Focus shifts to Delimitation Commission’s meeting with associate members

Highly placed sources say the Commission may also share draft report with the associate members for their comments.
Focus shifts to Delimitation Commission’s meeting with associate members
Delimitation Commission entering Lalit Palace in Srinagar for their meet with political parties on Tuesday, 6 July 2021. [File]Habib Naqash for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: While Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed an uptick in political activities over the last one month, the focus has now panned across to New Delhi,where the Delimitation Commission is scheduled to hold a meeting with its associate members on December 20.

The Delimitation Commission headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice (retd) Ranjana Desai has invited all five Lok Sabha MPs from Jammu and Kashmir for a meeting scheduled on December 20 at Hotel Ashoka. This venue in the national capital is also the place where the Commission functions from.

BJP MPs Jitender Singh and Jugal Kishore are slated to attend the meeting. However, National Conference is yet to take a call on its participation in the meeting as they have not received the invitation from the Commision yet. The NC MPs had boycotted the meeting held by the Commission with associate members on February 18, saying the exercise is outcome of the Reorganisation Act, which it had challenged in the Supreme Court.

The agenda of the meeting has not been put out by the Delimitation Commission. However, as per sources the Commission may discuss the nuances of the process with the associate members. Highly placed sources say the Commission may also share draft report with the associate members for their comments.

It may be mentioned that the Union Home Ministry on Tuesday said that the Delimitation Commission endeavors to complete the exercise of redrawing of boundaries of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies as early as possible.

The Commission headed by retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, pertinently, have been asked to complete the exercise by March 6.

The central government has time again said that once the process is complete, the next step will be holding of Assembly elections in the Union Territory of J&K.

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