Kargil observes shutdown, Leh celebrates UT status

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 8/7/2019 12:43:12 AM

Scrapping of Art 370, 35-A

KARGIL/LEH, Aug 6: The whole Kargil district Tuesday remained closed on the call of Bandh given by the Joint Action Committee Kargil and a deserted view of Kargil Bazaar with all business establishments, schools, government and private offices remained closed.
The call was given as a token of Public Resentment against the decision of the government for abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35 A of the Constitution of India and to condemn the decision.
The Joint Action Committee Kargil co-chaired by President Anjuman Jamiyat Ullama Isna Ashriya Kargil, Chairman Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust Kargil and comprises heads of all religious and political organizations as members of the action committee.
Earlier, most of the political parties expressed their resentment against the order except BJP Kargil.
However in Leh, there were street celebrations to welcome the central government's action conferring Union Territory status on Ladakh.
People took to the streets playing drums and trumpets and dancing to the beats in their traditional attire as a huge number of people watched them with glee.
A local resident of Leh, who is a BJP member, expressed his gratitude to the Centre for taking this step. He said, “BJP has done something really impossible. We were demanding this for years and the BJP government has fulfilled our long-pending wish.”
“We are happy that finally Ladakh is a union territory and Article 370 is revoked. The entire public of Ladakh thanks Modiji and Amit Shahji,” said another resident.
On Monday, the government had revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two Union Territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
The Chief Executive Councillor (CEC) of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Kargil Feroz Ahmed Khan feels Kargil has been deprived of full flow of democracy. “Neither we were in favour of division of Jammu and Kashmir nor Union Territory status to Ladakh. The aspirations of people across Kargil district have not been taken into consideration by the union government while taking this decision,” he says.
“While granting UT status to Ladakh the Union government should have treated us on the lines of Jammu and Kashmir and given even legislature to us,” he says, adding, “this option was the most suitable so as to provide a platform to the people of this tough terrain district to get their issues resolved locally.”
Former MLA from Kargil Asgar Ali Karbalaie also echoes similar sentiments.

 

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