Srinagar: The BJP government at the centre is mulling over a plan to give Jammu region larger representation in the state assembly by increasing the number of assembly seats for the region. The proposal was reportedly discussed in a closed-door meeting today during a meeting called by the newly appointed home minister Amit Shah.
The meeting, according to reports, was also attended by Jammu and Kashmir home secretary, IB chief and Governor Satya Pal Malik.
Reports said that it was decided to lift the freeze on the delimitation in the state by setting up a new delimitation commission. Observers say that If brought into reality, it could alter the entire electoral map of the state enabling larger representation from Jammu.
Presently, the state of Jammu and Kashmir has 87 seats of which Jammu has 37, Kashmir has 46 and Ladakh has four. Lifting the freeze on delimitation could also mean larger representation for SC and ST communities from Jammu region of the state which have reserved seats.
The delimitation could help change the composition of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly through reservations to communities such as Sippis, Bakerwals and Gujjars who were given ST status in 1991.