Jammu: A delegation of Apni Party leaders led by Vice President ChoudharyZulfikar Ali today met the Members of Delimitation Commission headed by Justice (retired) Ranjana Desai here in Jammu.
According to a statement issued here, the delegation includes General Secretary, VikramMalhotra, Provincial President, Jammu, Manjit Singh, Vice President, Jammu Province, Syed Asgar Ali, and Ex-MLA Haji Mumtaz Ahmed Khan called on the Commission on behalf of the Party.
“A detailed memorandum was presented to the Commission among other things. It was emphasised and stressed on the Commission that the delay in initiating the political process and conducting the elections in the Union Territory of J&K is a blot on the Indian democracy as the people of erstwhile State are being deprived of their right to franchise since 2018,” the statement reads.
The delegation said “It is important to visit the far-flung areas vizPirpanjal (Rajouri-Poonch), Ramban, Reasi, Ramnagar, Udhampur, Bani, Billawar and Basholi areas of Kathua District, and other remote areas of Kashmir Province.”
They further stressed upon the Delimitation Commission to enhance the number of seats as mandated in the Reorganization Act, 2019 on the basis of population as population being one of the criteria for enhancing the seats, and seats be provided to those districts which are underrepresented till now.
“In Jammu-Poonch Parliamentary segment, Rajouri-Poonch has 10 lakh population (which is remote border districts) and Jammu-Samba has 18.5 lakhs in comparison,” the delegation told the Commission and demanded creation of a Parliamentary seat for the Pirpanjal Region.
The delegation also requested the Commission to expedite the process of delimitation of assembly constituencies. The delegation told the Commission Members that last time in 2019, the Election Commission visited J&K before LokSabha Elections.