Delimitation Commission Recommendations Aimed at Changing the Demographic Character, Says CPI(M) Polit Bureau

SRINAGAR: The recommendations of the Jammu and Kashmir Delimitation Commission are blatantly unjustified and illogical, CPIM Polit Bureau said in a brief statement.

Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary CPI(M) and Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami, CPI(M) leader addressed a press conference in Srinagar on Thursday, March 24, 2022. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

“This has recommended to increase six seats in Jammu region while only one in Kashmir valley. The Commission considered the 2011 census for delimiting territorial constituencies. The population is the cardinal parameter in such a process.  According to the census population of Kashmir is 68.9 lakhs while that of Jammu is 53.8 lakhs,” the statement said.

“The Commission has recommended 47 seats for Kashmir and 43 for Jammu. A fair delimitation, based on population, should have given 51 seats to Kashmir and 39 to Jammu. With 44 per cent of the population, Jammu will have 48 per cent of seats while Kashmir with 56 per cent of the population will have only 52 per cent of the seats,” it added.

Thus, the statement said “these recommendations are clearly politically motivated aimed at changing the demographic character and composition of J&K. These recommendations must, therefore, be rejected.”

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