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NC will move India’s top court against Delimitation Commission’s first draft for assembly resetting

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah said on Friday that his party is preparing to approach India’s Supreme Court against the Delimitation Commission’s recommendations as it believes that the very basis of the exercise is “illegal”.

The veteran politician, who has been chief minister of the erstwhile state three times as well as Indian minister, also said the time has come for the opposition parties to come together and fight the forces who are bent on destroying the secular fabric of the country.

Giving a detailed account of his interactions during the Delimitation Commission meeting earlier this week, Abdullah said that the very first point raised “by us at the meeting was that the commission was illegal” as the party’s petition challenging the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir was pending in the Supreme Court.

However, commission chairperson Justice (retd.) Ranjana Desai countered the National Conference’s argument by saying that as far as the panel was concerned she had been given authority by the government and, therefore, she had done this job.

“But whatever the Supreme Court finally says, it will be binding on them (Commission) also. So that clears the position. Then they explained other parameters also… We are now preparing to go to the Supreme Court,” he said.

On the Supreme Court not interfering in recommendations made by previous Delimitation Commissions, Abdullah said the present commission was born after the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, which has been challenged in the top court and no decision has been pronounced on it yet.

“That is why…we are going to the Supreme Court. Others have also gone,” he said.

On Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh claiming after the Delimitation Commission meeting of December 20 that he and other NC members were satisfied, Abdullah said, “What did he (Singh) expect us to do. Fight? We are not goondas.”

On the criticism from certain quarters over its participation in the second meeting of the Delimitation Commission, the National Conference leader said, “If we did not participate, they would still criticize us. So criticism is part of this life and we do not get worried by criticism. They (critics) give us strength. Because we participated, we realized what is in it and what have they done? How have they done?”

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