

The Sunil Arora-led election panel mentioned Kashmir in a full fee assembly in the present day.

New Delhi: 

The Election Fee of India in the present day held a gathering to debate the modified circumstances in Jammu and Kashmir, amongst different points, and is now awaiting the Union Residence Ministry’s nod to conduct a delimitation train aimed toward growing the meeting seats within the area and redrawing their boundaries.

This was the primary time the Election Fee met after the passage of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, which divided the state into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmr and Ladakh, in parliament final week. Sources stated the Election Fee examined the modifications led to within the area, and drew upon previous cases of how its predecessors had dealt with the creation of a brand new state.

Sources advised Internetthat the meeting elections in Jammu and Kashmir may be held solely after the completion of the delimitation train, which is able to repair limits or boundaries for territorial constituencies. Nonetheless, the method can begin solely after the Election Fee receives the Union Residence Ministry’s authorisation.

Considerably, the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act mandates that the variety of its meeting constituencies be elevated from 83 to 90 by a delimitation train. The Union authorities is but to inform a fee for a similar.

Jammu and Kashmir would be the first area within the nation to endure delimitation based mostly on the 2011 census. It’ll even be the primary to see a hike in meeting constitutencies within the final 48 years. Though delimitation workouts have been carried out throughout the nation in 2002, solely the boundaries of the constituencies have been redrawn. There was no enhance within the variety of constituencies.

The reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir was accompanied by the scrapping of its particular standing, a transfer that drew widespread criticism from rights teams in addition to opposition leaders. The central authorities imposed strict restrictions on the area and positioned native opposition leaders — together with Nationwide Convention chief Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Occasion chief Mehbooba Mufti — underneath home arrest as a “precautionary measure” earlier than pulling off the shock transfer.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated the target of the dual choices was to curb terrorist actions within the state and produce prosperity to its folks. “The people of Jammu and Kashmir and those of Ladakh were being denied their rights. But a new era has now dawned on Jammu and Kashmir. Now every citizen in the country has equal rights and responsibilities,” he stated, terming the particular standing accorded to the area as a “curse”.

The Election Fee was initially anticipated to carry meeting elections in Jammu and Kashmir by the tip of this yr.

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