BJP demands UT status for Ladakh
JAMMU, Aug 1: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today asserted for Union Territory (UT) status to Ladakh region, alleging that the Ladakhis have suffered immensely under the oppressive rule and domination by Kashmir dissentions and want liberation from slave like situation. Former MP from Ladakh and BJP leader, Thupstan Chhewng while addressing a press conference here today said, “The people of Ladakh have been demanding separation from Jammu and Kashmir by according Ladakh the status of a Union Territory as we fulfill all the criteria and norms that are essential for an area to be declared as a separate entity. The demand of the people of Ladakh is as older than the demand by people of Telangana for separate statehood as it was made as far back as 1947.”
The continuous neglect of Ladakh by successive Governments in the State of Jammu and Kashmir has proved our apprehension of discrimination and step motherly treatment, he added. Acting president, Leh BJP, Ven Lobzang Nyantak, Councilor LAHDC-Leh said, “Ladakh region is a victim of continuous neglect and discrimination at political and administrative levels. Despite the formation of Ladakh Automous Hill Development Councils both in Leh and Kargil districts, which constitute the Ladakh region, we remain at the receiving end in the State. In reality we continue to be governed through remote control from Srinagar by Kashmir Centric leadership. A UT alone can save us from the present dispensation”.
State spokesperson, BJP Youth wing, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal announced that on August 31, 2013, under the leadership of Thupstan Chhewang we are going to demonstrate a public protest in Leh to raise our demand of UT status to Ladakh region.
Mohd Hassan, BJP Block president Chushot, said that the Muslim community of Ladakh fully supports the demand and have full faith and confidence in the leadership spearheading demand for UT status to Ladakh.