28 February, 2021

Can National Conference Overcome The Delimitation Challenge?

With the delimitation commission seeking nomination of Lok Sabha members to be party to readjusting the boundaries of constituencies, the National Conference is left with no choice but to decide one way or the other

National Conference MP Justice (retd) Hasnian Masoodi
Photograph by Umer Asif
Can National Conference Overcome The Delimitation Challenge?
outlookindia.com
2020-05-26T11:31:21+05:30

In the new political setup following the bifurcation of the former state into two Union territories and in the absence of Article 370, the constitutional provision that gave Jammu and Kashmir a semblance of semi-autonomy, leading regional party National Conference has a tough decision on its hands. With the delimitation commission seeking nomination of Lok Sabha members to be party to readjusting the boundaries of constituencies, the National Conference is left with no choice but to decide one way or the other. The party has three members, including its president Dr Farooq Abdullah, in the Lok Sabha. Main regional rival People’s Democratic Party has already dismissed the delimitation commission’s exercise as a ploy of the RSS and the BJP to undermine Jammu and Kashmir’s majority community.

“We are against the decisions taken on August 5 last year that stripped us of our autonomy and identity, and took away our constitution,” says National Conference MP Justice (retd) Hasnian Masoodi. “We went to the Supreme Court saying all the decisions...

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