âRedraw constituencies without any bias, bigotryâ
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JAMMU: Senior BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta on Wednesday urged the government to ensure that no injustice is done with Jammu in the ongoing delimitation exercise as already much damage has been inflicted to the region due to lopsided decisions in the past.
In a statement issued to media persons here, the BJP stalwart said that the area of present constituencies in Jammu province is in no way justified because in comparison to Valley one constituency in Jammu is equal to three in the Kashmir region.
“This startling imbalance speaks louder than words that those who tailored this ‘Nizam’ in the erstwhile State of J&K had some vested interests which lead to injustice with people of Jammu”, he said, adding that those who have been given the opportunity to rectify the err should not waste this opportunity rather they should ensure that no entity in the Union Territory feels deceived after the completion of delimitation process. Kavinder said that the delimitation of the Assembly constituencies was last held in 1994-95 during the President’s Rule when seats of the erstwhile State Assembly were raised from 76 to 87. “Jammu region’s seats were increased from 32 to 37, Kashmir’s from 42 to 46 and Ladakh’s two to four.
However, the delimitation was freezed in 2002 by the then National Conference Government headed by Farooq Abdullah in lines with the decision taken by then Central Government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee”, he maintained, adding that the imbalance of seats between Jammu and Kashmir regions has snatched away the rights of people of Jammu region forcing them to reel under conditions which were against their will and aspirations for the last many years. Kavinder said that the helmsmen redrawing the boundaries of the constituencies should keep in mind that it is not only population which is to be considered while reframing the constituencies but area, terrain and other factors should also hold great significance in carving out these seats which ultimately the political course of the UT of J&K in the coming times.
He said that the people of the UT have high expectations from the delimitation commission currently executing this most vital exercise concerning the future of the J&K therefore a big responsibility is on the shoulders of the constituents of the aforesaid commission to redraw constituencies in J&K without any bias or bigotry.