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“Ploy To Sell Our Mountains”: Activist On Union Territory Tag For Ladakh

New Delhi:

Disillusionment and anger are palpable on the freezing streets of Ladakh capital Leh, the place local weather activist Sonam Wangchuk has been sitting on quick for almost two weeks. “Persons are asking whether or not declaring Ladakh a Union Territory was a ploy to promote of our mountains to industrial foyer and mining firms,” he informed NDTV.

The BJP, Mr Wangchuk mentioned, had promised — not as soon as however twice — that their calls for will probably be met. “It was certainly one of their ballot guarantees. They promised us that they might defend the id of Ladakh beneath the sixth schedule. However sadly, guarantees haven’t been stored. Ladakh has no democratic illustration,” he added.

Mr Wangchuk additionally claimed the morale of the troopers was at its weakest. “The morale of Ladakhi troopers is damaged as a result of Ladakh has neither democracy (Meeting) nor reservation (for locals),” he mentioned.

Virtually 5 years in the past, when Ladakh was declared a separate Union Territory, the individuals had celebrated. However now, “Individuals in Ladakh are disillusioned and really feel they’ve been taken for a journey. I can solely say that they (the BJP) solely take into consideration elections and what number of seats they will get, however neglect about individuals,” he added.

“We wish reassurance from the Centre that regardless that they’ve did not dwell upto their promise up until now, they won’t achieve this once more,” he mentioned. The individuals, he added, now desire a multi-party legally binding settlement.

“We need to educate individuals in different elements of the nation about how false guarantees have been made to us. However we aren’t simply combating for Ladakh. It’s for our nation,” he added.

Individuals from 20 cities unfold throughout India — together with Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad — have come out in help of Ladakh. Large protests have been deliberate on March 20 and once more on March 24. “We’re additionally asking worldwide communities to return out and help our trigger,” he added.

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