Political wannabes have to wait: Assembly polls after delimitation of constituencies
Feb 27: Political wannabes might have to
wait for some more time as assembly elections in the Union Territory are likely
to be deferred till the end of this year or early next year.
has decided to complete the delimitation exercise before starting the
democratic process in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.
will be held only after the delimitation exercise is completed. After delimitation,
we have to adjust seven new constituencies in the Union Territory. They have
nominated a member for the delimitation commission. We still have to nominate
the chairman for the commission. I think it is going to take some time”, said
Sunil Sethi, chief spokesman of J&K BJP.
the Reorganization Act, the Union Territory of J&K will have an Assembly
while Ladakh will not. Under the Act, the number of seats in the Assembly would
be increased from 107 to 114 after delimitation.
to the Delimitation Act, 2002, the Commission appointed by Centre has to have
three members –serving or retired judge of the Supreme Court as the
chairperson, and the Chief Election Commissioner or Election Commissioner
nominated by the CEC and the State Election Commissioner as ex-officio members.
the request of the Department of Legislative Affairs, Ministry of Law and
Justice, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora named Election Commissioner
Sushil Chandra as his nominee to the proposed Delimitation Commission for Jammu
the delimitation should be done within six months. If the delimitation
commission is constituted, it will take a maximum of six months to complete the
exercise. It can be earlier also. But it
requires huge efforts. I can assure you that unnecessary time will not be
wasted”, said Sethi.
Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir, Shailendra Kumar said polls are not held
under the carpet and whenever Election Commission decides they will announce
can’t comment on your reports. I can give comments on facts and not hearsay.
These things (polls) are not done under the carpet. Whenever Election
Commission decides, they will announce it”, he said.
the erstwhile state Legislative Assembly, BJP was the second largest party with
25 MLAs, all from the Jammu region. Its former ally PDP was the single largest
party with 28 seats. National Conference
had 15 and Congress 12 members in the House. Separatist turned pro India leader
Sajad Lone led Peoples Conference (PC) had two MLAs while CPIM and PDF had one
member each. The rest of the members were independents.
the past, the chief minister of the UT will be subservient to the Lieutenant
Governor (LG). “There shall be a council of ministers consisting of not more
than 10 percent of the members in the Legislative Assembly. Chief Minister as
the head shall aid and advise LG in the exercise of his functions…” reads the