National Conference not keen on attending delimitation panel meet

National Conference MP Hasnain Masoodi has expressed reluctance to attend the upcoming meetings of the delimitation commission. However, J&K parties meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a separate exercise, which had ‘no clear agenda’ as of now, he said.

“We are clear that this is an unconstitutional exercise. J&K Reorganisation law (Act) is constitutionally suspect law. If Supreme Courts refers the matter to a Constitutional Bench, it means the court is also examining its validity. And everybody is expected to stay away and not to implement the suspect law,” NC Lok Sabha member from southern Kashmir, Hasnain Masoodi, told ET.

Masoodi, a former judge of the J&K high court, said that his party had written to commission chairman Ranjana Desai, reiterating its stand. “She is also a legal luminary and understands it very well… Besides we are associate members in the commission and have right to dissent, no veto power, our disagreement won’t be recorded as well and our viewpoint won’t be registered as well,” Hasnain said.

Modi’s meeting with J&K parties is “hazy,” he said. “It is a dialogue without any agenda…we can only react on such meetings after the meetings or when we are informed about the agenda,” Hasnain said.

NC had boycotted delimitation commission meetings till now. Earlier this month, the party president Farooq Abdullah had said that he was not against delimitation in J&K but the method adopted is not in tandem with the procedure. The statement opened the possibility of NC members participating in the upcoming meetings.

“Whatever party will decide we will do that…however, we are against this delimitation commission. Why will we sit in that commission,” northern Kashmir MP Akbar Lone asked. With no elected assembly in J&K, NC and BJP Lok Sabha members were nominated as associate members of the commission without voting rights.

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