Srinagar: National Conference on Friday said that granting divisional status to Ladkah “is an admission of defeat by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party BJP who had vigorously campaigned during 2014 elections on giving statehood to Ladakh”.
“By accepting our regional autonomy formula, BJP has accepted that our road map was correct and theirs was a big lie,” the NC leader Ali Mohammad Sagar said, according to a statement.
“NC is committed to giving regional autonomy to different regions and sub-regions of the state including Chenab valley and Pir Panchal,” he added.
“Decentralization of power has always been the core of our party ideology and we would welcome any move wherein the demands and aspirations of regions/sub-regions are acknowledged and taken care of. However what is distressing is the way how governor administration is implementing the decisions. The pick and choose policy adopted by Governor is unfortunate and can serious ramifications on the state politics,” he said.
“The hollow rhetoric of BJP stands exposed today because of which they have suffered massive defeats in the recent Assembly elections across the country. This is another instance where they have backtracked on the promise of giving statehood to Ladakh. Although we have always maintained that such demand was impossible, the ‘Jhulma Bazi’ of BJP, however, stands exposed. Now it is for the people of Jammu and Kashmir to give them a resounding reply in the forthcoming parliamentary and legislative elections,” he said, adding, “We anticipate a resounding majority in the forthcoming elections to deliver on our promises in letter and spirit.”
Sagar said that the long pending demands of lakhs of people living in the mountainous areas of the state have to be accommodated as well.