LAHDC Kargil Row: NC, Islamia School move vote of no confidence against Congress-led Council

Srinagar: National Conference and the  Islamia School  have moved a no confidence motion against Congress- led  Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil over  its alleged failure on developmental front.
Talking to KNS, Kachoo Ahmad Ali Khan, the National Conference councilor in LAHDC Kargil,  said: “Alhaj Asgar Ali Karbalai the chief executive councilor has failed on almost every front. He has no influence in civil secretariat and had resorted to vengeance against NC affiliated officers and officials. He would transfer NC affiliated officers and officials to far off places like Leh and Baramulla.”
In September last year the Congress along with its alliance had formed the Government for LAHDC Kargil with its Leader Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai elected as the Chairman/Chief Executive Councilor of LAHDC Kargil.
Khan said that both NC and its ally Islmaia School were monitoring the performance of Karbalai for the last five months but he has ‘failed’ on every front. “Karbalai failed in providing basic amenities to people of Kargil. People in Kargil are facing acute shortage of essential commodities like ration, kerosene oil, sugar and above all there is no electricity,” he added.
The NC councilor added that National Conference Kargil unit supported the Congress led LAHDC Kargil on the directions of party high command but with the passage of time, it proved a marriage of inconvenience. “The NC was under tremendous pressure from Congress state leadership to make its Kargil unit support Congress led LAHDC Kargil.  But it ultimately led to a political quagmire where we had no other option but to move a no confidence motion against LAHDC Kargil,” Khan observed.
Earlier in the morning, 11 councilors including eight from NC and three from Islamia School Kargil submitted its no confidence motion before the office of deputy commissioner Kargil who is also the Chief Executive Officer LAHDC Kargil. But the DC was not in his office. “We left the copy of the motion at DC’s office and we are scheduled to see him day after tomorrow personally,” said Haji Mohammad Haneefa Jan, Islamia School councilor in LAHDC Kargil told KNS. He said that NC and its ally have now requested the deputy commissioner to call the general council meeting of the LAHDC Kargil so that they can prove their majority.
“Presently we have 16 councilors which included eight Councilors elected on NC mandate, three Independent Councilors backed by Islamia School, Kargil, four nominated Councilors and one independent (Syed Arman) where as two other independent councilor and one from Congress party have said they will extend their support,” informed Haji Mohammad Haneefa Jan, the NC councilor.
Meanwhile, Haji Inayat Ali, president youth wing of Islamia School accused National Conference of sidelining it while finalizing a seat sharing agreement for Lok Sabha polls with coalition partner Congress. “The NC has ditched us. It did not took us on board while agreeing apportioning Ladakh Lok Sabha Parliamentary constituency to Congress. Although, we have always supported its (NC) candidates be it Ghulam Hassan Khan who fought Lok Sabha elections last time, or its members of the legislative assembly from Ladakh. On the crucial juncture when we would have supported their candidate in Lok Sabha elections, the NC took a unilateral decision of handing over Ladakh Lok Sabha seat to Congress. This has compelled us to see other options,” Haji Inayat Ali told KNS on phone.
Meanwhile, the NC councilor Kachoo Ahmad Ali Khan informed that party held a rally at Islamia School Chowk after Friday prayer which was attended by a large number of people. Islamia School is one of the most powerful religious institutions in Kargil, which influences the electoral politics of the region for the last many decades. Earlier, this School had backed Member Parliament of Ladakh, Ghulam Hassan Khan in 2008 and he later extended his support to National Conference.
The fast changing emerging political situation in Kargil between the two coalition partners Congress and the National Conference is likely to impact the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Sources in LAHDC Kargil said that if the Congress fields its candidate from Kargil, he will surely loose the elections given the internal bickering between Congress and the National Conference in Kargil. (KNS)

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