JMF seeks reservation of Assembly seats for Jammu Muslims

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, July 11: Jammu Muslim Front (JMF) has demanded reservation of Assembly seats for Muslims of five districts where they do not have political representation.
The demand was raised while issuing a statement by JMF leadership in response to the Delimitation Commission’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir. JMF statement said that Jammu Muslims have no political representative nor anyone represents them for the last 70 years.
“Helpless Muslims should be given representation in Udhampur, Jammu, Reasi, Samba and Kathua districts as they continue to remain neglected and unrepresented,” said the statement. The JMF said that it was unfortunate that none has raised their issue prior and kept the Muslims of Jammu in political backwardness.
“We have voted for the political parties but they have failed to come up to our expectation. The marginalized section of Muslims in Jammu plains should be given political reservation in future Assembly Constituencies of the Union Territory,” said the leadership of JMF who believe that the Government of India should give them their constitutional right.
JMF leadership said that their ignorance for years has led to deprivation of Jammu Muslims who faced tough times in 1947. “Our role should be acknowledged by the Government and reservation should be granted,” the statement added.