Boundaries Committee Recommendation: J&K’s LG says people are free to file objections [details]

A day after the associate members filed their objections and suggestions before the Boundary Commission, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, said on Tuesday that the group was formed under a law passed by the parliament.

Sinha added that those who had reservations about the Boundaries Commission’s draft report should file objections in writing before the Panel.

“The J&K Boundary Commission works under the direction and guidance of the Election Commission of India, which is an independent authority,” Sinha told media after a function in Bajalata, on the outskirts of Jammu city.

The Lieutenant Governor, however, said: “If anyone has any reservations about the group’s draft report, they are free to send it to the Commission in written form”. He further said that even ordinary citizens can also file objections or suggestions with the Commission to build consensus on the report.

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BJP, NC file objections, suggestions

Associate members of the BJP and the National Conference filed objections and suggestions before the Commission on Monday, which was the last day to file objections.

Reports indicate that the BJP, which is satisfied with the draft report, has submitted some suggestions, the National Conference has submitted several objections to the Group challenging the constitution of the Commission.

NC MP and associate member Hasnain Masoodi revealed that he had demanded the reinstatement of the previous arrangement for the seat of Anantnag Lok Sabha.

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CN members challenged the constitution of the Boundary Commission, which was established as the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act 2019. He said the law was challenged in the Supreme Court.

The National Conference (NC) also questioned the recommendations of the Boundary Commission, in particular its justification for the increase of six seats in the Jammu division against one in the Kashmir region, and claimed that they violated established standards.

The commission submits its draft report on February 4

The Boundary Commission, while submitting its draft report to five associate members on February 4, had asked them to file objections until February 14. On the final day, the National Conference and the BJP filed objections and suggestions.

The panel upheld its earlier proposal to increase six Assembly seats in Jammu Division to one in the Kashmir Valley despite objections filed by three National Conference members. The Commission also decided to redraw the boundaries of five Lok Sabha constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.

After filing objections and suggestions by associate members, the Boundary Commission is likely to release its draft report into the public domain.