Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Ladakh region, the leaders of various political parties express dismay over “regionalism” and “polarisation” that according to them is vitiating the atmosphere in the region.
Ladakh forming one Lok Sabha seat, comprises two districts Leh and Kargil with a total population of around 4 lakh. The division is dominated by Buddhists in Leh and Muslims in Kargil. There are approximately 48 to 49 per cent Buddhists and 51 to 52 per cent Muslims in the division.
Congress’ Leh district president Sri Namgyal while referring to “stitching of the poll alliance by the Congress and the National Conference in the state”, stresses that the mandate for the Lok Sabha seat in Ladakh should be given to one who is “more acceptable across the region and can win the seat for the Congress”.
Talking about the “wave of regionalism” and “polarisation” in Leh and Kargil, he said it was unfortunate that some sections of the people in Ladakh “are trying to resort to undemocratic ways which is not good for the region as a whole.”
He sounds confident that the “educated class of the society will understand the pros and cons of polarisation and regionalism, and will support a candidate and a party having manifesto of inclusiveness.”
Sri Karbelay, Congress’ Ex MLA/CEC Kargil, said: “We have requested for mandate for Kargil this time. But it all depends on the decision by the Congress high command.”
On “regionalism” and “polarisation”, he said it was unfortunate for any society or region “to fight on these bases.”
He hoped good sense will prevail amongst all Ladakhis and “whatever issues they have, will be solved amicably as was done in the case of the divisional status and the cluster university.”
According to Haji Inayat Ali, chairman J&K legislative council, “There has always been a problem and an issue between the districts of Leh and Kargil. It would be healthy for the region if people of both the districts sit and discuss their demands and problems and come to a common solution that is feasible for both.”
According to him Ladakh can see the development only if Leh and Kargil come together and concede for an independent candidate “who can work for the development of Ladakh keeping in view of overall scenario of the region which is totally different from other parts of country”.
District President PDP Leh, Tashi Theres said so far the party has not decided whether to contest in the region or not.
District president NC Sri Angchuk Lardakh also expressed dismay over what he said “a wave of polarisation, intolerance and regionalism” in the name of Leh and Kargil in the region.
“A wave even on religious lines is polluting and disturbing the fragile socio cultural system of Ladakh which is really very sad and not a healthy sign for Ladakhis,” he said.
Meanwhile, BJP has already kick started its campaign for Ladakh Lok Sabha 2019.
CEC LAHDC Leh addressed a public and BJP party workers’ in Leh targeting the Congress party.
The expected candidates of BJP for the Lok Sabha Ladakh seat are Sri Tsering Dorjay MLC Leh and Sri Jamyang Tsering Namgyal CEC Leh. While as the expected Congress candidate is ex CEC LAHDC Leh Rigzin Spalbar, sources said.