“Outcome Pre-Planned”: PDP Will Not Participate In Delimitation Exercise in J&K

“Outcome Pre-Planned”: PDP Will Not Participate In Delimitation Exercise in J&K

Earlier on Monday, the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) said assembly elections should be held in Jammu and Kashmir only after the Centre restores its statehood.

The Mehbooba Mufti-led People’s Democratic Party (PDP), citing its disappointmentwith the lack of any outcome following the all-party meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24, has decided not to be a part of the delimitation process in Jammu and Kashmir.

Party General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura wrote: “Leave aside acting on suggested confidence-building measures, the government of India has continued with its daily dictates to the people of J&K including the recent amendments and orders including those making every person a suspect and deepening the divide between the two regions.”

Headed by Retired Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, the Delimitation Commission begins its visit to J&Kon Tuesday to initiate discussions with political parties, public representatives and UT administration officials on redrawing boundaries of existing Assembly seats.

The letter by the PDP also notes that the party has decided to stay away from the process of delimitation “and not be part of an exercise, the outcome of which is widely believed to be pre-planned and which may further hurt the interests of the people.”

Since “no effort has been made to ease the lives of the people,” it gives credence to the people who had termed the June 24 meeting, “a mere photo opportunity, the PDP communique said.

Sources said that the letter has been emailed and will be hand-delivered to the CEO J&K as well.

Earlier on Monday, the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) said assembly elections should be held in Jammu and Kashmir only after the Centre restores its statehood.

The Gupkar alliance, expressing disappointment at the outcome of PM Modi’s all-party meeting in New Delhi, cited the absence of any substantial confidence building measures, such as release of political prisoners in Kashmir.


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