On sunday, 1000’s of Ladakhis marched the streets of Kargil elevating slogans in opposition to the BJP authorities whereas demanding particular standing for the area.
The protest was organised to demand statehood for the Ladakh area and constitutional reservations beneath the sixth Schedule of the Indian Structure.
The protests had been organized by Leh Apex Physique (LAB) and Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA), two distinct our bodies working within the Ladakh area. The 2 collaborated in August 2021 to complement their calls for.
A very powerful clause of the sixth Schedule states that indigenous lands should be run as unbiased districts and nations. It additionally states that the individuals of these areas should keep sovereignty over their land and pure assets, influencing their lifestyle and tradition.
It is a vital a part of India’s Structure as a result of it seeks to protect indigenous individuals’s identification and traditions.
Their calls for are for a Ladakh Public Service Fee, which might set up extra gazetted posts for the individuals of Ladakh, given their alternatives have at all times been restricted because of the lack of such a provision.
The representatives are additionally advocating for 2 members of Parliament—one from Kargil and one from Leh. They’re additionally constructive that Ladakh will receive a seat within the Rajya Sabha as effectively.
In response to a report printed in Kashmir Information Observer, if the assembly with the Excessive Powered Committee on 19 February doesn’t yield ends in their favor, the leaders threatened agitation. They stated that they might strengthen the protests and name for a starvation strike.
“In case there may be nothing constructive, we’ll strengthen protests throughout the area post-19 February,” the Chairman of the Leh Apex Physique is reported to have stated.
Thupsten Chewang, the chairman of LAB, maintained that if the outcomes of the assembly with the HPC are constructive, will probably be welcomed all through Ladakh.
The abrogation of Articles 370 and 35(A) on August 5, 2019, which granted Jammu and Kashmir a particular standing, led to widespread protests throughout the state.
To regulate the anticipated protests, the federal government imposed a watershed communication blockade which lasted months.
As many as 700 individuals had been booked beneath the Public Security Act (PSA), and plenty of ministers had been arrested, together with former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.
Ladakh is the primary, after a interval of calm, to display a requirement for reversion to statehood.
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