Srinagar, Dec 10: Delimitation Commission headed by Justice (Retired) Ranjana Prakash Desai has called meeting with Associate Members, three of them from National Conference, in New Delhi on December 20 to discuss and possibly share the progress achieved by the panel.

The Commission has five Associate Members who have been invited to the meeting through emails sent to them.

They are Dr Farooq Abdullah, Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi, all three National Conference Lok sabha members from Kashmir and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Dr Jitendra Singh and Jugal Kishore Sharma, MP Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha constituency, both from BJP.

This is second meeting called by the Commission with five Associate Members. First meeting on February 18 this year was attended only by two BJP MPs and was boycotted by all three National Conference members on the ground that the Commission has been set up under Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act which the party had challenged in the Supreme Court.

However, since then there have been clear indications that the National Conference is likely to attend the Delimitation Commission meeting now. A day before, Dr Farooq Abdullah had angrily reacted to the MHA reply in Lok Sabha which didn’t mention deadline by which the Commission will submit its findings.


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