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SOURCE: TIMES NOW

People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) chairperson Farooq Abdullah, on Wednesday, said that the alliance is in Supreme Court over the delimitation process in Jammu and Kashmir and added that a further course of action will be decided after the SC verdict on the matter.

“We’re in Supreme Court on the delimitation process. Once the decision comes, we’ll decide further course of action,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI when asked about the delimitation process in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a visible reply (as the agency input did not make reference to the question) to a question on the farmers protest against three farm laws, Abdullah, the seniormost leader in Jammu and Kashmir, said that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused great loss in businesses in every sector. “We’re predetermined to our declaration made on August 4, 2019, & we stand by that… Excessive rain also caused loss to farmers. They should make a policy that includes every sector of the economy,” the National Conference leader added.

Against the method in which delimitation is being carried out: Abdullah

On Tuesday, while addressing a meeting of party leaders, Abdullah said that he was not against the delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir, but the method in which the exercise was being carried out. Headed by retired Supreme Court Judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, the delimitation commission was constituted in March 2020, to delimit the constituencies in J&K. The tenure of the commission was slated to end in March this year. However, the Law Ministry has extended the tenure of the commission by one year.

Political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir have called the exercise unconstitutional and challenged the matter in court.