Leh, Kargil seek full statehood for Ladakh& |  Photo Credit: PTI
Leh: Days ahead of the second anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370, Leh and Kargil districts have joined hands for full statehood to Ladakh. According to an agency report, Leh-based Apex Body of People’s Movement for 6th Schedule and Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) said that they have reached a consensus to seek an additional Lok Sabha seat and two Rajya Sabha seats for the region.
“This is a historic and golden day for the people of Ladakh. We have reached here on the invitation of the apex body yesterday (Saturday) and held a threadbare discussion to have a consensus on four points including the demand for full-fledged statehood for Ladakh,” Co-chairman of KDA Asgar Ali Karbalai was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
On August 5, 2019, the Union government abrogated Article 370 and revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir inviting severe criticism from the political representatives of Jammu and Kashmir. Subsequently, the state of J&K was bifurcated into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
Willing to stage protests: Former MP
“We are ready for whatever is necessary to push for our demands. We will form a joint committee which will highlight the demands with the Union Home Ministry,” former MP Thupstan Chhewang was quoted as saying in the agency report.
While the people of Ladakh welcomed the UT status, the KDA was against the UT status and instead, raised the demand for full statehood to Ladakh. The leaders of the organisation further said that they were willing to stage protests and hit the streets for the interest of the people of the region.
“We are forming a joint committee which will represent the entire Ladakh and hold further dialogue on various demands with the central government. The focus of our demands will be full-fledged statehood for Ladakh, constitutional safeguards whether under sixth schedule or Article 371 of the constitution and one more seat in Lok Sabha and two Rajya Sabha seats,” Chhewang further said.