Srinagar: The National Conference President, Farooq Abdullah Wednesday lashed out at the government of India for denying the people of Kargil their rightful share in the newly constituted Ladakh Division.
In a statement, Farooq alleged that the people of Kargil are being punished only to pursue the agenda of divisive politics. “All along it was decided that the division headquarter will be positioned on a rotational basis between Leh and Kargil and all the departments to be divided equally between the two districts. But the government issuing an SRO in favour of only one district has severely dented the genuine aspirations of people in Kargil and adjoining areas,” he said.
Alleging that the move is aimed keeping in mind the forthcoming LS and Assembly elections, he said, “BJP in desperation is misusing the governor administration who without taking cognizance of the aspirations of the people in Kargil is acting like a pawn. However this move is bound to backfire on them and will certainly not them in achieving the desired goals but will inevitably create animosity between the communities.”
Demanding revocation of SRO 110 immediately, NC President Farooq said, “The way people of Kargil have come out in freezing temperatures and protested against the decision should serve as an eye opener for those who have whimsically decided on keeping division headquarters at Leh only.”
Supporting the demand of having a rotational division headquarters between Leh and Kargil, he said, “It’s imperative for the governor administration to concede to the rightful demands of Kargil and adjoining areas. I am therefore hopeful that the governor will issue a fresh SRO in this regard that will satisfy the genuine demands of the whole region.”
Taking a dig at the recent constitution of committee of secretaries by the government mandated to look into the demands of the people of Kargil, he said, “When the decision to grant division status to Ladakh was taken, no prior discussions, deliberations were held with people of the region. Number of deputations had already conveyed their desire to have headquarters on rotational basis between Leh and Kargil. Unfortunately, such demands were not considered for reasons know to governor administration. This shows how biased and politically motivated the administration is.”