Centre: NC Satisfied With Delimitation Criteria, NC Says Won't Sign

NC MPs Farooq Abdullah and Hasnain Masudi with Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh before attending the second meeting of the Delimitation Commission in New Delhi

New Delhi- Following a Delimitation Commission's meeting, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Monday said that National Conference (NC) leaders got satisfied with the parameters that are being followed by the Commission.

Speaking to media persons, the union minister said, "All the associate members committed themselves to cooperate with the functioning of the Commission.

The Commission has done a tremendous job. We must appreciate that they had followed certain laid down parameters on the basis of which they have come out with the documents which are very objectively done."

He said NC members were also satisfied with the parameters which were being followed by the Delimitation Commission.

"The associated members regardless of their party and political affiliations not only appreciated the work done by the Delimitation Commission but also committed that they would in the future also extend their cooperation for the rest of the exercise," he said.

Asked about elections, the union minister said, "We have no idea when the elections will be held. It will be decided by the Election Commission which is an independent body and the government does not interfere with the functioning of the constitutional body."

On strike by power department employees in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that the journey of development in the union territory will not be stalled.

"Those employees who are on strike have to be addressed by the government, and I am sure they will do that," Mr Singh said.

The Delimitation Commission's second meeting took place in the national capital on Monday. The first meeting of the Commission was held in February last.

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah along with party leaders Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi and BJP leader Jugal Kishore Sharma took part in the meeting.

The Central government has constituted a Delimitation Commission headed by Justice (Retd.) Ranjana Prakash Desai for the purpose of delimitation of Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Won't Be Signatory To Draft Report: NC

The National Conference will not be signatory to the draft report of the Delimitation Commission on Jammu and Kashmir in its present form, a spokesperson said on Monday after the panel proposed six additional assembly seats for Jammu region and one for Kashmir.

It also proposed reserving 16 constituencies for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The commission, headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Desai, held its second meeting here on Monday.

Hours after the meeting, which proposed giving more additional seats to Jammu division than Kashmir, the party also termed "malicious" Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh's reported comments in the media that the NC was "satisfied" with the way the commission had completed its report.

"Misrepresenting and distorting the facts with malicious intention! Very misleading statement.

"We have clearly expressed our resentment over the draft of the Delimitation Commission, the biassed process of seat sharing. The party will NOT be a signatory to this report," the party said on its official Twitter handle.

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