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Govt nominates Gurjar Muslim from J&Ok to Rajya Sabha

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The Centre Saturday nominated Gulam Ali, a Gurjar Muslim from Jammu and Kashmir, to Rajya Sabha. This is probably for the primary time {that a} Gurjar Muslim from the area has been despatched to the Upper House as a nominated member.

The move has political significance provided that Gurjar Muslims have sizable inhabitants within the hilly areas of Jammu and Kashmir, the place elections are anticipated quickly.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-clause (a) of clause (I) of article 80 of the Constitution of India, read with clause (3) of that article, the President is pleased to nominate Shri Gulam Ali to the Council of States to fill the vacancy caused due to the retirement of one of the nominated members,” a notification issued by the Union Home Ministry stated.

According to the 2011 Census, Gurjar is essentially the most populous Scheduled Tribe in J&Ok, having a inhabitants of 14.93 lakh. Around 99.three per cent inhabitants of Gurjars and Bakarwals in J&Ok comply with Islam.

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The move can also be vital as earlier than the abrogation of the Article 370 that gave a particular standing to the state, the neighborhood had little illustration in legislative our bodies.

The authorities abrogated Article 370 in August 2019 and bifurcated the erstwhile state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

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