Delimitation Aims At Benefitting BJP: Mehbooba

File Photo Of Mehbooba Mufti

Kupwara- Former Chief Minister and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti Saturday said that both delimitation exercise in J&K and Hijab controversy in Karnataka are aimed at benefiting the BJP saying that the proposed draft will benefit them only to come to power.

Mehbooba along with the party workers Saturday visited the Laderwan area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district where she also met several workers.

Talking to reporters Mehbooba said that BJP wants to polarise the situation given the elections, and looks like by stoking Hijab row they want to keep the girls away from schools.

She said that the leaders across India will take a stand on this. "Hope that students don't get demotivated. The dress code is part of the culture. They are trying to convert this Gandhi's India into Godse's India," she said, adding that they want to make the lives of everyone difficult.

There seem to be two conspiracies in the Hijab row which include getting benefits in the UP elections and keeping Muslim girl students away from education, she claimed, as per news agency KNO.

Regarding the delimitation, she said that a mess had been created with the proposed delimitation draft. "People in parts of the Jammu division are not happy with the proposal," she said.

Mehbooba said that they should have separated Poonch and Rajouri after 2026 and given them two separate seats for Parliament.

Meanwhile, the National Conference on Saturday submitted memorandums against the delimitation commission draft report to deputy commissioners across Jammu province, a party spokesperson said.

The memorandums were submitted as part of a stepped up mass campaign against the delimitation commission draft with regard to “illogical restructuring” of the assembly constituencies across Jammu and Kashmir, he said.

The party highlighted the “grave anomalies” in the recommendations like clubbing of Poonch and Rajouri districts with the Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency, he said.

In Jammu district, a protest led by NC provincial president Rattan Lal Gupta was held before handing over the memorandum to the concerned deputy commissioner, the spokesperson said.

According to reports received at party headquarters 'Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan', the spokesperson said, memorandums were also submitted to the deputy commissioners at Poonch, Rajouri, Kathua, Samba, Udhampur, Ramban, Doda, Reasi and Kishtwar districts.

“The memorandum, inter alia, expressed concern over ignoring topography, internal dimension, population and linkages with the administrative while restructuring the constituencies,” he said.

“The party viewed seriously wiping of Suchetgarh, Raipur Domana and Gool Arnas from the legislative map of the province, saying that fiddling with these constituencies have large scale political, physical and psychological repercussions for the respective segments,” the spokesperson added.

He said the memorandums also sought immediate rollback of the recommendations, as these are “anti-people” and against the “democratic ethos” of the country.

The spokesperson said the party delegations headed by district presidents protested peacefully against the report.

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