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Outcome pre-planned: PDP writes to Delimitation Commission, to stay away from proceedings in J&K

Our party has decided to stay away from this process and not be a part of some exercise, the outcome which is widely believed to be pre-planned and which may further hurt the interests of our people," PDP general secretary said.

Outcome pre-planned: PDP writes to Delimitation Commission, to stay away from proceedings in J&K-dnm
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Srinagar, First Published Jul 6, 2021, 2:54 PM IST
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Citing its disappointment with the lack of any outcome following the all-party meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 24, the People’s Democratic Party has decided not to be a part of the delimitation process in Jammu and Kashmir.

“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,” Party General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura wrote in a letter to the CEO J&K. Sources in the party said it would be hand-delivered as well.

“Our party has decided to stay away from this process and not be a part of some exercise, the outcome which is widely believed to be pre-planned and which may further hurt the interests of our people," PDP general secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said in a letter to the commission.

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

Addressed to Justice (retd) Ranjana Prakash Desai, Hanjura reiterated in the letter the PDP’s stand that the constitutional changes with regard to Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019 were made “illegally" and “unconstitutionally". Hanjura said the party believes the commission lacks constitutional and legal mandate and its very existence and objectives have left the people of Jammu and Kashmir with many questions.

PDP’s communique also underscores that 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.”

In its first joint statement after the meeting with the Prime Minister in New Delhi, the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) Monday said it was “disappointed” with its outcome. In the statement, issued a day after the allies met Sunday, the PAGD said restoration of statehood was the BJP’s commitment on the floor of Parliament. “So any Assembly election must be held only after restoration of full statehood for J&K. To this end, the PAGD has decided to reach out to other political parties in J&K with a view to take a common position on the issue,” it said.

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