The Boundary Commission was set up in March 2020 to redraw the electoral constituencies of the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir
The Center on Tuesday granted a two-month extension to the boundary commission tasked with redrawing Jammu and Kashmir’s electoral constituencies. The mandate of the boundary commission was to end on March 6 of this year.
The Boundary Commission was set up in March 2020 by the Center to redraw the constituencies of the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The panel is headed by former Supreme Court Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, with Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra and J&K Polling Panel Chief KK Sharma being the other members.
The boundary panel’s draft proposals drew strong protests from major political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, including the BJP. J&K BJP leader Ravindra Raina had said there were flaws in the draft proposal but assured them they would be fixed.
However, the National Conference had said that the boundary proposal ignored historical aspects, the population ratio of assembly segments and geography.
Responding to widespread criticism, J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said the boundary commission was constituted by parliament and those who were dissatisfied had the right to raise objections.
“The Constitution guarantees freedom to all citizens and those who are not satisfied with the panel’s proposals must register their reservations. And, if associate members have any objections to the draft report, they can also raise their reservations,” Sinha said.