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Will meet and present AP viewpoint before delimitation commission : Bukhari

Srinagar, Jul 3 Apni Party (AP) President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday said a delegation of party leaders will meet and present their viewpoint before the Delimitation Commission in both divisions of Jammu and Kashmir as per their scheduled appointments next week.

However, he said he had pleaded for holding of assembly elections in J&K without waiting for the completion of delimitation process before the All Party Meeting (APM) held in New Delhi on June 24. But the union leadership presented its genuine reasons against this demand, he said.

“The union leadership argued that the delimitation in J&K cannot be equated with that of Assam where the process was postponed. It may be because of the number of seats that are going to witness an increase in J&K. Having said so, AP has decided to form two delegations of its leaders both in Srinagar and Jammu who will meet the Delimitation Commission with our viewpoint on the entire process,” he told mediapersons on the sidelines of a joining ceremony at Party headquarters in Srinagar Saturday.

He said AP has already done its homework on the whole exercise of delimitation and would file petitions before the Commission on the adjustment of boundaries and description of the extent of assembly constituencies which we believe should not be thrust to pit one region against another for some political mileage,” he said.

Earlier, a prominent political activist and former National Conference (NC) leader Aijaz Ahmad Mir who had contested recently held District Development Council (DDC) elections from Rajwar Handwara in district Kupwara joined AP.

Welcoming Mir in the party-fold, Bukhari said he hopes and firmly believes that with his joining; morale of AP cadre in Handwara town and its peripheries will get a boost and the Party will get further strengthened at the grassroots level.

Speaking on this occasion, AP senior Vice President Ghulam Hassan Mir observed that his decision to join AP was influenced by the Party’s practical agenda that is aimed at holistic development of Jammu and Kashmir. He said the district Kupwara in general and his area in particular has always been neglected by the leaders who represented it in the past.

“I firmly believe that under the guidance of AP leadership, our area will witness an equitable development in all spheres of public life,” he added.( Source UNI )

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