‘Cong’s promise of UT status to Ladakh dangerous’

Srinagar: Taking strong exception to the Congress manifesto disclosing its agenda of Union territory status for frontier Ladakh region, state unit of CPI(M) Thursday said the promise was fraught with dangerous consequences for the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The demand for a Union Territory status to Ladakh region is a move not only to fragment the state but dilute its special status guaranteed under constitution. Such a promise is aimed at garnering votes at the cost of integrity and unity of Jammu and Kashmir,” state secretary of CPI(M) M Y Tarigami said in a statement here.
He said the promise made of a union territory for Ladakh in its local manifesto to woo the voters “is bereft of constitutional validity and it is advisable not to befool people for the sake of electoral gains.”
“Such a course is fraught with the dangerous potential of unleashing the disruptive forces and endangering the democratic movements, thus paving the way for disintegration and instability of the state,” he said.
The CPI(M) leader said any such move that undermines the integrity of the state should be resisted with full force.
Former Chief Secretary Sheikh Ghulam Rasool also said the demand for Union Territory status to Ladakh was fraught with serious repercussions.
“It is not only surprising but unfortunate also that the issue has been raised in the surcharged atmosphere of electioneering at a time when communal and sectarian issues have already vitiated the political scenario in the country,” Rasool said in a statement.
“J&K having suffered due to these forces is bound to suffer more if corrective measures are not taken by the leadership both at State and Central level,” he said.