Delimitation commission: NC will clear stand by evening, says Dr Farooq

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SRINAGAR 

National Conference Member Parliaments Friday said the party was yet to decide whether to be part of delimitation commission set-up by the Government of India for fixing boundaries of assembly segments in Jammu and Kashmir.

LS Speaker Om Birla Thursday nominated three NC MPs- Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Justice (retd.) Hasnain Masoodi and Muhammad Akbar Lone- as associate members of delimitation commission.

While Farooq Abdullah said party was yet to decide whether to be part of the commission. “We will issue official statement by evening,” Farooq told news agency KINS.

Similarly, NC MP Hasnian Masoodi said party was yet to decide whether to be part of the commission.

“Law says MPs of those states and union territories have to be associated members of the commission where delimitation is taking place. There was no consultation with us,” Masoodi said.

He said party will hold deliberations and clear its stand today. “They nominated us as per the law and now it is for us to decide how we should react. Individually I can’t be part of anything which is questioned and opposed by us before SC,” he added.

Another NC MP Mohammad Akbar Lone said they have been nominated without their consultation. “We have to now decide whether to be part of the commission. So far NC is concerned, our clear is stand that we won’t be part of any political activity till all political leaders are released,” Lone said.

The government had on 6 March constituted the commission, to be headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, to redraw Lok Sabha and assembly constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir and the northeastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland.

The National Conference has against the exercise and the reorganisation Act since it is a consequence of the scrapping of Article 370, carried out last year by the Centre.(KINS)

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