Union Minister Jitendra Singhsaid the delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir is meant to facilitate judicious representation to all the sections and regions in the legislative assembly.
He said the case of Jammu and Kashmir is somewhat different from other states or Union Territories, in the sense that there has existed an anomaly in the number of seats which was not corrected over the years.
And the ruling parties in the past, which were mostly non-BJP, were accused of deliberately trying to delay the delimitation exercise for their electoral benefits, he added. Therefore, the delimitation exercise is meant to facilitate judicious representation to all the sections and all the regions in the legislative assembly, Singh told PTI.
When asked to respond to a demand in certain political quarters that the assembly election should be held before the delimitation exercise, he said it is for the Election Commission to decide on the date of the polls.
However, as a political party, the BJP is a 24x7x365 party and “we are always ready for any election at any level, whether it is a parliamentary election, assembly election or a local body election,” said Singh, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
The minister hit out at the Congress and other opposition parties who he claimed were spreading rumours that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to influence the Delimitation Commission to increase the number of seats in such a manner that it may give electoral advantage to it and said such allegations reflect their own mindset.
Such allegations are a reflection of their own condition of mind and the mindset with which they ruled the country for over six decades, when they were found interfering with the functioning of constitutional bodies like the Election Commission and CBI, he said.
Singh, the Lok Sabha member from Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur constituency, said the Delimitation Commission is an independent body which follows certain norms and parameters in its working.
It is, therefore, not only improper to make such an allegation but also a matter of impropriety to say so, he said.
Singh said, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the central government accords highest respect to the independence of these bodies and never seeks to intrude into their domain of working. The Delimitation Commission will be on a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from July 6-9 to interact with political parties, their leaders and government officials to gather first hand inputs on the ongoing process of redrawing the boundaries of electoral constituencies.
Jammu Highway on high alert
After the drone incident in Kalachak area of Jammu and Kashmir where 5 kg ID was caught by the Armed Forces, the J&K Administration has put the Highway on high alert.
To keep the environment safe, Jammu and Kashmir Police is checking the vehicles on a naka at Tapial area of Samba which is an entry point of the UT.
Pakistan, for terror attacks has currently started using drones to keep a check at the borders and according to reports, it has started sending weapons and other drug materials through tunnels.
The hostility between the two countries has been since years and rather than creating a peaceful atmosphere, Pakistan keeps changing strategies to create warring situations.
We aren’t terrorists’: 10th class students demand mass promotion
JK Board 10th class students once again staged a protest against JKBOSE outside Director of School Education’s office in Jammu today. After meeting him, they showed a disapproval and demanded mass promotion.
“Director Sir told us to give our exams and wait for results. We are against it! We either demand online exams or mass promotion. When Kashmir students can get promoted without exams, why not us?” said a student
“I’m here to support these students. Their demand is genuine. They had online classes. Third wave is on it’s way and we can’t risk students’ lives. JK Board Authorities must listen to their appeal.” added their supporter
The students claimed the J&K Police to have abused and physically attacked them. They disagreed with the behaviour and said it was against the law and order.
“It’s J&K Police not the goons that attacked us today. I’m still 16 and it’s against the law to hit me. We aren’t terrorists, just small kids demanding something for ourselves. At least don’t hit us.” they said
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
Jammu: 4 Batteries, 250 litres Diesel Stolen from 6 Trucks
Last night four batteries from two trucks bearing numbers JK02AH2712 and JK02AF1898 and 250 litres of diesel were stolen from four trucks parked at yard 6, Narwal. In addition, from a truck bearing number JK02AT2717, 100 litres of diesel was stolen. According to a truck operator, the theft happened on the night of 20 July. The police came here for once but didn’t take any action.
“From my two trucks, the thieves have stolen one battery and around 250 litres of diesel. I have registered a case in Narwal Police Station yesterday night, but no police officer has yet visited. We have also informed the police officers in the PCR van for round-up they also didn’t take any action. So the police didn’t investigate our cases seriously”, a truck operator said.
The operators demanded that an investigation should take place and the thieves should be arrested immediately.
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