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People to continue struggle for UT status for region, allege Ladakh unrepresented in State Administrative Council

Jammu/ Leh (Ladakh), December 6,(Scoop News)-Even though the Governor’s administration is mulling over to grant Divisional Status to Ladakh, the local people have expressed their aversion to the idea and asserted to continue their struggle for the Union Territory (UT) status for the region.

Ladakh has been demanding UT status for the region during past several decades which was promised by BJP in their manifesto before last parliamentary elections in 2014.

Surprisingly, the Bhartiya Janta Party lawmaker from the region, Cherring Dorjey, on Wednesday sought the trifurcation of the state and said that it was the only solution available to bail the roiled state out of current crisis. His views were supported by the Chief Executive Councillor (CEC) of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Jamyang Tsering Namgyal.

“We will continue to struggle for UT status to our region till our last breath along with our demand for a Central University. The only viable solution to the vexed Kashmir issue lies in its trifurcation,” Dorjey asserted.

“The aspirations of Kashmir are contrary to the demands of the people in Ladakh and Jammu. They Kashmiris are struggling on a different plank for many years now which are contradictory to the wishes of the people belonging to Jammu and Ladakh regions. There is no possibility of having an unanimity between the three regions hence no single solution could be applied for the resolution ofthe beleaguered issue,” he added.

BJP lawmaker said the proposal of carving out a separate division for Ladakh region would in no case diminish the aspiration of the people for UT demand. Dorjey said Ladakh being strategically located region deserved special attention with respect to infrastructural development as it shares borders with two countries.

Ladakh has been struggling for UT stats for past several decades. Interestingly, during parliamentary elections, the BJP, in its manifesto, had promised to fulfill the demand of the local people.

Meanwhile, several social, political and religious groups have urged the Governor, Satya Pal Malik, to give representation to the region in the existing State Administrative Council (SAC). According to them, barring Ladakh region, both Kashmir and Jammu divisions have got the representation the SAC.

Reminding the Governor of his commitment made during an interaction with media a fortnight ago that he would be adding one more (fifth) advisor to the council to assist him in administering the state.

They hoped that an upright and experienced person would be inducted into the SAC at the earliest to give representation to the region....
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