Home Minister Amit Shah (Photo-PTI)
On POK, Amit Shah has once again made an announcement which will upset Pakistan badly. While presenting two bills related to Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah once again reiterated that PoK is ours and belongs to everyone. He told how this new bill will provide justice to the people displaced from Kashmir and PoK. Every oppressed Kashmiri will remember what PM Modi did for them.
Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday presented two bills related to Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, 2023. Both these bills were passed in the Lok Sabha. Amit Shah said that with these bills the number of assembly seats in Kashmir will now increase to 114. The special thing is that 24 seats have been reserved in POK. These seats will remain vacant as long as Pakistan continues to occupy them.
This will be the equation of seats
- With the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization (Amendment) Bill, 2023, Jammu’s 37 seats will now increase to 43. Similarly, the number of seats in Kashmir, which was 46 till now, will increase to 47. The remaining 24 seats have been reserved in POK.
- Apart from the 90 seats that have been fixed for Jammu and Kashmir, three seats will also be for nominated MLAs, thus increasing their number to 93. In this, 16 seats have been reserved for SC and ST. Of these, 9 seats are reserved for ST and 7 for SC.
- Two seats will be reserved in the Assembly for Kashmiri displaced people. Apart from this, one seat will also be reserved for the displaced people of PoK. Out of the two seats given to displaced migrants in Kashmir, one seat will be reserved for a woman. The Lieutenant Governor will nominate Kashmir migrants and displaced citizens to this seat.
Earlier there were 111 seats in Kashmir
Before the division of the state in Jammu and Kashmir, there were 11 seats in the Assembly, out of which 46 were in Kashmir and 37 in Jammu, apart from this four seats were reserved for Ladakh and the remaining 24 seats were reserved for Pakistan occupied Kashmir. With the abolition of Article 370 in 2019, the Central Government abolished the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. After this, after Ladakh was made a separate union territory, the seats here were reduced to 107.
Delimitation was done in 2020
The Central Government had constituted the Delimitation Commission in 2020. The Commission had increased six seats for Jammu and one seat was increased in Kashmir Valley. Now the total seats here will be 90. Apart from this, 24 seats have been reserved for PoK, which will remain vacant until India takes possession of this area or the people there elect their representative for the Kashmir Assembly.
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POK is Jawahar Lal Nehru’s blunder
Union Home Minister Amit Shah fiercely attacked Congress during the debate on the bill and termed sending the PoK problem to the UN as a blunder of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. He said that Jammu and Kashmir has suffered losses due to two mistakes made by Prime Minister Nehru. First, to declare a ceasefire, and then take the Kashmir issue to the United Nations. If Jawaharlal Nehru had taken the right step, Kashmir under Pakistan’s control would now have been a part of India. This was a historical mistake.
Congress created ruckus
Opposition parties including Congress created a ruckus after the Home Minister’s statement on Nehru and walked out and did not take part in the voting. Although NC leader Farooq Abdullah did not say much against the bill, he kept demanding elections in the state.