JKNPP questions 'timing and intent' behind creation of Ladakh division, asks why decision was taken during President's rule

  • JKNPP Chairman Harsh Dev Singh also asked who had demanded for divisional status to Ladakh and who were its beneficiaries

  • The people of Leh had been demanding union territory status and the central leadership of the BJP had during 2014 elections assured to fulfil their demand, he said

  • During the past 70 years, only two divisions — "Jammu" and "Kashmir" — had been created in the state, said Singh

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) on Wednesday questioned the "timing and intent" behind the creation of a separate administrative division for the Ladakh region, asking as to why it was done during the President's rule. JKNPP Chairman Harsh Dev Singh also asked who had demanded for divisional status to Ladakh and who were its beneficiaries.

 JKNPP questions timing and intent behind creation of Ladakh division, asks why decision was taken during Presidents rule

A file photo of harsh Dev Singh. PTI

"We question the urgency in the creation of a third division for Ladakh in the state during President's rule. The helmsmen are answerable to the people of the state over the timing and intent behind such a major decision taken in extreme haste," he told reporters. The people of Leh had been demanding union territory status and the central leadership of the BJP had during 2014 elections assured to fulfil their demand, he said.

"Having failed to fulfil the genuine aspirations of the people of Ladakh, the central government had played a dangerous game of dividing the people on religious and ethnic lines for political gains which could prove disastrous for a sensitive state like Jammu and Kashmir," Singh said. Describing the decision as ill-conceived and ill-advised, Singh said the move has not only fomented trouble in Kargil but triggered a series of similar demands from erstwhile Doda and Rajouri-Poonch District.

During the past 70 years, only two divisions — "Jammu" and "Kashmir" — had been created in the state, said Singh. "They too could not be equipped with the requisite infrastructure needed for full-fledged divisions. Several directorates were common for both the divisions," he said. He said that just deputing an officer in the name of Divisional Commissioner or IGP was not sufficient to elevate the region to divisional level.

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Updated Date: Feb 13, 2019 17:04:27 IST