J&K delimitation exercise: Plea in SC to increase Assembly seats; Centre, UT asked to submit report

The Supreme Court on Friday sought a report from Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration over a plea against the delimitation exercise in the Union Territory, which sought an increase in the number of seats in Jammu and Kashmir from 83 to 90.

The panel’s report also called for the reorganisation of the Parliamentary constituencies such that the five Lok Sabha seats now are made up of exactly 18 Assembly constituencies each, taking the total number to 90.  The panel also recommended reservation of nine Assembly seats for Scheduled Tribes – six in Jammu and three in Kashmir, and removal of the regional distinction between Jammu and Kashmir and treating it as one, as is reflected in the combining of Anantnag region in Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu to carve out Anantnag-Rajouri as a Parliamentary constituency.

A two-judge bench, comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh, noted that the petition did not assail the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, while some allegations were raised on the matter, Live Law reported. 




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