fter meeting with leaders of mainstream parties of Jammu and Kashmir with Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the Union Government has now invited leaders of Kargil to discuss issues pertaining to the mountainous region.
As per the reports, a 15-member delegation comprising representatives of political, religious, social, and student organizations will participate in the meeting. Chief Executive Councillor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil, Feroz Khan will also attend the meeting.
“We received an invitation for the talks. We are elven parties in the Kargil Democratic Alliance. We have been invited for a meeting with Minister of State for Home GK Reddy and we are going,” Co-chairman of the Kargil Democratic Alliance Asgar Ali Karbali was quoted as saying by media reports. He said the KDA’s first demand would be the restoration of Article 370 and Article 35A.
“If they say the issue is pending before the Supreme Court of India, then we will be asking for full-fledged statehood for Ladakh,” he said.
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Earlier, during initial meeting with Union Home Minister, the delegation from Leh had demanded Sixth Schedule or its like status for Ladakh. However, now the Apex Body has added new demand to its list—the Legislature for Ladakh as it feels that local representatives can take better care of the Union Territory than the administration and make laws of their choice.
And in their meeting with the Union Home Ministry, the delegation will insist on Legislature and Constitutional safeguards under Sixth Schedule.
The Apex Body will like the Kargil bodies to join them and come on single platform which will be headed by Ladakh Lok Sabha member Jamyang Tsering Namgayal and then they can together meet the Union Home Ministry with their demands .
The meeting comes a week after PM Modi earlier this week chaired a three-and-half-hour-long meeting with 14 political leaders from Jammu and Kashmir. Durring the meeting, the Prime Minister heard out suggestions and inputs from all participants. He expressed happiness that all participants shared their honest views. It was an open discussion that revolved around building a better future for Kashmir.