Consider area, population in delimitation exercise: BJP

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 supposed to be distributed in the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory,” BJP General Secretary (Organisation), Ashok Koul, told Greater Kashmir. He said there were set norms for the delimitation of Assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir.

“We don’t have any major demand except for the fact that the exercise should be impartial. For that, I believe, the Election Commission would nominate a High Court Judge to conduct the delimitation exercise in J&K,” Koul said.

He, however, stressed that area, population, connectivity are the basic parameters that the BJP would like the Commission to keep in mind in the delimitation exercise. “Ninety seats will be distributed between the two regions – Jammu and Kashmir – which comprise the UT of J&K,” Koul said.

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

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

The council of ministers of J&K UT will be headed by a Chief Minister, who will have limited powers compared to CM of the erstwhile J&K State, while the LG will continue to lead the UT and take all important decisions.

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

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

Party sources said efforts were on to rope in as many people as possible into the party fold. “Ahead of the crucial party polls, qualified people with public acceptance are being invited into the party,” Ashok Koul said.