Provide agenda for Delimitation Commission meeting: NC

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Srinagar: The National Conference (NC) Sunday asked the Delimitation Commission to provide an agenda for the December 20 meeting before the party MPs could decide on their participation in it.

The commission has called a meeting of its associate members in New Delhi on December 20.

The Commission has five associate members who are five Lok Sabha MPs from J&K.

While the NC has three MPs, all from Kashmir, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has two from the Jammu region.

NC Member of Parliament from south Kashmir, Hasnain Masoodi said the party had sent a written communication to the commission asking it to provide the relevant material so that the party MPs could decide whether to participate in the meeting or not.

“We have sent a letter to the Delimitation Commission and asked them to make us aware of the agenda of the meeting, provide us the agenda items and provide us all the material concerning that (the agenda items),” Masoodi said.

The letter was sent by Masoodi and NC MP from north Kashmir, Muhammad Akbar Lone.

NC President and MP from central Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah is currently in Jammu.

Masoodi said that the party wants to go through the agenda first before deciding on its participation in the meeting.

“We want to go through the material that is provided to us so that we can look into it and then make our decision,” he said.

The NC MP said that the two MPs have also reminded the commission that there had been no response so far from the commission to the party’s letter written on February 17.

The party had boycotted the first meeting of the commission with the associate members and had sent a letter to the commission, saying the exercise was an outcome of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019, which the party had challenged in the Supreme Court.

The letter had called upon the commission to halt the delimitation proceedings as the exercise was being conducted following the provisions of an act that was under judicial scrutiny.

Masoodi said once the party’s MPs get a response from the commission, they would study it and then make a decision.

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