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PDP distances itself from the delimitation exercise on technical grounds

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By: Muzamil Bhat Ck


PDP which is a part of PAGD has said that in order to participate in the delimitation exercise, as they have no MPs, MLAs. The party said on Friday that technically they have no MP’s as the MP’s are the associate members of the delimitation commission presently a National Conference has three sitting MP’s from Kashmir valley and they will have to take a call on the participation in the delimitation commission meetings.

In a press conference on Friday PDP said that the Srinagar Cantonment Board should revisit its decision to charge the property tax from the people who live within their jurisdiction and described it as unjust.

PDP said that parties in Jammu and Kashmir have the choice to decide at their own level whether to participate in the delimitation exercise or not.

Meanwhile KNO while reporting the press conference of PDP on Friday has said, “However, as far as PDP is concerned, we have no MP and MLA at present so we can’t participate in the process,” he said when asked about PAGD’s participation in delimitation exercise, adding that the way commission has been designed, only the elected representatives are entitled to participate in the exercise.

He further stated that there are reports that the people living within the jurisdiction of Srinagar cantonment Board are being asked to pay property tax. “Instead of helping the people who have been suffering from 2019, the government is pushing the people to the wall,” he said.

Bukhari added that the government should revoke its arbitrary decision of charging property tax from the local dwellers, saying that it is unfortunate that people after working hard buy shelter for themselves and are now being asked to pay for it again, which seems that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are being weakened economically as well as politically.

About objection over AIIMS in Kashmir, he said that the initiative has been taken after much hard-work from the party’s founder late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. “Amid the current Covid situation, there is a need to increase health infrastructure in J&K and thus it should also be allowed to come up at earliest for the wellbeing of the people,” he said.

Moreover, he said that some documents are being circulated on social media at present, which created panic among the people. “Although some people call it rumors only, but the government has the responsibility to address the concerns of people and inform the people on record that there is no need to panic,” he said.

However, he stated that although there is a trust-deficit between the government and public after August 05 2019 decision, but the government needs to come forward to calm the minds of distressed people.

He also expressed sympathy with the families who got affected in the overnight blaze at Noorbagh area of Baramulla district and appealed the district administration to provide them with compensation.

With inputs from KNO

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