Consider area, population in delimitation exercise: BJP

Panel likely to be headed by a High Court Judge: Ashok Koul
Consider area, population in delimitation exercise: BJP
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state general secretary Ashok Kaul held a protest at Press Enclave in Srinagar against the security withdrawal of the political workers in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday May 07, 2019. Mubashir Khan/GK

Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday hinted that Delimitation Commission in the newly created Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir would be headed by a High Court Judge.

"Delimitation is bound to happen and 90 seats are supposedto be distributed in the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory," BJP GeneralSecretary (Organisation), Ashok Koul, told Greater Kashmir. He said there wereset norms for the delimitation of Assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir.

"We don't have any major demand except for the fact that theexercise should be impartial. For that, I believe, the Election Commissionwould nominate a High Court Judge to conduct the delimitation exercise inJ&K," Koul said.

He, however, stressed that area, population, connectivityare the basic parameters that the BJP would like the Commission to keep in mindin the delimitation exercise. "Ninety seats will be distributed between the tworegions – Jammu and Kashmir – which comprise the UT of J&K," Koul said.

Interestingly, BJP is lobbying hard for the delimitationexercise ahead of the Assembly polls. Recently, Lieutenant Governor GirishChandera Murmu stated that the J&K UT will soon witness Assembly polls.

Under the J&K Re-organisation Act 2019, Centre addedseven seats to the 83-member Legislative Assembly while as 24 seats continue toremain reserved for the people of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK).

The council of ministers of J&K UT will be headed by aChief Minister, who will have limited powers compared to CM of the erstwhileJ&K State, while the LG will continue to lead the UT and take all importantdecisions.

The BJP General Secretary is on Kashmir visit to check theparty pulse ahead of crucial exercise of party re-structuring throughelections.

"Both new and old faces will be inducted in the partypositions. We will have two separate party chiefs for UTs of Jammu &Kashmir, and Ladakh. We are roping in new faces as well," he informed. "ByDecember end, we will be done with the party polls."

Party sources said efforts were on to rope in as many peopleas possible into the party fold. "Ahead of the crucial party polls, qualifiedpeople with public acceptance are being invited into the party," Ashok Koulsaid.

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