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Move to increase seats in J-K Assembly questioned

The issue of increasing the number of seats in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly by 25 per cent has stirred a hornets nest, dividing the State along regional lines, and the committee set up after the May 12 all party meeting in Srinagar is unlikely to arrive at a consensus on it.

By R. C. Ganjoo

New Delhi, May 15 : The issue of increasing the number of seats in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly by 25 per cent has stirred a hornet's nest, dividing the State along regional lines, and the committee set up after the May 12 all party meeting in Srinagar is unlikely to arrive at a consensus on it.

The all-party meeting was called by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to arrive at a consensus, before implementing the decision taken by the State Cabinet last year to increase the strength of the Assembly by 25 percent, over the existing 111 sets - 87 elected in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh regions and 24 reserved for representation from Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

The committee constituted after the all party meeting, is divided with the National Conference, People's Democratic Party and other Valley based parties on the one side and the BJP, Congress and the Panthers Party on the other.

The stand taken by the BJP is that the Representation of People's Act does not provide for the increase of Assembly seats unless there is a fresh census. Prof Hari Om, the spokesman of the state unit of the BJP, says that the process has to wait till 2026. "The Chief Minister and his government cannot be ignorant about this legal and constitutional position", he said.

Prof Bhim Singh, patron of the National Panthers Party, said that the exercise of increasing the number of Assembly seats should be carried out by setting up a delimitation commission as promised in the Common Minimum Programme. He said: "It is for the Commission to distribute the seats and not by the political parties or their legislators"

The decision of the state cabinet to create new Assembly segments proportionately in all the four regions of the State over their existing representation of 46 in Kashmir, 37 in Jammu, four in Ladakh and 24 in PoK, had received support from Mangat Ram Sharma and Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed. When implemented there would be 12 more sets in Kashmir, nine in Jammu , one in Ladakh and six in PoK.

But Jammu based parties have a different perspective. They want the seats to be determined on the basis of population, geographical area, nature of terrain, facility of communication. Historically, primacy has been given to the Kashmir Valley in the distribution of seats. Besides the 87 seats, elected once in six years, the Governor nominates two female members, raising the total number of legislators to 89.

The suggestion that the refugees who have come into the State in 1947, though supported by all groups, is being resisted. The BJP has been arguing that the refugees who have come to the State following the Indo-Pak wars in 1965 and 1971 are already enjoying the status of Permanent Residents, and it stands to reason that those came to the State from PoK in 1947 should be given a similar status.

The proposal is being opposed by Valley based leaders. The Chairman of the Social Republican Volunteers Association, V. K. Sehgal told the ANI that their demand was for "citizen's right within the Constitution of India but not refugee status.. The 24 seats, kept vacant in J and K Assembly for PoK should be filled by displaced people of Muzaffarabad who are about 12,000"

CPM lader M.Y. Tarigami said that the issue of permanent state subject was decided during Maharaja Hari Singh's rule. It is argued that it could be revised only after a final solution of the Kashmir issue.

While the intentions of the State Government to increase the Assembly seats and give a permanent status to the 'refugees' who had settled in the State during the first J and K operations in 1947 are appreciated, a final decision, it is felt, is still far away.

ANI

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