DELIMITATION COMMISSION DRAFT PROPOSAL | Wishful thinking, says Soz

DELIMITATION COMMISSION DRAFT PROPOSAL | Wishful thinking, says Soz
GK File Photo of Saifuddin Soz

Srinagar: Former union minister Saifuddin Soz Tuesday said that the Delimitation Commission’s draft proposal of increasing six additional assembly seats for Jammu and only one for Kashmir was wishful thinking.

In a statement issued here, Soz said, “The entire process of delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir smacks of a conspiracy hatched by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to change the demography of J&K and ultimately install a Hindu chief minister.”

He said that the RSS seems to have succeeded in making the J&K Delimitation Commission propose six additional assembly seats for Jammu and only one seat for Kashmir.

“The recommendations of the commission go against the most crucial criteria for delimitation - population - and the same attitude shows the commission itself in extremely poor light,” Soz said.

He said that the census of 2011 shows the population of Kashmir as 69,07,623, Jammu as 53,50,811, and Ladakh as 2,90,492.

“The general run of people of Kashmir wants to show respect to the constitutional relationship between J&K and the Union of India,” Soz said.

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