The Bharatiya Janata Party’s ally Shiv Sena has praised newly elected Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah for considering the delimitation of assembly constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir soon after assuming the charge.
Pointing out Home Minister’s move over decisive intent on J&K since taking charge last week, Shiv Sena in its mouthpiece Saamana states that a firm approach was long-needed. "Amit Shah held a review meeting in Delhi regarding the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir. In the meeting, the possible delimitation was also discussed. While there has been no confirmation from the Centre regarding this, but still it can be said for sure that the government has informally made its intentions clear," it reads.
"Regional parties have long been against delimitation and have tried to portray that local people would be angered by it. The home minister during UPA's time in power under Congress even surrendered. Now, the time has changed and Amit Shah has given priority to the issue of Kashmir. The government won't waste time in useless and needless discussions,” the editorial reads.
Shiv Sena in its editorial also mentioned that politics in Jammu and Kashmir has so far been done under pressure from the Muslim-majority population. "Delimitation has been opposed so that no Hindu can ever be the CM of the state. This needs to stop. The sky won't fall if a Hindu becomes CM of J&K and no effort has ever been made to change the mentality. This (delimitation of constituencies) won't be easy but it is at least good that this government is showing intent."
Amit Shah who contested from LK Advani’s Gandhinagar constituency seat and had a massive win. Shah sworn as Union Minister and has been appointed Home Minister.