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Remove regional imbalance in Jammu and Kashmir regions: BJP

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Jammu, July 7 (UNI) Describing the creation of four new districts in Jammu and Kashmir regions as ''communal move'', the state unit of the BJP today demanded for five more districts in Jammu region to remove the regional imbalance in the two regions.

Reacting on the creation of new districts in Jammu and as many districts in Kashmir, party state president Nirmal Singh termed the government move an instinct to retain ''hegemony'' of Kashmir over the Jammu region.

Prior to creation of new districts there were six districts in Jammu division and eight in the Kashmir valley and with the state government's decision the total number of districts in state have gone to 22.

The party was not against the creation of new districts in Kashmir region but wanted Jammu city, Akhnoor, Basoli and Naushere given district status and carve out one more district out of Udhampur, Kathua and Rajauri districts for removal of disparity in Jammu region, Mr Singh said.

Regarding the announcement of the government to create 25 percent new assembly segments in Kashmir, Jammu and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, the BJP leader termed the decision ''extra constitutional'' on the part of the Cabinet and said it is for the De-limitation Commission to decide on the number of seats and not the government.

With the decision to increase assembly seats, the total number of assembly segments in Jammu division will go up to 46 from 37 and in Kashmir from 46 to 58.

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