Hope after delimitation: BJP will go to the polls with the promise of giving full statehood to Jammu and Kashmir

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Rahul Sampal, Amar Ujala, New Delhi

Published by: Harendra Chaudhary
Updated Tue, 13 Jul 2021 5:34 PM IST

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The delimitation, which is being done on the basis of the 2011 census, is expected to end by March 2022. If the delimitation is completed afresh, the number of assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir will become equal.

PM Modi with the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir in Delhi
– Photo : ANI (File)

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After the initiative of the central government on the Kashmir issue, the
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tone of the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir has changed. After the meeting in Delhi, the leaders of the Gupkar alliance have understood that now Article 370 will not be returned in the state. Therefore, he is determined to take his demands on the practical plane and present it in the form of stubbornness.

Here, reliable sources of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have told Amar Ujala that the saffron party in Jammu and Kashmir will go to the polls with a promise of full statehood for the union territory. Along with this, the party will also demand special rights under Article 317 of the Constitution in areas adjoining Pakistan. At present, the top priority of the central government is to complete the delimitation work. Only then will the way for the election be cleared. As soon as the delimitation is done, only then something can be said about the election.

Recently, while discussing with Amar Ujala, BJP leader of Jammu and Kashmir, Nirmal Singh had said, Jammu and Kashmir elections will be held on time. Soon the delimitation work will be completed. Full statehood will also be available after the elections.

Issue related to the sentiments of the people of Jammu and Kashmir

Sanjay Kumar, director of the Center for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), told Amar Ujala that when the central government abolished the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir and made it a union territory, the BJP had said that the delimitation and After the elections, we will again give it state status. As soon as Home Minister Amit Shah has spoken in Parliament, the situation will become normal in the state. After delimitation elections will be held. Again statehood will be restored. That is why the BJP is thinking of going to the public about its old promise.

He further said that the BJP has a good vote bank in Jammu as compared to the Valley. But if the BJP enters the assembly elections with this promise, then it will get the support of the organizations and people who are demanding state status. The issue of getting full statehood has become associated with the sentiments of the people.

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After the elections, if the BJP comes to the government or the Gupkar alliance, both will bring a proposal to give statehood to Jammu and Kashmir. The difference is that if the BJP comes to power, it will demand statehood and special rights to certain areas under 371. If Gupkar’s majority comes, he will definitely raise the demand for restoration of 370 besides statehood.

Assembly seats will increase after delimitation

The Modi government has started working rapidly towards strengthening democracy in Jammu and Kashmir. The Delimitation Commission has started a round of meetings regarding the delimitation in the state. The delimitation, which is being done on the basis of the 2011 census, is expected to end by March 2022. If the delimitation is completed afresh, the number of assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir will become equal.

In the last assembly elections, there were total 87 assembly seats in the state. But after the implementation of the Reorganization Act, Ladakh got the status of a Union Territory. Due to which four seats went to the account of Ladakh. Similarly, only 83 seats were left in Jammu and Kashmir. Of these, there are 46 seats in Kashmir and 37 in Jammu. Now after the new delimitation, there can be 90 assembly seats in the state. In a recent meeting with the PM, all the political parties of the state were also discussed about the process of delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir. Only after this will the state assembly elections be held. The state can also be given full statehood only after the elections.

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After the initiative of the central government on the Kashmir issue, the tone of the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir has changed. After the meeting in Delhi, the leaders of the Gupkar alliance have understood that now Article 370 will not be returned in the state. Therefore, he is determined to take his demands on the practical plane and present it in the form of stubbornness.

Here, reliable sources of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party have told Amar Ujala that the saffron party in Jammu and Kashmir will go to the polls with a promise of full statehood for the union territory. Along with this, the party will also demand special rights under Article 317 of the Constitution in areas adjoining Pakistan. At present, the top priority of the central government is to complete the delimitation work. Only then will the way for the election be cleared. As soon as the delimitation is done, only then something can be said about the election.

Recently, while discussing with Amar Ujala, BJP leader of Jammu and Kashmir, Nirmal Singh had said, Jammu and Kashmir elections will be held on time. Soon the delimitation work will be completed. Full statehood will also be available after the elections.

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