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Delimitation Commission meeting to be held in New Delhi today, will give Direction to Future Political Equations

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All eyes are on the meeting of the Delimitation Commission in New Delhi on Monday. Although the final decision on the delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir will not be taken in this meeting, it will indicate the future political equations of the state. From political parties running a political shop only on the exploitation of the sentiments of the majority Muslim community, Kashmiri Pandits, Sikhs, citizens of slave Kashmir, tribal groups, who have felt politically neglected for 70 years, are all speculating about its outcome. Huh.

The Delimitation Commission has decided the probable draft of the constituencies based on 280 memorandums from 900 citizens and political organizations, information from the state government and the 2011 census, which will be discussed. This is the second meeting of the Commission. Unlike in the first meeting, all associate members are participating. In the first meeting in February, all three National Conference MPs were absent.

Sources said that the Delimitation Commission headed by Justice (retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai had also called for the delimitation report in 1995 to finalize the delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir, but it did not receive the report. J&K reportedly said that this report had been lost. Therefore, the Commission prepared the draft report keeping in view the memorandums of various social, political organizations, information regarding Jammu and Kashmir on forums and the details of various districts and constituencies provided by the state government.

The Delimitation Commission has prepared the report based on the 2011 census. Many of the existing assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir are significant in population and area, while many are very small. Several assembly constituencies are spread over two districts. The present Commission has got the responsibility to rectify all the discrepancies. He said that the Commission might create a floating assembly constituency for Kashmiri Pandits on a seat reserved for Buddhist lamas in Sikkim. According to their population, tribal groups can get reservation benefits in 10 seats.

A new constituency may also be created for the dispersed population in the border areas. The citizens of PoK want that some of the 24 seats under the quota of PoK should be unreserved, and representatives of their community should be elected on them. However, the Delimitation Commission has made it clear that the seats reserved for PoK are outside its jurisdiction.

The delimitation process in Jammu and Kashmir has been started after almost 26 years. The last delimitation process was adopted in 1995. The delimitation was done in accordance with the recommendations of the Commission headed by Justice KK Gupta under the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution and the Jammu and Kashmir Representation of the People Act. Before August 5, 2019, in the Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir, 87 were elected, two nominated members besides 24 seats were reserved for PoK. Seven seats were reserved for the Scheduled Castes only in Jammu and Kashmir. No seats were reserved for Kashmiri Pandits and citizens displaced from PoK and Scheduled Tribes.

Kashmiri Pandits and PoK people are now demanding the reservation of some seats for themselves in the Union Territory. Of the 87 seats in Jammu and Kashmir, 46 were in Kashmir, 37 in Jammu and four in Ladakh. Four seats in Ladakh state have been exhausted, and now there are 83 assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir, which are to be increased to 90. After completing the delimitation process, there will be 114 seats in Jammu and Kashmir, and 24 of them will be from PoK. The associate members of the Commission include all three National Conference (NC) MPs Dr Farooq Abdullah, Hasnain Masoodi and Mohammad Akbar Lone, besides both BJP MPs Jugal Kishore Sharma and Dr Jitendra Singh.

The concerned officials said that the Commission would apprise all the associate members about the proposed draft of delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir in the meeting. He will take their suggestions. After that, the relevant format will be made public. After that, it will be finalized. However, Associate Members do not have any voting or signing rights. Their views are taken on board. It also includes dissenting opinions which are put on record in the notification of delimitation. The Commission is not bound to implement their suggestions and objections.

Amish Mahajan, Content Writer, JK Media 

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Jammu: Exodus Day Observed as Black Day

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Due to the increasing influence of terrorism, the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits started on this day in 1990. Kashmiri Pandits celebrated this day of expulsion as Black Day.

