Delimitation exercise meaningless until full statehood is restored: Cong

Delimitation exercise meaningless until full statehood is restored: Cong
Members of Delimitation commission arrive in Srinagar on Tuesday 6 July 2021. [File]Habib Naqash for Greater Kashmir

Jammu: The Congress on Thursday submitted a memorandum to the Delimitation Commission here and said undertaking a delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir will be meaningless until full statehood is restored to it.

Statehood is imperative for the restoration of the democratic process in Jammu and Kashmir, it said.

“Until full statehood for Jammu and Kashmir as part of the Union of India is restored, there would be no meaning for the Delimitation Commission to undertake any exercise,” the memorandum said.

Unfortunately, the meeting called by Prime Minister NarendraModi in Delhi last month gave no concrete assurance in this regard, the Congress delegation led by former ministers Muka Ram and Raman Bhalla said.

“This (statehood) is an essential confidence building measure imperative for the restoration of the democratic process in Jammu and Kashmir. May we at INC point out that until the restoration of statehood for J&K, as demanded in the CWC resolution of 6th August 2019, is completed, the delimitation process commencement will be rendered nugatory,” Bhalla told reporters here.

“The unlawful detention of political leaders and their incarceration for long period without any charges is itself an anathema to the founding principles of democracy under our Constitution,” he said.

The government must end the incarceration of political leadership as a step towards strengthening grassroots democracy in Jammu and Kashmir, he added.

The Congress urged the commission to circulate its draft proposal among all political parties so that they can put forth their suggestions and objections, if any.

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