If the reports are to be believed then Home Minister Amit Shah could be well on his way to lift the freeze from the delimitation of assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir state. Delimitation is a process to determine borders of a region. This process in the state had to be freezed due to strong opposition from Kashmir based parties.
However once the process re-starts, Jammu could region which is far larger in size than the Kashmir valley, could end up with a greater number of constituencies. This can directly result in the state getting its first non-Muslim non-kashmiri Chief Minister.
Reacting to the reports, PDP leader Waheed Ur Rehman Para said, “BJP is trying to pit Jammu Vs Kashmir. We have no enmity against Jammu, the real problem is to address the core issues, and most important thing is to win the hearts and minds of people here.”
With President’s Rule operational in the strife-torn state, Home Minister Amit Shah has already had a closed door meeting with Governor Satyapal Malik. He also met Director, Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Jain and Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba.
Among other things, on the drawing board is believed to be the action plan for fresh delimitation of constituencies and appointment of a Delimitation Commission. At the very kernel of delimitation is redrawing the scope and size of Assembly constituencies and determine the number of seats to be reserved for SC.
This is, in the main to correct an inequity and anomaly of regional disparity long suffered by Jammu province, and also provide representation to all reserved categories in the State Assembly.
The last time a delimitation exercise took place in the state was also under President’s Rule, as far back as 1995 in extremely difficult circumstances by the Justice (retd) KK Gupta Commission. Incidentally, the Constitution provides for delimitation every 10 years, the next delimitation of Assembly constituencies should have logically taken place in 2005.