On Wednesday, Kashmiri displaced Pandits protested by taking out a rally in Jagti. These Kashmiri Pandits said that this dark day is remembered by every Kashmiri Pandit who was forced to leave the Valley. It is the job of the Government of India to conduct an inquiry by setting up a commission, and those who had spoiled the situation in Kashmir should be fed the air of jails. Kashmiri Pandits demonstrated fiercely and on the other hand, demanded that the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley be ensured.

For the last 32 years, Kashmiri Pandits have been cut off from their own land. Addressing the occasion, Jagti Tenement Committee President Shadi Lal Pandita said that these Kashmiri Pandits had to leave their homes due to terrorism in the Valley, but today this Kashmiri Pandit wants to connect with their soil and establish three big satellite colonies in Kashmir. If the government does this, then 70 thousand Kashmiri Pandit families will go back to the Valley and join their soil. But now, the central government is not taking any step in this direction. Therefore, Kashmiri Pandits should be told the plan with the central government to return to the Valley.

On the other hand, Raj Kumar Tikku said that January 19 would not be forgotten by Kashmiri Pandits. When the situation in Kashmir turned completely against the Kashmiri Pandits and announcements were made on loudspeakers to leave the Valley. Kashmiri Pandits were forced to migrate for their safety and their families. Many Kashmiri Pandits also lost their lives. The Central Government should now constitute an inquiry committee to bring the real culprits to the jails.

Amish Mahajan

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J&K: Terrorist Hideout built in middle of park busted

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The remaining terrorists in Kashmir are adopting many unique ways to save themselves from the security forces and the police, but now it is not possible to escape the terrorists from the eyes of the security forces and the police.

The Pulwama and Awantipora police, conducting a joint search operation with the Army’s 55 Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF, have busted a hiding place built in the middle of a garden in Bandarpora, Awantipora. Terrorists often used to hide in this hideout after committing any incident in the area. At present, with the help of security forces, the police have started a search operation in the surrounding areas, demolishing the hideouts of the terrorists. Other details are awaited.

Now the number of active terrorists in Kashmir has remained negligible. This is why the anger of Pakistan across the border has increased. It is well known that Pakistan encourages terrorists in India. Training camps have also been opened for terrorists across the border in Pakistan. Now that the number of terrorists has been reduced considerably, terrorists are engaged in making targets killed with their weapons to register their presence. However, the security forces and the Jammu and Kashmir Police are fully active in thwarting this nefarious design of the terrorists.

Amish Mahajan

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Mystery of Lucknow family allegedly missing in J&K solved

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The startling revelation came to light on Wednesday about the Lucknow family allegedly missing during their travel to Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier reports had said that three members of a family from Lucknow — Mehmood Ali Khan, his wife Darakshan and their son, Shavez — had gone missing in Ramban district while they were on their way from Jammu to Srinagar.

Police sources said according to Salim Khan, brother-in-law of Mehmood Ali Khan, all 3 members were murdered by elder son, Sarfaraz Khan on January 5, the day they were leaving towards Jammu by train.

“After disposing of their dead bodies, he meticulously planned to mislead the relatives and police. He clandestinely visited Jammu and Kashmir and messaged via WhatsApp from his father’s mobile phone on 14th January morning in which he posed as his younger brother, Shavez and said that they are stuck on the highway due to landslides.

“He even posted some pictures of the highway,” said the sources.

The details of the case came to light when the J&K police traced the phone in Lucknow that was used to send WhatsApp messages.

Police said Sarfraz had murdered his father, mother and brother in Lucknow itself. On January 6 the body of a youth with a slit throat was found on Lucknow’s Mall Road in the Itaunja area.

Police were unable to identify the body. After this, two more bodies with slit throats were found in the Malihabad area in Lucknow.

After the photographs of the three persons allegedly missing in J&K’s Ramban area were published, police in Lucknow were able to identify all three.

Subsequent investigation revealed that the eldest son of the family, Sarfraz had murdered them. Sarfraz has been taken into custody.

Police said other contacts of Sarfraz are also being questioned. The motive of the gruesome crime is still not known.

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