Petition filed in Supreme Court against delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir, said process unconstitutional

Srinagar: The work of delimitation of the assembly seats of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has reached the final stage. Meanwhile, a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the process of delimitation. The petition has sought a stay on the delimitation notification from the Supreme Court. The petition, filed on behalf of the residents of Jammu and Kashmir, said that the notification of setting up of the Delimitation Commission to delimit the Legislative Assembly of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is against the Constitution.

It has been said in the petition that according to Article 170, when the next delimitation in the country is set to take place in 2026, then why is the delimitation being done in Jammu and Kashmir now. Also, it is a violation of the right to equality. Therefore this process has been opposed. It has been said in the petition that the Central Government has arbitrarily issued the notification ignoring the powers of the Election Commission.

The petition has also opposed the increase in the number of seats in the Legislative Assembly from 83 to 90 by the Central Government in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Along with this, it has been said that the notification of March 2020 is not constitutionally correct for the formation of the Delimitation Commission for delimitation in Jammu and Kashmir and Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland.

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