SC dismisses plea challenging delimitation exercise in J-K
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the Jammu and Kashmir delimitation exercise as it cleared the decks for polls in the Valley, reported Times Now.
The apex court dismissed a plea challenging the government’s decision to constitute the Delimitation Commission for redrawing the Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies in J-K.
The petitioners – Haji Abdul Gani Khan and Mohammad Ayub Mattoo, residents of Srinagar- contended that according to a letter issued by the Delimitation Commission in July 2004, the number of existing Assembly seats of all states and Union Territories cannot be changed till the first Census is conducted after 2026.
As per the report, they also contended that the delimitation exercise has not been carried out for the last 51 years in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland.
They have also argued that under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act of 2019, the Election Commission was the only body empowered to conduct the delimitation exercise and not a “temporary body” like the Delimitation Commission, reads the report.