MHA: No proposal on table for delimitation of Assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir

The MHA has categorically denied that talks were ever held over delimitation or over setting up of a commission to take forward the delimitation of assembly seats in Jammu region

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday said that there was no proposal or talks ever held on delimitation exercise in Jammu and Kashmir. The clarification has come after media reports claimed that Home Minister Amit Shah has discussed the issue with other Cabinet Ministers in a meeting.

The MHA has categorically denied that talks were ever held over delimitation or over setting up of a commission to take forward the delimitation of assembly seats in Jammu region. “The meeting which was held in MHA with cabinet ministers was a scheduled meeting of a group of ministers on petroleum not on the security issue,” a senior MHA official said.

According to the government, the State has three divisions Jammu, Kashmir Valley, and Ladakh and the most highly populated region is Kashmir which is also remain very tensed due to terrorism.

Second, the densely populated region in the State is Jammu, from which people have been complaining that the current situation gives an edge to Kashmir. According to the 2011 Census, Jammu division has 53 lakh residents, which is almost 43% of the total population of the State. As per data, Jammu has 37 Assembly constituencies in the 87-member House.

On the other hand, Kashmir has almost 69 lakh residents, which is about 55% of the total population of the State, but it has 46 Assembly seats.

The third region Ladakh has just four seats as the total population of the region is 2.7 lakh.