DELIMITATION COMMISSION DRAFT PROPOSAL | ‘Democracy, rules of representation violated’

DELIMITATION COMMISSION DRAFT PROPOSAL | ‘Democracy, rules of representation violated’
JKNC's senior leader Ali Muhammad Sagar said that the party rank and file endorse the stand taken by the party leadership. Special arrangement

Srinagar: National Conference (NC) General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar Tuesday rejected the draft recommendation of the Delimitation Commission and said that it was “murder of democracy and another step towards disempowering Kashmiris”.

A statement of NC issued here said that addressing a news conference at the party’s Nawa-e-Subha headquarters here, he reiterated the party’s absolute rejection of draft recommendations of the Delimitation Commission.

Sagar said that the party rank and file endorse the stand taken by the party leadership. He said that the draft ditches the parameters of the commission itself.

“It’s not based on democratic and scientific parameters. The draft ditches rules and procedures. The draft constitutes evidence of brazen bias toward Kashmir. It does not correspond to the 2011 Census and is volatile of the principles of democracy and the rules of representation,” Sagar said.

Endorsing the stand of NC President Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah, he said, “The NC high command’s stand on the issue is absolutely clear and every worker of the party endorses it. Our MPs have made it clear that the draft exercise in its entirety offends the constitution. They will file a party’s objection on this draft within 10 days,” he said.

Calling it another step towards disempowering Kashmiri Muslims, Sagar said that the party MPs would file objections by the end of this month and that party leadership would also devise a future strategy after deliberating upon the evolving situation.

Dismissing the disinformation campaign by some local parties, he said that the party leadership’s stand was clear and the misinformation campaign launched against NC was all smoke and mirrors.

“They have always been economical with the truth. Representatives of all local mainstream political parties met the visiting delimitation commission. Multiple tweets, statements, press briefs of our party leadership and other functionaries rejected the draft proposal. They are there in the public domain for the people to see,” he said.

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