Elections Meaningless With Delimitation

2 October 2008
Etalaat News Service

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party asserted that elections would be 'meaningless' for Jammu region if conducted without holding delimitation and ensuring equitable allocation of assembly and parliamentary seats to it. Addressing a press conference, Chief spokesperson of JKNPP Harsh Dev Singh said, that the political outfits, which are advocating the idea that delimitation may be conducted after holding Assembly elections, are living in fools paradise. They must understand that the Kashmir based leaders would never support the delimitation and equitable allocation of seats to both the regions. It would be an impossible task to conduct delimitation after elections. He also described the statement of Governor N N Vohra, in which he had stated that delimitation of assembly constituencies is a political issue, as 'mere excuse' and maintained that Governor has all legislative powers to quash the 29th amendment of J&K by issuing an ordinance for conducting fresh delimitation. 'The moratorium imposed on delimitation was prejudicial not only to Jammu region but had adversely affected the interest of Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) in the state,' he alleged, adding that delimitation was held in the entire country except the Jammu and Kashmir. 'By virtue of delimitation conducted in 2007, the number of SC seats in the parliament increased from 78 to 84 and those of STs increased from 38 to 42. Likewise, the total number of assembly constituencies reserved for SCs in the various seats increased from 555 to 610 and those of STs increased from 527 to 545,' he disclosed. He further alleged that delimitation was denied 'wrongfully' in the state due to which STs were subjected to the most 'hostile discrimination' with no seat having been provided to them. 'The delimitation alone could have rectified this anomalous position by ensuring justice not only to Jammu region but also to SCs and STs by providing them adequate compensation,' he added.