May 15, 2022

Reject J&K Delimitation Commission Recommendations

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement on May 6, 2022.

THE recommendations of the J&K Delimitation Commission are blatantly unjustified and illogical. This has recommended increasing six seats in the Jammu region while only one in Kashmir valley. The Commission considered the 2011 census for delimiting territorial constituencies. The population is the cardinal parameter in such a process.  According to the census population of Kashmir is 68.9 lakhs while that of Jammu is 53.8 lakhs.

The commission has recommended 47 seats for Kashmir and 43 for Jammu. A fair delimitation, based on population, should have given 51 seats to Kashmir and 39 to Jammu. With 44 per cent of the population, Jammu will have 48 per cent of the seats while Kashmir with 56 per cent of the population will have only 52 per cent of the seats.

Thus, these recommendations are clearly politically motivated and aimed at changing the demographic character and composition of J&K. These recommendations must, therefore, be rejected.