The delimitation commission tasked with redrawing parliamentary and assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to hold an internal meeting on Wednesday to finalise its plans on consultations with political parties soon.
At a meeting with leaders of mainstream political parties from Jammu and Kashmir last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stressed that the delimitation exercise has to happen quickly so that polls can be held in the union territory.
The three-member delimitation commission headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Desai was appointed in February last year. It could not complete its work within the allotted time of one year and has now been given an extension of one year.
A full meeting of the commission including its associate members such as Lok Sabha MPs from Jammu and Kashmir is likely to take place soon. The date for such a meeting will be firmed up on Wednesday.
Of the state”s mainstream parties, the National Conference, which has won all the three Lok Sabha seats from the Kashmir Valley, had earlier decided to stay away from the proceedings of the commission contending that there was no need to redraw the constituencies at this stage.
However, there are indications that the party is having a re-think and has recently authorised its president Farooq Abdullah to decide whether to participate in the deliberations of the commission.