Jammu: Commenting on the Delimitation Commission draft proposal of increasing six additional assembly seats for Jammu and only one for Kashmir, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) J&K President Ravinder Raina that there was no place for objection.
He said that if an independent institution was saying something and that too headed by a retired Supreme Court judge whose credibility and transparency were well known, there was no place for objection.
Reacting to objections raised by PAGD leaders over the recommendations, Raina said Delimitation Commission and Election Commission were autonomous and independent institutions that had their powers.
“The Delimitation Commission came out with its recommendations after working for over two years, during which they met leaders of all political parties, social workers, District Development and Block Development Council members, heads of organisations of panchs and sarpanchs, and collected data from government machinery, including deputy commissioners, and worked on set parameters,” he said.
“I don’t see anything wrong in increasing six seats to the Jammu region and one in Kupwara district of north Kashmir. They should talk of entire J&K as a unit rather than restricting their politics to mohalla (locality) level,” Raina said. “They are free to raise their concerns with the commission rather than making it an issue.”
He said that the party was happy over the recommendation for reservation of nine seats to Scheduled Tribes and seven seats to Scheduled Caste communities.