Provide 33% reservation to women in Assembly elections: Harsh

NPP leader, Harshdev Singh addressing public meeting in Jammu on Friday.
NPP leader, Harshdev Singh addressing public meeting in Jammu on Friday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 5: Reminding the ruling BJP of its ‘Vision Document’ released during 2014 elections as also the election time speeches of its senior leaders, JKNPP chairman and former Minister Harsh Dev Singh today sought early delimitation of Assembly constituencies in the State and reservation of 33% seats for women in State Assembly.
Urging upon the Governor to bring an ordinance in this regard, Singh said that various political parties had though given the slogans of women empowerment but none had dared to bring about appropriate legislation over the subject for reasons best known.
Addressing public meetings along with women candidates Advocate Shalini Sharma, Karishma Rajput and Swarn Kanta in Ward No. 29, 4 and 21 respectively, here today, Harsh Dev said that assurances for delimitation and for ending regional bias were not only doled out by the central BJP leadership but the BJP’s vision document released during elections also categorically promised early delimitation of Assembly constituencies in J&K so as to ensure justice to Jammu region with 33 % seats reserved for women, five seats for displaced persons of PoJK out of 24 seats reserved for them in the State constitution and three seats for Kashmir migrants.
Lambasting the lackadaisical approach of the Govt towards the main demand of Jammu region, Singh said that delimitation of constituencies which formed a part of the erstwhile coalition Govt’s Agenda of Alliance was most despicably ignored in the saffron rule creating huge resentment amongst the Jammu people. He said that delimitation process involving delimitation of constituencies, re-adjustment of territorial boundaries, rotation of reserved seats, identification of seats for fresh reservation, reservation of seats for women etc. needed be completed in a time bound manner so that next elections could be held as per the census 2011. He sought the immediate attention of the Governor so as to pave for early delimitation with reservation of 33% seats for women besides rotation of SC reserved seats which continued to be reserved for the last more than 20 years.
Manju Singh, Capt Anil Gaur, Kulbhushan Attri, Bachan Dass, Suresh Sharma, Rajesh Bhagat and Ashwani Kumar also spoke on the occasion.


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