Delimitation panel has disempowered Kashmiris

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference leader, Hasnain Masoodi, has said that the Delimitation Commission has disempowered the people of territory and the entire process of redrawing the assembly constituencies has been done to benefit the Bharatiya Janata Party.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Hasnain Masoodi in an interview in Srinagar said he is not satisfied with the final report of the delimitation panel. “I am not satisfied with this final report. It’s a delimited disempowerment…… In Kashmir, we have one segment for two lakh people while in Jammu, you have an assembly constituency for just 70,000 people. This is a big injustice,” he said.

He said, it’s obvious from this exercise that when it doesn’t adhere to the fundamental criteria meant for this process, it means it is giving benefit to a particular group. Masoodi said, the delimitation has been framed in a way that one political party has secured its seats in Jammu region through this process while for other parties, the process has violated all fundamental parameters. Also, the rules were completely ignored while framing the process, he added.

The NC leader, who was also one of the associate members of the panel along with four other members of Indian Parliament from IIOJK, said, “We filed objections thrice, but the Commission didn’t entertain a single one of those.”

The Convener of All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has strongly denounced the Modi government’s so-called Delimitation Commission’s recommendations and decisions to turn Muslim majority status of the territory into a minority

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad termed the Commission’s recommendations and decisions against the international law, UN resolutions and constitutional guarantees and different agreements between India and Pakistan.

He said that it was a Hitlarian persecuting campaign and a Zionists’ method to make the occupied territory a Hindu racist territory under the cover of so-called delimitation process.

He warned that the recommendations were fraught with formidable dangers and this majority Muslim territory could be turned into a Hindu majority within next 5-10 years. It’s clear that Hindutva in India and Zionism in Israel were two faces of the same coin and Kashmiris would never allow their land to be made a hotbed of Hindu racist policies of RSS from Delhi.—INP