New Delhi: The Delimitation Commission has proposed seven new additional Assembly seats for Jammu and Kashmir. Out of which six are Jammu division and one is in Kashmir valley. This is for the first time that the commission proposed reserving nine seats for Scheduled Tribes (STs) based on population. Seven seats are proposed for the Scheduled Caste (SC) community.
If the draft is accepted the total Assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir will be risen to 90. in Jammu, the number of seats will be 43 from 37, and in Kashmir, by one seat to 47.
The Delimitation Commission is chaired by Justice (Retd.) Ranjana Prakash Desai. The delegation met Monday with a detailed presentation on the work done so far by Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar. The Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and J&K Election Commissioner KK Sharma are the two ex-officio members of the panel.
The draft was discussed by all three MPs of the National Conference and two MPs of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) who are Associate Members in the panel. The National Conference (NC) Members were dissatisfied by the draft.