The Center has abstained from answering whether it was intending to lead a delimitation practice in Jammu and Kashmir to “evacuate provincial imbalance in the State.”
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MP Asaduddin Owaisi brought up an issue in the Lok Sabha whether Jammu and Kashmir had not been incorporated into the delimitation exercise taken up in the nation and whether the administration considered to attempt it so as to expel the provincial lopsidedness in the State.
Minister of State for Home, G. Kishan Reddy said in a written form that Jammu and Kashmir was excluded from the domain of the Delimitation Act, 2002, as Article 170 of the Constitution of India that manages delimitation of electorates of State Assemblies had not been stretched out to the State.
“Delimitation of the State Assembly constituencies in J&K is completed under Section 47 and 141 of the Constitution of J&K,” Mr. Reddy said.
He said there were 37,33,111 voters in the Jammu division, 40,10,971 in the Kashmir division and 1,79,147 in the Ladakh division.
He likewise said that the Election Commission of India had not fixed the dates for holding the Assembly decisions in the State.