Now, Union Home Ministry invites Kargil leaders for talks

Meeting to be held on July 1 in Delhi.
File Photo of Ladakh
File Photo of Ladakh

Kargil, June 26: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has invited the leaders of the Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) an amalgam of various political, social, religious and students organisations in Kargil, for a meeting in union capital New Delhi on July 1.

The upcoming meeting comes on the heels of the meeting of J&K leaders with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.

KDA Co-Chairman and senior politician, Asgar Ali Karbalaie confirmed to Greater Kashmir that they have received a call from the MHA and the meeting.

Karbalaie said they are scheduled to meet union MoS Home G Kishen Reddy on July 1.

All the leaders from Kargil who have been invited will attend the meet, he said.

The renewed dialogue between New Delhi and mainstream leaders of the erstwhile J&K state is the first after abrogation of Article 370-which guaranteed a special status to the region under the Constitution of India- in August 2019.

The erstwhile J&K state was bifurcated into union territories of J&K and Ladakh.

While a Legislative Assembly was restored to J&K, it was done away by the Centre in case of Ladakh UT.

With New Delhi initiating the political process in the region, the Apex Body of Leh in Ladakh region has been deviating from the demand of the 6th schedule and instead asked for a full-fledged legislature like J&K.

In Leh district of Ladakh, the People’s Movement for 6th schedule Ladakh, the Apex Body and an amalgam of the mainstream, religious people, students, elected representatives, and others was formed last year to demand special safeguards under the 6th schedule of the Indian constitution.

The Apex Body managed to grab the attention of the central government after it called for a complete poll boycott ahead of the 6th general LAHDC elections in Leh district.

In January this year, the Centre promised the body to form a committee to be headed by MoS Home GK Reddy to hold deliberations on possibilities on Ladakh’s inclusion into the 6th schedule.

On the other hand, Kargil Democratic Alliance, an amalgam of various political, social and religious organisations has from the beginning opposed the August 5, 2019 move of abrogation of Article 370, 35 A and bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Kargil leaders are of the opinion that the pre August 05, 2019 position must be restored.

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