Jammu Kashmir

Kashmiri Pandits to be nominated for J&K Assembly members, likely to recommend Delimitation panel

Punjab Tribune Bureau | April 29, 2022 10:36 AM

JAMMU AND KASHMIR: Members of the Kashmiri Pandit community can be given entry as nominated MLAs in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly. Delimitation is currently going on for the Assembly and Lok Sabha seats in Jammu and Kashmir and this recommendation can be made by the Commission to the government in its final report.

The Commission completes its term on May 6.

In fact, the population of Kashmiri Pandits is nominal in the Valley and the return of families who migrated after the violence in 1990 is also very limited. The nominated members can be sent to the Legislative Assembly giving them representation symbolically. The Delimitation Commission is considering this provision.

Considering giving voting rights to people living in other areas as well

 

The important thing is that in the recommendation of the Delimitation Commission, these nominated members can also be given the right to vote in the voting on any issue in the Legislative Assembly. The panel is of the view that Kashmiri Pandits should be given an opportunity to participate in the state system. Apart from this, it has also been discussed whether the migrating Kashmiri Pandits can vote in the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir from wherever they are.

Sources say that the delegations of Kashmiri Pandits have been talked to by the members of the Precinct Commission. After this it was agreed that Kashmiri Pandits should get representation in the assembly.

There is a system of such reservation in Sikkim

The Delimitation Commission comprises retired Supreme Court Justice Ranjana Desai and Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra. This representation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Legislative Assembly will not be on the basis of religion or caste. Rather it will be based on the fact that they have been part of the political system of the state for generations. An example of this system is taken from Sikkim, where there is a rule to send Buddhist monks as nominated members. Instead of representing Kashmiri Pandits through elections in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, the system of nominated members is being considered more correct. So far, there has been a system of sending two women members to the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly.

Kashmiri Pandits have also demanded from PM Modi

 

A similar provision is also there in the Puducherry Legislative Assembly, where 30 members come through elections. Apart from this, 3 members are nominated by the Central Government. If the Delimitation Commission makes this recommendation to the Central Government regarding Kashmiri Pandits, then the long-standing demand of the community can be fulfilled. There has been a demand from the Kashmiri Pandit community that they should be given representation in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly. The community had also demanded from PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah regarding this.

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