Delimitation panel record, Article 370: Kashmir events accomplish Jammu outreach



SRINAGAR:  Ahead of the Delimitation Commission’s draft proposition recommending 6 added Assembly seats for Jammu and also just one for the Valley, Kashmir-based events, specifically National Conference (NC) and also Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and also Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad have actually taken place a political offensive in Chenab Valley and also Pir Panjal series of Jammu to amass assistance for their story, specifically on repair of Article 370. 

A Jammu-based politician claimed individuals of Chenab Valley and also Pir Panjal constantly discovered themselves closer to Kashmir than Jammu.

“Kashmir-based parties, especially NC and PDP, never treated us as their own. But post Article 370 revocation and especially after Delimitation Commission’s proposal, they seem to have realised the importance of the region,” he claimed.

Parties are looking for to maintain their assistance base undamaged in 6 areas — Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Reasi, Rajouri and also Poonch — of Jammu area. Of the 6 added seats recommended by Delimitation Commission in Jammu area, one each would certainly be allocated to the areas of Kishtwar, Samba, Kathua, Doda, Rajouri and also Udhampur/Reasi. The recommended added seat in the Valley would certainly be contributed to Kupwara area in north Kashmir.

In quondam J&K state, Assembly had 87 seats — 46 in Kashmir, 37 in Jammu and also 4 in Ladakh. After bifurcation of state right into 2 Union Territories and also production of Ladakh UT, J&K Assembly was entrusted 83 seats. If Delimitation Commission stays with its propositions, there will certainly be 90 seats in J&K Assembly — 47 for Kashmir and also 43 for Jammu. 

Both NC and also PDP are eager to connect to individuals of 6 areas of Jammu area. NC vice-president and also previous CM Omar Abdullah checked out the area from November 26 to December 2 and also dealt with at the very least 8 significant public events and also party conventions. In comparison, he dealt with just half-a-dozen party conventions in the Valley from December 5 to 16. 

Omar’s daddy and also NC head of state, Farooq Abdullah, checked out Jammu from October 20-26 and also dealt with at the very least 6 conferences and also party conventions, and also an additional party convention from December 6-9.

Surprisingly, the NC head of state has actually dealt with just a couple of party employees’ events in Kashmir, where no significant public events have actually been held by any type of party in the last 2 years.

PDP principal and also previous J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, that carries numerous events been forbidden by authorities from attending to party employees in Kashmir, has actually additionally taken a trip to Chenab Valley, Pir Panjal and also Jammu, and also dealt with at the very least 10 public events and also party employees’ conferences.

Jammu-based political analyst Rekha Choudhary claimed events were getting ready for political elections and also as electioneering-like scenario did not dominate in Kashmir, the only area they might most likely to was Chenab Valley and also Pir Panjal, where they felt they required to combine their assistance base.

“In main Jammu, NC and PDP don’t have much space. They are seeing some space in six districts of Jammu region and want to consolidate there. If they want to show their visibility, where else can they do it? They can’t show it in Kashmir because that kind of narrative is missing there,” she claimed, including that Pir Panjal and also Chenab Valley would certainly be extremely disputed locations.

In 2014 Assembly surveys, PDP won 3 seats in Jammu area (Rajouri-Poonch areas) and also NC 3 (2 in Jammu and also one in Poonch), while Congress won 5 (2 from Reasi, one each from Kishtwar, Banihal and also Poonch areas). BJP won all its 25 seats in the 2014 surveys from Jammu area.

Kashmir-based political analyst Noor Baba claimed NC and also PDP understand Chenab Valley and also Pir Panjal have social and also social distance to Kashmir, and also are attempting to develop assistance base there, which is traditionally an expansion of Kashmir. He claimed it will certainly be challenging for them  to make invasions in major Jammu, however it is feasible in Chenab  Valley and also Pir Panjal.