How the Supreme Court’s Decision on Redrawn Kashmiri Constituencies Will Affect India’s Political Scene

Today, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal against the Delimitation Commission’s redistricting of Jammu and Kashmir’s congressional districts, which the opposition claims favours the BJP.

The Jammu and Kashmir region was divided and downgraded into two Union Territories in 2019 when its special status under Article 370 of the Constitution was repealed. The court dismissed petitions that contested the delimitation commission established for redrawn the assembly and parliamentary constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir.

The panel is not constitutionally valid, according to the petitioners, Haji Abdul Gani Khan and Muhammad Ayub Matto of Srinagar, because there is a ban on redistricting or delimitation anyplace in the nation before 2026. They contended that since the constituencies in India were established by the results of the 1971 Census, they should be maintained until the first census after 2026.

The Delimitation Commission, according to the government, was included in the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, which was approved by parliament in 2019 as a result of the Centre’s decision to repeal Article 370.

In May of last year, the panel finished delineating the 90 assemblies and five parliamentary districts in Jammu and Kashmir.

There are 114 seats in the new Jammu and Kashmir assembly. There will be voting for 90 seats, including 24 for Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), 43 for the Jammu area, and 47 for the Kashmir Valley.

Refugees from PoJK (Pak-Occupied Jammu and Kashmir) and two migrant Kashmiris have been suggested for nomination to the legislature by the Delimitation Commission.

The redrawn Jammu and Kashmir constituencies have been a contentious issue, with the Supreme Court ultimately rejecting the request to review them. It is clear that this situation has not been resolved yet, and that further discussion will be needed in order to come to an equitable solution. The implications of this decision are far-reaching, as it could affect how people vote in future elections and even impact broader Indian politics. Ultimately, it is important for all stakeholders involved to work together towards a fair outcome for everyone affected by these redrawn boundaries. As tensions continue to rise over the matter, we can only hope that a mutually agreeable resolution can be found soon. With its sweeping implications on India’s political landscape, Redrawn Jammu and Kashmir Constituencies: Supreme Court Rejects A Request will remain an important point of discussion for many years to come.


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