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Use JK Assembly Seats in PoK to Grant Reservation: BJP to Delimitation Commission

PM Modi at the meeting with Jammu and Kashmir parties, in Delhi. News18

PM Modi at the meeting with Jammu and Kashmir parties, in Delhi. News18

Led by JK BJP president Ravinder Raina, the delegation also sought adequate representation for Jammu in the assembly.

A delegation of the BJP's Jammu and Kashmir unit on Thursday met the Delimitation Commission here and demanded the unfreezing of the 24 assembly seats falling in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to grant reservation to people displaced from PoK, Kashmir Pandits, SCs and STs. Led by J-K BJP president Ravinder Raina, the delegation also sought adequate representation for Jammu in the assembly.

The Delimitation Commission, led by Justice (retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai, arrived in Jammu and Kashmir on a four-day visit on Tuesday to interact with leaders of political parties and officials to gather "first-hand" inputs for the mega exercise of redrawing constituencies and carving out new ones in the union territory. Once the delimitation exercise is completed, the number of assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir will go up from 83 to 90.

Twenty-four seats of the assembly continue to remain vacant as they fall under PoK. "We demanded political reservation for POJK refugees by unfreezing the eight assembly seats from the POJK quota, three seats for Kashmiri Pandits, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and other neglected people. Jammu, too, must get adequate representation in the assembly," Raina told PTI. The BJP delegation that met the commission included former deputy chief ministers Nirmal Singh and Kavinder Gupta, BJP chief spokesperson Sunil Sethi and former legislator R S Pathania.

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first published:July 08, 2021, 20:51 IST