All-Party Delegation Demands United Territory Status For Ladakh
As Home Minister Rajnath Singh started his two-day Ladakh trip on Monday, local political, religious and social organisations have demanded a Union Territory (UT) status for Ladakh.
Following a meeting with local representatives, the home minister said, "They have only one demand and that is a UT status for Ladakh".
The all-party delegation that met Singh also comprised representatives from religious and social organisations. They submitted a memorandum to the home minister appealing him to grant the UT status to Leh-Ladakh.
Later, addressing media persons at ITBP, Choglamsar, Singh said that he had kept his word on visiting Ladakh, and has heard the demands and aspirations of the people. During his last month visit to Jammu and Kashmir for an all-party delegation meet, he had said that he will visit Ladakh soon.
Ladakhis have always complained that visits by political leaders are always confined to either the Kashmir Valley or the Jammu region, Singh said. "I had made a commitment that I would convene a meeting with all parties and their representatives from Leh district to attend to their demands and aspirations," he added.
Meanwhile, the home minister will visit Kargil today to meet local stakeholders, in line with the ongoing dialogue between the government and the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Moving away from his schedule, Singh will also make a stopover at Drass to pay tribute to soldiers at the War Memorial.