JAMMU: Referring to the nomination of Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra as a member of Delimitation Commission for J&K by CEC, JKNPP Chairman and former Minister Harsh Dev Singh has called upon the Union Govt to amend the J&K Re-organization Act as well prior to the nomination of the other two members of the said Commission. He said that while the ECI has acted upon the advice of the MHA, the much needed initiative on the part of GoI was conspicuously missing. The Delimitation of Assemblies could commence only after the amendment of sec 63 of J&K Re-organization Act of 2019 which has expressly barred any such exercise until the relevant figures for first census after the year 2026 were published. He said that identical provision exists in Art 170 of the constitution of India which has now become applicable to the UT of J&K after abolition of Art 370.
Elaborating his point, Singh said that Art 170 of the constitution was amended vide eighty fourth constitutional Amendment passed by the Parliament in 2001 during AB Vajpayee regime which froze the number of seats of Legislative Assemblies of various states and barred any re-adjustments of Assembly constitutions till first census after 2026. He said that after the incorporation of the said provision in constitution of India, the number of seats was frozen all across the country including J&K by virtue of an identical provision inserted in the JK state laws. He expressed the hope that proposed Delimitation would be taken to its logical conclusion and would not prove to be another Jumla of BJP.