The DDCs of each district shall have 14 constituencies after their delimitation by the respective deputy commissioners, an official spokesman had said, asserting that the move marked the implementation of the entire 73rd Amendment Act in the Union territory.
Sharma questioned the basis and criteria for the equal number of 14 seats of DDC for each district, ignoring the area and population of the districts besides selective "intrusions" of certain provisions.
It is another attempt to further delay the assembly elections and also deprive the existing block development councils (BDCs) from the rights already vested in them because a majority of them have non-BJP affiliations.
How is it justified to have equal number of seats in larger districts like Jammu having eight rural assembly segments and those districts having only two assembly segments? he said.
Taking a dig at the BJP, the Congress leader said the ruling party at the Centre always talked of removing discrimination in delimitation of assembly and Lok Sabha seats, but failed to ensure justice and fairness in the delimitation of DDC seats based on population, area and topography.
He also alleged that the most important components of the 73rd amendment like an independent election commission, finance commission and ombudsman were left out.
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