Polls to be held in J&K as soon as delimitation process ends: PM

New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the delimitation process is underway in Jammu and Kashmir and polls will be conducted soon in the Union Territory.

While delivering his Independence Day speech from Red Fort, PM Modi said, “Delimitation process is underway in Jammu and Kashmir. Once it is completed, an election will be held in the UT. Jammu and Kashmir will have its own chief minister and ministers. We are committed to this.”

The delimitation in J&K will be based on the Census of 2011 due to an amendment in the J&K Reorganisation Act, he added.

Delimitation is the act of redrawing boundaries of Lok Sabha and Assembly seats to represent changes in population and is done on the basis of the last Census.

PM Modi also spoke about development in various parts of the country, adding that it has been a year since Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh got Independence from Article 370.

In addition to this, PM Modi said, “This one year is a year of the new journey of development for Jammu and Kashmir. This one year is the year of the rights received by the women and the Dalits in Jammu and Kashmir. This one year is also the year of a life of dignity for the refugees in Jammu and Kashmir.”

Apart from this, in reference to the Galwan Valley clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers, the Prime Minister said that our troops gave a befitting reply to the enemies. “India is united in protecting its sovereignty,” he added.