TELL THE NEXT CM, Vipin Handa – Delimitation Commissions of the past years have denied a representative of nearness to most of the people of Jammu region. Jammu region covers an area of little over 26293 sq km, while Kashmir has only 15948 km.
The average area of a constituency in Kashmir is348 sq km while that of Jammu region is710 km. The last delimitation was done in 1995 in which Justice K.K. Gupta Delimitation Commission had allocated 46 seats to areas falling in Kashmir region and only 37 seats to areas falling in Jammu region. Kashmir got more seats despite the clauses stated under Section four of the J&K Representation of People Act 1957. The clauses clearly stated that Jammu region is much less compact than Kashmir, hence deserving more constituencies.
The second clause states that the terrain of areas in Doda, Kishtwar, Udhampur, Reasi, Ramban, Kathua, Rajouri and even some parts of Samba District is bad and difficult compared to most of the areas in Kashmir region.
The surface transport infrastructure in Jammu region is at much lower level as compared to Kashmir region, making it more difficult for MLAs of these areas to visit his people or for people to visit him. In addition to that, the parameter of population favours more seats to Jammu region indicating that more constituencies need to be created in Jammu region to get away with the unjust delimitation in the state.