Lok Sabha commences discussion on J&K Reservation & Reorganisation Bills

New Delhi, December 5, 2023- The Lok Sabha initiated discussions on Tuesday regarding the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill 2023. Congress MP Manish Tewari, participating in the deliberations, questioned the Central government about the delay in conducting elections in Kashmir.

“I humbly want to ask the Home Minister when the J & K assembly election will be held?” Tewari inquired during the discussion.

The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, introduced in the lower house, aims to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004. The Act currently facilitates reservation in appointments and admissions to professional institutions for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and other socially and educationally backward classes.

Responding to demands from some Opposition members for a detailed response on the Bills, Union Home Minister Shah assured that he would provide a comprehensive reply during the course of the discussion.

During the debate, Home Minister Shah highlighted the government’s stance, emphasizing the need for a unified governance structure. He stated, “How can a country have two Prime Ministers and two flags? We have been saying that there should be Ek Pradhan, ek Nishan aur ek vidhan,” correcting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s earlier statement.

AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi, in opposition to both bills, accused the Centre of attempting to undermine democracy through nominations.

Raising concerns about the law and order situation in Kashmir, Indian National Congress MP Jasbir Singh Gill asserted that both the law and order and economic conditions in the region are deteriorating.

The discussion is set to continue on Wednesday, with the house adjourning for the day and reconvening tomorrow.

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